Raised Right Dog Food Review

Raised Right Pet was founded by Braeden Ruud and their family after his graduation from college in 2016 with a degree in business. Like many pet parents, the 2007 pet food recalls had caused them to re-evaluate how they were feeding their pets. Braeden’s mother had taken it into her own hands to start cooking homemade meals for their own dogs, and after seeing friends and family who were also interested in fresh food for their pets, Braeden decided to partner with veterinarians and industry experts to create a healthy fresh food option for both dogs and cats!

Raised Right Dog Food offers both puppy and adult single-protein, low carbohydrate dog food recipes – beef, turkey, chicken, and pork. All recipes are high in protein and fat, and restricted in carbohydrates (greater than 40% protein and fat, less than 10% carbohydrates on a caloric basis). The company prides itself at sourcing only whole food ingredients from the human food chain as local as possible to create their recipes.

The typical composition of Raised Right Dog foods makes them appropriate for moderately to highly active dogs, or those who run or walk over an hour a day. However, these recipes may also be a great option for picky dogs, dogs undergoing cancer treatments who need a highly palatable diet, or dogs who need a limited ingredient diet (like those with food allergies!).

OVERVIEW:

Company Responded to Questions Asked via Email: No. The information gathered below was from their website December 2021.

Who formulated Raised Right Dog Food? Raised Right dog food was formulated by Dr. Karen Becker, who is a holistic veterinarian, and Steve Brown a self-taught raw pet food formulator.

Where does Raised Right source their Ingredients from? A majority of the Raised Right ingredients are sourced within the USA, with the exception of key ingredients sourced from Canada and Cod Liver Oil sourced from Norway.

Where are Raised Right’s Human Grade Dog Food Recipes Manufactured? Raised Right is cooked in a USDA inspected human-grade facility using ingredients fit for human consumption.

What Quality Control Procedures does Raised Right Lightly Cooked Dog Food perform on their foods? Raised Right Dog Food follows a test and hold protocol, which means that each batch of food is tested for pathogens such as E.coli, salmonella, and listeria after it’s cooked, and  foods are not released to the public until this testing has come back negeative.

Has Raised Right done Digestibility or AAFCO Feeding Trials? No AAFCO Feeding Trials or Digestibility trials were mentioned on their website.

Are Full Nutritional Profiles Found Online for the Raised Right Recipes? Only guaranteed analysis is available for these products, however, samples are sent routinely to third-party laboratory sites for additional testing including “Check Your Pet Food” which has public access to test results.

Has Raised Right Dog Food ever been Recalled? No.

RECIPES:

Turkey Adult Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Turkey Thigh, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Carrots, Blueberries, Organic Spearmint, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Flaxseed Oil, Organic Kelp Powder

AAFCO Statement: Our Turkey Adult Dog Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Balanced for adult dogs only.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 19%
  • Fat: 7.0%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 68%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 62%
  • Fat: 24%
  • Carbs: 4.1%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 49%
  • Fat: 44%
  • Carbs: 7%

Turkey Puppy Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Turkey Thigh, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Carrots, Blueberries, Organic Spearmint, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Flaxseed Oil, Organic Dried Kelp, Sea Salt, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate

AAFCO Statement: Our Turkey Puppy Growth Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, including growth of large size dogs (70 lb. or more as an adult).

Balanced for puppies, including large and giant breed puppies.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 19%
  • Fat: 7.0%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 68%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 60%
  • Fat: 23%
  • Carbs: 4.1%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 49%
  • Fat: 44%
  • Carbs: 7%

Beef Adult Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Beef, Beef Heart, Carrots, Beef Liver, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Flaxseed Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Kelp Powder

AAFCO Statement: Our Beef Adult Dog Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Balanced for adult dogs only.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 23%
  • Fat: 9%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 62%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 61%
  • Fat: 26%
  • Carbs: 3.8%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 48%
  • Fat: 46%
  • Carbs: 6%

Beef Puppy Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Beef, Beef Heart, Carrots, Beef Liver, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Flaxseed Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Egg Shell Powder, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Dried Kelp, Sea Salt, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate

Balanced for puppies, including large and giant breeds.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 23%
  • Fat: 9%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 61%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 59%
  • Fat: 25%
  • Carbs: 3.9%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 47%
  • Fat: 45%
  • Carbs: 8%

Pork Adult Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Pork, Pork Heart, Pork Liver, Carrots, Blueberries, Organic Spearmint, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Organic Kelp Powder

AAFCO Statement: Our Pork Adult Dog Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Balanced for adult dogs only.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 20%
  • Fat: 8%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 65%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 57%
  • Fat: 24%
  • Carbs: 9.4%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 46%
  • Fat: 45%
  • Carbs: 9%

Chicken Adult Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Chicken Thigh, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Organic Dried Kelp

AAFCO Statement: Our Chicken Adult Dog Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Balanced for adult dogs only.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 20%
  • Fat: 8%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 67%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 60%
  • Fat: 27%
  • Carbs: 4%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 48%
  • Fat: 47%
  • Carbs: 5%

Chicken Puppy Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Chicken Thigh, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Organic Dried Kelp, Sea Salt, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate

AAFCO Statement: Our Chicken Puppy Growth Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, including growth of large size dogs (70 lb. or more as an adult).

Balanced for puppies, including large and giant breed dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 19%
  • Fat: 8%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 66%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 58%
  • Fat: 26%
  • Carbs: 4%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 45%
  • Fat: 46%
  • Carbs: 9%

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ( FAQ )

Where to buy Raised Right fresh Dog Food?

You can purchase Raised Right Pet Food online on their website and have it shipped directly to your door, or you can purchase it within select quality dog food stores within the USA and Western Canada. Through their website, you can fill a box with 16 lbs of dog food and mix and match recipes off their menu to create a personalized healthy meal plan for your pup. When you purchase a box of 16 packages of food shipping is free within the USA.

How do you store and feed Raised Right Pet Food?

Raised Right pet food comes in a large box shipped to your door frozen OR can be purchased frozen at your local boutique pet food store. It is advised to keep Raised Right Dog Food in your fridge thawed for no more than 3 days prior to feeding, and the rest of the food should be kept in your freezer.

Typically it should take no more than 24-48 hours for Raised Right foods to defrost in your fridge. However, if you happen to forget to thaw your pup’s food you can do a rapid thaw. This can be done one of two ways – first by placing the food (while in the plastic packaging) into cool water and allowing it to slowly come to room temperature, which should take about 30 minutes. Or you can remove the food from the plastic packaging and place it in a microwave-safe container. This can then be placed in the microwave on the defrost setting to thaw.

Fresh frozen dog food should never be left out on the counter to thaw as this is not considered food-safe and could make your pup ill. You should also never reheat Raised Right dog food as this may degrade heat-sensitive vitamins and cause possible deficiencies.

Is Raised Right cooked Food Balanced for Puppies?

Yes, Raised Right offers both Puppy and Adult dog food recipes. All puppy recipes are distinctly labeled for puppies (Chicken, Beef, and Turkey Puppy Recipes), including large breed puppies – on their website you can easily sort for puppy recipes.

Raised Right Dog Food vs. Kibble – how does it compare?

The main difference between Raised Right dog food and kibbled dog foods comes down to processing and preservatives. Kibbled dog foods tend to be more heavily processed – meaning they have multiple stages of heat treatment in order to cook their products. Foods may be cooked multiple times, or heated for extended periods of time in order to cook, mix and dehydrate products. Lightly cooked foods are typically cooked at lower temperatures for shorter periods of time, keeping moisture content high. Cooking is simply performed to remove pathogens, not as a preservation technique.

Kibbled products also need to add on additional preservatives in order to maintain shelf stability – these may be natural preservatives like vitamin E and rosemary extract or maybe synthetic antioxidants like BHA/BHT. Lightly cooked frozen foods instead use freezing as the preservation method and thus do not need to add these additional preservatives. The only downside is storage – meaning freezer space is required to store products – which may be difficult for larger breed dogs or if looking to stock up on several months of food.

Research has shown some benefits of feeding fresh food including possible higher digestibility, a more stable microbiome (that may support gastrointestinal and immune function), and decreased rates of cancer when feeding fresh vegetables. Though this research is limited, many owners have reported anecdotal benefits of fresh food – such as increased activity, improved stools, and better skin/coat.

Is Raised Right a Raw Dog Food?

No, Raised Right is not a raw dog food. Raised Right pt foods are cooked lightly to remove any possible pathogen contamination, which is important because a large section of human-food-chain meats are contaminated with pathogens like salmonella, e.coli, campylobacter, and listeria. In fact, it’s estimated that 20% of raw poultry in local grocers are contaminated with salmonella and 50% of raw ground beef is contaminated with e.coli – including a fair portion which is contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria. By lightly cooking the foods we can remove these potential pathogens while maintaining all the benefits of fresh food for our dogs. To date, there has been no research that suggests that raw foods offer any additional benefits to lightly cooked diets.

Can Raised Right Dog Food be Used as a Topper?

Yes – using Raised Right as a topper can be a great option for dog moms looking to stick within their budget and get some of the benefits of fresh food. Setting up a topper plan can also be a good option for picky dogs – and as Raised Right is a high protein, high-fat recipe – it may be a great option for dogs looking to gain weight as a balanced fresh food supplement to their regular diet.

How much does Raised Right Dog Food Cost?

The price of feeding Raised Right will vary depending on the recipe, size of your pup, their age, and their lifestyle. However, if you have a 50 lb dog who is moderately active and eats around 1000 calories per day, and you feed the Raised Right Chicken Adult Recipe – you can expect to pay around $419 per month or about $13.97 per day. Depending on what you are currently feeding this may be more or less expensive than your current dog food. If you would like a quote of how much it would cost to feed your pup per month, you can get a quote with their customer service on the Raised Right website, or at your local pet store that sells the Raised Right recipes.

Are Raised Right Recipes Good for Dogs with Allergies?

Depending on the dog and the type of allergies the Raised Right Dog Food recipes may be a good option for your pup if they suffer from allergies. First, it’s important to know that there are two main types of allergies in dogs – food allergies, and environmental allergies. These allergies often present with similar signs such as itching, bacterial infections, yeast infections, and skin irritation. In order to know if your pup has food or environmental allergies you first need to work with your veterinarian and do a food elimination trial. Once you have identified what type of allergies your dog has, then you can choose a food based on those needs.

For dogs with food allergies, nutritional management is relatively simple – diet choice is mostly based on avoiding food allergens. Statistically speaking the most common dog food allergens are Chicken, Beef, and Dairy, this the best fresh dog food recipe for a Dog with food allergies may be the Raised Right Turkey or Pork recipe. However, it should be noted that all recipes do contain eggshell and cod liver oil – which may cause issues for dogs with severe chicken or fish allergies.

For dogs with environmental allergies, we typically look for foods high in nutrients that help rebuild and strengthen the skin barrier like protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. As all of the Raised Right recipes are lower in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat any of the diets may be a good option. However, as we typically see lower omega 3 to 6 ratios with beef or pork-based diets in comparison to poultry-based diets, the Raised Right Beef Recipe or Pork Recipe may be a good option for dogs with seasonal allergies.

Are Raised Right Meals Good for Dogs with Loose Stools or Diarrhea?

When we look for diets for dogs that suffer from loose stools and diarrhea we typically reach for diets that are highly digestible, high moisture, and that is low in fat. As all of the Raised Right Dog Food Recipes are higher in fat (over 40% fat on a caloric basis) – they would not meet these criteria, thus a dog sensitive to fat may not do well on these recipes.

However, it is important to note that there are many different causes of loose stools in dogs – some dogs with intolerances to carbohydrates or certain proteins may do well on the Raised Right recipes since they are restricted in carbohydrates, and they are limited ingredient recipes. If you are unsure if your pup would do well on the Raised Right recipes due to their medical concerns it’s always a good idea to ask your vet prior to feeding.

About the Author: Nikki is a Registered Veterinary Technician (Veterinary Nurse) and Dog Mom with over a decade of experience with dogs and cats. Since graduation from college (BS Biology, AS Animal Health -2013) she has adopted two mixed breed dogs – Ranger and Ash, and has focused her time learning about pet food and nutrition.

Nikki shares information on a range of dog nutrition topics: from how to create a homemade complete and balanced dog food recipes, to how to choose a dog food. Nikki strives to give dog parents the information they need in order to make the best nutrition decisions for their pup!

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