Darwin’s ZooLogics (Raw Frozen)

(5 / 5)
Darwin’s ZooLogics (Raw Frozen)

The Darwin’s ZooLogics product line includes four raw frozen dog foods.

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.

  • Darwin’s ZooLogics Beef and Vegetables [U]
  • Darwin’s ZooLogics Duck and Vegetables [U]
  • Darwin’s ZooLogics Turkey and Vegetables [U]
  • Darwin’s ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetables (4.5 stars) [U]

Darwin’s ZooLogics Turkey and Vegetables was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein 52

Fat 28

Carbs 12

Ingredients: Turkey necks, turkey thigh meat, turkey livers, turkey hearts, romaine lettuce, yams, zucchini, turkey gizzards, carrots, yellow squash, flax seed oil, celery, parsley, sea salt, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, choline chloride, vitamin E, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12, iodine, vitamin D3

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 13% 7% NA
Dry Matter Basis 52% 28% 12%
Calorie Weighted Basis 39% 52% 9%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey neck. Raw turkey neck consists of muscle meat and bone and contains optimal levels of both protein and natural calcium.

The second ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient includes turkey heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The fifth ingredient is lettuce. This green leafy vegetable is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, lettuce boasts an exceptionally high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 88.

The sixth item includes yams. In much of North America, the word yam can be used interchangeably with the term sweet potatoes.

So, assuming this item is indeed sweet potatoes, it can be considered a good source of complex carbohydrates. In addition, yams are naturally rich in fiber, beta carotene and other healthy nutrients.

The seventh ingredient is zucchini. Zucchini is a type of squash high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

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, flaxseed oil is one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Darwin’s ZooLogics Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Darwin’s ZooLogics looks like an above-average raw dog food.

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 52%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 12%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 11% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

Above-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.

Bottom line?

Darwin’s ZooLogics is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.