K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The K9 Natural product line lists 3 freeze-dried raw 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.

  • K9 Natural Beef Feast (1.5 stars) [A]
  • K9 Natural Lamb Feast (1.5 stars) [A]
  • K9 Natural Chicken Feast (4.5 stars) [A]

K9 Natural Chicken Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

K9 Natural Chicken Feast

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 52% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 4%

Ingredients: Chicken, eggs, brown kelp, flaxseed flakes, cabbage, broccoli, Swiss chard, carrot, cauliflower, dried kelp, calcium carbonate, apple, pear, New Zealand green mussel, beta-carotene, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, sunflower oil, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, selenium yeast

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis49%35%NA
Dry Matter Basis52%37%4%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%62%3%
Protein = 36% | Fat = 62% | Carbs = 3%

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

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

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

The third ingredient is kelp, an algae-based seaweed modest in protein content but rich in marine minerals.

The fourth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

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

The fifth ingredient is cabbage. Like broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable rich in protective anti-oxidants and fiber.

The sixth ingredient includes 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 seventh ingredient is chard. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, chard exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 92.

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, we find green-lipped mussel. Mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.

Next, this food includes 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.

And lastly, 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.

K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, K9 Natural Freeze Dried 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 52%, a fat level of 37% and estimated carbohydrates of about 4%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 38%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 99%.

Near-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 flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing at least a moderate amount of meat.

However, with 62% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 36% 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?

K9 Natural is a meat-based raw dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Because of their unusually higher fat content, we cannot, in good faith, recommend either the Lamb or Beef recipes.

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.

K9 Natural Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/23/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference