K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The K9 Natural product line lists four freeze dried raw recipes.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Beef Feast (2 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Lamb Feast (2 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Venison Feast (5 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Chicken Feast (4.5 stars)
K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Chicken Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Chicken Feast
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meat, eggs, cabbage, broccoli, chard (silverbeet), carrot, cauliflower, apple, pear, new zealand green mussel
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.2%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||32%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||57%||14%|
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 includes eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The third ingredient is cabbage. Like broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable rich in protective anti-oxidants and fiber.
The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is chard. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, chard exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 92.
The sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, 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 two notable exceptions…
First, this recipes contains green-lipped mussel. Mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.
And lastly, we find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe. Since the company claims the product is suitable for “dogs at any stage of life”, we would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried 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 36% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 93%.
Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And near-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.
However, with 30% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 57% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
K9 Natural is a meat-based grain-free raw freeze dried dog food using an abundant amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Because of their unusually higher fat content, we cannot, in good faith, recommend either the Lamb or Beef recipes.
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.
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Notes and Updates
03/05/2015 Last Update