Primal Raw Frozen Grinds (Raw Frozen)

Rating: ★★★★★

Primal Raw Frozen Grinds Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Primal Raw Frozen Grinds product line includes six 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.

  • Primal Pork Grind [S]
  • Primal Turkey Grind [S]
  • Primal Beef Grind (3 stars) [S]
  • Primal Lamb Grind (2.5 stars) [S]
  • Primal Sardine Grind (4.5 stars) [S]
  • Primal Chicken Grind (4.5 stars) [S]

Primal Chicken Grind was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Primal Chicken Grind

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 6%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken neck, chicken gizzards, chicken liver

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis14%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%36%6%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%61%4%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 61% | Carbs = 4%

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 is chicken neck. Raw chicken neck consists of muscle meat and bone and contains optimal levels of both protein and natural calcium.

The third ingredient is chicken gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

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

Although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.2

Primal Raw Frozen Grinds Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Primal Dog Food Raw Frozen Grinds deviates from the company’s Raw Frozen Formula in an important way.

Unlike the “Formula” series, this product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.

Primal Raw Frozen Grind is a supplement. And because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplements must not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 7% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.

What’s more, all of it is “100% human-grade” and “antibiotic and steroid free without added hormones”.3

Bottom line?

Primal Raw Frozen Grinds is a meat-based raw dog food using an abundance of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended (for supplemental feeding only).

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.

For even more raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.

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Notes and Updates

02/19/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Primal Pet Foods Website, 8/8/2012
  3. Primal Pet Foods, 4/11/2010