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Raised Right Dog Food Review

Dog Food April 25, 2020
Raised Right Dog Food Review
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Raised Right Dog Food Review

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Raised Right Dog Food Review

Raised Right dog food was created by Braeden Ruud whose family’s roots in farming and ranching dates back for centuries. While providing quality food for humans, he decided it was time to start providing the same quality food for pets.

Raised Right is a pet food company that makes stage-of-life specific meals for dogs and cats with human-grade ingredients. Raised Right offers a subscription service that will deliver the right amount of pet food to your door with environmentally friendly materials.

Quick Summary

“… the ingredients are, in my opinion, awesome! With low carbs, no fillers and one protein source per recipe, this is the perfect diet for my dog. “

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How We Tested:

  • We purchased all 4 Raised Right dog food recipes
  • We spent a week testing them on several dogs
  • We did not receive these products in exchange for a favorable review, they were purchased with our own money

Quick Picks (Flavors)

Beef Adult Dog Recipe – This recipe is made using Beef, Beef Heart, Carrots, Peas, Beef Liver, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Flaxseed Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Cod Liver Oil, and Organic Dried Kelp.

Chicken Adult Dog Recipe – This chicken recipe is made with Chicken Thighs, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Peas, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, and Organic Dried Kelp.

Turkey Adult Dog Recipe –  This recipe uses Turkey Thigh, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Carrots, Blueberries, Organic Spearmint, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Flaxseed Oil, and Organic Kelp Powder.

Pork Adult Dog Recipe – This recipe is made with Pork, Pork Heart, Pork Liver, Carrots, Blueberries, Organic Spearmint, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell Powder, and Organic Kelp Powder.

Raised Right Dog Food – Top 4 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeProteinkcal/Cup
Beef Adult Dog RecipeWet21%384 kcals /cup
Turkey Adult Dog RecipeWet19%328 kcals /cup
Chicken Adult Dog RecipeWet19%336 kcals /cup
Pork Adult Dog RecipeWet20% 368 kcals /cup

Brand Score

Raised Right Dog Food
Brand
Overall Score
Pros
  • No high carb fillers used in recipes
  • Available online or at independent retailers
  • Food shipped after it passes a lab safety test
Cons
  • Price on the high side
  • Must be refrigerated
Pros
  • No high carb fillers used in recipes
  • Available online or at independent retailers
  • Food shipped after it passes a lab safety test
Cons
  • Price on the high side
  • Must be refrigerated
Ingredients
Pricing
Customization
Quality
Customer Reviews
Recall History
Recipe Variety

About

Raised Right was founded in March 2018 by Braeden Ruud and is family-owned and self-funded. They created stage-of-life specific meals for dogs and cats with human grade ingredients and safety standards. Dr. Karen Becker and pet food formulation expert Steve Brown formulate the recipes that are specific to each pet’s stage-of-life while using limited ingredients.

The company offers its products through independent pet retailers as well as through an online subscription service. Raised Right currently delivers pet food right to your door throughout the continental United States and will soon be expanding into Canada.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Raised Right’s meals are cooked in USDA inspected human-grade facility in Nebraska, and every ingredient has passed the same standards that are necessary for human consumption. Food is cooked in small batches and is lab tested after it is cooked, to help ensure the meals are safe to eat. Meals are not shipped out unless they pass the lab safety test.

Raised Right does not add any preservatives or fillers like grain, potato, rice, corn, wheat, or soy to their recipes. All recipes contain USDA certified human-grade meats, organic herbs, non-GMO oils, and super foods like cranberries.

Their beef comes from South Dakota, and chicken is sourced from Colorado, Delaware, and North Carolina. All the organic herbs and oils, are sourced from locations across the U.S., as well as cod liver oil from Norway and organic kelp powder from the shores of Canada.

How Does Raised Right Dog Food Work?

Ordering from Raised Right is similar to other fresh pet food delivery services because you do go through a series of basic questions and selections. First you will choose the dog food tab and then click on whether your dog is under 12 months old or over 1 year old. From there the recipe choices for your dog can be selected in the drop down menu.

Raised Right Dog Food Review
Screen shot of dogs age selection

If you are not sure how much to feed your dog they do offer a calculator that measures your dogs weight, activity level and weight preference. Once you put in that information you are given three meal plan choices based on whether you want to feed your dog 100%, 50% or 25% Raised Right dog food.

Raised Right Dog Food Review
Screen shot of customized meal plan selection

The subscription offers 3 different shipping options from weekly, every two weeks or every four weeks. After you decide that you choose your food recipes. You can choose all four or mix and match. You will want to place your order by Monday afternoon in order for your order to be shipped that week. You are able to make changes to your order if it is done by Sunday the prior week it ships.

You will receive a confirmation email once your order is received and then another when your order ships several days later.

There is another way to get your hands on Raised Right food without a subscription. Many independent pet stores carry it and you can use the store locator tab on their website to find a store near you.

If you need to cancel your subscription you can do so on the subscription page of your account. You can also pause your orders by clicking pause on the subscriptions page.

If your dog is not satisfied with Raised Right dog food you can request a full refund on your first box within 14 days of your purchase.

Unboxing

I did not receive a box shipped from Raised Right because I wanted to try all 4 recipes and they were having to ship full boxes with one single recipe (8 bags of the same recipe flavor) as they needed to help their order fulfillment facility efficiently process as many orders as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason for this is because when Raised Right’s order fulfillment facility receives their food from their production facility, each box contains 8 bags of the same recipe. Shipping 8 bags of the same recipe allows their order fulfillment facility to simply repack the box to get it ready to be shipped. Before the pandemic, customers could select any custom combination of recipes they’d like. I was referred to a local pet food store who could order all four recipes for me to try. I was able to get all four recipe flavors a few days later.

I did reach out to co-founder Braeden Ruud, who explained that each shipment includes 8 bags of selected dog food per week (if you chose that plan). It arrives frozen and packed in dry ice. You also received a plastic custom scooper and a welcome to Raised Right brochure with a coupon code.

He explained the dog food bags are made from plastic #2, which is BPA-free and can be recycled. The boxes are made from cardboard that can be picked up by most curbside recycling programs. The refrigerated liners inside the custom shipping boxes are made from a biodegradable film and recycled textile fibers.

Analysis/Review of Raised Right Dog Food Recipes

Beef Adult Dog Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 21% Min
  • Fat – 9% Min
  • Fiber – 2% Max
  • Moisture – 64% Max

Ingredients

Beef, Beef Heart, Carrots, Peas, Beef Liver, Cranberries, Organic Spearmint, Flaxseed Oil, Egg Shell Powder, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Dried Kelp.


We are starting with the beef recipe for this dog food review. This recipe uses beef ingredients defined as beef and beef heart. Out of the 4 recipes Raised Right offers, this one has the highest amount of protein.

  • Beef is a healthy protein for dogs being high in protein, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamins B12, B3 and B6.
  • Beef Heart is a good source Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Chromium and Copper.
  • The carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Peas provide carbohydrates, dietary fiber and small amounts of beneficial vitamins. Some examples of these beneficial Vitamins are Vitamin K and Manganese.
  • Cranberries in moderation, can improve your dog’s bladder health, reduce tartar and plaque buildup, fight bacteria, and help prevent cancer.
  • Organic Spearmint and other mints can be used to freshen your dog’s breath and even help with digestion.
  • Flaxseed Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease symptoms of arthritis, lower blood pressure, improve kidney function, and maintain healthy skin and coat.
  • Egg Shell Powder is an excellent source of calcium and protein for your dog.
  • Cod Liver Oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and D, which help with strengthening bones and teeth while also improving the skin and coat.
  • Organic Dried Kelp is a low calorie ingredient that can help regulate glandular systems. It is also high in fiber which can help keep the digestive tract clean and healthy.

Turkey Adult Dog Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 19% Min
  • Fat – 7% Min
  • Fiber – 1% Max
  • Moisture – 68% Max

Ingredients

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


This turkey recipe uses protein from turkey thigh, heart and liver. Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous.

The recipe also includes healthy carbohydrates such as carrots and blueberries. 

  • Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. It is low in calories but high in selenium and tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system.
  • Turkey heart and liver are good sources of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A.
  • The carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Blueberries also serve as antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K to support the immune system.
  • Organic Spearmint and other mints can be used to freshen your dog’s breath and even help with digestion.
  • Cod Liver Oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and D, which help with strengthening bones and teeth while also improving the skin and coat.
  • Egg Shell Powder is an excellent source of calcium and protein for your dog.
  • Flaxseed Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease symptoms of arthritis, lower blood pressure, improve kidney function, and maintain healthy skin and coat.
  • Organic Kelp Powder is high in iron and calcium. It helps maintain immune health, enhance the skin and coat, support a healthy heart, and improve digestion and appetite.

Chicken Adult Dog Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 19% Min
  • Fat – 8% Min
  • Fiber – 2% Max
  • Moisture – 68% Max

Ingredients

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


This recipe starts with protein from chicken which includes chicken thigh, heart and liver.

  • Chicken Thigh is known to be higher in fat but  is a good source of Omega 6 fatty acids.
  • Chicken Heart is a lean protein that contains fatty acids and vitamin A along with iron and B vitamins which is good for your dogs heart.
  • Chicken Liver is high in protein, fat and vitamin A.
  • The carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Peas are carbohydrates rich in dietary fiber and small amounts of beneficial vitamins. Some examples of these beneficial Vitamins are Vitamin K and Manganese.
  • Cranberries in moderation, can improve your dog’s bladder health, reduce tartar and plaque buildup, fight bacteria, and help prevent cancer.
  • Organic Spearmint and other mints can be used to freshen your dog’s breath and even help with digestion.
  • Cod Liver Oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and D, which help with strengthening bones and teeth while also improving the skin and coat.
  • Egg Shell Powder is an excellent source of calcium and protein for your dog.
  • Organic Dried Kelp is a low calorie ingredient that can help regulate glandular systems. It is also high in fiber which can help keep the digestive tract clean and healthy.

Pork Adult Dog Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein –20% Min
  • Fat – 8% Min
  • Fiber – 2% Max
  • Moisture – 65% Max

Ingredients

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


This Pork recipe offers protein from pork, pork heart and pork liver. While pork is a great source of muscle-building protein and amino acids it contains a type of fat that is difficult for some dogs to digest.

  • Pork is a great source of muscle-building protein and amino acids, however it contains a type of fat that is difficult for some dogs to digest.
  • Pork Heart and pork liver have a high amount of protein and Vitamin A.
  • The carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Blueberries also serve as antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K to support the immune system.
  • Organic Spearmint and other mints can be used to freshen your dog’s breath and even help with digestion.
  • Cod Liver Oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and D, which help with strengthening bones and teeth while also improving the skin and coat.
  • Egg Shell Powder is an excellent source of calcium and protein for your dog.
  • Organic Kelp Powder is high in iron and calcium. It helps maintain immune health, enhance the skin and coat, support a healthy heart, and improve digestion and appetite.

Taste Test

Sampson tried all four flavors of Raised Right adult dog food recipes on a rotation and mixed with his kibble to start. Raised Right’s transitioning guidelines state:

Day 1 – 3: Serve your previous dog food with 25% of the serving being Raised Right.

Day 4 – 6: Serve your previous dog food with 50% of the serving being Raised Right.

Day 7 – 9: Serve your previous dog food with 75% of the serving being Raised Right.

Day 10: Serve 100% Raised Right.

I put half the packages in the freezer and thawed out two packs every other day. Raised Right suggests food be thawed in the refrigerator and it can be stored up to 6 days after defrosting.

Opening the packages of dog food was very easy and what I really liked about them is they are resealable. This made feeding time quick and much less messy. Any unused portion of the food can be stored in the package rather than scooping it into a container.

Raised Right Dog Food Review
Sampson trying Raised Right Beef Adult Dog Recipe

Sampson never turns down food, especially the human grade kind. He devoured all four recipes of Raised Right in a matter of minutes. He did not seem to have a preference and I was relieved that he didn’t get an upset stomach after eating the pork recipe. Pork has been an issue for him in the past and many dogs have difficulty digesting it.

The Downside of Raised Right Dog Food

Raised Right Dog Food’s cost is one of the most expensive we have reviewed, in comparison to other fresh dog food companies. They do offer coupons which could reduce the cost, or you can choose one of the meal topper plans.

Raised Right Monthly Cost Comparison

DOG FOOD BRANDDOG SIZEMONTHLY COST
Raised Right50 to 60 Pounds$ 420.00 to $ 540.00
Lucky Dog50 to 60 Pounds$ 225.00 to $ 300.00
Nom Nom50 To 80 Pounds$ 224.00 to $ 280.00
Ollie45 To 75 Pounds$ 210.00 to $ 260.00
Pet Plate50 To 65 Pounds$ 180.00 to $ 224.00
Grocery Pup50 To 65 Pounds$ 260.00 to $ 280.00
The Farmers Dog50 to 65 Pounds$ 250.00 to $ 240.00
Spot and Tango50 to 60 Pounds$ 252.00 to $ 275.00

Another downside to Raised Right Dog food is it is fresh dog food that must be refrigerated and/or frozen which can be problematic if you need to travel with your dog.

Is Raised Right Good Dog Food?

Raised Right dog food is among the many human grade and  fresh-dog-food delivery services offered today. They offer dog food recipes for both puppies and adults that contain protein, fats, fruits, vegetables, and a blend of natural minerals and vitamins to keep your dog healthy and at an ideal weight.

Would I subscribe to Raised Right Food?

I would if I could afford to! Raised Right is the most expensive fresh dog food I have reviewed to date and almost double the cost of other favorites like Nom Nom.

Also the ingredients are, in my opinion, awesome! With low carbs, no fillers and one protein source per recipe, this is the perfect diet for my dog.

My dog Sampson liked the food a lot and seemed to enjoy all four recipes equally.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Raised Right not ask for your pet’s breed is when calculating your customized feeding instructions?

On a cellular level, a dog’s DNA is a dog’s DNA, and a cat’s DNA is a cat’s DNA. The only connection your pet’s breed has to its daily calorie requirement is through its activity level. The problem with this is that the activity level for every pet within a breed isn’t the same. They understand that no one knows your pet as well as you do, and let you decide your pet’s activity level.

How are Raised Right’s meals made?

The meals are lightly cooked in a USDA inspected human-grade facility with ingredients that have passed the standards necessary for human consumption. They are lightly cooked to the minimum temperatures required by the USDA to kill pathogens like E.coli, salmonella, & listeria (145 F for beef & pork and 165 F for chicken & turkey). Low temp cooking meets the USDA pathogen kill-step, while maintaining high levels of moisture and nutritional integrity. They do not add any preservatives or filler ingredients like grain, potato, rice, oats, barley, parsnips, corn, wheat, or soy.

Is Raised Right dog food grain free?

The current recipes are grain free and do not include fillers used in many pet foods like grain, potato, rice, oats, barley, parsnips, corn, wheat, or soy. This makes their meals a great option for pets with allergies or food sensitivities to ingredients that are common in traditional pet foods.

How much does Raised Right dog food cost?

This depends on your dogs weight, activity level and desired weight. For a 50 pound adult dog you can expect to pay a little over $12 a day. There are options to feed your dog 50% and 25% of Raised Right food which would cut cost down to between $3 and $6 a day.

Amy

Amy Brown is a lifelong animal enthusiast who enjoys writing about dogs and rescuing them. She writes for various pet related websites, including her own, CatMania.net.
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