The Answers Detailed product line includes three raw frozen recipes.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage:
Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Answers Detailed Pork [A]
- Answers Detailed Beef [A]
- Answers Detailed Chicken [A]
Answers Detailed Chicken formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken heart, chicken liver, ground chicken bone, chicken eggs, organic carrots, organic green beans, fermented cod liver, organic yellow squash, butter, montmorillonite, cultured whey, organic parsley, salt, vitamin E supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||31%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||56%||15%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is ground chicken bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fifth ingredient includes chicken eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth ingredient includes organic carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient includes organic green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, montmorillonite is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.
Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
And lastly, except for vitamin E, we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.
However, we are reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.
Answers Detailed Formula Dog Food The Bottom Line
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
Judging by its ingredients alone, Answers Dog Food Detailed formula looks like an above-average raw product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 31% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 77%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.
Answers Detailed Formula is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of chicken, beef or pork as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.