Fromm Gold Nutritionals canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Fromm Gold 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 Gold Nutritionals Grain Free Chicken Pate
- Fromm Gold Nutritionals Grain Free Duck and Chicken
- Fromm Gold Nutritionals Grain Free Salmon and Chicken
Fromm Gold Nutritionals Grain Free Salmon and Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Fromm Gold Nutritionals Salmon and Chicken Pate
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Wild salmon, chicken, chicken broth, carrots, russet potatoes, peas, tomato paste, potato starch, calcium sulfate, salt, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, betaine, 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|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||20%||29%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||37%||40%||24%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Salmon and chicken are naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient includes 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 sixth 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 seventh ingredient istomato paste. Unlike the controversial item, tomato pomace, the tomato paste detailed here does not include the skin or seeds of the fruit.
The eighth 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 Gold Nutritionals Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Gold 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 44% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet 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 significant amount of meat.
Fromm Gold Nutritionals is a grain-free, meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of salmon, chicken or duck as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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 to go with this product may wish to visit our review of Fromm Gold Nutritionals dry dog food.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
02/28/2010 Original review
06/26/2012 Review updated
01/24/2014 Last Update
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