Smack Raw Dehydrated Dog Food (Dehydrated)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Smack Raw Dehydrated Foods for Dogs receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Smack Raw Dehydrated product line includes 3 dry 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.

  • Smack Chunky Chicken [A]
  • Smack Very Berry Chicken [A]
  • Smack Caribbean Salmon Fusion [A]

Smack Chunky Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Smack Chunky Chicken

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 17%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, millet seed, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, organic spinach, celery, organic carrot, thyme, organic mango, organic pineapple, organic strawberry, marjoram and organic parsley

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis44%27%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%29%17%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%52%12%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 52% | Carbs = 12%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken, including bones and organs. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After dehydrating, 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 millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

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

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

Although they are quality items, raw organ meats contains about 80% water. After dehydrating, 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 sixth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score1 of 91.

The seventh ingredient lists celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.

The eighth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.

Smack Raw Dehydrated
Food for Dogs
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Smack Raw Dehydrated Food for Dogs 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 47%, a fat level of 29% and estimated carbohydrates of about 17%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 49% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

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 dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Smack is a meat-based dry dog food using a generous amount of air-dried raw 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.

Smack Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/26/2017 Last Update

  1. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference