Smack Raw Dehydrated Dog Food Review (Dehydrated)


Smack Raw Dehydrated Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Smack Raw Dehydrated product line includes the 5 dry dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Smack Chunky Chicken [U]
  • Smack Rockin’ Rockfish [U]
  • Smack Very Berry Chicken [U]
  • Smack Caribbean Salmon Fusion [U]
  • Smack Prairie Harvest Pork [U]

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 = 45% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 27%

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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis42%19%NA
Dry Matter Basis45%20%27%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%41%22%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 41% | Carbs = 22%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken, including bones and organs. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% 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 next 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 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 contain up to 73% 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 next 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, which 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 Smack 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 Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Smack Raw Dehydrated Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 27%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 25%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

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

Which means this Smack product line 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 dog food containing a generous amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Smack lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free dehydrated raw dog foods that use a generous amount of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Smack Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

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

06/14/2020 Last Update