Real Meat Company Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Real Meat Company product line includes 5 air-dried, grain-free 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.
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- Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Chicken [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Lamb (2 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Beef (4.5 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey and Venison [A]
Real Meat Air-Dried Beef recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Real Meat Air-Dried Beef Formula
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef lung, beef liver, ground beef bone, vegetable glycerin, pumpkin, inulin (from chicory root), mixed tocopherols (used as a preservative), zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, parsley, rosemary, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, niacin supplement (vitamin B3), manganese proteinate, d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate (source of iodine), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||35%||26%||31%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||27%||49%||24%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After drying, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
Although they are quality items, raw organ meats contains up to 73% water. After drying, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
The fourth ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fifth ingredient is vegetable glycerin. Glycerin is used in the food industry as a natural sweetener and as a humectant to help preserve the moisture content of a product.
The sixth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
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.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, 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.
And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Real Meat Company Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Real Meat Company Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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 35% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 85%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a generous of meat.
However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat (and thus the meat) content may be significantly understated on the label.
Additionally, with 49% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 27% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
Real Meat Company is a grain-free dry dog food using an abundant amount of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 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.
Real Meat Company Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
12/06/2018 Last Update