Primal Raw Frozen Mixes receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Primal Raw Frozen Mixes product line includes 6 dog foods, each designed for supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Primal Beef Mix
- Primal Lamb Mix
- Primal Turkey Mix
- Primal Buffalo Mix
- Primal Sardine Mix
- Primal Chicken Mix
Primal Raw Frozen Turkey Mix was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Primal Turkey Mix
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, turkey neck, turkey wing, turkey heart, turkey liver, organic collard greens, organic squash, organic celery, cranberries, organic ginger, organic cilantro
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||55%||31%||6%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||41%||55%||4%|
The first three ingredients in this dog food are all turkey meats, turkey, turkey neck and wing. Like most meats, turkey is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog for life.
The fourth ingredient is turkey 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 item is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal. So long as it’s not over-weighted in a dog food, turkey liver is beneficial high-protein component.
The next six ingredients include a variety of nutrient-rich organic produce ingredients…
- Collard greens
Although we find no mention of minerals on the ingredients list, we are reassured to see a completely detailed list of nutrients (for each recipe) on the company’s website.2
Primal Raw Frozen Mixes Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Primal Raw Frozen Mixes dog food differs from the company’s Raw Frozen Formula in a most important way.
Unlike the Raw Frozen “Formula” line (which is designed for dogs of all life stages), this product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.
Primal Raw Frozen Mixes is a supplement — and a supplement only.
Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplements must not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.
We prefer to use a high-protein food like this as a special treat. Or as an appetizing topper to be served over dry kibble.
In any case, we expect the nutrient percentages to reveal abundant meat content.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 51% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.
Above-average protein. Near-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 dog food containing an abundance of meat.
Primal Raw Frozen Mixes is a meat-based dog food using an abundance of meat and poultry as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand a befitting 5 stars.
The product is sold in plastic-wrapped, sausage-shaped “chubbs”.
Enthusiastically recommended for supplemental feeding only.
For more raw feeding 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
04/20/2013 Original review
04/20/2012 Last Update