Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4 stars.

The Fromm Four Star Nutritionals product line includes the 4 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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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

Protein = 39% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 42%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis7%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%11%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%25%39%
Protein = 36% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 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:

  • Peas
  • 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 1 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 looks like an above-average canned product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 39%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 36%.

Which means this Fromm product line contains…

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 canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals is a grain-free canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include so much plant-based protein in its recipe. Otherwise, we would have been compelled to award this product a higher rating.

Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Fromm Four Star Nutritionals dry dog food.

Fromm Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Fromm. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

10/08/2019 Last Update