Raw Wild Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

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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.

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.

Raw Wild

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Elk, deer, 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) = 1.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

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 dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

The fourth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

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
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Raw Wild 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 60%, a fat level of 33% and estimated carbohydrates of about -1%.

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 meat-based raw dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main sources 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

09/13/2017 Last Update

  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
  • Crazy4cats

    It’s tough to make sure you are feeding complete and balanced meals in my opinion. You need to make sure they are getting all their required nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy. Good luck to you and your pups!

  • Kathy Chiavola

    My two terriers are berserk over Raw Wild but I cannot afford a steady diet of it for them. I can get raw venison from a deer processing place near me for free. thoughts?

  • Tera Richardson

    Our dogs have been on Raw Wild for 6 months, they were previously on high quality dry dog food. Though they were healthy prior to starting the raw diet, I have noticed that they are more lean and strong, their teeth are cleaner, smaller poops, softer coat and more stable energy levels. My one dog that has numerous dry food allergies is now symptom free. I could not suggest this product more and neither could my dogs! It really is the highest quality diet out there for dogs. Eating healthy is a high priority for me and I don’t want to sell my dogs short. I can not imagine returning to “doggy cereal” diet and will always make this my dog food of choice.

  • Stephanie Humes

    We adopted Henrietta in December this past year. We discovered Raw Wild a little over a month after and Henrietta has been eating it ever since. We immediately saw the difference from the dry food she was eating. Her coat was shinier and softer. Her boundless energy became even more boundless. She loves Raw Wild. Put the dish down and it’s gone in a minute. Seriously a minute sometimes less.

    For us buying Raw Wild was a no brainer. Henrietta loves her food. How could you not love deer and elk. Plus the price is great. For her size and weight a one pound package lasts three days. Princess Henrietta is worth it. We eat well, why shouldn’t she.

  • Andy VanHouten

    The Raw Wild diet has made a huge difference in the energy levels of my search and rescue dog. He spent the first 7 years on a “high quality” dry food. When we made the switch, his energy went through the roof. People have a hard time believing he’s 10. His coat is softer, the poop is easier to deal with, (not all runny/mushy like before) and his teeth have never looked better. I would recommend this diet to anyone that cares for the dogs in their life. I couldn’t be happier with this food that shows up on my front door step.

  • sek7172

    Given the fact that ground beef is around $8-9/lb depending on what city you’re in, the fact that this is wild elk and deer is very cost effective. Adding in the convenience of having it show up on your doorstep makes it an excellent option for a raw feeding diet.
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  • maggiealv

    I’ve fed my puppy RawWild since we got her at 8 weeks. She’s 9.5 months now and has the softest coat, beautiful teeth, minimal shedding, tons of energy, tiny poo, etc. — all the amazing benefits of raw feeding. She is super healthy and happy. The quality of RawWild is amazing. I love that they don’t source any of the supplements from China; plus, when you defrost it, there’s very little excess liquid. Shipping is FREE for a lot of the country, which helps offset the cost, although given that it’s totally wild elk and deer, the price is actually pretty reasonable. Because honestly, how many of us are going to get hunting permits/weapon/ammo, hope you find enough game to feed your dog, and also pay to have it broken down? Not me! My dog loves RawWild and so do I.

  • haleycookie

    Wow where is this sold. If it’s really wild elk and deer I bet it’s really really expensive. Might as well go shoot your own dear and make your own food tbh.
    Update: cost around 430$ for 48 lbs of food. Would feed a large dog for about a month at that so you’re looking at around 5000+$ a year in dog food.