Genesis RAW Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Genesis RAW product line includes four raw frozen dog foods, 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.
- Genesis RAW Turkey Blend
- Genesis RAW Chicken Blend
- Genesis RAW Lamb Blend (5 stars)
- Genesis RAW Beef Blend (2.5 stars)
Genesis RAW Turkey Blend was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Genesis Raw Turkey Blend
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Fresh turkey with ground bone, fresh turkey hearts, fresh turkey gizzards, turkey liver, carrots, spinach, celery, apples, parsley, garlic, coriander, thyme, ginger, rosemary, salmon oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, flaxseed, vitamin and mineral complex
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.1%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||47%||36%||9%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||61%||6%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
In addition, this ingredient is inclusive of ground bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The second ingredient is turkey 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 turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.
The fourth ingredient includes turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.
The seventh ingredient is celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.
The eighth ingredient includes apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in 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 four notable exceptions…
So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.
Next, olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.
In addition, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
And lastly, we’re pleased to find a list of both naturally present as well as added nutrients detailed on the company’s website.
Genesis RAW Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Genesis RAW 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 48% and a mean fat level of 38%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 6% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 80%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
However, the higher fat content associated with the Beef Blend may not be appropriate for every animal.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.
Genesis RAW is a meat-based frozen dog food using an abundant amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.
Genesis Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
01/08/2016 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩
- Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference ↩
- Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005) ↩