Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food Review (Raw Frozen)

Rating:

Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Tucker’s Raw Frozen product line includes 9 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.

Use the links below to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.

  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Turkey-Pumpkin [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Turf & Surf (4 stars) [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Lamb-Pumpkin [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Bison-Pumpkin [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Beef-Pumpkin (4 stars) [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Salmon-Pumpkin (5 stars) [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Chicken-Pumpkin (4 stars) [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Beef-Pumpkin Formula [A]
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Duck-Pumpkin (4 stars) [A]

Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Bison-Pumpkin was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Tucker's Raw Frozen Pork-Bison-Pumpkin

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 21%

Ingredients: Pork, bison heart, pumpkin, pork marrow and bone, taurine, zinc amino acid complex, vitamin E supplement, calcium carbonate, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, zinc sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, riboflavin supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.9%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis14%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%29%21%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%53%16%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 53% | Carbs = 16%

The first ingredient in this dog food is pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

The second ingredient is bison 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.

The third tem is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient includes pork marrow and bone. Bone marrow is the mostly fatty tissue found in the interior of bones. It’s naturally rich in phosphorus and vitamin A. And bone, of course, is an excellent source of natural calcium.

The fifth ingredient is 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.

From here, the list goes on to include vitamins and 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.

Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Tucker’s Raw Frozen 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 29% and estimated carbohydrates of about 21%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 33%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.

However, with 53% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 31% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Tucker’s Raw Frozen is a grain-free raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

08/04/2019 Last Update