Harmony Farms (Canned)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


Harmony Farms canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Harmony Farms product line includes six canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review:

  • Harmony Farms Roast Lamb Dinner
  • Harmony Farms Hearty Beef Dinner
  • Harmony Farms Roast Venison Dinner
  • Harmony Farms Healthy Salmon Dinner
  • Harmony Farms Country Chicken Dinner
  • Harmony Farms Homestyle Turkey Dinner

Harmony Farms Hearty Beef Dinner Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Harmony Farms Hearty Beef Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 26%

Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, beef liver, brown rice, barley, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, eggs, guar gum, chicken meal, flaxseed meal, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sea salt, carrageenan gum, zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, sodium selenite, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, calcium iodate, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, choline chloride, folic acid, pyridione hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, ascorbic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%27%26%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%51%20%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 20%

The first item in this food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

The second ingredient includes beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient lists barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

The sixth item mentions carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient lists 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 eighth 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 next ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The tenth ingredient includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eleventh ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

The twelfth ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

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, this food also 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.

And lastly, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there does appear to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

Harmony Farms Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Harmony Farms 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 27% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 26%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 70%.

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

Even when you consider the slight protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a canned food containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Harmony Farms is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

However, the company does not appear to provide a customer service phone number and does not respond to our emails.

Not recommended.

Those looking for a good kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Harmony Farms dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

06/10/2010 Original review
01/10/2011 Review updated

12/05/2012 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • melissa


    Excellent news. Glad to hear you have found a food both reasonable, and one that works!

  • Bajovane

    An update for Buffy:  She is now on the Harmony Farms canned and dry food (mixed – she won’t just eat dry kibble) and she is doing very, very well.  Her stools are of a much better consistency and color than they were under her old diet.  I do mix in green beans and some other veggies as well, at the recommendation of her vet as she does have to lose some weight.  Harmony Farms is available, and affordable for me (sold at Wegmans in my area).  So glad I found this.

  • kate

    My local Target just started carrying this within the past week. While it’s not a 5 star food, I like having a better option at a store that’s close, just in case I can’t get to Petco to get the usual food.

  • Bajovane

    I just gave my Buffy a try of the Hearty Beef and she really seemed to like it.  Several days ago I had her try the Salmon and she did NOT like this at all.  She is a very fussy dog and it is difficult to get her to try new (and better) foods.  Right now, her main food is a mixture of Beneful’s prepared meals and Pedigree small bites.  According to the reviews here – they suck.  🙁  I want Buffy to try the Harmony dry food as well.  So wish stores would sell sample sizes!

  • Hi Elizabeth,

    Carrageenan is not a known carcinogen but a suspected or “possible” carcinogen. The substance is still under investigation.

    That’s why it’s labeled here on this site as a controversial additive.

    If you’re concerned about this ingredient being in your pet’s food, you should be able to find a canned product that doesn’t contain it.

    Hope this helps.

  • Elizabeth H

    I am surprised that this food ranks so highly, considering the fact that it contains carrageenan gum.  Carrageenan is a known carcinogen, and is not considered a suitable product for dog food.

  • Jonathan

    I just got a can of this for my Sadie from Harris Teeter as a topper. She digs it. But more importantly, I was excited to see a good quality food in a grocery store. They did not, however, carry the dry version of this product. But they do have Evolve. So even if you live in a pet store-less town, Harris Teeter (and probably Kroger’s, Lowe’s Food or other “premium” stores) may have a decent kibble.

  • Hi Jeannine… Depending upon who you talk to, protein content can be controversial. To see why we tend to favor higher protein dog foods (even for seniors) please be sure to read our recent article, “Suggested Low Protein Dog Foods“. Hope this helps reassure you that good protein content shouldn’t be feared.

  • Jeannine

    i was told that older dogs need lower protein. i could be wrong, the thing is i want the BEST food for my Casey. she is a 16 old Lab and in great health but need to eat canned food. Just looking for the best.

  • Hi Jeanine,

    Since I’m not a veterinarian, it would be misleading and inappropriate for me to assure you a particular food would provide the health benefits you’re looking for.

    However, it’s no secret to our readers that we aren’t particularly fond of low protein dog foods (even for older dogs) as these (senior) products are notoriously high in carbohydrates. We never award low protein (a.k.a. low meat) dog foods our higher ratings so it’s very difficult for me to recommend a food like this.

    To learn more about low-protein and senior dogs, you may want to read this article by respected nutritionist, Dr. Lew Olson.

    In any case, if you still feel you need to find a low protein recipe, try looking through our 3-star foods to see if you can find one you think you and your dog would like. Hope this helps.

  • jeannine morlacci

    do you have a can food for older dogs who cant have lots of protine? my dog is 16 and has to have low protine.

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