Smack Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Smack product line includes three dehydrated dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review. They are available in both Original Style and Crunchy Style.
- Smack Chunky Chicken
- Smack Very Berry Chicken
- Smack Carribean Salmon Fusion
Smack Chunky Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Smack Chunky Chicken
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, millet seed, organic hemp seed, organic alfalfa, celery, carrots, organic dehydrated kelp, mangoes, rosemary, garlic, strawberries, parsley, and marjoram
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||19%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||39%||28%|
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 is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
The third ingredient is hempseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, hemp seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
The fourth ingredient lists alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is more commonly associated with cattle feeds, it can still provide healthy nutrients to any dog food.
The fifth ingredient is celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.
The sixth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient includes dried kelp, a dehydrated form of seaweed also known as alginate.
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, garlic can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2
However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).
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.
Smack Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Smack Dog Food looks like an above average dry 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 44% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.
Smack Dog Food is a meat-based raw dehydrated product using a generous amount of chicken or salmon as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
However, this product appears to be designed for supplemental use only and may not be suitable for long term daily feeding.
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
01/10/2013 Original review
01/10/2013 Last Update