K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The K9 Natural product line includes 5 freeze dried raw formulas, 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.
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Beef Feast (2 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Lamb Feast (2 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Chicken Feast (5 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Venison Feast (5 stars)
- K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Lamb Green Tripe (5 stars)
K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Venison Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
K9 Natural Raw Freeze Dried Venison Feast
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison meat, venison blood, venison bone, venison green tripe, venison liver, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, spinach (chard), cabbage, apples, pears, venison hearts, venison kidneys, eggs, green lipped mussel
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.2%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||43%||30%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||54%||14%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Venison is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is blood, which consists mostly of water. And although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to humans, blood is naturally rich in protein (albumin), vitamins and minerals.
The third ingredient is ground venison bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fourth ingredient includes venison green tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.
The fifth ingredient is venison liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next seven items include a series of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit…
- Spinach (chard)
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…
First, this recipes contains venison heart and kidney, two nutrient rich organs. 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.
Next, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
In addition, green-lipped mussel 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 Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw looks like an above average 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 44% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 17% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 70%.
Above-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.
However, the higher fat content associated with some of these recipes may not be appropriate for every animal.
K9 Natural is a meat-based raw freeze dried product using an abundant amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Because of their remarkably 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.
For even more raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
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Notes and Updates
03/10/2011 Original review
02/23/2012 Review updated (new products, new recipes)
08/30/2013 Review updated
08/30/2013 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩