4Health Grain Free Dog Food Review (Canned)

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update
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This (updated) guide covers the 4Health Grain Free Canned Dog Food in-depth. For this review, we’ve considered factors such as:

  • Ingredients
  • Customer feedback
  • Reviews from pet sites/forums
  • and more…

(Here’s our 40 point inspection list)

Summary:

After hours of research, ingredient analysis, aggregating & analyzing customer reviews and more, we conclude that the 4health Grain Free Canned Dog Food gets an overall rating of 2.9 out of 5 – Which is slightly above-average when compared to other dog foods in this category. (Find detailed information below.)

I highly suggest checking out our latest guides below to see other alternatives in this category of dog food.

1 – The Best Grain Free Dog Foods
2 – The Best Grain Free Puppy Foods


List of dog foods in this product line

There are a total of 5 (five) 4Health Grain-Free Canned Dog Foods in this product line. The first one is selected as the benchmark for this review.

  • 4Health Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew
  • 4Health Grain Free Chicken
  • 4Health Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew
  • 4Health Grain Free Beef and Chicken
  • 4Health Grain Free Chicken and Vegetable Stew

4Health Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew (Benchmark)

The “4Health Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew” is selected as the benchmark for this dog food review.

Life Stage: Adult
Pet Size: Small to Extra Large Breed

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min.) 8.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 4.5 %
Crude Fiber (max.) 1.5%
Moisture (max.) 82.00%

Caloric Content:
Metabolizable Energy (ME) 991 kcal/kg; 618 kcal/can (22 oz. 624 g)

Ingredients:
Beef Broth, Chicken, Beef, Carrots, Dried Egg Whites, Potato Starch, Dried Egg Product, Peas, Guar Gum, Salt, Added Color, Tricalcium Phosphate, Dried Potatoes, Sodium Phosphate, Beet Pulp, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Ferrous Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrocloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.


Customer Feedback

An essential part of our dog food inspection includes looking at the customer feedback for the products we review. For the 4health Grain Free Canned Dog food, we collected customer reviews from online retailers and other review sites/forums and found an average satisfaction rating of 2.5 out of 5 – Which is About-Average


Estimated Nutrient Content

These are the estimated nutrient content for the 4Health Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew. We compare Protein, Fat, and Carbs using 3 different methods: Guaranteed Analysis, Dry Matter Basis, and Calorie Weighted Basis.

MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8.0%4.5%--
Dry Matter Basis44.0%25.0%23.0%
Calorie Weighted Basis35.0%48.0%18.0%

The estimated Fiber Dry Matter Content for this product is 8.3%


Ingredient Analysis

Following are the first 7 ingredients for the 4Health Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew:

  1. Beef broth
  2. chicken
  3. Beef
  4. Carrots
  5. Dried Egg Whites
  6. Potato Starch
  7. Dried Egg Product

Notable:

  • Peas
  • guar gum
  • artificial coloring
  • beet pulp
  • flaxseed
  • minerals do not appear to be chelated

You should know that the first 5 to 7 ingredients are the most important when analyzing a recipe. Please check the Ingredient Analysis below for the 4Health Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew where we breakdown the most important ingredients.

First 7 ingredients:

Beef broth

  • Adds moisture and flavor to the dog food
  • Commonly included in canned dog foods
  • Soothes dog’s digestive system
  • Offers Moderate nutritional value

Chicken

  • A clean combination of skin & flesh
  • Extracted from parts or whole chicken
  • The Raw form consists of up to 70% water
  • After processing, this ingredient will be a small part of the total content
  • Naturally rich in the 10 essential amino acids
  • Commonly included in dog food
  • After cooking, most of the water is lost and the meat content is reduced to a small amount

Beef

  • Clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle
  • Naturally rich in the 10 essential amino acids
  • Can include skeletal muscle or the tongue muscle tissue, diaphragm, esophagus or heart
  • Commonly included in dog food
  • After processing, this ingredient will be a small part of the total content

Carrots

  • Rich in minerals, dietary fiber, and beta-carotene
  • Commonly included in dog food

Dried Egg Whites

  • Easy to digest
  • Great source of usable protein
  • have a high biological value

Potato Starch

  • Gluten-free carbohydrate
  • Used more for its thickening properties
  • Not very high in nutritional value

Dried Egg Product

  • Dehydrated form of shell-free eggs
  • Quality can vary
  • Eggs are easy to digest
  • have a high biological value.

The first 7 ingredients listed above are the most important ones. Ingredients later in the order will not highly impact 4health Grain Free Canned dog food overall ratings.

Notable:

Peas:

  • Quality source of carbohydrates
  • They’re rich in natural fiber
  • Peas contain about 25% protein

Guar gum:

  • Gelling or thickening agent
  • Can add a notable amount of dietary fiber
  • Refined from dehusked guar beans

Artificial coloring:

  • We do not like pet foods with artificial coloring
  • Coloring makes products more appealing to humans — not your pup

Beet Pulp

  • A controversial ingredient
  • High fiber
  • Great for blood sugar & intestinal health benefits
  • A by-product of sugar beet processing
  • Critics say its an inexpensive filler

Flaxseed

  • Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Rich in soluble fiber
  • Contains up to 19% protein

Minerals do not appear to be chelated (except for copper):

  • Minerals are essential nutrients that a pup needs to grow
  • Minerals not “chelated” are comparably difficult to absorb
  • Higher quality dog foods usually use chelated minerals

Overview

Looking at the first 7 ingredients, the 4Health Grain Free Canned dog food seems to be a Better-than-Average product.

Using “Dry Matter Basis”, this dog food brand shows the following stats:

  • Protein = 44%
  • Fat = 25%
  • Carbs = 23%

As a whole group, this dog food brand shows the following stats:

  • Average protein content = 43%
  • Mean Fat Level = 25%
  • Average Carbs = 23%
  • Estimated fat-to-protein ratio = 74%

When compared to typical dog food in this category:

  • Average Protein
  • Average Fat
  • Below – Average Carbs

After considering the factors mentioned in our inspection checklist, the 4health Grain Free Canned dog food product line gets a rating of 2.9 out of 5 – which is slightly above-average.

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Coupons and Discounts

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Recalls

The following list includes all of the 4health Grain Free Canned food recalls.

  • Diamond Dog Food Recall (Dated: 5/6/2012)

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