Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
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.
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||37%||23%||32%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||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.
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.
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.
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