Answers Dog Food (Detailed Formula) receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Answers Detailed Dog Food product line includes three raw frozen recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Answers Detailed Pork
- Answers Detailed Beef
- Answers Detailed Chicken
Answers Detailed Chicken formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Answers Detailed Dog Food Chicken Formula
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken heart, chicken liver, ground chicken bone, chicken eggs, carrots, green beans, yellow squash, montmorillonite, cultured whey, sardine oil, anchovy oil, parsley, sea salt, vitamin E supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||31%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||56%||15%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes 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 heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is ground chicken bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fifth ingredient is chicken eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The eighth ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
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 three notable exceptions…
First, montmorillonite is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.
Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Next, sardine oil and anchovy oil are naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, sardine and anchovy oils should be considered commendable additions.
And lastly, although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list except for vitamin E, we are reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.
Answers Detailed Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Answers Dog Food looks like an above average raw 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 77%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.
Answers Detailed Dog Food is a meat-based raw product using a generous amount of chicken, beef or pork as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
06/20/2013 Original review
06/20/2013 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩