Best Raw Dog Food Reviews: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Dog Food Review

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Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Dog Food Review

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Darwin’s Raw Dog Food

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

From the beginning of my 20-year career in dog behavior, I have been asked, “What is the best dog food?” Over the years, my answer has remained the same: “It depends.” Truly, finding the best dog food for your dog depends on a lot of factors. Are you looking for the best dog food for skin allergies, homemade dog food recipes, raw dog food recipes, or a prepared holistic pet food?

When people ask me what the best dry dog food is, I basically cringe. I get it. I know some people are always going to feed a dry dog food, but I don’t think a dry pet food is the healthiest option for your dog and certainly not for your cat. Dry pet food is heavily processed at high heat, removing all the moisture and goodness from the food. Fresh food, whether from a balanced home-cooked diet, balanced home-prepared raw, raw pet food company, or home-cooked pet food company will always provide a fresher, healthier diet.

When people ask me for the best dog food, I assume they want to feed their dogs a species-appropriate, high-quality dog food. I personally look for several things when evaluating the quality of a dog food. In a good dog food, I’m looking for meat, meat, and more meat. I shoot for 70% or more meat in Dexter‘s diet. I look for meats free of antibiotics and hormones. The remaining portion of Dexter’s food can be healthy fruits and vegetables, and I’m not opposed to healthy grains or carbohydrates in small quantities. Ideally, I look for ingredients that are organic, human-grade, and sourced in a country with a good quality-control program.

Figuring out all the details when choosing a pet food brand can be time consuming, but Dexter is well worth the time. If you have visited Raising Your Pets Naturally in the past, you probably know that I home-cook for Dexter almost exclusively. However, I do occasionally recommend and use great dog food brands, especially when traveling. Darwin’s Pet Products is one of those brands.

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Natural raw diet dog food

I’m a big fan of a raw-food dog diet. However, it’s not for every person, and it’s not for every dog. Dexter is one of these dogs. With Dexter’s neurological condition and weakened immune system, he does not tolerate a fresh raw diet very well; he tends to get the scoots. However, Darwin’s raw dog food can be gently cooked “rare” (i.e., cooking the meat, but not the ground bones). This is what I do when feeding Darwin’s to Dexter, and he does great, with no digestion issues.

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Gently Cooked Dog Food

Does Dexter like Darwin’s Natural Pet Products? Seriously? You have to ask? Dexter is a huge fan. He gobbles up every last morsel and looks at me for seconds. The question should be whether or not I like a particular pet food brand. I have been a fan of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products for a few years, and even rotate their cat food into Nutter The Cat‘s diet.

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Gobbled every last bit

Darwin’s raw dog food is 75% meat, 25% vegetables, and under 1% trace minerals and vitamins. No guesswork on how much meat your dog is getting. And it’s not low-quality meat that you might find in a rendering plant or low-quality pet food manufacturing facility. Darwin’s offers two dog food lines: Natural Selections and ZooLogics. Their Natural Selections line contains high-quality, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from New Zealand, Australia, and the USA, with organic vegetables. Their ZooLogics line is a more economical line of raw dog food, made with conventionally-grown meats and vegetables from the same farms that supply your supermarket.

Currently, Darwin’s offers raw dog food made with chicken, duck, turkey, beef, or lamb. Darwin’s eliminates the middle-man by shipping directly to the customer. They even include a pre-paid return label so you can return the special insulated shipping container back to Darwin’s. If you live in the Seattle and Portland Metropolitan Areas, you receive free home delivery!

Darwin’s raw dog food is super simple to feed. Each 8-ounce frozen, vacuum-sealed bag has an EZ Peel tab in the corner, making it a breeze to open without a mess. They also provide a nice container with a lid to store any unused food. Frozen food can last at least six months when kept frozen. Once defrosted, keep the raw pet food in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

The first step in our transition was to thaw two packages of the raw Natural Selections turkey. This was easy—I just placed a block in the handy container provided, and popped it into the refrigerator for the day. The next day, I gently cooked Dexter’s food and allowed it to cool. Because Dexter is used to a variety of foods, I was able to quickly transition him to test out Darwin’s gently cooked dog food. I started with a 50/50 mix of his current food and Darwin’s. By day two, Dexter was happily eating Darwin’s raw turkey, but gently cooked. He was a happy camper!

Darwin’s Raw Turkey Dog Food Ingredients: Free-Range Meat (76.90%): Turkey Necks (including bone), Turkey Thigh Meat, Turkey Livers, Turkey Hearts, and Turkey Gizzards. Organic Vegetables (22.34%): Romaine Lettuce, Yams, Zucchini, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Celery, and Parsley (vegetables may vary based on seasonality). Special Nutrient Mix (0.77%): Organic Flax Seed Oil, Sea Salt, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin D3. Free-Range Meat (76.90%): Turkey Necks (including bone), Turkey Thigh Meat, Turkey Livers, Turkey Hearts, and Turkey Gizzards. Organic Vegetables (22.34%): Romaine Lettuce, Yams, Zucchini, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Celery, and Parsley (vegetables may vary based on seasonality). Special Nutrient Mix (0.77%): Organic Flax Seed Oil, Sea Salt, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin D3.

If you are unsure where to start in your selection or transition, Darwin’s offers a free menu consultation. Darwin’s Intelligent Design™ Veterinary line is a great option for dogs who need a special formulation for a medical issue. These are specialized formulas designed to provide extra support to dogs facing certain health issues. Unlike your typical “veterinary diet,” these meals are actually made with high-quality, real food! Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food is a total hit with both Dexter and me. If you are looking to find a high-quality raw diet for your dog, I urge you to check out Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. Tell them Dexter sent you.


Do you feed a fresh diet to your pets? Tell me in the comments.

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86 thoughts on “Best Raw Dog Food Reviews: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Dog Food Review

  1. I am always waiting for your next post. This blogs are really essential for pet/dog lovers as we were able to get an updated tips and news for our love dogs. I will check on this Darwin’s Dog Food. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I’d love to put my pup on a raw diet but it’s just so expensive here it is out of the question. I try and get her the next best food I can though. Will recommend this to people though, looks good.

  3. That sounds like an awesome brand of pet food. I don’t have a dog anymore, but if we ever are ready for another, I will check out this food.

  4. We feed our dog with cooked rice and meat. Is that good for dogs? We sometimes give them the dry dog food but only when we don’t have food ready in the house.

  5. I hadn’t heard of this brand before, so thank you for sharing. I wish I could do home cooked, but it’s just not for us at the moment. This definitely helps those who want to feed raw.

  6. My two doggies would absolutely LOVE this product. I mean, what dog doesn’t love meat?! And I love that it’s all natural. Thanks for sharing!! Will be checking this out..

  7. I dont know much about dogs or dog foods but this sounds great. I will pass the info along to friends!

  8. I have a cat and we feed him a combination of wet and dry food which he loves. We buy top quality brands as he is very finicky and I don’t want him to eat food that isn’t made properly. No, we don’t cook for him or give him stovetop foods. That said, I’m impressed by the effort you make to prepare meals for your dog.

  9. This looks yummy! We would love to try Darwin’s but I have a “fun-sized” fridge at the moment with a silly excuse for a freezer. Henry’s poop can be a little iffy, so I’ve been trying a variety of different food permutations. At the moment, he does best with a bit of kibble, a bit of (rehydrated) dehydrated raw, and a little bit of pumpkin with probiotics. Could change tomorrow, of course 😉 I love the people at Darwin’s and am so impressed with the quality I’ve seen others experience. I wish I could cook for Henry, but I can’t even cook for myself 😉

  10. I can appreciate this post. I don’t currently have pets however before my last one passed away, I definitely have learned about the benefits of raw foods for our pets. Thanks for sharing yet another option for pet owners to consider for their beloved fur kids to enjoy.

  11. There are so many good food options for pets now. They’re part of the family, so should be fed properly! I miss having a dog. Will keep this in mind for when I finally convince my other half to let me have a pup 🙂

  12. I have recently started my cats on Darwin’s and they love it. Tibet especially! There is this sound Tibet makes when she is proud of herself. Every time she captures a beetle that got into the house or one of my hair ties she makes this sound. It tells me “I am a huntress and I have captured this for you, my human”. My point, yes I am getting to it lol, is that Tibet makes this same sound when I serve her Darwin’s Raw Meat diet! It brings out her true nature!

  13. I’m so embarrassed and disappointed in myself for not caring more about the food that goes into my dogs mouth! Especially when I’m so picky about what the rest of the family eats! Thank you for the reminder!

  14. I’m always on the look out for some great and healthy food for my dog! I definitely need to look into this, i think we might be making a switch!

  15. When you say “cooking gently”, how gentle? I’m curious because I am considering it for my dog to do the same with Darwin’s.

  16. I am not a fan of feeding pets dry food either. After all we wouldn’t want to be pumped full of hormones so why should we do it to pets. A raw organic diet sounds best!

  17. I have been reading a lot about this lately but unfortunately when I tried with Layla, did 3 meals it was not good for her so switched to cooking for her and adding the Grandma Lucy’s Macanna Pre-Mix which has all the supplements that she needs so am sticking to it. It is grain free, organic and produced in California.

    I was told only yesterday that I can order the Tripe from Darwins which I am going to look into to add to her food here and there 🙂 Slowly though as she is getting older so I have to be careful.

  18. I really wish I was able to raw feed my animals but we have too many we have rescued right now. But I keep reading articles like this hoping someday we can. Thanks for the info.

  19. This is a topic of interest to me as I am experimenting with it. My dogs seem to like it better and are looking forward to meal time. I now need to try this with my cats.

  20. We recently went back to feeding our dogs an all raw diet. I get a bulk of their meat from the grocery store or butcher, but I’m always looking for some pre-made options that are already well balanced and ready to go. Definitely going to look into Darwin. I love that they do consultations too!

  21. I don’t feed raw nor do I cook for my girls (I rarely cook for myself). however, I always like to read post from people who are successfully feeding their pets raw and home cooked meals.

  22. I had no idea that there were so many variabl3es when looking at raw dog food. I would think that they would be all the same, but I’m mistaken. What a great review!

  23. I think a food like this is great if you want to feed raw, and you have both the time to cook for pets and the money to purchase quality raw food. I can see it has a lot of quality ingredients in it, thanks for sharing.

  24. Hey Tanya,

    I recently acquired another dachshund, and the food I was feeding Charlie is too expensive to feed two. The second dog was eating a product I wouldn’t use, but he adapted easily to the fresh food I give Charlie. I’ll take a look at Darwin’s as an emergency backup when I need one.

  25. We don’t have this one available around here but we do feed raw. We actually have some pretty good Canadian companies to choose from. As well, of course, whatever Cookie catches.

  26. I started my transition to a raw diet with Darwin’s. It just doesn’t get any more convenient! I can’t afford their food on a regular basis because it gets a little pricey with having to feed 2 Boxer mixes, but their quality certainly is top notch.

  27. I have been using Darwin’s for about a month now and my dogs love it. Could you explain how you “gently cook” the raw food? I know that you are not supposed to cook bone and the turkey does have ground bone in it. Is it ok to gently cook this? Thank you!

  28. I never gave my dog human food because I heard it was so bad for them. I feel bad giving her the “dog” food though because it doesn’t look like steak. This looks like a great alternative!

  29. We’ve been feeding Darwin’s to our Airedale for 2 years with great success. She is now 3 y.o., healthy, active and loves Darwin’s. We supplement some with sardines, extra veggies like asparagus, broccoli blueberries and brussels…what ever we are eating… and daily some Answers fermented raw goats milk. Thanks for your efforts to raise awareness and generate helpful discussions!

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