Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Only Natural Pet RawNibs Freeze-Dried Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Only Natural Pet RawNibs product line includes 4 freeze-dried 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.
- Only Natural Pet RawNibs Pasture Raised Beef and Tripe [M]
- Only Natural Pet RawNibs Cage-Free Chicken and Liver [M]
- Only Natural Pet RawNibs Wild Caught Salmon and Cod [M]
- Only Natural Pet RawNibs Free-Range Venison and Liver [M]
Only Natural Pet RawNibs Pasture Raised Beef and Tripe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Only Natural Pet RawNibs Pasture Raised Beef and Tripe
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef tripe, beef lung, ground beef bone, beef liver, beef heart, beef kidney, sweet potatoes, blueberries, broccoli, apples, ginger, garlic, raw organic goat’s milk, raw apple cider vinegar, herring oil, mixed tocopherols (preservative), d-alpha tocopherol
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||59%||15%||18%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||52%||32%||16%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains 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 second ingredient is beef tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.
Of course, like beef, raw tripe also contains up to 73% water. So, after cooking, most of that moisture is lost — reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
The third ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The fourth ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fifth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The sixth ingredient 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 seventh ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The eighth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The ninth ingredient includes blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of 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 product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, herring oil. Herring 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, herring oil should be considered a commendable addition.
In addition, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Only Natural Pet RawNibs Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Only Natural Pet RawNibs dog food looks like an above-average 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 55% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 32%.
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 kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Only Natural Pet RawNibs is a meat-based freeze-dried dog food using a significant amount of beef and beef organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 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.
Only Natural Pet Dog Food
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09/05/2018 Last Update