Fromm Four Star Nutritionals canned dog food earns 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
Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, carrots, potatoes, peas, potato starch, tomato paste, choline chloride, betaine anhydrous, potassium chloride, taurine, calcium carbonate, sodium selenite, folic acid, vitamins, minerals
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 17.1%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||39%||12%||41%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||36%||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 includes 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 includes 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.
The seventh ingredient is tomato paste. Unlike the controversial item, tomato pomace, the tomato paste detailed here does not include the skin or seeds of the fruit.
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 exception…
The vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality.
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.
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.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of beef, chicken or pork as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
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.
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
07/14/2015 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩