Tucker’s Carnibar (Dehydrated)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Tucker’s Carnibar Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Tucker’s Carnibar product line includes four dehydrated dog foods.

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.

  • Tucker’s Carnibar Beef-Pumpkin Formula [A]
  • Tucker’s Carnibar Chicken-Pumpkin Formula [A]
  • Tucker’s Carnibar Pork-Lamb-Pumpkin Formula [A]
  • Tucker’s Carnibar Pork-Bison-Pumpkin Formula [A]

Tucker’s Carnibar Beef-Pumpkin Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Tucker's Carnibar Beef-Pumpkin Formula

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 57% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 3%

Ingredients: Beef, beef heart, beef liver, pumpkin, beef bone and marrow, taurine, zinc amino acid complex, vitamin E supplement, calcium carbonate, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, zinc sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, riboflavin supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis48%28%NA
Dry Matter Basis57%33%3%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%58%2%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 58% | Carbs = 2%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains about 80% water. After dehydrating, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

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

Although heart and liver are quality items, raw organs contain about 80% water. After dehydrating, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

The fourth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is beef bone and marrow. Bone marrow is the mostly fatty tissue found in the interior of bones. It’s naturally rich in phosphorus and vitamin A. And bone, of course, is an excellent source of natural calcium.

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

This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Tucker’s Carnibar Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Tucker’s Carnibar 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 57%, a fat level of 33% and estimated carbohydrates of about 3%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 57% and a mean fat level of 33%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 3% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

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 an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Tucker’s Carnibar is a meat-based dry dog food using an abundance of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.

Tucker’s Dog Food
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12/16/2016 Last Update