Will your dog love it? Absolutely! Only the finest tasting food is good enough for your dog. From fillet mignon to flavorful pot roast, Cesar Dog is a culinary delight for your dogs fine pallet!
Chances are, you strive to provide your dog with the best things you can. One of the most important choices you make regarding your dog’s care is what type of food you will feed them. Cesar Dog Food has a long reputation of delivering the best ingredients in flavors your dog will love.
Mars Company owns Cesar Dog Food. They actually have their own pet food research company located in the United Kingdom. Originally their food only came in pate form. Now, you can get fillets in sauce, treats, puppy food, and senior food. This product is very popular with people with Toy or small breed dogs. The company also aims to attract people with larger dogs as well.
We have done the research for you so you can make an informed decision about feeding your dog Cesar brand dog food. Let’s take a look at the top 5 varieties they have on the market.
Cesar Classics lists both grain-free and grain-inclusive wet dog foods using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars. Not recommended.
Which Cesar Dry Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?
Cesar Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.
The Cesar product line includes the 3 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Cesar Filet Mignon Flavor||1||U|
|Cesar Rotisserie Chicken Flavor||1||U|
|Cesar Porterhouse Flavor||1||U|
Cesar Filet Mignon Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient ContentProtein =
Ingredients: Beef, ground wheat, meat and bone meal, whole grain corn, brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with bha and citric acid), corn gluten meal, natural flavor, dried plain beet pulp, water, chicken meal, glycerin, salt, sugar, potassium sorbate (preservative), phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, natural filet mignon flavor, choline chloride, dried peas, calcium carbonate, dl-methionine, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, dried carrots, yellow 6, l-tryptophan, red 40, yellow 5, blue 2, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, vitamin A supplement, blue 2, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.1%
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||30%||14%||48%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||31%||43%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is wheat. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.
The third ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.
Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.
Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.
What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergens impossible.
Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this to be a quality item.
The fourth ingredient is corn. Corn is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as wheat (previously discussed).
The fifth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient includes chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the choice cuts have been removed.
On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.
The seventh ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.
Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The eighth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.
Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from just about anywhere: salvaged roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat… even dead, diseased or dying cattle.
For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.
What’s worse, this fat is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.
The ninth ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.
Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
After the natural flavor, we find beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Cesar product.
With 6 notable exceptions…
First, we find sugar. Sugar is always an unwelcome addition to any dog food. Because of its high glycemic index, it can unfavorably impact the blood glucose level of any animal soon after it is eaten.
Next, this recipe includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
In addition, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?
Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
Additionally, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
And lastly, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.
Based on its ingredients alone, Cesar Dog Food looks like a below-average dry product.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 30%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten and soybean meals and dried peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Cesar Dog Food Summary
How much nutrition does Wet Cesar Dog Food Have?
Cesar Wet Foods Contain around 900 Calories/kg or 400 Calories/lb.
The Nutritional Makeup of each type of dog food varies but in general the wet dog foods are formulated like this:
In wet dog foods most of the contents are water. There are also fillers for structure etc. that have no nutritional value but are not harmful to your dog. One benefit of these foods is they have a low carbohydrate content. Puppy and Senior formulas vary as puppies need more calories.
Why was Cesar Dog Food discontinued?
Cesar is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named by-product and unnamed meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star. Not recommended.
How much Cesar Dog Food should I feed my dog?
Is Cesar Dog Food high in sodium?