Fromm Four Star Nutritionals (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Fromm Four Star Nutritionals product line includes three canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree
  • Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Pork Entree
  • Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Chicken Entree (4.5 stars)

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, carrots, russet potatoes, peas, potato starch, tomato paste, calcium sulfate, choline chloride, salt, potassium chloride, taurine, vitamin E supplement, iron chelate, zinc chelate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, potassium iodate, riboflavin supplement, manganese supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, copper chelate, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, biotin

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%12%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%27%37%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

The second ingredient is beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

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 one notable exceptions

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.

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Four Star Nutritionals looks like an above-average canned 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 39%, a fat level of 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 28%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals is a grain-free, meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meat as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Fromm Four Star Nutritionals dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

02/27/2010 Original review
09/30/2010 Review updated
06/24/2012 Review updated
01/14/2014 Review updated
01/14/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Dog_Obsessed

    Oh yeah, I’ve noticed that. It’s a bit strange.

  • Bobby dog

    Funny!! :0

  • aquariangt

    oh, yeah I didn’t get that, haha

  • Crazy4cats

    Oh, I get it. LOL!

  • Steve

    My apologies aquariangt, that was my attempt at humor. The maker of this food has deemed it only a “Four Star” food. So evidently Dr. Mike thinks higher of it than they do!

  • aquariangt

    the chicken one has higher protein than the other two

  • Steve

    Was Dr. Mike being generous or did Fromm over achieve with the Shredded Chicken Entree!

  • Melissaandcrew

     Skoozie-

    I mix wet and dry, raw and dry, fresh and dry-depends on the day : ) If your furkid gets heavy on what you are feeding, then simply reduce the canned a bit : )

  • Lynn

    I do exactly the same thing.  I feed 1/4 cup of the Fromm grain free surf and turf and mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of the canned food in with it.  It is working very well with my dogs.  They were getting finicky with just the dry but once I added the canned they eat all the time now.  If your dog is eating good this way I wouldn’t change it.  Hope this helps.

  • Skoozie

    So I feed my dog Fromm dry kibbles but the little monster only will eat one meal a day so in trying to keep him on a regular two meal a day balance I decided to go with the wet Fromm canned food. I don’t want to only feed him canned does anyone know how much canned food I mix with my 1/4c dry food?

    When I brought it him today I gave him a 1/4 c of dry and mixed probably 2T or so with it and he Ate it all up yay…. But I want to see if others mix the dry and wet and how it’s done! Thanks.

  • SandyDuarte

    I received a letter back from Fromm today and it included a voucher for 6 cans, sweet!!!!

  • monkey

    I think it just appears that the four star has little meat because it is so shredded. The Gold line does look better though when you dish it up :)

  • SandyDuarte

    The first can I used had a lot of meat in it, that’s why I was a little disappionted the the second was watery and I that’s why I reported it. Maybe we’ll try the Gold too.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Fromm has one of the best customer service depts. imho.  I used to use Fromm 4 Star canned food but found their Gold line canned food to be a better fit for my dogs.  The 4 Star was always runny with little meat, but the Gold is a pate type, still grain free.  My dogs love it!

  • SandyDuarte

    I finally received an email back from the company, and customer service was so nice and understanding. She will even be sending me a voucher for my next purchase. I wasn’t complaining about the can I just wanted to make sure the product in the new can wouldn’t make Mila sick. She loves this food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Ann-Williamson/1723220275 Mary Ann Williamson

    Fromm canned food has done wonders in improving the health and energy level of my Mom’s 14 year old Papillion.  She was obese and didn’t want to go for walks now she has lost down to her ideal weight and demands 2 walks a day.

  • SandyDuarte

    I emailed the company, I hope to get an answer from them

  • SandyDuarte

    I opened a new of the pork entree and found it to be more soupy than the last can, anyone else have this problem?

  • Kaliberknl

     Mine are doing well on Orijen.  They aren’t picky but really love it and need very little to be satisfied.  Don’t give up on her…setters often live to 14 or 15 :-)

  • Carol

    I have been feeding my 12 yr old Gordon Setter Fromm dry food. (I also have been adding home cooked chicken and rice and veggies but will not be doing that anymore). I plan to try Fromm canned food next with the dry. 

    My Setter has an enlarged heart that she is being treated for. She has been losing weight lately even though I have been feeding her more than I used too. I can’t get a straight answer from my vet on the cause. I asked if it is her diet or her heart problem that is causing this. All he said was it is good she is loosing weight but to feed her vitamins and no table food. She was only about a pound overweight but now I can see her ribs, spine and hip bones and getting thiner every day! Is there some other food I can feed her to get some weight on her?I ordered Joint Max Triple Strength Suppliments (it has vitamins) and hope that will help. I know her breed’s life expectancy is only 12 years and they have to die of something but I sure don’t want her die from lack of nutrition. 

  • SandyDuarte

    I just tried the pork entree with my 2 month old puppy and she loved it.

  • Edwinruizpitre

    question….. We have a Bernese Mountain Dog who seems to have a sensitive stomach….. we tried Orijen dry food, in the process he got sick (due to something else)….thinking about switching to FROMM 4 Star….how good is ALL LIFE STAGES for a 2.5 months puppy?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Debbie… Obviously, the radiation we’ve all been reading about is troubling (both for our dogs as well as our own human food supply). Something this technical will have to be entrusted to our government. We’ll just need to stay abreast of the news as events unfold.

  • Debbie

    Oh I have to say to the Akita Mom. we also love the shredded pork. There is a lot of liquid in it and im just now also trying other flavors but I have 1 dog who is very picky on what he will eat and he LOVES this shredded pork. He has a chicken allergy, 2 of my dogs do so im very happy to have replaced the Evo Venison with the pork.

    Im really happy to meet all of you here who really care what you feed your dog(s). During the recall I was beside myself, but it also woke me up and I learned a lot! If there is any complaints with what I an feeding now, feel free to tell me, I want to know everything. Fromms canned (4star) and Orejin dry, the Salmon and the red meat flavors. I buy a lot : ) This is why I never have any money to go out and splurge on something lol!!! Actually I love my dogs very much and I will do what ever is best for them.

  • Debbie

    Hi, I am new here. My name is Debbie and I have 4 larger dogs aged 5,5,8, and 15. I just switched from Evo venison and red meat bites dry to Fromms canned and Orijen dry. I have been using Evo but I heard they sold the company to a popular but questionable company (when it comes to dog food) and I do not want to buy from them anymore.

    My question is a bit off topic but we have to question this. With the horrific happenings going on in Japan, how can we be sure that radiated foods are not being put in our dogs food? Im very nervous about this. Has anyone else thought of it?

    Debbie

  • Akita mom

    We love the shredded pork! Actually, it’s the ONLY canned, single-protein, pork out there that I have found. I have been told that this is so because pork is more expensive to use for pet food than beef or chicken (there isn’t any part of a pig that isn’t used for people food), so the cost of using pork would have to be passed down to the consumer. I can see it in the price per can, in this case, about $3.30 per can. I can justify our buying it because we do rotate between other proteins and between canned and kibble. Fromm’s pork kibble is great too, and more cost effective.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mary Ellen… Not sure of the difference in design between these two product lines. Ingredient-wise and nutrient-wise, they both seem very similar to me. Why not contact Fromm and share with us what you find out. Thanks.

  • Mary Ellen

    What is the difference between the Four Star Nutritional & the Gold Nutritional canned food?
    Thank you
    Mary Ellen