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Tiki Dog Aloha Petites Chicken Luau Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

by Tiki Dog
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March 7, 2019
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Tiki Dog Aloha Petites Chicken Luau is a mid-priced dog food with great quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, including zero artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. However, it has a somewhat high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat, but the meat and fat quality in the food is excellent. Tiki Dog has a below average number of recalls and was relatively transparent when answering our questions. Watchdog Labs recommends this product.

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TYPE
Dry Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Toy, Small Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
Grain-Free
PACKAGE
3.5, 10 lbs
MADE IN
Canada
COMPANY
Whitebridge Pet Brands

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has a good amount of protein and fat but is somewhat high in carbs, which is lowering the fat content somewhat and making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low. They are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts, however, very high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.

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 31.11%

Min. Fat 17.78%

Min. Carbs 43.33%

Max. Fiber 5.00%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 28.0%

Min Fat: 16.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 5%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 10.0%

Calories

Calories

377 Calories per Cup

This product has an average amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Average calorie foods like this are typically best for fairly active dogs who need a moderate amount of daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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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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98%
37
Total Ingredients
0
Controversial Ingredients

Fresh Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Fresh Chicken Liver, Lentils, Chickpeas, Tapioca, Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Ground Whole Flaxseed, Spinach, Carrots, Salmon Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Brewer’s Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Monosodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharide (Prebiotic), Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 0 controversial ingredients. That’s what you want to see in a food, great!


Top 5 Ingredients

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

  • Fresh Deboned Chicken
    Chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient that provides nutrients like protein, fat and B vitamins. 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). De-boned simply means that the bones have been removed.
  • Chicken Meal
    Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients. Chicken meal is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Peas
    Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

  • Fresh 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.

  • Lentils
    Lentils are a legume that provide carbs, fiber, protein and numerous nutrients like folate, vitamin B6, phosphorus, iron and zinc. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between lentils and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if potatoes are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

Controversial Ingredients

Tiki Dog Aloha Petites Chicken Luau has no controversial ingredients.


Country of Origin

Tiki Dog Food is made in Canada. That’s great, because regulations and quality standards for dog food manufacturing in Canada are equally high to those made in the U.S.


Meat & Fat Quality

Tiki Dog shows clearly where the meats and added oils in this dog food originate from. On the label we see: Fresh Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Fresh Chicken Liver, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), and Salmon Oil. All of them clearly identify the animals they come from, excellent.


Artificial Preservatives

Tiki Dog Aloha Petites Chicken Luau contains 0 controversial artificial preservatives. 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 controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.


Artificial Colors

No artificial colors, either. Absolutely excellent!


Artificial Flavors

Last but not least, this product manages to shine by alos not using any artificial flavors. No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors is exactly what you want to look for in dog food. Well done!

Recalls

Recalls

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Brand Recalls

Tiki Dog has a below average number of recalls.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
50%

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?

Tiki did not respond to the first email. A second email was sent a week later, a delayed response was received with the following answers.

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

Tiki has dedicated pet nutritionists, food scientists, food engineers, and quality assurance managers to support product development and manufacturing. We are not able to disclose their information.

We would prefer to know exactly who the professionals are that work on the product.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

See the previous answer.  

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

We do not do feeding trials. Our products are formulated in compliance with AAFCO nutrient profiles.

What country are your products manufactured?

Our wet foods are produced in Thailand while our dry foods are produced in Canada.  

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

While we do visit each of them regularly to ensure quality and regulations, they are not open to the public for safety and quality assurance reasons.  

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

As part of our quality assurance, we apply close scrutiny to our manufacturers and suppliers along every step of our supply chain. Our manufacturing facilities are highly regarded and are held to strict quality assurance standards. Our co-manufacturing plants operate under programs like HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP's), current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP's) and others under a system for managing food safety and quality.

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

We are not able to disclose those manufacturers or exact locations due to our contracts with them.

The majority of companies we spoke to are willing and able to share who their partners are. Not knowing exactly where the food is being made is concerning.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

The ingredients are globally sourced and from pre-approved suppliers only but we do attempt to source ingredients as close to the manufacturing facilities as possible unless an ingredient is not available or does not meet our quality standards. We are not disclosing exact locations, as we are under a non-disclosure contract with both our manufacturers and suppliers. Tiki carefully chooses our raw materials so that only the best, purposeful ingredients are in our final product.  

Tiki Dog Aloha Petites Chicken Luau Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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