Smack Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Smack product line lists three dehydrated raw dog foods.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
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: Antibiotic-free chicken (bone-in and organs), millet seed, organic hemp super food, organic alfalfa, celery, organic pineapple, organic strawberry, organic mango, carrots, organic thyme, parsley and marjoram
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||42%||20%||30%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||40%||25%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is 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 hemp seed, 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 is alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
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 and seventh items are pineapple and strawberries. Most fruits can be considered a reasonable source of digestible carbohydrates. And they can also provide dietary fiber as well as plant-based vitamins and minerals.
However, aside from their caloric energy content, fruits are typically of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
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 one notable exception…
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
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
With that in mind…
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 46% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.
Smack dehydrated raw dog food is a meat-based grain-free dry product using a generous amount of chicken or salmon as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
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
07/26/2014 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩