Performatrin Ultra (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Performatrin Ultra Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Performatrin Ultra product line includes five dry dog foods. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

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

  • Performatrin Ultra Chicken and Brown Rice Adult
  • Performatrin Ultra Chicken and Brown Rice Puppy
  • Performatrin Ultra Lamb and Brown Rice Adult (3 stars)
  • Performatrin Ultra Healthy Weight with Salmon (4 stars)
  • Performatrin Ultra Lamb and Brown Rice Puppy (4.5 stars)

Performatrin Ultra Chicken and Brown Rice Adult Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Performatrin Ultra Chicken and Brown Rice Adult Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, rice, pearled barley, dried egg product, dried tomato pomace, millet, rye, chicken fat (stabilized with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), natural chicken flavor, salmon meal, sunflower oil (stabilized with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), suncured alfalfa meal, whole sweet potatoes, whole carrots, peas, lecithin, potassium chloride, salt, dried kelp, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, chicory root extract, dicalcium phosphate, dl-methionine, pumpkin, whole cranberries, whole apples, whole blueberries, choline chloride, whole blackberries, spinach, taurine, dried yeast, Yucca schidigera extract, garlic, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium bifidium fermentation product, dried Streptococcus faecium fermentation product, zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ground ginger, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, dried chamomile, ground fennel seed, dandelion extract, rosemary, basil, sage, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, dried lemon balm, vitamin A supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, peppermint, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, inositol, beta-carotene, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, biotin, cobalt proteinate, calcium iodide, selenium yeast, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%13%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%29%49%

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 is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fifth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The sixth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. The term “pearled” means the grain has been processed to remove its outer hull and bran, unlike whole barley. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The ninth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

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, 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, this particular item appears2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

In addition, garlic can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.3

However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).

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.

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

And lastly, this food inlcudes 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.

Performatrin Ultra Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Performatrin Ultra looks like an above average dry 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 24%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

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

Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal, peas and flaxseed contained in this recipe, and the corn gluten meal and potato protein contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Performatrin Ultra is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of named meats and meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

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

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Notes and Updates

10/29/2010 Original review
03/22/2012 Review updated
12/27/2013 Review updated
12/27/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Performatrin Customer Service via email, 3/22/2012
  3. 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)
  • Kasia Tuli

    I got the Lamb and brown rice puppy formula for my dog, after eating it for a couple of days she got really bad gas ( she never had gas before) and loose stools. Not happy with this brand. Going back to Taste of the Wild.

  • Denise Meloche

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys I really appreciate the input. You are the greatest. Glad I found this site.

  • Dori

    I agree with Labs. There’s not enough money out there to entice me to feed Blue Buffalo to my girls. I also wouldn’t feed Orijen, for any reason whatsoever either and it has nothing to do with the cost. Check out 4 and 5 star reviewed foods and then start reading a lot of the posts on each food to get a better idea as to what experiences dogs are having with the foods. Also look on the upper left hand side of DFA and check out dog foods that have a history of recalls so that you can get a feel for the reason for the recalls and how the companies dealt with the recalls. Research, research, research. That’s what it’s all about and that’s why I absolutely love and adore DFA and it’s posters.

  • LabsRawesome

    I would not feed Blue Buffalo if it was given to me for free. Orijen is a good food, but ridiculously expensive, imo. Check out Victor Grain Free, it’s rated 5 stars on this site (DFA) I pay $40 for 30lbs. Check their store locator. victordogfood.com

  • Storm’s Mom

    of the options you mentioned, the only one I’d feed is Orijen. Have you tried Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free? That would be a good “step up” from what you’re currently feeding.

  • Denise Meloche

    Hi, I have been feeding the performatrin lamb and rice and not happy that its only a 3 star rating. My dogs are always hungry and eat grass constantly. is the Blue Wilderness a better dog food. I have read about the orijen also. I am confused and would like to know if the other 2 are rated higher.

  • Lyn S.

    add a little cooked white rice (spoonful), that will help.

  • Lyn S.

    Same with my dog BUT once I got to the bottom of the bag discovered “bugs” and swore off this Buffalo brands. She is 11 and has been on the Salmon one for about 3 years and I always add some cooked white rice. This seems to stem the “hunger.”

  • Brantfordite

    why was my 1 year old husky/shephard cross recommended Performatrim Ultra Slim formula with Salmon. He s super skinny and very hyper. we run 5 km a day.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Once your dog is full grown, I would highly recommend trying Performatrin Ultra Grain Free rather than their grain inclusive stuff. The Grain Free is MUCH better. Unfortunately, it’s calcium level is too high to feed a large breed puppy (I’m not sure whether the grain-inclusive Performatrin Ultra would be too, though?), so in the meantime, perhaps try adding some canned topper to the food. For a list of foods appropriate for a large breed puppy see https://docs.google.com/a/dogfoodadvisor.com/file/d/0BwApI_dhlbnFTXhUdi1KazFzSUk/edit?pli=1

    Because Performatrin Ultra is mainly only available in Canada, I’m not sure if that’s the reason why Hound Dog Mom didn’t include it on the list or if it’s really not appropriate for a large breed puppy. Unfortunately, Performatrin Ultra is currently updating their website so I can’t see if the grain-inclusive varieties would be appropriate to feed your pup. What are the calcium and phosphorous numbers on the bag?

  • Cindy Caines

    I have been feeding this brand to my Collie Bernese cross since she was bought home at 8 weeks. Her coat is lovely & shiny however she always seems hungry & will eat some pretty disgusting things when she is outside. I feed her a little more then what the bag recommends. I am beginning to wonder if she is lacking something & I should change food. She is almost 6 months now.

  • GSDsForever

    p.s. I love Bernese Mountain Dogs! I miss seeing them, as I did more frequently when I lived abroad in a colder climate.

  • GSDsForever

    Had he just tried BB or been on it for a while? Did you try transitioning first? If he’s been on it for a while without incident, and then this happened, if it were me I’d call BB.

    In the meantime you could feed for a couple days only cottage cheese and white rice, to get his system feeling better. That’s what I’ve done with a digestive upset and it always helped. (Some people also suggest pumpkin, but that always made it worse or unchanged for me.)

    If he is new to the food . . . does he do okay with chicken? Maybe there’s an allergy or intolerance to it? Or an intolerance to one or more of the grains?

    For large breed puppy foods, you might check out HDM’s super helpful list and thread on this site for good foods appropriate for a large breed:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwApI_dhlbnFY183Q0NVRXlidWc/edit

    I don’t recall PU being on that list, but the brand is more limited in where it’s sold, has some new formulas out, and I don’t know if it was a brand HDM evaluated. You might wish to ask her on that thread.

  • Kwitheridge09

    Hi there! Considering this brand for my 6 month old Bernese mountain dog, I had him on blue buffalo large breed puppy and he recently had the scoots bad! We tried to figure out why thinking he had gotten into something but once given the BB with in an hour he needed out and could barely keep it and messed if his kennel bad, pour guy.
    Suggestions? Located in Ontario.

  • Holly van den Hof

    I have my boy on the Performatrin large breed puppy and he seems fine on it … though his toots are a little smelly lol I was looking into the bb wilderness large breed puppy but i cant get it here in Nova Scotia yet… but he like what he is on so we will see. :)

  • Chantal

    my dog has been on it for awhile and my moms has her 2 pugs and boston terrier on it and they all love it… But I have been thinking of BB Wilderness for large breed puppys because it suppose to be better but I dont know it. im still looking into it

  • Chantal

    Hello,

    I have a 7 month old Catahoula Leopard and American Bulldog mix. He is on Performatrin Large breed puppy food. He seems to love it and hasnt had any problems with it, but recently a friend of mine told me I should put him on Blue Buffalo Wilderness large breed puppy food because it has more protein in it and such. I have been reading reviews on BB and performatrin and they both have pros and cons. I would like to know what someone else thinks and if they have tried BB Wilderness and what their response was with it. Thanks

    Chantal from Winnipeg, mb :)

  • Holly van den Hof

    Hello,
    Is there any reviews on the basic performatrin large breed puppy formula? Im getting a puppy whose 3/4 bernese mountian and 1/4 rough collie in 2 weeks and im still trying to figure out what will be good for him.
    Thanks.
    Holly

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Try supplementing with digestive enzymes.

  • Charlene

    I started feeding my multipoo she is 7 years old and she is passing gas from this
    dry food is that normal?

  • Guest

    We have our english bulldog on the Performatrin Grain Free and we like it. We have tried every brand out there and I mean every brand and he always had issues of itching, sensitive stomach etc. But since putting him on the Performatrin Grain free he is much better. No throwing up. No itching and his activity level is up. He was also the pickiest eater not no more he eats it all. Were just happy he seems really good on it and even the shine to his coat is coming back. Finally a food that works.

  • Sandra

    Hi Mike – love this website you’ve created.  I’m interested to hear about any updates/ratings for the Performatrin Ultra grain-free.  I, too, have been feeding it to my puppy who is now 6 months-old.

  • Colddog60

    hi i have a question.
    I was told this brand of performatrin can be used for all stages,meaning puppies and adult dogs can eat this dogg food . it was a pet value emploryee,actually one of many, in many different locations  that have told me “this dog food is for all stages “. So my question is this. is this this dog food suitable for puppies, and how will this dogg food affect the growth of a growing puppy furthemore; if this dogg food isent an all stages dogg food what can be the long term effect on a puppy that is eating a dog food that was initially desigined for an adult.    
    Just curious from chris

  • J.D.

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for staying on top of this. Really interested in your findings. 

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Waterwings,

    I need to have a written email from the company. So, I’ll call them tomorrow and request this information.

    Thanks for the help.

  • Waterwings

    Hi Mike,
    I had the same question about ethoxyquin in Performatrin Ultra Grain free, so I emailed and received the following email back:  All ingredients used in all Performatrin Ultra foods are ethoxyquin free, including the salmon meal. Sincerely,Dr. D.J. SummersNutritionistPet Valu

    ..if that helps any.. I can send it to you (and/or Dr Summers’ email address)…

    Cheers,
    Tami

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi L_Pollard997,

    Unfortunately, when it comes to ethoxyquin, I wish I could agree with the nutritionist you consulted.

    However, unless otherwise specified, it would be prudent to assume most fish meal is still preserved with ethoxyquin.

    Therefore, unless and until a manufacturer posts this information publicly or send me an email confirming a fish meal is indeed ethoxyquin free, it would be misleading for me to make such an important assumption.

    Thanks for sharing your email with our community.

  • L_pollard997

    I’m not sure if you’re interested in this or not, but I emailed  the nurtritionist of performatrin about the salmon meal, any ingredients that come from china, and vitamin k. He assured me that in present day it is unusual for any premium dog foods to use ethoxiquin in they’re fish meals even though regulations state that fish meal should be preserved with ethoxiquin when being shipped by way of a boat, and even though pet food manufacturer’s do not have to disclose that information he assured me that the salmon meal that Performarin uses does not contain ethoxiquin.
    He also assured me that most ingredients they put in the food is audited themselves and any ingredient that isn’t audited by them is taken from a reputable place which has their own food audits.
    He also states that any ingredient that comes from china is not from an actual chinese manufacturer just facilities located in china. He also attached a bunch of information on the vitmain k source. 

  • L_pollard997

    thank you so much for the clearification. I was wondering. I just got a malamute cross lab puppy. she’s only 8 weeks but she’s a pretty big girl (20.1 lbs). I was told that larger dog breeds have sensitive stomaches. I’m quite passionate about getting her started her on the best possible diet. do you have any suggestions?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi L_Pollard997,

    I’m planning to post a review of Performatrin Ultra Grain Free sometime very soon. My research assistant has already completed her analysis and completed a spreadsheet for this line.

    Regarding your question about Orijen…

    Although I’ve been unable to find a statement on the Performatrin website, Orijen publicly states on its FAQ page that its fish meals are ethoxyquin free.

    Here’s the actual text taken from the company’s website:

    Does ORIJEN contain ethoxyquin?

    A: No. ORIJEN fish meats arrive FRESH; which means they are never frozen and have no preservatives what-so-ever. We work directly with our fish meal suppliers and pay them a premium to have ORIJEN fish meals preserved naturally with Vitamin E, Citric acid and Rosemary extract instead of the commonly used ethoxyquin preservative.

    Hope this helps.

  • L_pollard997

    also in here is says that salmon meal might contain a harmful preservative but Orijen  (a 5 star puppy food) also has salmon meal but there it say “unlike most fish meals, salmon meal appears to have no…” basically this is saying that the salmon meal is preformatrin is toxic but the salmon meal in orijen is not?

  • L_pollard997

    Can anyone please rate the new preformatrin grain-free product? I like the fact that they have alot of vitamins, probiotics and prebiotics. but if it’s anyless than five stars, i’m not sure that i’d want to give it to my pup.

  • sandy

    My black one sheds the least. One of mine might has a triple coat around his neck and shoulders (or something) he always starts looking like a lion.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Wow, Sandy. That’s impressive. Now, if you could only control their shedding.

    Though I no longer have any, I’ve personally owned many pugs over my life. And I still have a soft spot in my heart for every one of these lovable creatures.

  • sandy

    Bruiser lost 10 pounds on a grain free diet.

  • sandy

    Sharron,
     
    For fosters I will use a grain free food with at least 30% protein and it can be regular or low fat.  The only thing is there are only a few foods that I would accept that are low fat (and dont sacrifice meat content).  Ex:  Core Reduced Fat, BB Wilderness Healthy Weight, or Amicus (made by Horizon).  Otherwise, the regular lines have worked fine for weight loss.  I just watch their intake carefully including non-grain treats and exercise.  The pugs usually lose weight at 1/3 cup twice a day.  My personal pugs also maintain and lose weight if needed eating the same kind of kibble and raw foods as well.

  • sharron

    Hi Sandy

    thanks for your reply.
    She’s a yorkie/chihuahua and has about a 1/2 lb now to loose.
    So my understanding is that i should put lexee on a grain free food and it doesn’t matter what the percentage of fat is? What about carbs and calories?

    thanks sharron

  • sandy

    The large one lost 10 pounds eating regular Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

  • sandy

    Sharron,
     
    Performatrin Slim Salmon has grain and Core does not. I’ve found that it is easier for my foster dogs to lose weight on a grain free (mod to high protein) food regardless of it having lower fat or not.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Gorco,

    I wish there was some scientific way I could reliably answer your question.

    Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized product comparisons for each reader.

    For more help, please check out the reviews themselves and the comment that follow each one.

    Or check back here for a possible response from one of our other readers.

    Wish I could be more help.

  • Gorco

    Hi Mike

    which brand do you think is better wellness core reduced fat
    or performatrin slim salmon or are they about the same in quality?

    thanks sharron

  • Viper

    I have been feeding my lab the new performatrin ultra  grain free for the last 3 months and he is LOVING it.  We were having problems with him not wanting to eat his old food.  The second we switched to this food, he was gobbling it down like crazy.  This product is good quality at a reasonable price. 

  • Patti Kemp

    Hi…I’ve just started feeding my 7 1/2 year old male shih tzu Performatrin Weight Control small kibble. We’ll see if he looses some of his weight. I did have him on Fromm, and he seemed to be steadily gaining…not good!! I’ve also changed his treats to 100% grain free/ low calorie ones.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Kallen… Performatrin Ultra’s new grain free product is already on my To Do list. However, due to my current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. So, be sure to check back. Thanks for the tip.

  • kallen

    there is a new performatrin ultra that is grain free. is it possible to have it reviewed? i’d like to compare it to the rest of the line because it is significantly more money.

  • Golden-nut

    Really looking forward to a review of this NEW ULTRA PERFORMARTRIN Grain FREE. I had to buy a bag and check it out, I am currently feed Merrick, but have noticed inconsistency from bag to bag, like sometimes smells bad, vegetable kibble not as much any more, etc….so started searching new foods and at the store after reading the ingredients, it looked GREAT. But would love to know what others think about it, and to see the analyses on here. Mike, I hope you get a chance to check this food out. Its got to be better than 3 stars…..I hope
    Thanks!

  • Waterwings

    Oh wow, the grain-free Performatrin Ultra kibble really does look MUCH better than their other options!! Definitely better than a 3-star, I would say! http://www.performatrinultra.com/grainfree/nutrition.html Can’t wait for a review from Mike on this one. I anticipate picking up a bag when my current stash of another kibble starts to run low.

  • Victoria

    their grain free formula looks pretty good and no menadione.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Gary… The Lamb and Rice is on par with the Chicken and Rice (3 stars). But the Salmon product looks notably better. More meat and less fat. But as my review warns, they all appear to contain menadione and probably ethoxyquin, too. Hope this helps.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Shawna, I agree… any non-animal based fats are not as healthy.

  • Shawna

    Looks like the ingredients are similar however it has slightly less protein (at 22%) and fat (at 12%) so therefore slightly more carbs. I noticed it also contains canola oil as well as the sunflower listed in the chicken product. Mike red flags canola oil but (see ** below). Guessing Mike would still rate the lamb and rice at 3 stars. http://www.performatrinultra.com/dog/dda_lamb.htm

    **”The third ingredient includes canola oil. Most applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content… while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

    Current thinking (ours included) finds the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.1″ —- linked from another food that uses canola.

    I’m in the “minority” that condemns canola :)

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Gary, the entire line is rated 3-stars, as Mike chooses to use one product from a line to represent the brand. If Mike sees a food in a line that’s a “stand-out” he will give it a higher (or lower!) rating accordingly. But in this case, the entire product line merritts 3-stars.

  • Gary

    Would really like to know how the Lamb & Rice product compares to above mentioned food, as that is the one we feed our two retrievers