Friday, August 7, 2015

Food Friday: Party Animal Heavenly Venison Canned Dog Food

Party Animal's pate-style dog food comes in a variety of flavors. With a couple of exceptions, they are grain-free and use a single type of protein. A few of the varieties contain eggs, but only the poultry-based foods. Brisbane is allergic to chicken, turkey, duck, and eggs, and half the flavors of Party Animal are Briz-safe.

This is one of the foods we carry at work, and it's pretty popular. I like the amount of variety they offer for Brisbane, he can have their beef, venison, lamb, and salmon cans. They don't throw eggs or chicken broth in there, unlike a lot of companies.

One of the things I really like about Party Animal is that they don't try to beat consumers over the head with an appeal to nature. Their product packaging and website are uncluttered and aesthetically pleasing, not jammed full of messages about how "natural" their food is. Their website does not scream about how my chihuahua is actually a tiny, misshapen wolf. This pleases my logical thinking brain quite a lot.

They do, however, state that their food is organic ad infinitum. I'm totally over organic food for a variety of reasons, from the lack of clear benefits to the crazy prices. I'm also a big fan of GMOs and think we need more of them because I like science. A lot. Still, I think Party Animal does a nice job of explaining what exactly the various terms on their labels mean and how those terms are regulated. It's very open and honest and reminds me a lot of Dog Food Logic.

Party Animal sources all of their ingredients from the USA, except for the lamb and venison that they get from New Zealand. I know we're all pretty leery about anything edible coming out of China these days so that's a huge relief. The company has never had a recall, but their products are co-packed by Evangers. That's a deal-breaker for some, as Evangers has had issues ranging from theft of utilities at their plant, to inaccurate labeling of their products.

Party Animal canned foods are rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Dog Food advisor. I think they're great for dogs with allergies, and the let me get some much-needed variety into Brisbane's diet. Unfortunately, Ru doesn't like any of the flavors we've tried.

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