NRG The Raw One Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The NRG The Raw One product line includes 3 dehydrated 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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- NRG The Raw One Dehydrated Range Fed Beef [A]
- NRG The Raw One Dehydrated Wild Caught Salmon [A]
- NRG The Raw One Dehydrated Free Range Chicken [A]
NRG The Raw One Dehydrated Free Range Chicken formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
NRG The Raw One Dehydrated Free Range Chicken
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Free range chicken muscle meat, squash, carrots, pumpkin, eggs, chicken liver, pineapple, wheat germ, broccoli, kale, cranberries, papaya, garlic, goat milk yogurt, flax seed, salmon filet, apples, cider vinegar, kelp, blueberries, eggshell, coconut oil, turmeric
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||28%||19%||45%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||23%||39%||38%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% water. After dehydrating, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient includes squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The third ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
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 six notable exceptions…
First, wheat germ is a nutritious by-product of the wheat milling process and also rich in dietary fiber, B-vitamins and minerals.
However, since it contains at least 25% plant-based protein and depending upon the amount, this ingredient can boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.
In addition, flaxseed is 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.
Next, coconut oil is a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.
Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.2
Because of its proven safety3 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.
We also note the use of, goat milk yogurt. Yogurt is a nutritious dairy product made from the fermentation of cow’s milk (or in this case, goat milk). It is naturally rich in protein, calcium and vitamins yet contains less than half the lactose found in whole milk.
And lastly, we find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. However, since the nutritional adequacy statement included on the label states the product is “complete and balanced”, we would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
NRG The Raw One Dehydrated Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, NRG The Raw One dog food looks like an above-average dry 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 28% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat germ and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a moderate amount of meat.
NRG The Raw One is a dehydrated dog food using a moderate amount of raw named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
For even more raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
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.
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Notes and Updates
01/30/2019 Last Update
- Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005) ↩
- Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754 ↩
- Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9. ↩