SmallBatch raw frozen dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The SmallBatch product line includes 6 raw, frozen dog foods. Some formulas are available as patties, sliders or small bites.
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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
- SmallBatch Beef [U]
- SmallBatch Rabbit [U]
- SmallBatch Turkey [U]
- SmallBatch Chicken [U]
- SmallBatch Duck (3 stars) [U]
- SmallBatch Lamb (4 stars) [U]
SmallBatch Lamb was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb hearts, lamb, lamb bone, lamb livers, lamb kidneys, lamb spleens, organic squash, organic celery, organic bok choy, organic cauliflower, organic green beans, salmon oil, organic dandelion greens, organic apple cider vinegar, organic kelp, organic cilantro, organic bee pollen, organic wheat grass, organic bilberry, organic garlic, organic oregano, organic thyme
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||49%||37%||6%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||62%||4%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb 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 second ingredient is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is lamb bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fourth ingredient lists lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth item is lamb kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The sixth ingredient is lamb spleen, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a positive addition to this recipe.
The seventh ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
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 four notable exceptions…
First, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.
In addition, wheat grass is prized for its vitamin and mineral content. Yet unlike wheat, wheat grass is gluten-free. So, please ignore our software’s unfavorable treatment of this nutritious ingredient.
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.
SmallBatch Raw Frozen Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, SmallBatch raw frozen dog food looks like an above-average raw 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 52% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.
Above-average protein. Above-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 product containing an abundance of meat.
However, with 62% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 34% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
SmallBatch is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats 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.
SmallBatch Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Smallbatch Dog and Cat Food Recall of May 2017 (5/5/2017)
- Smallbatch Pets Dog Food Recall of March 2016 (3/28/2016)
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Notes and Updates
09/08/2018 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩
- Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005) ↩