Fromm Dog Food Review

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Rating:

Fromm Dog Food earns The Advisor’s overall brand rating of 4.5 stars… based on the weighted average of its 3 product lines.

Fromm’s 3 Product Lines

Here’s what makes them different…

Fromm Family Classics are dry recipes, all featuring chicken. Each is made with grain and designed for a specific stage of life.

Fromm Gold recipes offer various protein sources. Some include grain. Others are grain-free. Available in wet and dry formulas… each for a specific stage of life.

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals are made for all life stages. So, each is suitable for puppies, adult, and senior dogs. Includes both “with grain” and grain-free recipes.


Fromm Gold Adult Dry Dog Food

Fromm Gold Dog Food Review

The Fromm Gold product line includes 8 dry dog foods.

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

The table below includes popular Fromm products. Use the links to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.

Product Rating AAFCO
Fromm Gold Adult 4.5 A
Fromm Gold Puppy 4.5 G
Fromm Gold Small Breed Adult 4 A
Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy 4.5 G
Fromm Gold Weight Management 4 M
Fromm Gold Large Breed Adult 4 A
Fromm Gold Reduced Activity and Senior 4 M
Fromm Gold Large Breed Weight Management 4 M

Fromm Gold Recipe Analysis

Fromm Gold Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review and recipe analysis.

View a list of all Fromm products reviewed on this website.

Fromm Gold Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chicken broth, oat groats, pearled barley, brown rice, chicken fat, menhaden fish meal, dried tomato pomace, dried egg product, whole oats, white rice, chicken liver, whole barley, potatoes, cheese, flaxseed, salmon oil, brewers dried yeast, duck, lamb, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, alfalfa meal, salt, monocalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, chicory root extract, vitamins, minerals, Yucca schidigera extract, sorbic acid (preservative), l-tryptophan, taurine, dl-methionine, sodium selenite, probiotics

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.1%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%18%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%37%40%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 40%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% 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 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 component in many canned products.

The fourth ingredient includes oat groats, a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.

The next 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 sixth item 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 seventh ingredient is chicken fat. This item 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 next ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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 tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Other Notable Ingredients

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Fromm product.

With 6 notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, we note the use of salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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 that 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, although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

In addition, 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, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of nutrients on the company’s website.

Nutrient Content Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Fromm Gold appears to be an above-average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Which means this Fromm product line contains…

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.


Is Fromm a good dog food?

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, brewers yeast and alfalfa meal, this Fromm recipe appears to be an above-average, grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Who makes Fromm Dog Food?

Fromm is made by Fromm Family Pet Food. The company owns two dry food manufacturing facilities in its home state of Wisconsin. One plant is located in Mequon and the other is in Columbus. Fromm also owns its own wet food cannery… which is located in Eden, Wisconsin.


Has Fromm Dog Food been recalled?

Since we first began tracking dog food recalls in 2009, Fromm has maintained an excellent safety record. In March 2016, the company voluntarily recalled 3 of its wet dog foods because they contained elevated levels of vitamin D. All recalls since that event will be automatically included in the list below.


Is Fromm Dog Food grain free?

Fromm Family Pet Food offers recipes made both “with” and without cereal grains (grain-free). As of the time of our most recent research, Fromm appears to offer 32 grain-free and 34 grain-inclusive dog food products. Both recipe types are available in either dry or wet formulas.2


Does Fromm dog food contain toxic chemical preservatives?

Label analysis of Fromm’s recipes does not reveal the presence of BHA, BHT or any other high-risk chemical preservatives. Instead, fat ingredients appear to be protected from rancidity and spoil by the presence of safe, natural antioxidants already present in each recipe.


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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Derived from Fromm website 8/7/2020

08/07/2020 Last Update