Lucky Dog Cuisine (Cooked Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Lucky Dog Cuisine receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Lucky Dog Cuisine product line includes seven cooked-then-frozen recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Here Fishy Fishy [A]
  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Perfect Pooch Pasta [A]
  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Tail Waggin’ Turkey N’ Rice [A]
  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Turkey ‘N Taters Grain Free (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Picky Palate Pork Grain Free (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Original Recipe Beef and Rice (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Lucky Dog Cuisine Bugsy’s Best Beef and Barley (4.5 stars) [A]

Lucky Dog Cuisine Bugsy’s Best Beef and Barley was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Lucky Dog Cuisine Bugsy's Best Beef and Barley

Frozen Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Grass-fed beef, barley, cottage cheese, beef heart, beef liver, carrots, green beans, peas, tomatoes, apples, blueberries, organic flax seed meal, extra virgin olive oil, basil, organic kelp, calcium carbonate, natural vitamin A, natural vitamin E, vitamin D3, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, B6, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, chelated minerals (zinc, selenium, iron, copper, manganese)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis40%20%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%20%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%40%27%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 27%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is cottage cheese. Compared to other dairy products, cottage cheese is high in protein yet contains 70% less lactose than whole milk.

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 beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient includes beans, legumes naturally high in dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

The eighth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, both beans and peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The ninth ingredient is tomato, a nutrient rich vegetable consisting of about 72% carbohydrates.

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, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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.

Next, olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Lucky Dog Cuisine Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Lucky Dog Cuisine looks like an above-average wet 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 39% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, beans and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Lucky Dog Cuisine is a meat-based frozen cooked dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

Lucky Dog Cuisine Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

07/02/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Yvonne Burns McCarthy

    Absolutely the best food I’ve ever found for my dog. It is human grade and the people who make it are good and honest people. For the first time in my dog’s life he went back and licked the bowl after he was finished. He’s been extremely healthy and super active. Wow…what a difference.

  • Marci Kaplan

    This is the finest dog food you can EVER feed your dog if they are lucky enough to receive. It is human grade food and you can talk with the veterinarian who created and makes this food anytime. This food has saved my dogs life because if the very low fat content. It smells delicious, not rancid like commercial dog foods and the ingredients are top of the line. What I don’t get is why you keep comparing foods to the AFFCO guidelines! Are you aware that the president of AFFCO ADMITTED THAT THERE COULD BE EITHER FLUFFY OR FIDO IN THE FOOD THAT AFFCO ALLOWS?

  • InkedMarie

    For a minute, I thought this was raw & I’m thinking, it has grains! Then, I realized it’s cooked frozen. I think I’ll pass.