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Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew Grain-Free Canned Dog Food

by Redbarn
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March 7, 2019
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Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew is a mid-priced dog food with exceptional quality. This product has no controversial ingredients including zero, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. It has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs with excellent meat and fat quality. The company was transparent when answering our questions and Redbarn has a below-average number of recalls. Watchdog Labs highly recommends this product.

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TYPE
Wet Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
Grain-Free
PACKAGE
13 oz
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Redbarn Pet Products, Inc.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 52.78%

Min. Fat 27.78%

Min. Carbs 8.33%

Max. Fiber 5.56%

Max. Ash 11.11%

Max. Moisture 0%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 9.5%

Min Fat: 5.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 82%

Calories

Calories

346 Calories per Can

This product has a slightly above average amount of calories per can for wet food. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount.

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This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

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100%
34
Total Ingredients
0
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Vegetable Broth, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavors, Agar-Agar, Beef Pizzle, Peas, Calcium Carbonate, Dandelion Greens, Parsley, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

The average dog food we reviewed had 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 0 total controversial ingredients  - that’s great!


Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Chicken
    Chicken is a nutritious meat that provides protein, fat and other nutrients to dogs. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). However, chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Chicken Broth
    Chicken broth is often used as a healthy natural flavor or instead of water when making dog food. It makes dogs more likely to eat the food and adds moisture but doesn't provide a lot of nutritional value. Chicken Broth is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Vegetable Broth
    Broth is often used as a healthy natural flavor or instead of water when making dog food. It makes dogs more likely to eat the food and adds moisture but doesn't provide a lot of nutritional value. Vegetable Broth is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

  • Chicken Liver
    Chicken liver is an organ that contains healthy nutrients like calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Specifically, it's rich in iron, copper, vitamin A and B. We consider it a high-quality dog food ingredient.

  • Dried Egg Product
    Dried Egg Product are shell-free eggs that have had their moisture removed. While it provides nutrients like protein, it can be made from food-industry waste products such as eggs that failed to hatch. In other words, quality can vary. Because there are better protein sources (like whole eggs or meat) we do not consider this a high-quality dog food ingredient.

Controversial Ingredients
Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew doesn’t have any controversial ingredients. That’s important and not necessarily very common for dog foods.


Country of Origin

This product is made in the United States - that’s a good thing because the U.S. has strict quality and ingredient regulations in place.


Meat & Fat Quality

Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew uses meat sources that are clearly showing the species they’re coming from (including Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, and Beef Pizzle). All of these ingredient choices are great.  Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew doesn’t have added oils like Salmon Oil or Vegetable Oil, so the fat in this product comes mainly from meat and other ingredients. Because those are clearly identified, the fat quality is equally high.

Artificial Preservatives

This dog food contains no controversial preservatives, fantastic. It’s good to know that ‍not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives as controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.


Artificial Colors

Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew also doesn’t include any artificial colors,


Artificial Flavors

This dog food doesn’t have artificial flavors, either. Redbarn Naturals Chicken Stew checks off all three artificial ingredients goals, nothing in this product is an issue in this regard.

Recalls

Recalls

Score
80%
1
Brand Recalls

Redbarn has a pretty good track record with a below average number of recalls.

Date:
2/6/2018
Recalled Products:
Redbarn 7 Inch Bully Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 6 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas Net Wt. 4.2 OZ (119 g), 785184207161; Packaged in plastic bags. Redbarn 9 in Bully Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 1 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas UPC 785184209004; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Redbarn 30 in Bully Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 1 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas UPC 785184230015; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Redbarn 36 in Bully Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 1 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas UPC 785184236017; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Good Lovin' 5 Inch Dog Chews Traditional Beef Bully Sticks, Net Wt. .38 Oz (10.8 g) 1 Count, UPC 800443272947; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Redbarn, 5 in Steer Sticks, 10 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas Net Wt. 1.1 OZ (31 g) UPC 785184245101; Packaged in plastic bags. Good Lovin' 7 Inch Dog Chews Traditional Beef Bully Sticks, Net Wt. .49 Oz (13.9 g) 1 Count, UPC 800443272893; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Dog Chew 7'' Bully Stick, 6 Count, UPC 785184207062; Packaged in plastic bags; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Dog Chew 7'' Bully Stick, 1 Count, UPC 785184207017; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Petco PRIME CUTS, 7'' Bully Stick, Net Wt. .74 OZ (20 g), Distributed by: International Pet Supplies and Distribution, Inc. San Diego, CA 92121, 800443104798; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Redbarn, Steer Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 6 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas Net Wt. 0.8 OZ (23 g) UPC 785184245026; Packaged in plastic bags. Chewy Louie 7in Bully Stick Premium Dog Chew Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas; Net Wt. 0.63 oz (17 g) UPC 785184807019; Packaged in plastic bags. Redbarn 9'' Bully 1-Lb. Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas; UPC 785184290095; Packaged in plastic bags. Redbarn, 5 Inch Bully Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 1 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas, UPC 785184205006; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. petco, PRIME CUTS, 3 pk, 7'' Steer Stick Net Wt. 1 OZ (28 g), 800443120446; No packaging: the label is a tag on a stick. Redbarn, 7 in Steer Sticks, 1 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas; UPC 785184247006; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Dog Chew 36'' Bully Stick, 1 Count, UPC 785184236116; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Good Lovin' Dog Chews Traditional Beef Bully Sticks, Net Wt. 2.4 Oz (68 g) 6 Count, UPC 800443272862; Packaged in plastic bags. Time for Joy Holiday, bully stick chew for dogs, Net Wt. .49 OZ (13.9 g), 800443287781; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Dentley 7 in Bully Stick, 1 stick / 7in / Net Wt 0.49 oz (13.9 g) UPC 737257479852; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Redbarn, 7 Inch Bully Sticks, Premium Dog Chews, 1 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas, UPC 785184207000; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick Good Lovin' XL Dog Chews Traditional Beef Bully Sticks, Net Wt. 1.7 Oz (48.2 g) 1 Count, UPC 800443273012; No packaging: the label is a tag on the stick. Redbarn, 7 in Steer Sticks, 3 Count, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC Great Bend Kansas; Net Wt. 2.4 OZ (68 g); UPC 785184251058; Packaged in plastic bags. Good Lovin' Dog Chews Traditional Beef Steer Chews, Net Wt. 1.05 Oz (29.8 g) 10 Count, UPC 800443272732; Packaged in plastic bags
Cause:
A sample collected by the Colorado Department of agriculture was positive for Salmonella.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
19,285 total cases
Source
Transparency

Transparency

Score
87%

We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

Redbarn was one of the few companies that responded quickly, it only took 2 days for a complete response. A follow-up email was sent to clarify a few of the answers, and a couple of details could not be shared. Overall the transparency in answering was good.

Does Redbarn have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

We do not have a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) as a nutritionist on staff.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

Our products are formulated by our R&D director, who has an MBA, a BSC. Degree in food science, and is a certified food scientist (CFS) with over 40 years of experience in the pet food industry.


Also due to the facts that we follow the laws of privacy and confidentiality to all of our employees, we will not give out any employee names. I am sure you can understand this. You are welcome to contact our HR manager and she will have the proper documentation you will need to sign to ask for this permission.

A simple google search showed the LinkedIn profile for their R&D Director.

Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

We do not use food trials, but instead, elect to use nutrient content by laboratory analysis of our foods to verify they meet AAFCO nutritional adequacy.  Feeding trials only use a limited number of dogs, usually not the full range of breeds, sizes, or age.  We feel the laboratory analysis gives a better overall perspective of the nutrients provided by the food.

What country are your products manufactured?

All of the food products formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles are manufactured in the U.S.   Many of our treat/chew products originate in South America or Canada.

We found this answer to be somewhat incomplete, but the details required for a complete answer would likely be tedious. However, they did share the names of the 3 countries they manufacture the product in.  

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

Our manufacturing facility is visited and audited by several of our larger customers/distributors (such as PetSmart and Petco), as well as visits/audits from FDA/FSIS and USDA.


Due to the level of cleanliness that our plant upholds, we cannot allow public touring. Have you taken a moment to see that our website is loaded with great video content to see what happens inside Redbarn. www.redbarninc.com

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

We use organoleptic measures, as well as physical, chemical and microbiological testing to ensure quality measures are met.

While “organoleptic measures” sounds high tech, it is actually the use of taste, sight and smell. Basically using primary senses to detect issues with the food.

Does Redbarn own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

Redbarn owns both the manufacturing facility located in Great Bend, Kansas, as well as the treat/chew manufacturing site in Paraguay, South America.

In a previous answer, they mention some products coming from Canada, so it would be assumed they do not own that facility.  

Do any parts of your product come from China?

The only products containing major components from China are 4 our filled rawhide treats: the formed rawhide for the Twin-Filled Rawhide Bone, Bagel, Roofle, and Filled Rolled Rawhide.

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