FirstMate Limited Ingredient canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The FirstMate Limited Ingredient product line includes 4 canned dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
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- FirstMate Wild Tuna Formula [A]
- FirstMate Wild Pacific Salmon Formula [A]
- FirstMate Cage Free Turkey Formula [A]
- FirstMate Cage Free Chicken Formula [A]
FirstMate Cage Free Turkey Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
FirstMate Cage Free Turkey Formula
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Boneless turkey, water sufficient for processing, potato, chicken liver, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, iodine), vitamins (niacin, vitamin e supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-pantothenic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin a supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin b12, supplement, vitamin d3 supplement), potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, kale
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||18%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||42%||38%||20%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The third 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 fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
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…
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.
FirstMate Limited Ingredient
Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, FirstMate Limited Ingredient Dog Food looks like an above-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 51% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
FirstMate Limited Ingredient is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source 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 and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
FirstMate Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
02/02/2019 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩