Tucker’s Raw Frozen (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Tucker’s Raw Frozen product line includes three raw frozen dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.1

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Tucker’s Pork-Lamb-Pumpkin
  • Tucker’s Pork-Bison-Pumpkin
  • Tucker’s Pork-Beef-Pumpkin Formula

Tucker’s Pork-Bison-Pumpkin was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Tucker's Pork-Bison-Pumpkin

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 37% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 32%

Ingredients: Muscle meat from pork chops and pork ribs, bison heart, pumpkin, marrow and bone, balanced vitamin premix formulated to AAFCO standards (taurine, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis13%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis37%23%32%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%45%26%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2

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

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

The fourth ingredient is marrow and bone. 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 vitamins and minerals.

Although the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Tucker’s 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 37%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 32%.

However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat content have been significantly understated on the label.

So, we obtained more detailed nutrient data from the company3 and computed the following approximate values.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-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?

Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food is a meat-based raw product using a significant amount of pork as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Notes and Updates

10/05/2013 Original review
10/05/2013 Last Update

  1. Per email dated 6/29/2013
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Per email dated 10/4/2013
  • gmcbogger38

    I feed this to my sensitive dog due to the pumpkin and no organ meats as my one dog either won’t eat because of the organs or she vomits. At least for now she can eat a balanced raw diet with no issues.

  • Ted Lehmann

    We’ve been using Tucker’s for the past year and our dog loves it. The packaging convenience and quality are amazing. I even bought some of the Chicken jerky the other day and tried it myself before giving it to our dog. It is way better quality than any of the beef jerky you typically buy for human consumption.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I just found Tucker’s at my local pet store. I tried a bag of the pork-lamb. Max loves it. I’m adding it to my rotation.

  • Bea

    How about Tucker’s chicken jerky, anyone use these?

  • Darren Story

    Been using it for quite some time now. It’s best when used on a rotation with other raws. Pork is fine, my dog loves it and remains active.

    Remember, too much of any one protein type is not a great idea. Mix feeding cycles with poultry, beef, and other proteins for a well balanced feed.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    My Agway has been carrying this for about a year now. Judging by their website it looks like they have great quality control. I’m not too impressed by the ingredients though. Mostly just pork, pumpkin and a bunch of synthetic vitamins and minerals. The fact that every formula contains pork is what’s kept me from trying it. None of my dogs have an issue with pork but pork is one of their staples so when I do treat them with a commercial raw I like to get a more novel protein.

  • Betsy Greer

    Also, it was the least expensive raw diet available in the freezer at the store. : )

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    It would be the pork option for me since I make poultry food and feed sardines.

  • Betsy Greer

    I almost picked up some of this the other day, but got Stella & Chewys instead. The owner of the pet boutique store and I were talking about Tucker’s and she suggested that it would be great for dogs needing LID. So pork heavy though.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I always wonder what it means when they have such a nonstandard ingredient list. Although, I like when a company gives you more info than they have to. It makes me want to buy from them

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    These are individually wrapped patties and their E. coli and Salmonella lab test results are posted on their website. Their meat/bone/marrow frozen cups look interesting.