Primal Raw Frozen Mixes (Raw Frozen)

Rating: ★★★★★

Primal Raw Frozen Mixes earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Primal Raw Frozen Mixes product line lists 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 Mix [S]
  • Primal Turkey Mix [S]
  • Primal Sardine Mix [S]
  • Primal Chicken Mix [S]
  • Primal Beef Mix (4 stars) [S]
  • Primal Lamb Mix (3 stars) [S]

Primal Raw Frozen Turkey Mix was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Primal Turkey Mix

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 59% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 10%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey neck, turkey wing, turkey heart, turkey liver, organic collard greens, organic squash, organic celery, cranberries, organic ginger, organic cilantro

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis13%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis59%23%10%
Calorie Weighted Basis48%44%8%
Protein = 48% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 8%

The first three ingredients in this dog food are all sourced from turkey — turkey, turkey neck and wing. Like most meats, turkey is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog for life.

They also include ground bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The fourth ingredient is turkey heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The fifth item is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal. So long as it’s not over-weighted in a dog food, turkey liver is beneficial high-protein component.

The next six ingredients include a variety of nutrient-rich organic produce ingredients…

  • Collard greens
  • Squash
  • Celery
  • Cranberries1
  • Ginger
  • Cilantro

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.

Primal Raw Frozen Mixes Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Primal Raw Frozen Mixes Dog Food differs from the company’s Raw Frozen Formula in a most important way.

Unlike the Raw Frozen “Formula” line (which is designed for dogs of all life stages), this product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.

Primal Raw Frozen Mixes is a supplement — and a supplement only.

Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplements must not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.

We prefer to use a high-protein food like this as a special treat. Or as an appetizing topper to be served over dry kibble.

In any case, we expect the nutrient percentages to reveal abundant meat content.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 59%, a fat level of 23% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 10%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

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 dog food containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Primal Raw Frozen Mixes is a meat-based raw dog food using an abundance of named meats and organs 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 more raw feeding suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.

Primal Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/21/2016 Last Update

  1. Cranberries not listed as organic