Fromm Four Star Nutritionals canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Fromm Four Star Nutritionals product line includes 3 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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- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree [A]
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Pork Entree [A]
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Chicken Entree [A]
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef broth, beef, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, salmon oil, tomato paste, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, minerals, xanthan gum, vitamins
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||39%||11%||42%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||36%||25%||39%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.
The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient includes potatoes. 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 lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The next 4 ingredients are each considered a type of legume:
- Pinto beans
- Kidney beans
- White beans
Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.
You see, if we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list.
In addition, legumes contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
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…
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 naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals
Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Dog Food looks like an above-average canned 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 39% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, pinto beans, kidney beans and white beans, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals is a grain-free, meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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.
Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Fromm Four Star Nutritionals dry dog food.
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- Fromm Dog Food Recall of March 2016 (3/18/2016)
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Notes and Updates
04/07/2018 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩