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Fromm Pate (Canned)
Fromm Family Gold Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Fromm Family Gold Grain Free product line includes one canned dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
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..
Fromm Family Gold Grain Free Salmon and Chicken Pate
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Salmon, chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, potatoes, carrots, flaxseeds, peas, tomato paste, salt, potassium chloride, minerals, xanthan gum, dried egg product, locust bean gum, vitamins
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||30%||22%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||53%||16%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2
Salmon and chicken are both naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is chicken 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 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 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 sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is flaxseed, 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.
The eighth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas 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 Family Gold Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Family Gold Grain Free canned 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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
However, with 53% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 31% from protein, this recipe may not be suitable for every animal.
Fromm Family Gold Grain Free is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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..
Those looking for a nice kibble to go with this product may wish to visit our review of Fromm Gold Nutritionals dry dog food.
Fromm 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