RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition product line includes 3 freeze-dried, 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.
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.
- RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Savory Lamb Dinner [A]
- RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Tasty Chicken Dinner [A]
- RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Delicious Beef Dinner (3.5 stars) [A]
RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Savory Lamb Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Savory Lamb Dinner
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb with ground bone, lamb liver, organic sweet potatoes, fenugreek seeds, organic dandelion greens, organic parsley, organic broccoli, organic spinach, celery, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, olive oil, sunflower oil, salt, dried chicory root extract, choline chloride, potassium chloride, dried kelp, mixed tocopherols (preservative), iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, dried rosemary extract, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||48%||28%||16%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||36%||51%||13%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
This item is also inclusive of ground bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The second ingredient is lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The next seven items include a series of nutrient-rich seeds and vegetables…
- Fenugreek seeds
- Dandelion greens
Flaxseed is 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.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
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 three notable exceptions…
First, we find sunflower 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.
Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
And lastly, 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.
RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.
RAWZ Freeze Dried Nutrition is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
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Notes and Updates
08/17/2018 Last Update
- 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 ↩