K-9 Kraving Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The K-9 Kraving product line includes six raw frozen dog foods, five claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one (Mackerel and Vegetable) for supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- K-9 Kraving Turkey and Vegetable
- K-9 Kraving Mackerel and Vegetable
- K-9 Kraving Chicken, Beef and Vegetable
- K-9 Kraving Beef and Vegetable (2 stars)
- K-9 Kraving Duck and Vegetable (2 stars)
- K-9 Kraving Chicken and Vegetable (4.5 stars)
K-9 Kraving Chicken, Beef and Vegetable was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
K-9 Kraving Chicken, Beef and Vegetable
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, beef, beef liver, beef heart, ground chicken bone, sweet potato, broccoli, linseed meal, sunflower meal, tomato pomace (dry), carrots (dry), kelp (dry), choline chloride, d-a-tocopheryl acetate (source of natural vitamin E), manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin A supplement, niacin, d calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin, selenium yeast (an organic source of selenium), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine HCL, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide (an organic source of iodine)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||34%||12%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||59%||9%|
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
The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Chicken and beef are naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is beef 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 fifth ingredient is ground chicken bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The sixth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The seventh ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The eighth ingredient lists linseed meal, a by-product left after extracting all the oil from linseed (another name for flaxseed).
Linseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, linseeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, linseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The ninth ingredient is sunflower meal, a by-product of the oil extraction process – and an item more typically found in feed for livestock.
Although sunflower meal contains about 34% protein, it 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 actual meat content of this dog food.
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, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.
Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.
Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
Next, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
K-9 Kraving Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, K-9 Kraving looks like an above-average raw dog food.
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 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the linseed and sunflower meals, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.
However, the higher fat content associated with the Beef and Duck recipes may not be appropriate for every animal.
K-9 Kraving is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Since the company describes the Mackrel and Vegetable recipe as a dietary supplement, the recipe may not be suitable for long term daily use.
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.
K-9 Kraving Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- K-9 Kraving Raw Dog Food Recall October 2015 (10/5/2015)
To learn why our ratings have nothing to do with a product’s recall history, please visit our Dog Food Recalls FAQ page.
Get free dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. Subscribe to The Advisor’s recall notification list.
Dog Food Coupons
Readers are invited to check for coupons and discounts shared by others in our Dog Food Coupons Forum.
Or click the buying tip below. Please be advised we receive a fee for referrals made to the following online store.
A Final Word
The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.
The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.
We rely entirely on the integrity of the information provided by each company. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the specific data a company chooses to share.
Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.
We rely on tips from readers. To report a product change or request an update of any review, please contact us using this form.
Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.
However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.
For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".
Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.
In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.
However, we do receive a fee from Chewy.com for each purchase made as a direct result of a referral from our website. This fee is a fixed dollar amount and has nothing to do with the size of an order or the brand selected for purchase.
Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.
Notes and Updates
02/13/2016 Last Update