Tylee’s Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Tylee’s product line includes 5 cooked-then-frozen 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.
- Tylee’s Pork Recipe (2.5 stars) [A]
- Tylee’s Beef Recipe (2.5 stars) [A]
- Tylee’s Turkey Recipe (2.5 stars) [A]
- Tylee’s Chicken Recipe (3.5 stars) [A]
- Tylee’s Salmon Recipe(4.5 stars) [A]
Tylee’s Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Tylee's Chicken Recipe
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken heart, deboned chicken, chicken liver, water (sufficient for processing), spinach, celery, carrots, peas, apples, tricalcium phosphate, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, sunflower oil, salt, potassium chloride, cod liver oil powder, dried parsley, dried kelp, zinc amino acid chelate, rosemary extract, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||35%||16%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||29%||59%||11%|
The first ingredient in this dog food 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.
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
Although they are quality items, raw chicken and organs contain up to 73% water. After cooking, 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 fourth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fifth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.
The sixth ingredient is 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 seventh ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
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 four notable exceptions…
First, we find chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.
However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Next, this food includes flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
In addition, we note the use of sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
And lastly, this food contains 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.
Tylee’s Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Tylee’s Dog Food looks like an above-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 33%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 83%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
However, with 59% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 39% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chia and flax seeds, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
Tylee’s is a grain-free wet dog food using a notable amount of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
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.
Tylee’s Dog Food
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01/26/2019 Last Update