Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance product line lists four freeze dried 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.

  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Goat
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Lamb
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Chicken

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Grandma Lucy's Pureformance Rabbit

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: USDA Rabbit, chickpeas, flax, carrots, celery, apples, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, papaya, spinach, garlic, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, potassium, manganese, chloride, copper, magnesium, pyridoxine, cyanocobalamin

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis36%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%15%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%32%34%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 34%

The first ingredient in this dog food is rabbit. Rabbit is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered rabbit” and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart, esophagus or other tissues accompanying the flesh.1

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

The second ingredient is chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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

The fifth ingredient is celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.

The sixth ingredient includes apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

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 two notable exceptions

First, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

In addition, garlic is also officially classified as “toxic to dogs” by the Poison Control Center of the ASPCA.3

So, even when used in only small amounts, one must weigh the questionable benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.4

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Dog Food looks like an above-average 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 39%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 37%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a freeze dried food containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance is a meat-based freeze dried dog food using a generous amount of various named species 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.

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Notes and Updates

11/06/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  3. Garlic, Poison Control Center, ASPCA
  4. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant DVM, Veterinary Toxicologist, Vice President and Medical Director, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in an interview with Dr. Bernadine D. Cruz for Pet Life Radio, Pets Have a Real Taste for Danger
  • aimee

    Hi Daniel,

    When I brought my concerns to the assistant manager of the boutique store I frequent, she seemed disinterested. When I contacted the state feed control official they asked where I saw the diet for sale I gave the her a “heads up” and she seemed bemused.

    The store pulled the food after the official went to the store.. I went and checked … but then within a week it was all back on the shelf. I asked the feed control official if the stop sale was lifted he said no and that he’d immediately send someone to the store. The food was then pulled for a longer time and then they put it back on the shelf again.

    From their actions I concluded that the store didn’t care that it was not legal to sell in the state or that it may not be nutritionally adequate. I think they only cared about one thing…. and that was selling product and making money.

    I’d be interested to know how the store you frequent responds.

  • Daniel Brielmayer

    Thanks much appreciated. I’m going to print this out and give it out to my local pet store so they understand what they are selling.

  • aimee

    Hi Daniel,

    At it’s core I don’t see that this company understands basic nutritional or mathematical principles.

    Not only was the company reporting a phos level far below AAFCO min and stating that their food met AAFCO’s profile for all life stages but they were actively promoting it for kidney patients!!

    It is a very basic nutritional concept that a food formulated for growth is not appropriate for a dog with kidney insufficiency.

    I brought these problems to the attention of the company and they did nothing. It is only after I reported them to the feed control official in my state that they did anything about this.

    It saddens me. Either dogs and cats with kidney disease may have been harmed by feeding them this inappropriate diet or if the original reported level was correct puppies and kittens may have suffered from abnormal growth do to inappropriate levels of Phos.

    Who knows which it is as is has been nearly 2 years since I asked Grandma Lucy’s some very simple questions one of which was “What is the actual phos content in your food?” the others were “Please send a full nutrient analysis” and “If there are 9 cups of food /kg of food as you reported to me then why on a 3 lb bag is it written that the bag contains ~ 17 cups when 3lbs/2.2lbs/kg= 1.36 kg x 9 cups/kg = ~12 cups.

    To date they have not been answered.

    In regards to a nutrient analysis I was informed:”I have checked with our owners and they replied that we currently do not have this information complied (sic) but are working on a similar analysis to
    be available at a later date.”

    This begs the question How can a company say their food is
    formulated to meet AAFCO if they don’t have a nutrient analysis on their diet?”

    I was told ” I have sent your email on to the person who can help with the calculations you are asking about. We will reply next week.

    and when they didn’t “I am checking with the person I sent the email to. I will get back to you”

    and when they didn’t “Thank you for your follow up. I have sent email on for further review. We are working on additional calculated information to be available in 2015.”

    And then in June 2015 “Our
    focus is to provide a simple formula with transparent and accurate
    information. This requires that we review our process and analysis,
    which currently has been underway for 6 months”

    .Yet through all of this almost 2 years now.. never has the company told me how much phos is in their foods Never have they provided me with a nutrient analysis and never have they explained why they insist on saying a cup of food holds 110 grams when I weighed a cup of food myself and it was 65 grams. I even sent them the picture!

    17 cups X 110 grams/cup = 1870 grams equivalent to over 4 lbs in every 3 lb bag. Its crazy.

    3 lbs / 2.2 lb/kg = 1.36 kg
    I got 18 cups of food from my bag
    1.36 kg/ 18 cups ~75 grams/cup much closer number to what i measured.

    Instead of correcting the number of grams in a cup they removed the line about the number of cups in a bag! That number was correct as I measured out the number of cups in a 3 lb bag.

    Why is this important? It is important because they are posting feeding recommendations based on a cup holding more then it does.

    65 grams x 3.867 kcals / gram = ~251 kcals/cup and they post each cup has 439 kcals.

    I hope this helps you to understand why I still have concerns with this company.

  • Daniel Brielmayer

    So what are the outstanding concerns you still have?

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