Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain product line includes 17 dry 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.

  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Mini [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Maxi [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Puppy Mini [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Puppy Maxi [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Medium [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Puppy Starter [U]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Puppy Medium [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Light Mini and Medium [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Light Medium and Maxi [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Single Protein Wild Cod Adult Mini [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Single Protein Wild Cod Adult Maxi [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Grass-Fed Lamb Adult Mini (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Single Protein Wild Cod Adult Medium [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Senior Mini and Medium (4 stars) [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Grass-Fed Lamb Adult Maxi (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Senior Medium and Maxi (4 stars) [A]
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Grass-Fed Lamb Adult Medium (4.5 stars) [A]

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Medium recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Adult Medium

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 39%

Ingredients: Deboned chicken, dehydrated chicken (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), whole spelt, whole oats, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dehydrated egg product, herring (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), dehydrated herring (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), dried beet pulp, herring & salmon oil blend (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried carrots, sun-cured alfalfa meal, chicory root extract, fructooligosaccharide, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dehydrated pomegranate, dehydrated apple, dehydrated spinach, psyllium seed husk, dehydrated blackcurrant berry, dehydrated sweet orange, dehydrated blueberry, salt, brewers dried yeast, turmeric, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, beta-carotene, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dl-methionine, taurine, l-carnitine, aloe vera gel concentrate, green tea extract, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%20%39%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%40%32%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 32%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient includes dehydrated chicken. Dehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh chicken.

Plus (unlike chicken meal) dehydrated chicken is never exposed to high temperatures during processing, so it preserves more of the meat’s natural goodness.

The third ingredient is spelt. Spelt is a species of wheat that’s been cultivated since 5000 BC. Yet because it requires the additional step of husk removal prior to milling, spelt is typically more costly than modern wheat.

However, aside from its energy content, this unique grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient includes oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is herring. Herring is a fatty marine fish naturally high in protein as well as omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

Although it’s a quality item, raw fish contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The eighth ingredient is dried herring. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, dried herring contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

The ninth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

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 six notable exceptions

First, although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago1, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

We also note the inclusion of brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, 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.

And lastly, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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 33%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 39%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain is a plant-based dry dog food using a significant amount of various meats 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.

Farmina Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

03/07/2016 Last Update

  1. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    No, the odor was rancidity. I know the odor of aloe vera, having grown and used it since the early 70s. The aloe vera is also very very low on the ingredient list.

    I switched to victor hi pro and have had perfect blood panels and solid stools since and the dog seem to be doing great.

  • Pinky Collins

    The odor is the Aloe vera

  • Pinky Collins

    The odor you smell is the Aloe Vera concentrate. It’s not rancid

  • Wendi

    I have been feeding Farmina for 2 years now and so far haven’t had any issues. I rotate between the cod and lamb ancestral grains mostly. The main problem I have had is getting the ancestral puppy but finally Chewy has it back in stock.I fed Eukanuba Excel puppy until it came back in stock.I do agree rotating the proteins and manufactures help keep the gut strong.When I switched to Eukanuba Excel puppy my pups had very little issue with it at all.I try to stay away from flax and peas and especially the puppy food is hard to find at least a quality one.

  • CincyGirl

    I have been buying this through Chewy as well, and I believe something is different with it. My 2 dogs LOVED it at first, but suddenly became disinterested in the last couple bags. One has become itchy lately also, and the food does seem to smell more than before. I am switching them off it.

  • Bill Pickersgill

    I don’t understand, forget the dog food, it’s all junk 97% of it . There was no dog food at a certain point in time people fed their dogs whatever they ate bread, meat, potatoes , milk, etc , their was no dog food , so why are all of you still experimenting with all kinds of complicated dog foods , and feeding methods,?, I don’t get it .

  • DogFoodie

    For Sam, it’s the fiber he doesn’t tolerate. He develops loose stool from it so quickly, I’ve never been able to feed him anything that includes flax long enough to know if he reacts in any other way.

  • theBCnut

    Several of us here have dogs with food hypersensitivities and have done months, or in my case years, of elimination diets.

  • theBCnut

    My dog is one of those rare ones that react to flax, but he has several foods he reacts to.

  • Shawna

    I agree that flax is not a common issue for dogs but there are some dogs that react poorly to it for sure. Those that I know did an elimination of flax to confirm it as a problem.

    Another problem with flax when it is used instead of fish oil is that adult dogs are not efficient at converting the ALA in flax to EPA and then DHA. DHA is what is needed most for brain, heart and eye health. If a source of both plant and marine based omega 3 is used this shouldn’t be an issue except possibly in cases where you are trying to correct and inflammatory response (it specifically says “mixtures of ALA and fish oil may not perform as effectively”. May being the operative word of course. Some info on this
    “Long chain n-3 PUFA from fish oil or other marine sources seem to be especially capable of modifying inflammatory and immune responses. Diets containing only ALA as n-3 source or mixtures of ALA and fish oil may not perform as effectively in this regard when included on an equivalent weight basis (23-25) One reason for this is the inefficient rate of conversion of ALA to EPA (26). To confirm this possibility, a comparison of dietary ALA and EPA was conducted in our laboratory resulting in changes in neutrophil structure and function (232). In these studies, fish oil (i.e. containing EPA and DHA) outperformed linseed oil (i.e. containing ALA) at the same omega-6/omega-3 ratio showing significantly different enrichment of EPA and DPA over AA, increased neutrophil membrane fluidity, decreased superoxide dismutase activities, and ex vivo phagocytosis. In addition, greater leukotriene B5 (LTB5) and lower leukotriene (LTB4) production consistent with less inflammation were found. Another recent study described similar blunting of ex vivo neutrophil LTB4 production when dogs were fed a high n-3 PUFA diet using marine sources compared with corn oil (mg/kg diet amounts of the n-3 PUFA not specified) (27). These findings are consistent with earlier reports that diets containing high marine source n-3 PUFA were particularly adept at modifying neutrophil and inflammatory skin responses of healthy dogs (24).” http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-35982008001300004

    There’s also mention in the above article that flax actually causes more LA omega 6 fatty acid in the body then does sunflower alone (which is higher in LA). Several studies have confirmed this however I don’t think this is an issue, as LA is needed in the diet, unless possibly the formulator is already using high amounts of LA. I suppose then the LA could be fed in excess and have an inflammatory action in the body which may be why the “mixed” didn’t have the positive anti-inflammatory results seen in marine only.

  • DogFoodie

    How do I know what? How do I know my dog is intolerant of flax? How do I know dogs aren’t efficient at converting ALA?

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    I actually found this with one dog on an elimination diet. We went for a few months on Z/D prescription diet to let things settle down and the flax fired him up like no tomorrow.

    I am not sure if it is for mine or not but it seems to be a common denominator in foods causing loose stools. Right now he has, for the first time in his life, itchy ears (he is 4.5) but he is not showing other signs of a food allergy. This is a dog than is quite rugged, in an out of water, etc. never had a problem.

    What I am doing right now is keeping a log with different foods.

  • Alex Woodman

    How do you even know?

  • Alex Woodman

    Good choice with Dr. Tim’s. Great food. I have a question, is it just speculation about flax? Flax is very rarely an issue with dogs.

  • DogFoodie

    I agree. Good luck with your trial!

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    I believe it is problematic but I am testing with a few foods with it lower in the ingredients list to see how bad it is. I hate flax in dog food. It goes rancid easily. Dogs don’t do much with ALA etc.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Nancy,

    My dog can’t do flax either. He actually has several foods intolerances, but the flax is a deal-breaker. He ended up with loose stool from flax. How does your dog react to flax?

  • Crazy4cats

    My dogs do well on Victor. I hope it works out for you. Best wishes.

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    I am already feeding a small amount of Victor to bridge the gap and have a replacement bag of Dr Tims on the way. Both have have Flax. Hope not a problem. .we will see…..No…….if their customer support is THAT bad it makes them suspect to me. I basically wanted to post – hey- have a problem with rancidity and concerns with vendor responsiveness. I can find another food; actually have tried many and this one worked best.

  • Crazy4cats

    What size of bag are you buying? Can you try buying two smaller bags at once and use them to transition to something different until the problem is solved?

  • LabsRawesome

    If it smells rancid, it likely is. All I’m saying is if you had been rotating you could easily just pick up a bag of something else. If I were you I would return the bag you have and get it from another source.

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    Online through Chewy the bag is not rancid when I open it. Dating is a year out. It goes rancid within a few weeks despite proper storage. In years, Chewy has never been a problem and the fact that it smells normal upon opening makes me question whether or not the preservatives are properly applied. Before it is opened the bag is filled with nitrogen, preventing rancidity.

  • Crazy4cats

    Are you purchasing the food locally or online? Have you tried to buy it from another location? Maybe the retailer isn’t storing it correctly. What a pain. Good luck to you!

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    Certainly but that does not address the issue of rancidity. I know rancid when I smell it and am used to the odor of the food when it is fresh.

  • LabsRawesome

    I’m sure you could find at least 3 foods to rotate with.

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    I agree with the paradigm for rotating but when you try to avoid flax and canola and super high protein dog foods it gets challenging.

  • LabsRawesome

    This is one example of why a rotational diet is best. Rotational feeding is where you rotate protein sources and manufacturerers. This creates a healthy gut that can switch foods cold turkey. I rotate foods with each new bag. I rotate between about 10 different kibbles. And if I want to try a new food, I can just feed it with no mixing required. There’s no stomach upset and they always have small firm stools. By feeding this way your dog can handle any food. And if the food their eating has an issue, it’s not a big deal because they can eat pretty much anything.

  • Nancy Hess Jocoy

    I have fed this food for over a year. Blood panels good. Stools great. BUT…..

    Recent bags of the chicken have developed a rancid odor after about 2 weeks and my dogs stools are not nearly as nice as they were. I had to take one dog to the vet after several days of unrelenting diarrhea. Not sure if it is related.

    My main issue is that my complaints to the vendor seem to be falling on deaf ears. I am being told it is good for 18 months and as long as the bag is rolled up and stored in an airtight container (check) it is good and that it normally has a strong odor. This food had over a year to go before it expired. I know the difference between the meat odor of meat based foods and rancidity! (and mind you I have been feeding this food for over a year!) I tried making a switch to the lamb (knowing my dog could tolerate lamb) and that was a terrible mistake. Had to throw it away after poos I had to hose away and flatulence like I have never seen.

    I find that to be particularly dismissive. I have talked to others with similar problems. I have been terribly happy with this food otherwise and hate having to make a switch.

    I also noticed that if you go to ask a question on their facebook page….they delete it and guide you to send a private message……of course they keep the glowing comments……

  • Mudi Mom

    Really like this food. Tried the lamb low grain. I normally feed a home made diet or raw but need something for travel and treats or out of time to make food. I have one dog that use to do well with orijen/acana until they started adding lentils and peas. This formula from Farmina is working great for my dogs. No problems with stool or tummy upset.

  • Michelle Jadin

    I’m thinking it’s the spelt…since comments below state it’s actually a type of wheat. That would probably explain the gas, loose stools and eye goop. I changed her over to TOTW and in about 24 hrs all issues are gone. I know, I know TOTW is made by Diamond – but if she does well on it for now that’s what I’ll have to feed her.

  • Michelle Jadin

    I had fed my St. Bernard a bag of the Boar/Grain free – she did ok with that formula. I then tried feeding her the Cod/Ancestral Grain formula. She got fairly gassy and then loose/watery stools. Which is disappointing – I so wanted her to do well on this food. I wasn’t feeding too much, because I actually weigh out her dry food on a digital scale. Has anyone else had this happen? Just curious – I know each dog is different. I guess it’s back to Annamaet/Option formula. Was wanting to put this food in her rotation – Maybe the chicken would be better than the cod? Or it’s the type of grains?

  • Raghu

    I have been using them for the past 7 months now on my 2 golden’s and both are great… now a days i mix up lamb and codfish too. And they seem to just njoy it.

  • Alex Woodman

    The odor reminds me of yeast and hydrolyzed protein like liquid aminos you can buy in stores. In dog foods they are used to enhance palatability.

  • Turtle Facee

    My bag is like that too but I use the Low Grain Chicken formula, so I don’t think it’s a fish thing. I actually like the strong odor and oily coating to be honest, its the only kibble my dogs actually like and I’ve never seen another kibble like it!

  • E. Michael Tann

    I decided to give their Cod formula a try. My 2 Standard Poodles had no problems with the food. Its been mentioned before, the food has a STRONG odor to it. Don’t know if this is because of the Cod????? There also seems to be a “oily” residue that clings to my 1-cup measure, and their bowls. Again, is this because it’s a fish based formula???? The bag says “Medium Kibble”. To me it’s closer to a Large kibble size. I don’t know if this is why their feeding guidlines recomend a larger amount of food compared to other premium GMO free foods.

  • CVM

    Thanks for the info! I did talk with one of the ffarmina distrib. And asked if its suppose to have a strong odor and they said yes. My bag had a strong odor but def. Didn.t smell like dead animal.

  • Turtle Facee

    Love this food. It has a strong odor, kind of like taste of the wild does. Kibble is a nice size and not so compact like Acana. The price of Acana went crazy which is why I started looking for alternatives and very glad I found this food, which I actually think is better than Acana for $20 less per bag! Ti amo Farmina!

  • Kholbein

    I purchased a 5lb bag of the chicken grain free from chewy.com as a sample for my dog to see if she would like it and she loved it. I then ordered a 26lb bag as I wanted to make the switch from Acana to this (I don’t like that Acana uses Pea protein) and the food smelled like a dead animal…literally. I contacted chewy.com and they refunded my money. The 5lb bag didn’t smell bad, I’m confused what to do from here.

  • Scott

    We love this food in our house and alternate from the ancestral grain to grain free. I think they are equally good products and we highly recommend them.

  • CVM

    Has anyone noticed this dog food has a strong odor? Is that normal? My frenchie is having a hard time switching over to this. He’s getting lose stools on 3/4 of this mixed with 1/4 of is old. And I’ve been switching very slowly, as in he was on it for 3 weeks and I’m just getting to mixing 3/4 of the farmina to 1/4 of his old food, Beaverdam Eli’s Select. Thanks for any input!

  • Dori

    Perfect Form from THK is the only thing that I have used for years that consistently works all the time every time.

  • theBCnut

    Perfect Form is excellent!!

  • Julie E

    Thank you! I will order some right now. I am ready to try anything for her. We are both miserable.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    There is an herbal supplement called Perfect Form by The Honest Kitchen. I have used it with success with minor stomach issues and transitions, and I have heard people have used it with success for major stomach issues. Here it is: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/treats-supplements/supplements/perfect-form

  • Julie E

    Well, Mercy is back to her loose stools. She just finished the first 26 lb bag and the last couple weeks have been the loose stools again. Vet has her starting flagyl, amoxicillin, and something else to help calm her stomach. We are going to try the Ancestral Grain Cod flavor now to see if maybe she has an intolerance to chicken. Fingers crossed.

  • Alex Woodman

    This food is great. I use the Chicken with 30% protein. Switched from Fromm Gold. This is a much better product, more protein, the dogs like it better and the clean-up is much, much better than any food with grain I have used. This formula has lower carbohydrates than many so-called grain-free foods. SportDogFood.com has great service but have since found it locally. Good value and super quality food.

  • Crazy4cats

    She is a beauty! I’m glad you found a food that’ll works! Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie E

    I have had Mercy, an English Labrador, for 7 1/2 wks. She is 4 mos old today. In the first 5 wks, we have had 3 full nights sleep. She has had a horrible time adjusting to a good quality food. We tried Acana and Fromm, rice & boiled chicken/beef, pumpkin. All left her with runny stools and having to go every hour or so all night long. (not sure why it was only at night) I refused to feed her Ol’Roy like the breeder did. I spent $300 for lab work only to find she is all normal & clean. I finally found your line and decided to put all my dogs and cats on it. It is amazing how they all love it and transitioned no problem. Mercy has been on the adult Low grain Chicken with 2 tbsp pumpkin for a week now and is having normal stools again!! (couldn’t find anywhere with large breed puppy in my area) We are both sleeping thru the nights – yay! She is content, happy and acting more like a normal English lab puppy. My 3 little dogs are just now finishing the Grain free Herring and did great – no transition and no issues. Next they are going to try the lamb. My 2 cats won’t touch the Fromm or Acana anymore and are loving the Grain Free Boar cat food. Thank you for your wonderful, healthy food for our animals!!!

    I have used Orijen, Acana, Fromm, Merrick, and Wilderness grain free lines in the past. Farmina, by far, is mine and my pets favorite!!

  • indianmt

    This product of Farmina is sold in India as Farmina Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate. Check at http://www.dogspot.in The low grain element of 20% comprises of spelt and oats. If spelt is from the wheat family then it could explain my puzzle as to why my German Spitz is chewing and licking its feet, and scratching its abdomen often resulting in hot spots.

  • Jule Schweighoefer

    they have a lot in common actually, considering that spelt is a variety of wheat.

  • Jule Schweighoefer

    spelt is a variety of wheat. just because it is not the most commonly used, doesnt mean it belongs in dog food

  • Dori

    Thanks Candyd. Didn’t know that.

  • Candyd

    Genetically speaking, it’s a true wheat species, it’s more than just a cousin. I just meant that wheat is not necessarily common wheat. Or durum, farro, einkorn and kamut wouldn’t be called wheat otherwise.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    That’s why I said that it was a cousin of wheat. I never said it was gluten free.

  • Candyd

    Spelt is a wheat species.

  • Candyd

    All members of the genus Triticum are wheat. And their gluten is toxic for celiac disease sufferers.

  • Candyd

    Spelt IS wheat, as “wheat” means all species of the genus Triticum. And
    all these species’ gluten is toxic for celiac disease sufferers.

  • Alex Woodman

    Since there are no plant fats like canola oil in these foods that means nearly 70% of the calories come from animal protein and animal fat, so to say they are “plant-based” is inaccurate.The Farmina Grain Free Foods are about 75% of calories from animal protein and animal fat, so does a difference of 5% make one “plant-based”? I think not.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I’m not saying anything to do with the weight of the ingredients, nor am I disputing that 92% (or even 93.3%) of the protein comes from animal sources. However, this food only has 33% protein on an as-fed basis (30% GA). Dr Mike calling it a “plant-based food” is not based on the % of protein, it is based on the overall composition of the food. There’s more carbs in this food than protein, on a % basis. Those carbs have to come from somewhere – non-animal sources!! I’m also not talking about “the weight of the ingredients”. There’s just way more “other stuff” than animal sources in this food, that’s why it (and pretty much every other dry dog food) is labelled as “plant-based”. The way Dr Mike calculates these things, it makes sense to call this food “plant-based”. Hope that helps to clarify!

  • Alex Woodman

    Storm’s Mom, I don’t think you understand the point. The 92% of the GA protein has nothing to do with the weight of the ingredients. You clearly do not understand. It is very easy to verify the company’s labelling. Here is how. They disclose the two grain ingredients being 10% each and grain is very low in protein compared to lentils, peas, chickpeas and the other chemistry set proteins used in some foods. So at 20% maximum total grains with grains having about 10% protein (less in some cases) 2% of the 30% minimum GA protein is vegetable, so 28/30 or 93.3% of the protein comes from chicken, herring, egg, cod or lamb depending on the formula. This food should not be labelled as a “plant-based food”. That is incorrect. We love this brand it is superb, best we have used.

  • Storm’s Mom

    92% of 33% protein = 30.36% of the composition of the food. That’s less than half the composition of the food, therefore, the food would be “plant based”. The vast majority of dog foods are in fact “plant based kibble”, even those with higher % of protein (although most, granted, report less than 92% of protein from animal sources ..I take all that “% of protein from animal sources” stuff with a huge grain of salt, though).

  • ChiChi

    A whopping 92% of the protein in this food comes from animal sources and yet it’s labeled here as a “plant based kibble”? Hmm.

  • Appi Palmer

    All three of my daughters are vegan. Spelt/Farro is not wheat and shares nothing in common with wheat genetically. Spelt/Farro has a very weak protein structure that dissolves in water and is extremely easy to digest.

  • Appi Palmer

    We buy these foods 10 bags at a time and we have been giving puppy people 5lbs bags when they leave. What drew us to Farmina was the excellent customer services and complete honesty about ingredients and the specific nutritional information. This company is the only one that actually puts the “as fed” animal protein percentage in the GA. Do your homework on some of these other new foods loaded with peas, lentils, something called “pea protein” and chickpeas. You will never see better coats on a dog than on these foods and they eat without fail.

  • Dori

    Did you mean yeast? I don’t see wheat in the ingredient list.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Where do you see wheat?

  • Jule Schweighoefer

    5 stars for a food that contains wheat?