Like most Veterinary grade dog foods, I was first skeptical when I decided to write this Dr. Tim’s dog food review and when I read other Dr. Tim’s dog food reviews from pet parents. In my experience, most dog foods formulated by veterinarians are always far from the healthiest foods. They are often filled with fillers and low-quality ingredients that tend to do more harm than good.
So when I first came across Dr. Tim’s dog food for this review, I was very wary.
So, how healthy is Dr. Tim’s dog food? Let’s jump into my honest Dr. Tim’s dog food review to find out.
For this review, I will be focusing on the Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Grain Free Formula.
Name: Dr. Tim’s
Website URL: www.drtims.com
Formulas Available: Active Pursuit, Active Glacier, Casual Heirloom Ancient Grains Fish, Casual Heirloom Ancient Grains Chicken, RPM, Kinesis, Kinesis Grain Free, Extreme Athlete Momentum, Extreme Athlete Fusion and Weight Management Metabolite
Sizes Available: 5 pounds, 15 pounds, 30 pounds and 40 pounds
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA):
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA):
min. 0.35 mg/kg
min. 80,000,000 CFU/lb
Chicken meal, dried white potatoes, dried field peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed natural tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), tapioca, dried plain beet pulp (sugar removed), dried egg product, catfish meal, ocean herring meal, ground whole flaxseed, menhaden fish oil, chicken liver meal, salmon meal, dried porcine plasma, dried carrots, dried celery, dried beets, dried parsley, dried lettuce, dried watercress, dried spinach, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, lecithin (sunflower derived), dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, dried kelp, dried chicory root (source of inulin), L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, psyllium seed husks, yucca schidigera extract, choline chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, beta carotene, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, inositol, niacin supplement, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, zinc oxide, biotin, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), copper proteinate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), d-calcium pantothenate, potassium iodide (source of iodine), manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, taurine, L-carnitine, folic acid
1. Chicken Meal
Chicken Meal is a high-quality protein source in this food that contains 300% more protein than chicken has alone.
2. Dried White Potatoes
White potatoes are often used in dog foods because they are cheaper than sweet potatoes. However, white potatoes contain a higher glycemic index than sweet potatoes and can cause high blood sugar and insulin levels in dogs. Because of this they are considered to be a moderate source of carbohydrates.
3. Dried Field Peas
Dried field peas, also referred to as dried peas, is an ingredient that contains a surprising amount of protein. Peas are also a source of fiber, Vitamin A and potassium. They can help to promote a healthy GI system.
4. Chicken Fat
Chicken fat is a quality source of fat that is loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids which can help to promote a shiny coat and healthy skin.
Tapioca is used in most dog foods as a source of carbohydrates. However, it lacks any true nutritional benefits other than starch. It is considered to be a low quality and low-grade filler.
6. Dried Plain Beet Pulp
Beet pulp is considered to be a controversial ingredient that is prevalent in most holistic dog foods. Regardless of your personal views, it is a source of fiber which can help to promote optimal digestive health.
7. Dried Egg Product
Dried egg product is nothing more than an egg obtained from an egg hatchery and dehydrated for use. Packed with plenty of protein, this is an ingredient that is seen as moderately nutritious.
8. Catfish Meal
Catfish meal is a high-quality protein source that contains as much as 300% more protein than catfish contains alone. It also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
9. Ocean Herring Meal
Ocean Herring Meal is another high-quality protein source that contains as much as 300% more protein than Ocean Herring contains alone. It also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that can help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
10. Ground Whole Flaxseed
Ground whole Flaxseed is another ingredient that is considered to be controversial. Regardless of your personal views, it has been proven that Flaxseed is a source of Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. It can help to promote healthy skin, a shiny coat and can help to promote optimal GI health.
11. Menhaden Fish Oil
Menhaden fish oil is a source of fat used to help promote a shiny coat and healthy skin.
12. Chicken Liver Meal
Chicken Liver meal is a high-quality muscle protein used in this food. Not only will it add an added flavor to the food that dogs love, but it contains 300% more protein than Chicken liver contains alone.
13. Salmon Meal
Salmon meal is a high-quality protein source that contains as much as 300% more protein than Salmon contains alone. It also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
14. Dried Porcine Plasma
This is an ingredient that is EXACTLY what it sounds like it is: a dried component of actual animal blood ready for use in a spray form. This is a common additive used in many pet foods. This plasma comes from the blood of slaughtered animals for consumption by humans and then centrifuged in order to remove everything besides the plasma itself. This ingredient, as disgusting as it sounds is used to help make pet food more digestible and palatable for pets.
15. Dried Carrots
Dried carrots are low in calories, but are high in fiber and plenty of nutritious vitamins. Carrots can help maintain overall health as well as keep a dogs teeth incredibly clean.
Dr. Tim’s Dog Food Formulas, Sizes and Price
This food is known for helping a world class Iditarod dog sled team win the Iditarod. Packed with essential amino acids and a ton of protein, it will keep dogs lean and fit even under the most stressful active environments.
All Nature Grain Free Kinesis
Dr. Tim’s Dog Food Reviews and Ratings
When it comes to Dr. Tim’s dog food reviews and ratings from actual pet parents, most of the reviews vary. Some pet parents love the food and some pet parents hate it. Take a look at what some pet parents are saying about Dr. Tim’s dog food below.
This is a good food that my dog approves. When I transitioned my dogs from Eukanuba to Dr. Tim’s dog food, I was able to do so without any problems over the course of a week. A 30 pound bag usually lasts me 1 to 2 months for my 80 pound dog. The bigger the dog, the more expensive the food will be. -Ames
Every time I pour this food into my dog’s bowl, you’d swear my dog hasn’t eaten in months. I have never seen this kind of reaction in my dog before. -Macy Lou
This is an excellent choice for dog food. I changed my dog from Taste of the Wild to this food to save some money and my gosh, do my dogs love it! -O. Bond
This food just wasn’t right for my pup. While my dog loved this food and would gobble it up in just a few minutes, my dog never had a solid bowel movement on this food. I was forced to switch my dog to Diamond Naturals. Regardless, this is a great dog food to try with your dogs. -Amazon Customer
Not a huge fan of this food. After reading a review on The Dog Food Advisors site, I decided to try this food out. My dogs are field hunting dogs and their stomachs are usually made out of iron. This food gave both of my dogs explosive and runny stools that they had never suffer from before. This is one of the few foods that affects them like this. After this bag is done, we are going to try something new. Hopefully it doesn’t affect anybody’s dogs in the same way. -AMZ Rates
My Final Opinion
After looking carefully at the ingredients of Dr. Tim’s dog food for this Dr. Tim’s dog food review, as well as look at the overall availability of this food, Dr. Tim’s dog food reviews from actual pet parents and taken the price into consideration, this is a dog food I don’t mind recommending. Sure, while some of the ingredients may be considered controversial, a bulk of the ingredients that make up this food are quite healthy. However, it contains plenty of protein sources and rich ingredients, so if your dog has a sensitive stomach, it is best to avoid this food altogether.
Have you fed your dog Dr. Tim’s dog food? If so, how did you like it? How did your dogs like it? Let me know in the comments section below.