Of course you want to feed your puppy a delicious food that he loves to eat and that will supply all the nutrition that his growing body needs. This selection by the Cesar brand contains healthy meat ingredients for great taste. A slightly higher calorie content that their regular adult diet will give your pup the extra energy that he requires during this important stage of his life. Easy-to-open trays make meal times convenient for you as well.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This food provides approximately 110 Kcal for every 3.5 oz (100 g) tray.
Cesar Puppy with Chicken and Beef can purchased in a case of 24 trays for $22.99, which comes to $0.96 per 3.5 oz tray.
|April 29, 2013|
|Cesar Puppy with Chicken and Beef Canine Cuisine|
- Sufficient water for processing – Important in processing a wet food product.
- Chicken – Deboned chicken flesh and skin is high in protein and vitamins.
- Beef by-products – This high protein ingredient could include organs and meat scraps from cattle.
- Meat by-products – The same as above but from various species.
- Liver – An organ meat that is high in protein and vitamins.
Other Ingredients List
- Chicken by-products
- Calcium carbonate
- Sodium tripolyphosphate
- Potassium chloride
- Dried yam
- Added color
- Xanthan gum
- Natural flavors
- Erythorbic acid
- Guar gum
- Zinc sulfate
- Vitamin A
- D3 and E supplements
- Yellow #5 and #6
- Sodium nitrite (for color retention)
- d-calcium pantothenate
- Thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1)
- Copper sulfate
- Potassium iodide
The manufacturer’s website contained no specific statement about whether this puppy food conforms to the AAFCO profile for dog food nutrition. Please refer to our glossary for more information on the importance of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement for Dog Nutrient Profiles.
A review of the top ingredients shows that, besides the water needed for processing, the first six ingredients are meat-based protein sources. Though some are by-products and others don’t have the specific species named, these should all be considered fairly good quality sources of protein and nutrients. By-products are the parts leftover from slaughtering that may not be included in human food products but are still appropriate for use in animal feed. There are no vegetable or grain sources of protein or fillers for this product. It is expected that a moist food will have a high water content. If the moisture content were subtracted from the total weight, the protein and fat percentages that currently appear very low would rise to appropriate levels comparable to those of dry foods.
Analysis of the remaining ingredients reveal the plant-derived thickening agents carrageenan, xanthan gum and guar gum, which are used to improve the texture of the food. Two coloring sources are present, which are present most likely to improve how the food looks to the owner. Most dogs don’t care much how their food looks, only how it tastes. Some vitamin supplementation is included, though little is included of mineral supplementation, particularly of chelated minerals, which are the kind most easily absorbed by the intestines.
Puppies have a higher calorie requirement per pound of body weight than adult dogs because they are growing so fast. This food is appropriate higher in calories for the same size tray that is used for the Cesar adult foods. The feeding guidelines for your puppy are to use one-half to two trays per five pounds of body weight twice a day. You should monitor your puppy for adequate growth and weight gain and adjust how much he eats if he is growing inappropriately. The small portions that are characteristic of the brand can be very convenient if your pet is small, since you can just open the tray and place it on the floor for feeding. Clean up then involves just placing the tray in the trash or recycle bin. You may need to use multiple trays, however, for each feeding, which will increase the cost of your puppy’s daily diet and increase the amount of packaging to be disposed of.
The Cesar brand is manufactured by Mars Petcare, which is a division of Mars Incorporated. This parent company makes a wide variety of food products for domestic and international markets. The Mars Petcare headquarters is located in Franklin, Tennessee and all of their pet foods are made in plants throughout the USA.