Answers Detailed Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

Rating: ★★★★★

Answers Dog Food (Detailed Formula) receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Answers Detailed product line includes 4 raw frozen 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.

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.

  • Answers Detailed Pork [A]
  • Answers Detailed Beef [A]
  • Answers Detailed Turkey [A]
  • Answers Detailed Chicken [A]

Answers Detailed Chicken formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Answers Detailed Dog Food Chicken Formula

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken heart, organic chicken liver, ground organic chicken bone, organic chicken eggs, organic carrots, organic green beans, cod liver, organic yellow squash, butter, montmorillonite, whey, organic parsley, salt, vitamin E supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis13%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%31%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%56%15%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 15%

The first ingredient in this dog food is organic chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

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

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

The fourth ingredient is organic ground chicken bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The fifth ingredient includes organic chicken eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient lists organic carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient includes organic green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

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 two notable exceptions

First, montmorillonite is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.

Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

And lastly, except for vitamin E, we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.

Answers Detailed Formula Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

Judging by its ingredients alone, Answers Dog Food Detailed formula 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 41%, a fat level of 31% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 77%.

Near-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 a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Answers Detailed Formula is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount 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.

Answers Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

12/24/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials