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Real Meat Company Dog Food Review (Dehydrated)

Real Meat Beef Air Dried Dog Food

Review of Real Meat Company Air-Dried Dog Food


Real Meat Company Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Real Meat Company product line includes the 7 air-dried dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey 4 A
Real Meat Air-Dried Chicken 3.5 A
Real Meat Air-Dried Lamb 2 A
Real Meat Air-Dried Beef 2 A
Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey and Venison 4 A
Real Meat Air-Dried Lamb and Fish 5 A
Real Meat Air-Dried Venison 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey Formula

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 24% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Turkey, venison, turkey liver, turkey heart, turkey gizzard, venison lung, venison liver, turkey neck, vegetable glycerin, pumpkin powder, parsley powder, inulin (from chicory root), ground turkey bone, dried marine microalgae, mixed tocopherols, rosemary powder, taurine, kelp powder, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, selenium yeast, folic acid, biotin, l-tyrosine, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 17.3%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis30%23%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%24%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%45%30%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 45% | Carbs = 30%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2

The third ingredient is turkey liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

The fifth ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The sixth ingredient is venison lung. Lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

The seventh ingredient is venison liver, another organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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 Real Meat Company product.

With 4 notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.

Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.

In addition, chicory root. Chicory 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 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Real Meat Company Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36.1%, a fat level of 27.7% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28.1%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35.8% and a mean fat level of 29.8%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26.4% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 84%.

Which means this product contains…

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 53% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Our Rating of Real Meat Company Dog Food

Real Meat Company is a grain-free dehydrated dog food using an abundant amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly 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.

Real Meat Company Dog Food
Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Real Meat dog food.

No recalls noted.

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  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 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
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