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Bil-Jac Pate Platters Dog Food (Canned)

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Dog Food Advisor, Dec 7, 2017.

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    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    Bil-Jac Pate Platters Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

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    The Bil-Jac Pate Platters product line includes 4 grain-free canned dog foods.

    Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

    Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

    • Bil-Jac Pate Platters with Duck and Pumpkin [M]
    • Bil-Jac Pate Platters with Chicken and Cheese [M]
    • Bil-Jac Pate Platters with Beef and Sweet Potato [M]
    • Bil-Jac Pate Platters with Chicken and Vegetables [M]

    Bil-Jac Pate Platters with Chicken and Vegetables was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

    Bil-Jac Pate Platters with Chicken and Vegetables

    Canned Dog Food

    Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

    Protein = 36% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 33%

    Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, carrots, tapioca starch, peas, pea protein, natural flavor, salt, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, guar gum, locust bean gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, magnesium oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper glycine complex, manganese glycine complex, biotin supplement, riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, beta-carotene, potassium iodide, folic acid

    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

    Red items indicate controversial ingredients

    Estimated Nutrient Content
    Guaranteed Analysis8%5%NA
    Dry Matter Basis36%23%33%
    Calorie Weighted Basis29%44%26%
    Protein = 29% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 26%

    The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

    Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

    The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

    The third ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

    The fourth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

    The fifth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

    However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

    The sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

    Even though it contains over 80% 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 meat content of this dog food.

    After the natural flavor, we find salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

    However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

    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 product.

    With one notable exception

    This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

    Bil-Jac Pate Platters Dog Food
    The Bottom Line

    Judging by its ingredients alone, Bil-Jac Pate Platters looks like an above-average wet product.

    But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

    The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

    As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 24%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.

    And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.

    Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

    When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and pea protein, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

    Bottom line?

    Bil-Jac Pate Platters is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


    Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

    Bil-Jac Dog Food
    Recall History

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    Notes and Updates

    12/07/2017 Last Update

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