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With an average score of 6.7, Ketogenic Freeze Dried dog food is a moderate risk dog food.
This line loses points for moderate processing. The line is described as “freeze dried meat products blended with nutritious oils and micronutrients,” so it appears that only the meats are freeze dried, and not the other ingredients. It’s also unclear whether the meats were raw or cooked before freeze-drying. Cooking, especially at high heat, can cause nutrient depletion.
The line is low in carbohydrates, with an average of 10% overall. But the Beef recipe loses a point for 16.5% carbs, which is surprising for a keto diet. The protein averages 38%, with fat higher at 40%, especially Chicken and Salmon with 46% fat. Even though you’d expect higher fat for a ketogenic diet, this is a concern because a high fat diet can cause unwanted shifts in gut bacteria,. HIgh fat can also add unwanted toxins, since toxins are stored in fat.
All Ketogenic dog foods carry the statement that the product is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance. But you have to look very hard to find it on the package and website, because it’s in tiny print.
The ingredient quality score is lower due to excessive added vitamins and minerals. This usually means poor quality ingredients that don’t supply the necessary nutrients without being fortified. Ideally vitamins should come from whole food sources, so that they include the full spectrum of cofactors, which makes them safe and bioavailable.
All 3 recipes contain natural flavor, which is usually animal digest or MSG. These are low quality ingredients with limited safety studies.
All foods in this line contain coconut oil, which has been shown to cause undesirable changes in the gut lining, harming gut health. The company doesn’t mention whether the salmon is farmed or wild-caught, so it appears it may be farmed. Wild-caught salmon is preferable as it’s more nutritious, with a better fatty acid balance.
It’s also worth noting that the line contains sodium selenite as a source of selenium. Dogs need selenium, and it’s usually 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.
Ketogenic doesn’t disclose the omega-6:omega-3 ratio, which is unfortunate since AAFCO allows a very inflammatory limit of 30:1.