Raw Wild Dog Food Review (Raw Frozen)

Rating:

Raw Wild Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Raw Wild product line includes one raw frozen dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for all life stages, including growth of large size dogs.

Raw Wild

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 59% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 0%

Ingredients: Elk, deer, sunflower seed oil, fish oil, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salt, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, niacin, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, iron amino acid complex, zinc amino acid complex, chondroitin sulfate, copper amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, sodium selenite, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis18%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis59%33%0%
Calorie Weighted Basis43%57%0%
Protein = 43% | Fat = 57% | Carbs = 0%

The first ingredient in this dog food is elk. Elk is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” elk and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

The second ingredient is deer. Deer is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” deer and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Both elk and deer are naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is sunflower seed oil. 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.

The fourth ingredient is fish 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 dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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

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.

Raw Wild Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Raw Wild 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 59%, a fat level of 33% and estimated carbohydrates of about 0%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

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.

Bottom line?

Raw Wild is a grain-free raw dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.

Raw Wild Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

04/06/2019 Last Update