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Paw Naturaw Organic raw dog food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Paw Naturaw Organic product line lists 5 raw dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
- Paw Naturaw Organic Beef Diet
- Paw Naturaw Organic Turkey Diet
- Paw Naturaw Organic Chicken Diet
- Paw Naturaw Organic Bison Diet New
- Paw Naturaw Organic Bison Diet Original
Paw Naturaw Organic Turkey Diet raw dog food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Paw Naturaw Organic Turkey Diet
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Organic turkey and ground organic turkey bone, organic turkey liver, organic broccoli, organic carrot, organic celery, organic apple, organic squash, organic sweet potato, organic turkey gizzard, organic flax seed, organic safflower oil, organic kelp seaweed, organic turkey heart, organic parsley, organic cranberry, organic lecithin, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganous proteinate, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||45%||39%||8%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||64%||6%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is organic turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
This particular ingredient includes ground bone, a natural source of calcium and other mineral nutrients. Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second item lists organic turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next six ingredients include a series of healthy organic fruits and vegetables…
- Organic broccoli
- Organic carrot
- Organic celery
- Organic apple
- Organic squash
- Organic sweet potato
The ninth ingredient is organic turkey gizzard, a protein-rich organ similar to the stomach in other animals.
The tenth 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.
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 one notable exception…
We also note this food contains 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.
Paw Naturaw Organic Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since Paw Naturaw contains so many quality organic ingredients, we feel compelled to accord this line favored status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients are produced under remarkably strict government standards — standards which greatly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
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 45% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 76%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
With no sign of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
For those looking to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet, the Paw Naturaw Organic product should make an excellent choice.
Paw Naturaw Organic is a grain-free raw frozen dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
However, the company does not return our phone calls or respond to our emails. In addition, due to numerous complaints reported by our readers, Paw Naturaw’s lack of reasonable customer service makes it impossible for us to recommend this otherwise excellent dog food.
For some other raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
Important FDA Alert
The FDA has announced it is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and a type of canine heart disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy. Click here for details.
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Notes and Updates
03/03/2015 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩