Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Grandma Lucy’s Artisan product line includes 5 freeze-dried, 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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- Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Bison [A]
- Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Venison [A]
- Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Pork (5 stars) [A]
- Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Lamb (4 stars) [A]
- Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Chicken (4 stars) [A]
Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Venison recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Grandma Lucy's Artisan Venison
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison, potatoes, flax, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, apples, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, garlic, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, iron proteinate, calcium carbonate, phosphorus, zinc proteinate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, potassium chloride, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium chloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||30%||16%||46%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||34%||40%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is venison. Although it is a quality item, raw venison 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 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 third 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 fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fifth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.
The seventh ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
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 two notable exceptions…
So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.
And lastly, this food contains 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.
Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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 31% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a notable amount of meat.
Grandma Lucy’s Artisan is a plant-based dry 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 additional grain-free options may wish to visit our Best Grain Free Dog Foods page.
Grandma Lucy’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
09/22/2018 Last Update
- Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005) ↩