Primal Dog Food Ingredients

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Primal manufactures roughly 35 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Primal uses roughly 69 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 Primal, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. beef heart
  2. organic blackstrap molasses (unsulphered)
  3. sea salt
  4. organic carrot
  5. organic squash

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Primal is beef heart. The most common 2nd ingredient is organic blackstrap molasses (unsulphered), followed by sea salt, organic carrot, and organic squash.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Primal does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 35 Primal 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, Primal 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 Primal 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 69 Primal ingredients. According to our data, Primal does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

Brands which do not use any controversial ingredients are typically top-of-the-line. Avoiding all controversial ingredients indicates that the brand has not sacrificed quality for cost savings.

Our research indicates that Primal is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 69 Primal ingredients and none of these ingredients were classified as controversial in our system

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 Primal ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Primal Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Beef Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Chicken Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Duck Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Lamb Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Pork Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Rabbit Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Turkey & Sardine Formula

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Primal Freeze-Dried Formulas Freeze-Dried Canine Venison Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Beef Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Chicken Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Duck Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Lamb Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Pork Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Quail Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Rabbit Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Turkey & Sardine Formula

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Primal Raw Frozen Formulas Canine Venison Formula

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Primal Raw Pronto Formulas Canine Beef Pronto Formula

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Primal Raw Pronto Formulas Canine Chicken Pronto Formula

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Primal Raw Pronto Formulas Canine Duck Pronto Formula

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Primal Raw Pronto Formulas Canine Lamb Pronto Formula

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Primal Raw Pronto Formulas Canine Pork Pronto Formula

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Primal Raw Pronto Formulas Canine Turkey & Sardine Pronto Formula

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Primal Raw Meaty Bones Raw Chicken Backs

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Primal Raw Meaty Bones Raw Turkey Necks

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Primal Recreational Bones Raw Beef Marrow Bone

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Primal Recreational Bones Raw Buffalo Marrow Bone Center Cut

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Primal Recreational Bones Raw Buffalo Marrow Bone

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Primal Treats Buffalo Liver Snaps

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Primal Treats Chicken Shredders

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Primal Treats Pork Liver Snaps

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Primal Treats Beef Chips

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Primal Treats Organic Chicken Chips

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Primal Treats Pork Chips

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Primal Treats Turkey Chips

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