Review of Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food
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 the 9 raw dog foods listed below.
Each recipe below includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Beef-Pumpkin Formula||4.5||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Bison-Pumpkin||4.5||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Lamb-Pumpkin||4.5||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Beef-Pumpkin||4||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Turkey-Pumpkin||4.5||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Salmon-Pumpkin||5||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Chicken-Pumpkin||4||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Duck-Pumpkin||4||A|
|Tucker’s Raw Frozen Turf & Surf||4||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Tucker’s Raw Frozen Pork-Bison-Pumpkin 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.
Tucker's Raw Frozen Pork-Bison-Pumpkin
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||29%||21%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||53%||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 item is pumpkin, 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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.
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.
Our Rating of Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food
Tucker’s Raw Frozen is a grain-free raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Has Tucker’s Raw Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Tucker’s.
- Tucker’s Raw Frozen Dog Food Recall (3/6/2018)
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- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
01/25/2021 Last Update