K-9 Kraving Dog Food (Raw Frozen)


Rating: ★★★★½

K-9 Kraving Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The K-9 Kraving product line includes 6 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.

  • K-9 Kraving Chicken, Beef and Vegetable [A]
  • K-9 Kraving Beef and Vegetable (1.5 stars) [A]
  • K-9 Kraving Turkey and Vegetable (5 stars) [A]
  • K-9 Kraving Duck and Vegetable (1.5 stars) [A]
  • K-9 Kraving Chicken and Vegetable (4 stars) [A]
  • K-9 Kraving Mackerel and Vegetable (5 stars) [S]

K-9 Kraving Chicken, Beef and Vegetable was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

K-9 Kraving Chicken, Beef and Vegetable

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 12%

Ingredients: Chicken, beef, beef liver, beef heart, ground chicken bone, sweet potato, broccoli, linseed meal, sunflower meal, tomato pomace (dry), carrots (dry), kelp (dry), choline chloride, d-a-tocopheryl acetate (source of natural vitamin E), manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin A supplement, niacin, d calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin, selenium yeast (an organic source of selenium), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine HCL, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide (an organic source of iodine)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis16%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%34%12%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%59%9%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 59% | Carbs = 9%

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

The second ingredient 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

Chicken and beef are naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

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

The sixth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The seventh ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.

The eighth ingredient lists linseed meal, a by-product left after extracting all the oil from linseed (another name for flaxseed).

Linseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, linseeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, linseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The ninth ingredient is sunflower meal, a by-product of the oil extraction process – and an item more typically found in feed for livestock.

Although sunflower meal contains about 34% protein, it would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 three notable exceptions

First, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Next, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

And lastly, 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.

K-9 Kraving Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, K-9 Kraving looks like an above-average raw dog food.

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 46%, a fat level of 34% and estimated carbohydrates of about 12%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the linseed and sunflower meals, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.

However, with 59% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 32% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

K-9 Kraving is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Since the company describes the Mackrel and Vegetable recipe as a dietary supplement, the recipe may not be suitable for long term daily use.

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.

K-9 Kraving Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

08/13/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Nikki

    We have been feeding our 12 yo Welsh terrier K9 Cravings for about 10 years of his life. He was never a picky eater but as with many terriers he used to have itchy skin and paws. I started researching and found this wonderful local pet store who gave us a sample of the k-9 cravings to try. Literally gave it to us! They were small little bite size samples just so we could see how well he tolerated it. We thawed out a couple and put them in his bowl and MAN O MAN! we’ve never looked back. Not ony did he tolerate it well but we noticed after several months his coat seemed smoother. Still a terrier coat but it seemed to have much more natural oils. He also stopped all that scratching and flaking. Fast forward about 8 years and we got a new little sister welshie. I suspect her life will be even better that our 12 yo welshie as she has had nothing but raw from the day we brought her home from the breeder. They both love it. Never a weight issue. And another bonus to raw is the food is so nutrient dense when they poop it is smaller. And if you forget to pick it up from your back yard, it eventually turns white and powdery. You can just kick it and it turns to dust. I also like the fact that K9 craving is based in Baltimore so I’m supporting local business. Product is good and the continuity of product is good.

  • haleycookie

    I’d give them a call and see if they’ll let you return it for a refund or exchange.

  • couragUS1

    I just bought 30 lbs. of the chicken, beef and vegetable because the local supplier I found only sells by the case. My dogs won’t eat it. 🙁

  • Judy

    Hi Redhorse sorry about that, I edited it. Was having device and typing problems I guess and had forgotten to proofread, thx

  • Redhorse89

    Very hard to read what you’re trying to say. Would you clarify – in longhand – please?

  • Judy

    ita 2.99 to 3.99blb at mynlocalnpet store and no UPS so was wondering if it hasnt improved ldrom 3 yr agi comments ,maybe just use ad emerg sub when waitin for delivery or maybe alternate occasionally along with Darwins w b better?

  • Judy

    Is this brand any better now 5han the 3 yrs old negative comments? I notice 5 star rating here on dfa

  • Judy

    How does this compare with Darwins more expensive version? I’m thinking if switching cuz I can pick up now at local pet supply store and save on shipping plus not happy with Darwins 4029357733 fat formula , any advice appreciated

  • DogFoodie

    Just be aware that those that received much lower ratings did so because they have more fat than protein.

  • The Final Say

    This is my new go-to frozen raw food. The dog looks fantastic (lean, shiny, fit) and has good energy on this food. The price is good too for a frozen balanced food. I will be rotating proteins and staying with it for the foreseeable future. I also feed the “2 star” versions without issue.

  • stephanie paterek

    People love their pets and take them very seriously. They should know what they are buying and who they are dealing with when buying from them:

    K-9 has chosen to disclaim liability for selling us a defected beef bone causing serious injury to my dog, Wally. Causing him to undergo painful emergency surgery.
    It is disappointing that K-9 Kraving has chosen to disclaim liability for its product causing serious injury to Wallace. It is also, disheartening that they declared their product “unflawed” after no substantive inspection or investigation and alluded to the possibility that my pet may have done something to cause or contribute to its own injury.

    K-9 products did not include any labeling excluding or modifying this warranty to your purchasers, me, and other retail customers. They warranted their product to be without defects, visible, latent, or otherwise, and completely safe to be used in the reasonable discretion of the consumer.

  • jimbo8118

    We have a Pug.. We rescued her about two years ago.. she is now 3. She was 22+#’s at a year old! We tried a few foods finding her allergies.. and what would work to get her to lose weight slowly and consistently. We came upon K9 Raw frozen Lamb. Just Lamb. .it works amazingly well on many fronts. Firstly.. it works to lose weight.. she is now at a comfortable 13-14 pounds.. svelt and happy. One reason her previous owner “gave her up” was her constant shedding. Not any more. Week 3 or so we noticed her coat “lay down”, become silky and her shedding really abated. She still sheds.. just not crazy .. her eyes are bright.. her teeth are brilliant.. and her face pimples don’t come round anymore!.. All in all it has been wonderful for her. If we could afford it we would treat our year+ old and 9 month old Labs raw. .one day.. when they are stopped growing and settled in their portions we would like to switch them to raw. We are changed dog owners because of this product. Thanks K9! It may not work for all.. it does for us n the Pug!

  • MainerTodd

    Thanks, sandy. I’ll feed them what I have, then, and just keep an eye out and stop if they’re reacting badly. Thanks for the help!

  • I think if you’re mixing it with kibble in the same meal, it would be ok and I would only feed it once a day like that, not for both meals. It is just too fatty to feed as a meal alone. I wouldn’t even do that and I’ve been feeding raw for a few years and I leave the skin on my homemade raw.

  • MainerTodd

    I’m surprised at how low the ratings for the beef and duck recipes are compared to the others. I see the note about why they got lower ratings, and I get that, but are they really so bad that they deserve only 2.5 stars? I’m asking because I bought some of the beef recipe after forgetting about the dichotomy in ratings; now I’m worried that I might harm my dogs by feeding them the beef. My dogs are Poodle-Bichon mixes, about 15 lbs each, about 1.5 years old, reasonably active. I feed them only half a patty (2 ozs) a day right now, with Orijen kibble making up the bulk of the remainder of their diet. Does anyone think it’s a problem to feed them the beef patties for a few weeks? Or should I not take the risk? Thanks!

  • Julia Mulrad

    Great review, very useful.

    Will you join my Facebook group called “Cook for your dog”

    here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/163944917052351/

  • Tina

    Thank you…I totally missed that part.

  • monkey

    Too high of fat.

    From Mike’s review above:
    “With fat-to-protein ratios of about 127% and 155% (respectively), the Beef and Vegetable and Duck and Vegetable recipes may not be appropriate for every dog — and have thus been awarded lower star ratings.”

  • Tina

    Are you able to state why the Beef and Vegetable formula only received 2.5 stars? Thanks.

  • InkedMarie

    hmm, I’ll have to take a closer look. Thanks for chiming in!

  • TSGranger

    Tamara here from K-9 Kraving. At the beginning of ’13, we revised our Bulk Program to include orders as small as 250 lbs minimum (approx 9-30 lb cases; 4-5 mos of feed; 1 year shelf life @ constant [standard] frozen state; longer @ deep freeze) plus shipping. We ship via frozen pallet to ensure safe delivery. 2 day UPS can also be offered BUT is highly expensive (more than food itself) compared to shipping Bulk. Our Bulk Program has 4 purchasing levels. See “Where to Purchase” page; click on Bulk Program on left margin. PS: 1-2000 lbs is the same shipping cost. Happy to assist those interested. Sincerely, Tamara

  • InkedMarie

    at least right now, this is not the case. I can’t see anything on their website where you can order direct from them; Alpha Dog Specialties, the first place to order from, isn’t shipping the food anymore. The other places appear to be treats only. Apparently there are a couple places that sell the raw in my state, NH but one of the two isn’t selling it and the other place carries very little of it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    That’s not what I was told when I contacted the company. If you don’t have a retailer near you – which is the case with Paula – your only option is participating in the bulk program in which you have to order something like 400 lbs. at once. You also have to have a commercial drop-off point and pay the gas for the truck to drive it there. In my case the closest drop off point was a 4 hour drive from my house.

  • mp

    You can contact the company directly(Tamara) and order through them at a better savings then buying the product retail.This is what I will be doing when I get my new puppy in the Spring. Fortunately I have an xtra freezer for storing in bulk, but you can purchase as little as a case of patties(12.0 lbs) *:)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Paula –

    K9 Kraving is an all life stages food meaning it meets the dietary requirements of puppies, pregnant or lactating females, adults and seniors. It’s very reasonably priced for the quality – most varieties retail at under $3 per pound. Unfortunately, however, there aren’t any retailers in Tennessee.

  • Paula

    Hi my name is Paula and I live in Memphis tn. And I was just wondering where I could find k-9 kravings dog food raw and also wanting to no if its recommended for pregnant bitches and for puppies if also you have any ideas on giveing me an idea of how much it would cost thank you ??

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