K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 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.
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- K9 Natural Beef Feast (2 stars) [A]
- K9 Natural Lamb Feast (2 stars) [A]
- K9 Natural Chicken Feast (4.5 stars) [A]
- K9 Natural Hoki and Beef Feast (4 stars) [A]
- K9 Natural Lamb and King Salmon Feast (2.5 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
Ingredients: Chicken, eggs, flaxseed flakes, hoki oil, brown kelp, New Zealand green mussel, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potassium sulphate, dried kelp, apples, pears, salt, vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, sunflower oil, magnesium oxide, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, beta-carotene, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||37%||3%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||36%||62%||2%|
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 lists flaxseed flakes, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is particularly 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 fourth ingredient is hoki oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
The fifth ingredient is kelp, an algae-based seaweed modest in protein content but rich in marine minerals.
The sixth ingredient includes 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.
The seventh ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
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, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
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 Review
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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 39%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 89%.
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 flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance 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.
K9 Natural Freeze Dried is a grain-free raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
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
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- K9 Natural Dog Food Recall (4/13/2018)
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Notes and Updates
02/11/2019 Last Update
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