Fromm Family Classics (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Fromm Family Classics Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Fromm Family Classics product line includes two dry 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.

  • Fromm Family Classics Adult [A]
  • Fromm Family Classics Mature Adult (3 stars) [M]

Fromm Family Classics Adult was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Fromm Family Classics Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 26% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 50%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, white rice, chicken fat, menhaden fish meal, dried whole egg, beet pulp, cheese, flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, calcium sulfate, dl-methionine, l-tryptophan, taurine, chicory root extract, yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, sorbic acid (preservative), vitamins, minerals, probiotics

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis23%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%17%50%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%35%43%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 43%

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 barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. 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.

The eighth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

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

The ninth ingredient is dried whole egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological 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 five notable exceptions

First, beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

Next, flaxseed is 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.

In addition, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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.

And lastly, although the vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of nutrients on the company’s website.

Fromm Family Classics Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Family Classics 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 26%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 50%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 24% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 53% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

Below-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 flaxseed and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Fromm Family Classics is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 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.

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Notes and Updates

01/19/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Susan

    Where have you been living under a rock, as soon as you open a bag of dry kibble you have around 2 weeks to feed & finish the bag of kibble, the air/oxygen start to oxidize the oils then the oils start to go rancid, I do not buy any kibbles that use Fish Oil or Salmon oils as they go rancid quicker then other oils this is why pet food companies use fish meal instead of fish oils now, fish meal must last a bit longer, if the bag isn’t opened yes store in a cool dry place but as soon as you open a bag of kibble look at your kibble take a photo of the fresh kibble then look at your kibble 2-3months later even the smell is different…. google it, “Dogs Naturally Magazine” has a really good post explaining what happens when you open a bag of kibble.

  • Marty Rosenberg

    The grain free is the same price as Chewy, although I don’t know if they also give 1 free on 12.

  • HerdingDogRescuer

    Interesting article. However, I would like to see a more scientific paper before making a decision on that.

  • HerdingDogRescuer

    I called Fromm and they gave sources to obtain their food online. and

  • HerdingDogRescuer

    Yeah, I found it on PetFlow, but they are almost $10/bag more than Chewy was.

  • InkedMarie

    Pet flow carries it

  • Bobby dog

    Hi HerdingDogRescuer:
    I feed a few Fromm recipes to my cats and dog too. Check out Fromm’s site for info on where to buy. You can find listings for both brick & mortar and Internet retailers.

    Looks like you can also buy directly from them as well:

  • haleycookie

    I believe they carry it on is starting to carry the four star recipes as well.

  • HerdingDogRescuer

    I’ve been feeding my boys Family Classics for several years now. All of a sudden, Chewy stopped carrying Fromm products. Apparently Chewy was bought out by PetSmart. I’ve been looking online for another source and not having much luck. Anybody know of a good mail order distributer?

  • Laura Boileau

    Thank you for your comments. I plan on switching to TOTW as I’ve fed this great quality dog food for many years to our since passed on Rottweiler’s. They can tend to have more sensitive tummy’s and skin sensitive’s. I agree, they do like a change once in a while. Always try to feed high quality, grain free!

  • Susan

    Hi your dog is telling you “Mum I don’t want to eat this food anymore, it makes me feel, either sick, acid reflux, pain, gas or he’s sick of eating the same food,etc” change kibble, look for a lower carb, kibble, I’m pretty sure Fromm is very pea heavy, Have a look at “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb, it’s a single protein limited ingredient kibble, that’s low in Kcals per cup, carbs are Ok at 39%, protein-25% & fat-15% or give the “Holistic Select” Adult/Puppy Salmon, Anchovy & Sardines Meals Grain free a try, the carbs are only 28%, fat 13-14max% protein-28% both these kibble are very easy to digest & gentle on the stomach/bowel.. I always rotate between a few different brands of kibbles so if something is wrong with one brand Patch isn’t on it that long cause as the old kibble bag is nilly finishing I start introducing the new kibble also doing this has made his IBD better & strengthen his immune system…Dogs are like us if we ate the same food every single day we’d get sick of it… I feed either a Lamb kibble, a Salmon/fish kibble & Pork/Boar kibble all with limited ingredients cause of Patches IBD…also look at “Canidae” Pure formulas Pure Wild, Pure Land, Pure Sky…. My boy loves his TOTW & Canidae kibbles..

  • Laura Boileau

    Thank you! I have been adding water to it, that helped at first but now he is pretty much refusing to eat it. Time to make the switch I think. My other two large breed dogs do fine on the Mature Senior Fromm’s, but as we know all dogs digestive systems and needs can differ.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    My friend recently switched her dog to Zignature and has seen improvement. The dog had been on Fromm for a year or two.
    The dog was having occasional GI upset/vomiting, nothing extreme. The vet also prescribed prn pepcid, anyway, the dog has had a positive response to the food change. Also the vet recommended adding a little water to the dry food.
    I like to add a bit of real food, scrambled egg or something. But, go by what your vet recommends.

  • Laura Boileau

    I recently switched my one year old Rottie pup to Fromms Adult Classic variety (was feeding him Fromms Puppy formula for 6 months prior). I did the required gradual change, adding a little more with each feeding until he was switched to all Adult. Recently he has stopped eating the food, barely picks at it. This has happened twice in two weeks. First time took him to the vet, diagnosed as gastric upset. He is acting normal, vet saw no concern for blockage or other health issues. His energy level and attitude all seem pretty normal except you can tell he’s not enjoying feeding time. Anyone else experience this?

  • Susan

    Here you go read this link,
    the kibble starts to oxidizes as soon as it’s open the oxygen hits the kibble then the oils start going rancid, With the TOTW I buy the 6kg bag of kibble its Patches main kibble, when I open it the kibble is a lighter brown & smells fresh by the end of the 2 months the kibble has become a darker brown & the smell has changed it’s not as fresh…. smell ur kibble when it’s first open then as it’s finishing smell it again & look at the colour of kibble, that’s why some kibble companies aren’t using fish & salmon oils & have replaced with fish meal instead, it last longer..

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    It depends, some of the more expensive kibbles with no preservatives etc, can go bad, sooner than you think, and not all kibbles freeze well…. it changes something with the oils, not always a good thing.
    Ironically, the cheaper foods last longer as far as freshness is concerned.

  • Marty Rosenberg

    You’ll need to transition roughly 10 days to 2 weeks.

  • Marty Rosenberg

    That’s ridiculous. Food doesn’t go stale in 2 weeks if properly stored in a cool dark airtight container. You’ll obviously lose a bit of freshness, but it won’t go stale.

  • Deborah Smith

    Thank you

  • Susan

    Hi Deborah cause the protein is low, when a kibble is under 25% its gets less stars its also high in carbs, look for a higher protein & lower carb kibble, reduce those carbs if you can..

  • Michelle M

    Whatever the reason it’s still false

  • Deborah Smith

    I really don’t understand this either though I would like to.

  • Deborah Smith

    Maybe because it’s such a good price.

  • Deborah Smith

    I don’t understand why this only gets 3 1/2 stars?

  • bojangles

    And the free shipping is only if you spend $49 or more

  • Michelle M

    FYI, the ad all over this page for getting 20% off at on Fromm is invalid. There is a note on their site that says this brand is “not available for discounts”. I checked with their customer service and it was confirmed no discounts will be available for this brand (and some other brands also)

  • mandy&gavin

    This is interesting. Please take a look at the note below.

    Classic (3 star) ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice,
    barley, oatmeal, white rice, Menhaden fish meal, dried whole egg…

    Buffalo LP Chicken & Rice (4 star) ingredients: Deboned Chicken,
    Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat, Tomato Pomace, Peas.

    The first five ingredients in the dog foods are identical.
    In the first eight ingredients Fromm contains protein from 4 animal
    ingredients and no plant ingredients while Blue Buffalo contains protein
    from 2 animal ingredients and 1 plant ingredient.

    The inferior (Fromm Classic) seems to be superior to the 4 star Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken & Rice formula based on the majority of what both dog foods are made of.

    Fromm is a family owned company headquartered and manufactured in Wisconsin.

    Blue Buffalo is publicly owned (NASDAQ: BUFF) headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut and manufactured in Joplin, MO.

  • Susan

    Hi, its weird both dogs don’t want to eat the kibble, stop feeding the food throw it out or have it tested, find a new brand or cook meals….How is the food stored….kibble goes stale 2 weeks after being opened, I only buy small bags, that last 2 weeks & re order another 2kg bag, you can smell the freshness when you open a new bag also the kibble should be stored in original packaging in an air tight container…I 1/2 the new bag of kibble, store 1kg in air tight container that I use then the other 1kg stays in its packaging & put in another air tight container that doesn’t get opened till I run out off the other 1 kg….less air is best….

  • Pitlove

    Hi J P-

    Elevated liver enyzmes can be an indicator of exposure to a toxin. I just recently went through this with my pitbull. This may have nothing to do with the food at all.

  • J P

    May be something wrong with their dry food again. Mother’s dog lost her appetite, became mopy and lethargic. Wouldn’t eat food that normally she inhaled. She took dog to vet , showed some elevated liver count. Vet put her on antibiotics. This weekend brought my dog to visit. She normally also inhales her food and usually likes Fromm. She wouldn’t even touch it. Next bringing the remaining food to the vet to test.

  • Crazy4dogs

    So glad that you’re dogs are doing well. That’s what happens when you feed a better food.
    Just a word of caution, you generally feed less on a better food because it’s nutrient dense. Make sure they don’t become overweight! 😉

  • Bethy

    I normally wouldn’t write a review about a dog food- but this one i felt like I had to. I have two boxers (5yrs and 1yr) and I had been feeding them IAMS minichunks for about a year. My older boxer Tyson seemed to like it and so did my younger one Tinkerbell. After Tink turned 1, I realized that she is way skinner and smaller than she is supposed to be even though she was the runt. So, I wanted to feed them something better.

    I went to the local dog food store and bought Fromm adult classic, and i could not be happier with the results that i have gotten in just two short weeks. Tinkerbell has gained 5lbs already and less of her ribs are showing. I wasn’t expecting much to change for Tyson, but I was wrong! He was also the runt and smaller than most boxers, but since being on this food his hips, chest, and sides have filled out and he’s starting to look like most adult males! My dogs have never looked better !!!

    I would definitely recommend Fromm to anyone that is having the same issues like I was. Not to mention it is still fairly cheap compared to a lot of good foods out there!!!
    Only thing to be careful of is if you are going from a less rich food to Fromm definitely give your dog some time to switch over.

  • Susan

    Hi just make sure you look at the fat % & fiber % on their old food Royal Canin food & pick a food that’s around the same % then slowly introduce the new kibble, I start the day I buy the new kibble & give some of the kibbles as treats to make sure my boy will eat it & likes it, then once your dogs are on the new food & doing well in the poo department buy another flavour (protein) & introduce, I give something different for breakfast & something else for dinner variety…

  • Debbie Leonard Traynor

    Our 2 Golden Retrievers have been on Royal Canin for more than 3 years…and have done very well on it. Our vet was impressed by their health for their ages, 12 and 3 1/2 years. The problem is, they both started showing signs of not wanting to eat it. So now, I’m looking for another good source of nutrition to transition them into. While in PetSmart, talking to a salesclerk, we found out about this site, and I was shocked at the quality of Royal Canin, considering how much it cost! I am learning all sorts of things (on here) and am quickly getting OVERWHELMED!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    IMO, Royal Canin is an overpriced low-quality food. Fromm is much better. I would recommend diet rotation though. No food is perfect, so it can be good to change what you feed from time to time. You could pick out a few other 4-5 star foods to rotate with. You should always transition slowly at first, over at least a week, longer if your dog needs it.

  • JJ MJ

    We have been using Fromm for
    almost 4 years. We have tried other products but our boxer has not had any
    health issues with Fromm. We just got another boxer puppy and our Vet was
    very irritated that we were using Fromm and gave us two sample bags of Royal
    Canin. We haven’t used it yet and I’m a bit skeptical as it seemed they
    were trying to push this on us. So I’m wondering if this is a promotional
    thing they may have with the food company. I looked at some ratings and
    it didn’t get great reviews. Has anyone else used Royal Canin?

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    Just googled and found this:
    Causes: Clostridial enterotoxicosis is caused by an overgrowth of the bacteria Clostridium perfringens in the intestine. Often, the bacteria is acquired from the environment (e.g., flora) or as the result of eating raw, undercooked, or old meat. Other risk factors include:

    Dietary changes

    Abnormally high pH level in the intestine

    Deficiency of antibodies

    Exposure to other dogs at a hospital or kennel

    Stress to the digestive system due to concurrent disease (e.g., parvovirus, gastroenteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease)

  • theBCnut

    Inactive probiotics should not make a dog ill, they just shouldn’t provide benefit either. There is nothing in them that is not already in a normal healthy dog. They just can’t do the job you are paying the big bucks for.

  • theBCnut

    Since the post you are responding to is from 8 months ago, it would be an entirely different batch, with a few batches made in between. That does not make Fromm a liar. A single complaint 8 months ago is not a complaint on the food you are feeding. That being said, many people have reported getting the same line from many different companies, most notable lately has been Blue Buffalo, so you really can’t trust any business to have your best interests at heart, if they conflict with their best interests.

  • sue66b

    When I see kibbles with these ingredients in the last 3 lines, (probiotics) I stay away from them, I’ve read that probiotics die in the heat process, sometimes probiotics are added after the heat process at the end of making kibble.. if kibble is not stored properly in pet shops or when shipped these kibbles can make a dog real sick, also if u buy ur kibbles from a warehouse type place they are normally very hot inside & kibbles should be stored under 26 degree, Eukanuba also said that to me, that Im the only one that has made an complaint about a certain kibble, I think thats a line they have learnt to say, so you start to think, Oh, maybe its not the kibble, its something else, Ive noticed on this site a few of the kibbles with all those ingredient in the last 3 line, that dogs have been sick, (Canidae) is another one where dogs have had diarrhea & vomiting..

  • Laurie Taylor

    OMG!!! I just had the same issues with my pack! (still on antibiotics) I also called Fromm, to ask if they have had any other calls or concerns from any other dogs having issues/problems, or getting very sick? I was not accusing or pointing fingers. Only looking for ANSWERS/HELP because my pack was so sick! Fromm denied receiving any other calls, complaints, reports, or issues with any of their foods. I was in fact told, I was the ONLY call they had, with these issues and concerns! They have never had a recall. Well, … maybe that is so, But, … maybe they SHOULD!??, yet, DID NOT DO IT!! ?? I’m concerned and afraid, after reading this!! I TRUSTED and BELIEVED in Fromm! I WILL be calling them again, since your post was from 8 MONTHS AGO!! They could have at least been HONNEST!! I will inform everyone else I know about Fromm’s dishonesty, and the posts on here! I’m DONE with Fromm! It might be different if they would have been honest and helped me by admitting there were in fact other dogs with the same problems!! That is awful!! and WRONG!!!

  • Fran Corwin

    I started using Fromm Family Classics Mature Formula Dry Dog Food in January 2014. My 16 year old Cocker Spaniel developed incontinence and tremors that I quickly contributed to her age. After 2 different medications failed to help her, I began checking the ingredients in the new food.
    I zeroed in on the rice because of the:
    Special Alert shown in the article above:
    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.

    Arsenic can cause tremors and damage to the kidneys among other things. I have contacted the FDA with preliminary information.

    Has anyone considered arsenic poisoning as a possibility or had the food checked for arsenic levels?

  • BW

    I had an aging Rottie mix who had developed skin issues. Suspecting a problem with her diet I did some research and also asked pet owners what brands they were feeding. Many were on Fromm. We tried it and had the skin issues clear up. She also had more energy and would again play with the rest of the pack. Fromm is the only food I recommend as it has higher ratings than many of the high-priced over-rated brands sold at many vet offices. And not a single recall to my knowledge.

  • Suz & Hogan at the beach

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS FOOD!!!! I have an 8 year old Lab and too much protein makes him really sick. Prior to Fromm, we used Canada Platinum however, one bad food recall was enough for us & discontinued use right away.

    I immediately did to researched and was so overwhelmed in regards to finding a food that offered a balance of protein without the fat & calories… I finally found the Fromm “MATURE DOG” formula in the red & white foil bag and my dog LOVES it!!!

    He has been thriving on it, has perfect weight, no gas & ” clean up” duty is easy. Finding this food was a miracle and I love the Fromm family story. It’s also reassuring to know, they have NEVER had a recall and the business is still on family hands.

    We hope they come out with cookies on the West coast soon and appreciate their price point… I can say, it’s ideal for Labs and other large dogs that have to watch protein levels… They never use by-product or meal. The ingredients are pure and true to their word… Nothing hidden!

    Thank you Fromm & keep up the great job!!!

    Susan & Hogan too
    Newport Beach, CA

  • sue66

    My boy was getting the gurgling stomach (Colitis) early hours of the morning not from Fromm but from having wet tin food at nite, so now I do the wet in the morning then some kibble separate & just the Kibble at nite, look at the fat content try not to get anything over 12% fat..

  • Shane Welch

    Thank you Molly for your input. I had not thought about the wet food being too rich, but you may be right. We do mix the wet food with brown rice but it could be too rich for her. She seems to have the aversion to the dry food with the upset stomach in the morning before eating, so it could be from the wet food the night before. I will try rotating the flavors. We tried giving her Pumpkin, which is made for dogs and she really liked it. We do like Fromm, so will try your suggestions. Thanks again.

  • Molly Henderson

    It is also possible that the wet Gold by itself is too rich. I always mix it with kibble. Dogs get better digestion this way from my experience. I def would add digestive enzymes and probiotics/yoghurt to the canned food and see if your dog improves.

  • Molly Henderson

    Fromm does not use any ingredients from china. Their vitamins are all from Europe too. Most companies use some vitamins from china. I would rotate the different flavors more.

  • Molly Henderson

    Fromm is a fantastic company BUT they still use conventional chicken. And even thouch it is human grade conv. chicken can have arsenic in it to name an example, even thouch their meats are all medication free and nothing is from china it is still conv.
    I would give your dog some yoghurt or better kefir plus some charcoal for a few days. I would def. talk to Fromm about the issue and rotate the flavors more. I also would not give dry food every day. Your dog could also have an intolerance. How about give him some premix like Grandma lucy all you have to do is adding meat. Also adding digestive emzymes may help. I would rotate flavors more and give some grama Lucy it is excellent food too. Fromm is an awesome company please do ot give up on them.

  • Shane Welch

    We have had our Rottie/Shepherd on Fromm for about 8 months now and really like it. She was on Innova and we finally switched after several recalls. She eats the dry food in the morning (green bag) and the wet Gold food at night. We noticed again this morning (about the 3rd time) that she is not eating the dry food and has a gurgling stomach. She vomited once before, but before she ate. We are not sure if it is an unrealted issue to the food or the dry food. Any suggestions? Colorado ResQ I am sorry about your dog. It is always difficult to loose a pet. Hope you are doing well.

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  • Jennifer Andersen

    After three years of feeding our dog Fromm Gold, we were very happy with it. Our chocolate lab has grown up on it and he is thriving. However, the last bag we bought must have something wrong with it, or they changed suppliers of one ingredient, or something. He has constant diarrhea and it immediately goes away on a chicken/white rice diet. We have attempted twice to slowly introduce the bag of food, and he is immediately loose again. We won’t know if there is something wrong with this particular bag, or if we buy another one we may have the same problem. I don’t want to risk a bacterial infection, but I don’t think that’s the problem because otherwise he would still have diarrhea on the chicken/white rice diet. Please post the results of your testing because I would love to know what they find. My guess is that they might have changed to a Chinese supplier of one ingredient, and for some reason that ingredient is tainted –

  • Colorado ResQ

    When Nutro was having all it’s issues years back, Clostridium was a problem with it. There are several strains of this bacteria. I was told one particular strain is related to Salmonella food poisioning. Several of our rescue dogs have had issues with Clostridium over the years, and it usually clears up when I stop the food for a day or two and feed them a very bland diet. This time was very different. I’m sorry to hear about your dog with bladder cancer, we recently lost our Papillion to bladder cancer. I do senior and special needs pet rescue…so there is always some kind of issue we deal with here. I too was feeding “Diamond” years back and had several dogs get sick from that as well…but none have ever died. It’s so frustrating that so many dog food companies have recalls and issues. And when you’re dealing with seniors, like we do, you have to be very careful what you feed them.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s the Circovirus.

  • Colorado ResQ

    I just heard that Ohio Dept of Ag had a positive test come back for a virus that is mainly in pigs…now they are wondering if it could be related to vaccines. There is a post about it on FB from the news station.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I also feel Fromm is an excellent company, but they aren’t immune from things happening….I hope they never do, of course!! But, until this poster finds out all the info. who are we to doubt his story. I also know that sometimes people post fraudulent things on here (and other places) but until that is found, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Sorry again for your loss. I went back and reread your post and I missed the clostridium part the first time. I recently had a dog (my 12 yr. old Mixed Breed, Lucy Mae) that had a few clostridium bacteria show up in a stool sample. She was put on clavamox and flagyl and it cleared up. Don’t know what caused it in her. She does have bladder cancer and I’m glad she’s back to herself. I will say she does have some good days and some “off” days with her condition, but overall is doing well.

  • somebodysme

    I have to say that the thought crossed my mind too. This same scenario I’ve heard quite a few times here.

  • Colorado ResQ

    We are in Colorado. I have been in touch with the Dept of Ag in Ohio…this is not the same issue as they are having. They are having issues with HGE. Similar…but not the same. This is Clostridium Bacteria.

  • Colorado ResQ

    I am not a rival company trying to make up stories about Fromm…just a pet owner who lost the sweetest little Chihuahua ever do to a possible food contamination issue. I have a report in to the FDA and did turn the remaining food over to an “independent” lab of my choice to have the food tested for bacteria. This is a slow process it seems and I am still waiting for results.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. May I ask where (what state) you live. There have been reports of a new virus that has been killing dogs…circovirus, or something like that. It has been found in dogs that are from California and Ohio.

  • Tobias C

    Any proof? It’s been a while since your post. They would have recalled it by now. Still nothing… Not even the slightest information about a possible recall or sick pets from any dog food forum. Are you representing a rival company trying to make up stories about Fromm?

    They have a very good reputation. Had it been Diamond we would believe you but you need to have some hard evidence before we believe you about Fromm.

  • Colorado ResQ

    I had major issues with Fromm Classics Adult. I am looking for a lab to test the remaining food I have. The last three bags I have had small issues with vomiting and or diarrhea. This last bag caused severe bacteria issues in my rescue dogs. My little Chihuahua started with vomiting, being lethargic, then bloody diarrhea. It came on quickly and within 3 days she was dead. The vets had her on IV fluids and antibiotics…but she did not make it. Seven of my other rescues got the same symptoms, but with supportive care and antibiotics they were all able to be saved. Their poops tested positive for Clostridium Bacteria. I have made a report to the FDA. I sent email to Fromm and did get a reply back from them stating they were sorry for my loss and if I could send them some food they would test it for me. I did NOT send them any food…it’s still sitting here waiting to get mailed. Today I received an email stating, “We received the food you sent us and tested it. We did not find any toxins or bacteria in it. The food is safe. If there is anything we can do to further help you let us know.” WHAT…REALLY…tested food that I DID NOT SEND THEM. I will not send them any food at this point…I do not trust them. I have one other little Chihuahua who is on another “brand” of dog food here, and I have 3 other dogs who are on yet another “brand” of dog food…NONE OF THEM GOT SICK. This is clearly a food problem. I have emailed the Dept Of Agriculture to see if they can tell me a lab I can use to have the food tested. PLEASE if you have dogs eating Fromm and you have similar symptoms stop the food and get them to your vet ASAP.

  • Tobias C

    Never mind I just noticed you have English Bulldogs.

  • Tobias C

    Fromm Puppy Gold can be used for adults and is 27% 18%. Classics is too low IMO 23% 15%.

  • Brad Dom

    Good point Wisconsin Girl. That really doesnt sit well with me either.

  • Wisconsin Girl

    I’ve considered using this brand… I just wish it wasn’t borne from a Silver Fox Fur farm all those years ago! Does that bother anyone? (The dog food was once a bi-product of the fur farm?) I suppose the fur farm is gone now… but it still bothers me. But maybe I can rationalize it because they did improve vaccinations and nutrition in pet foods… Thoughts?

  • Brenglora English Bulldogs

    I am a breeder of over 30 years and have used many foods more expensive including Qrjen. None compare to this. My dogs do better than they have on any other food I have tried and Fromm has had no recalls.

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  • Pattyvaughn

    Fromm Gold is only 1% higher in protein, 1% higher in fat and 2% lower in carbs. Otherwise very similar ingredients.

  • HerdingDogRescuer

    I’m currently feeding the Fromm Gold, but the Classic is >$10 a bag less. I’m going through 2 bags a month. I wonder if the Classics would provide as much nutrition as the Gold.

  • LoveLife30

    I have fed my husky Fromm for about 6-7 months now after being referred to them. It is a wonderful food for the price and I have to disagree with Tinky1. The Adult Gold from Fromm has Duck, Chicken & Lamb. It is missing the fruits but you can always serve those on the side as I do. 

  • Lori

    We have fed Fromm for over 20 years and all of our dogs (different breeds) have all lived well past their life expectancy and we get a lot of comments on how well they look and how soft their coats are. 

  • tinky1

    Not a Good Food missing so many fruits and whole meats. Grain Free Dog Foods are best with having Better Blood Test results due to the mold in the breads and spider dropping poop in the grains before being made. Any dog food Grain Free with whole meat and meat meals too are best containing blueberries and cranberries in it. Check out Orijen and Timberwolf Dog foods : ))))) along with NuVet Plus product, your dog can live 15-18 years.

  • Aron

    For the Price this is great.  In my area I can get it for $1 per pound.

  • Tammy N

    I am a cat breeder and i have a blue heeler , i love this food for my cats and dogs i recommend the Fromm Gold Highly and wish i had it for my sheltie who fought for his life from the Food recall. RIP partner your loss has taught me a lot and Not to just trust either . this company has my trust, Keep up the food Grub guys thank you

  • Ted B

    I agree with Erin. I have my english black lab on the Fromm Family Classics Adult. She does well on it with no problems. For the price you can’t beat it! Its $38 a 30 pound bag.

  • erin c.

    Comparatively speaking this looks like a fairly decent dog food–especially when compared to stuff I used to give my dog.

    If this isn’t expensive, it could be an acceptable alternative.