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Fromm Pate Dog Food Review (Canned)

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Mike Sagman
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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: July 9, 2024

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Which Fromm Pate Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

Fromm Pate canned dog food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Fromm Pate product line includes the 17 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Fromm Chicken Pate Grain Free 4.5 A
Fromm Seafood Medley Pate Grain Free 4.5 A
Fromm Venison and Lentil Pate Grain Free 4.5 A
Fromm Chicken and Duck Pate Grain Free 4.5 A
Fromm Beef and Sweet Potato Pate Grain Free 4.5 A
Fromm Whitefish and Lentil Pate Grain Free 5 A
Fromm Turkey and Pumpkin Pate Grain Free 4 A
Fromm Lamb and Sweet Potato Pate Grain Free 3 A
Fromm Chicken and Sweet Potato Pate Grain Free 5 A
Fromm Turkey, Duck, and Sweet Potato Pate Grain Free 4 A
Fromm Beef and Barley Pate 4.5 A
Fromm Chicken and Rice Pate 5 A
Fromm Duck a la Veg Pate Grain Free 3 A
Fromm Lamb Pate 3 A
Fromm Salmon and Chicken Pate Grain Free 4.5 A
Fromm Turkey Pate 3.5 A
Fromm Venison and Beef Pate 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Fromm Chicken and Duck Pate Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Fromm Chicken and Duck Pate Grain Free

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

40.9%

Protein

29.5%

Fat

21.6%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken broth, duck, chicken liver, potatoes, carrots, flaxseed, peas, tomato paste, dried egg product, minerals [dicalcium phosphate, zinc sulfate, magnesium sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, iron proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, manganese sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate], agar-agar, salt, potassium chloride, xanthan gum, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid]


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 9% 7% NA
Dry Matter Basis 41% 30% 22%
Calorie Weighted Basis 31% 53% 16%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The next 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 third ingredient is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.2

Duck is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fourth ingredient is chicken liver, 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 lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh item 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 includes 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 Fromm product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, we find dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

Next, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

And lastly, this food includes chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Fromm Chicken and Duck Pate Grain Free looks like an above-average canned dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 30% and estimated carbohydrates of about 22%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

Which means this Fromm product line contains…

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and peas in this recipe, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a notable amount of meat.

Our Rating of Fromm Pate Dog Food

Fromm Pate lists both grain-free and grain-inclusive canned dog foods that use a notable amount of named meats as their dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Fromm Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Fromm through July.

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More Fromm Brand Reviews

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Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

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