Primal Raw Frozen Grinds dog food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Primal Raw Frozen Grinds product line includes six dog foods, each intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review:
- Primal Beef Grind
- Primal Lamb Grind
- Primal Turkey Grind
- Primal Buffalo Grind
- Primal Sardine Grind
- Primal Chicken Grind
Primal Beef Grind raw frozen dog food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Primal Beef Grind
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef heart, beef liver, ground beef bone
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||47%||33%||12%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||58%||8%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef heart. The heart is a muscular organ. And although it may not sound very appetizing to us humans, beef heart is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog for life.
The second ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third item is finely-ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium and minerals.
Although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.1
Primal Dog Food Raw Frozen Grinds Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Primal Dog Food Raw Frozen Grinds deviates from the company’s Raw Frozen Formula in an important way.
Unlike the “Formula” series, this product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.
Primal Raw Frozen Grind is a supplement. And because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplements must not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 12% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared with a typical raw dog food.
With no sign of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw frozen product containing a significant amount of meat.
What’s more, all of it is “100% human-grade” and “antibiotic and steroid free without added hormones”.2
Primal Raw Frozen Grinds is a meat-based wet dog food using an abundance of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
The product is sold in shrink-wrapped, sausage-shaped chubs.
Enthusiastically recommended (for supplemental feeding only).
For even more raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
04/11/2010 Original review
11/11/2010 Review updated
08/08/2012 Last Update