Dr. Tim's Dog Food Ingredients

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Dr. Tim's manufactures roughly 11 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Dr. Tim's ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Dr. Tim's uses roughly 97 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Dr. Tim's, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken meal
  2. brown rice
  3. chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
  4. dried field pea
  5. powdered cellulose

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Dr. Tim's is chicken meal. The most common 2nd ingredient is brown rice, followed by chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried field pea, and powdered cellulose.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Dr. Tim's does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 11 Dr. Tim's dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Dr. Tim's does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Dr. Tim's have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 97 Dr. Tim's ingredients. According to our data, Dr. Tim's does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 2 controversial ingredients inside Dr. Tim's products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

powdered cellulose
2 Recipes

Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The following recipes contain powdered cellulose:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Dr. Tim's ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Dr. Tim's Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Fusion Ultra Athlete Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Glacier Athletic Blend Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Heirloom Ancient Grains Chicken Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Heirloom Ancient Grains Fish Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Kinesis All Life Stages Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Kinesis GF Grain Free Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Metabolite GF Weight Management Grain Free Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Metabolite Weight Management Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Momentum Highly Active Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food Pursuit Active Dog Formula


Dr. Tim's Dry Dog Food RPM Salmon & Pork Grain Free Dog Formula