Review of Tylee’s Fresh Human-Grade Dog Food
Tylee’s Dog Food earns The Advisor’s top tier rating of 5 stars.
The Tylee’s fresh human-grade product line includes the 4 cooked-frozen dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Tylee’s Beef Recipe||5||A|
|Tylee’s Chicken Recipe||4||A|
|Tylee’s Pork Recipe||5||A|
|Tylee’s Turkey Recipe||4.5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Tylee’s Beef Recipe 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.
Tylee’s Beef Recipe
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef heart, beef, beef liver, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, mango, sweet potatoes, roasted sunflower seeds, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, magnesium oxide, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, manganese amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), chia seeds, salmon oil powder, potassium chloride, salt, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), cod liver oil powder, ground flaxseed, choline chloride, rosemary extract, parsley, ground cinnamon, dried kelp, beef tallow
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 10.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||43%||25%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||48%||19%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef 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 beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The fifth ingredient lists zucchini, which is a type of squash high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is mango, a tropical fruit that’s high in carbohydrates and low in saturated fat. Mango is also rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, B6, and C.
The seventh ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The eighth ingredient lists sunflower seeds, a good source of plant-based fatty acids that are also rich in vitamins, 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 Tylee’s product.
With 5 notable exceptions…
First, this recipe includes 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, we find salmon oil powder. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
In addition, we note the use of 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.
Next, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.
And lastly, this food includes 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, Tylee’s Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.
Which means this Tylee’s product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
However, with 48% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 34% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chia and flax seeds, this looks like the profile of a cooked-then-frozen product containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Tylee’s Dog Food
Tylee’s is a fresh, grain-free human-grade dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Tylee’s Dog Food Recall History
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Tylee’s.
No recalls noted.
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- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
08/08/2021 Last Update