Food scores are based on ingredient quality and safety. For more information, view our evaluation criteria.
With an average score of 4.3, BIXBI’s Rawbble dry dog food line is considered a high risk food. It averages 30% carbohydrate (as calculated on a dry matter basis), which is moderately high. Protein is calculate at 28%, which is fairly typical for a food of this quality.
On the ingredient quality side, there are added amino acids, which can indicate a food that relies on plant proteins with incomplete amino acids. This line also has a large amount of added vitamins and minerals, which indicates lower quality ingredients. It should also be noted that it contains sodium selenite as a source of selenium. Dogs need selenium, and it’s typically added in very small amounts. However some research suggests that sodium selenite may be associated with potential toxicity, so selenium yeast is the preferred form of this mineral.
On the ingredient quality side, both peas and lentils make an appearance in the top 5 ingredients. Both are high pesticide/herbicide foods that are typically spray dried with Roundup before harvest and this significantly lowers the ingredient safety score. It’s also noteworthy that this line has natural flavor, which is a low quality ingredient that is often MSG or animal digest.
Other corners of note: BIXBI Rawwble contains glam ingredients, including raspberries and dandelion greens. These are desirable ingredients that consumers would want to see in a dog food, but they appear on the label after salt, which appears in a miniscule amount. There is not enough of these ingredients to be of any value to the dog eating this food and they are added likely just for marketing.
The omega6:omega-3 ratios also not stated in BIXBI foods. While this is true of most foods, it’s unfortunate since AAFCO allows a very inflammatory limit of 30:1. The foods also contain fish or fish oil, but it’s not state whether the food is wild caught or farmed. And some of these foods contain coconut oil, which can cause gut inflammation.