Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance (Freeze-Dried)


Rating: ★★★★★

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance product line lists 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.

  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Fish [A]
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Goat [A]
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Lamb [A]
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit [A]
  • Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Chicken [A]

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Grandma Lucy's Pureformance Rabbit

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 37%

Ingredients: Rabbit, chickpeas, flax, carrots, celery, apples, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, papaya, spinach, garlic, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, iron proteinate, calcium carbonate, phosphorous, zinc proteinate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, potassium chloride, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium chloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cyanocobalamin

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis36%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%16%37%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%34%32%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 32%

The first ingredient in this dog food is rabbit. Although it is a quality item, raw rabbit 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 includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth 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 sixth 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

First, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.1

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 Pureformance Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Dog Food looks like an above-average 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 37%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 39% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

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 chickpeas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance is a meat-based freeze dried dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.

Grandma Lucy’s Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

11/05/2017 Last Update

  1. 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)
  • aimee

    Hi April French Leavitt,

    You wrote “aimee you are wrong and WIERD”

    What is it that you think I’m wrong about?

    You used all caps to say that I’m “wierd”, so it must be important to you to convey that thought to me. Wierd isn’t a word in the English language and I don’t recognize it from another language

    Please define “wierd” so I know what it is that you think I am.

    If it is just that you just can’t spell correctly and you meant to say I’m weird, then thanks for the compliment!

  • April French Leavitt

    aimee you are wrong and WIERD

  • Pekmsunset

    Why is the artisan line considered plant based and the pureformance line considered meat based?

  • Carol Stuart

    Loved the idea of feeding this food. Got great reviews from others and the dogs liked it. THE PROBLEM is the garlic. My older dog got a cut and it bled and bled and we couldn’t get it stopped. The veterinarian said too much garlic will thin the blood. We took her off the food and she managed to rip the same toenail a second time a month later. We got the bleeding stopped with just pressure. Some dogs can handle the garlic but my 30-pound hounds could not. From the research, I have discovered that garlic is not recommended for dogs so why add something with the potential to hurt them? Otherwise, I would feed the food. I know the Performance fish does not have garlic and that is fine but the other product do have garlic and it is not a recommended ingredient that is safe for all dogs.

  • Bobbie Chuck

    Hi Crazy4dogs.. just read your blog here from 2 years ago. Perhaps because it is late at night that I got a great giggle from your statement you were “adding fresh human meat”…. kind of reminded me of an old Twilight Zone where aliens were taking humans to their planet and had a book on ” how to serve humans”. They finally figured out it wasn’t how to serve (HELP) humans but rather a recipe book. So seeing your “adding fresh human mean’ got me laughing… (I know what you meant of course but it just hit my funny bone !! Thanks for a giggle late at night

  • Crazy4dogs

    I buy the same grade meat that my family eats, generally at the grocery store. I refer to it as “human” meat since most dog food, with the exception of a few is the meat rejected for human consumption.

  • hightider

    Out of curiosity, where do you get the “human” meat?

  • aimee

    Hi Daniel,

    When I brought my concerns to the assistant manager of the boutique store I frequent, she seemed disinterested. When I contacted the state feed control official they asked where I saw the diet for sale I gave the her a “heads up” and she seemed bemused.

    The store pulled the food after the official went to the store.. I went and checked … but then within a week it was all back on the shelf. I asked the feed control official if the stop sale was lifted he said no and that he’d immediately send someone to the store. The food was then pulled for a longer time and then they put it back on the shelf again.

    From their actions I concluded that the store didn’t care that it was not legal to sell in the state or that it may not be nutritionally adequate. I think they only cared about one thing…. and that was selling product and making money.

    I’d be interested to know how the store you frequent responds.

  • Daniel Brielmayer

    Thanks much appreciated. I’m going to print this out and give it out to my local pet store so they understand what they are selling.

  • aimee

    Hi Daniel,

    At it’s core I don’t see that this company understands basic nutritional or mathematical principles.

    Not only was the company reporting a phos level far below AAFCO min and stating that their food met AAFCO’s profile for all life stages but they were actively promoting it for kidney patients!!

    It is a very basic nutritional concept that a food formulated for growth is not appropriate for a dog with kidney insufficiency.

    I brought these problems to the attention of the company and they did nothing. It is only after I reported them to the feed control official in my state that they did anything about this.

    It saddens me. Either dogs and cats with kidney disease may have been harmed by feeding them this inappropriate diet or if the original reported level was correct puppies and kittens may have suffered from abnormal growth do to inappropriate levels of Phos.

    Who knows which it is as is has been nearly 2 years since I asked Grandma Lucy’s some very simple questions one of which was “What is the actual phos content in your food?” the others were “Please send a full nutrient analysis” and “If there are 9 cups of food /kg of food as you reported to me then why on a 3 lb bag is it written that the bag contains ~ 17 cups when 3lbs/2.2lbs/kg= 1.36 kg x 9 cups/kg = ~12 cups.

    To date they have not been answered.

    In regards to a nutrient analysis I was informed:”I have checked with our owners and they replied that we currently do not have this information complied (sic) but are working on a similar analysis to
    be available at a later date.”

    This begs the question How can a company say their food is
    formulated to meet AAFCO if they don’t have a nutrient analysis on their diet?”

    I was told ” I have sent your email on to the person who can help with the calculations you are asking about. We will reply next week.

    and when they didn’t “I am checking with the person I sent the email to. I will get back to you”

    and when they didn’t “Thank you for your follow up. I have sent email on for further review. We are working on additional calculated information to be available in 2015.”

    And then in June 2015 “Our
    focus is to provide a simple formula with transparent and accurate
    information. This requires that we review our process and analysis,
    which currently has been underway for 6 months”

    .Yet through all of this almost 2 years now.. never has the company told me how much phos is in their foods Never have they provided me with a nutrient analysis and never have they explained why they insist on saying a cup of food holds 110 grams when I weighed a cup of food myself and it was 65 grams. I even sent them the picture!

    17 cups X 110 grams/cup = 1870 grams equivalent to over 4 lbs in every 3 lb bag. Its crazy.

    3 lbs / 2.2 lb/kg = 1.36 kg
    I got 18 cups of food from my bag
    1.36 kg/ 18 cups ~75 grams/cup much closer number to what i measured.

    Instead of correcting the number of grams in a cup they removed the line about the number of cups in a bag! That number was correct as I measured out the number of cups in a 3 lb bag.

    Why is this important? It is important because they are posting feeding recommendations based on a cup holding more then it does.

    65 grams x 3.867 kcals / gram = ~251 kcals/cup and they post each cup has 439 kcals.

    I hope this helps you to understand why I still have concerns with this company.

  • Daniel Brielmayer

    So what are the outstanding concerns you still have?