TruDog Dog Food Review (Freeze-Dried)

TruDog Dog Food Review

Rating:

TruDog Dog Food receives the Advisor’s best rating of 5 stars.

The TruDog product line includes the 4 freeze-dried, raw recipes listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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TruDog Feed Me Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

TruDog Feed Me Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 43% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Beef, beef tripe, beef lung, ground beef bone, beef liver, beef heart, beef kidney, beef blood, beef fat, herring oil, mixed tocopherols, d-alpha tocopherols

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis41%28%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%30%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%53%14%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 53% | Carbs = 14%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is beef tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.

The next ingredient is beef lung. This item is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

The fourth item is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The fifth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The sixth ingredient is beef 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 next ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

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 3 notable exceptions

First, we note the inclusion of beef blood, which consists mostly of water. And although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to humans, blood is naturally rich in protein (albumin), vitamins and minerals.

Next, herring 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, herring oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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.

TruDog Dog Food Review

Based on its ingredients alone, TruDog Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 43%, a fat level of 30% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

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 product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

TruDog is a freeze-dried, grain-free raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

TruDog Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this TruDog product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

02/09/2020 Last Update