Spot Farms Grain Free (Dehydrated)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Spot Farms Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Spot Farms Grain Free product line includes 3 dehydrated 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.

  • Spot Farms Grain Free Pork [A]
  • Spot Farms Grain Free Turkey [A]
  • Spot Farms Grain Free Chicken [A]

Spot Farms Grain Free Pork Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Spot Farms Grain Free Pork Recipe

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 52%

Ingredients: Dehydrated pork, dried potatoes, flax seed, red lentil, dried spinach, dried apples, dried honey, dried pomegranate, dried blueberries, natural flavors, vitamins & minerals (dicalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, magnesium oxide, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, ascorbic acid, manganese proteinate, vitamin A acetate, niacin, calcium d-pantothenate, riboflavin, cholecalciferol, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, cyanocobalamin)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%13%52%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%29%47%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 47%

The first ingredient in this dog food is dehydrated pork. Dehydrated pork is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh pork.

Plus (unlike pork meal) dehydrated pork is never exposed to high temperatures during processing, so it preserves more of the meat’s natural nutrients.

The second ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

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 includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

The fifth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score1 of 91.

The sixth ingredient is dried apple, a dehydrated, nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The seventh ingredient is honey. Even though honey gets its sweetness naturally from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, it must still be considered a form of sugar.

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 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, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Spot Farms Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Spot Farms Grain Free 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 68%.

Near-average protein. Above-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 and lentils, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Spot Farms Grain Free is a plant-based dehydrated dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly 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.

Spot Farms Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

04/29/2017 Last Update

  1. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  • Traci Eaton

    I spoke to customer service on the phone, they were very apologetic but offered no reason for the poor quality. They are reimbursing me $50 but had nothing to say about anything else. My dog is refusing to eat because she thought that was the one true food.

  • haleycookie

    I would email spot and tell them. See if whoever u ordered from will take them back. From my knowledge the recipes have not changed. However I think they’re discontinuing some and when where I worked cleared out the poem they were all expired. Check the date on yours make sure they’re ok and like I said email and ask if there’s been any recipe changes to be sure.

  • Traci Eaton

    We started our new to us, 4 year old Shepherd, on Spot Pork as a sort of side dressing to her grain free dry food. She loved it, so did we, it smelled like good quality human food. We only fed about 1/3 cup of it a day so it took a long time to go thru the box. Recently we re ordered, same product, so we thought. She hates it, it smells different, sort of like packaging, very little like meat. We shelled out for 2 large boxes and we are not happy.