Spot Farms Whole Grain (Dehydrated)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Spot Farms Whole Grain product line includes 2 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 Turkey and Whole Grain [A]
  • Spot Farms Chicken and Whole Grain [A]

Spot Farms Chicken and Whole Grain was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Spot Farms Chicken and Whole Grain

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Dehydrated chicken, whole grain barley, flax seed, dried potatoes, rolled oats, dried apples, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried blueberries, steel cut oats, 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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%18%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%37%41%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 41%

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

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

The second ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is 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 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 fifth ingredient includes rolled oats, whole oats that have been rolled and flattened into flakes. Since they’re minimally processed, rolled oats are exceptionally high in dietary fiber and nutritional value.

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

The seventh ingredient includes dried carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary 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, 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 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 Whole Grain Dehydrated Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Spot Farms Whole Grain 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 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And near-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 moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Spot Farms Whole Grain 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

04/27/2017 Last Update

  • Megan Grant

    Thank You..yes shes on thyroid medicine low dose.

  • Crazy4cats

    Beautiful dog! Is she on thyroid medicine?

  • Megan Grant

    I always transition her over slowly due to she gets upset stomachs easily and she gets tired of her regular food all the time I’m always having to change it up for her…

  • haleycookie

    Seem like this food is higher cal than the I and love and you. If you do want to feed it I know Petco carries some of the line. Also sample packs for 99¢ so you can just try it out. You know her best so of course just watch her weight. She looks good in those pictures. I’d also recommend mixing some of it into her dry for awhile before going straight to this food. Best of luck.

  • Megan Grant

    Shes on I and Love and You Nude Food Red Meat Medley Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.

  • haleycookie

    What is she currently on as far as food goes? This food is 490 cal a cup so two cups would be 980 cals a day. If whatever she’s on right now that she gets two cups of is more cal you would need to adjust appropriately. but if you’re just using this two cups or even three a box would probably last you in between 2-4 weeks depending on how you may have to adjust the calories.

  • Megan Grant
  • haleycookie

    I do not feed this food. I’m not the original poster. I was just giving you measurements for reference. May I ask what is wrong with your dog though? 2 cups of any food by itself for a 120 dog will most likely starve them.

  • Megan Grant

    How many cups are you feeding them a day? Both of my dogs get 2 cups each a day due to health issues..i am thinking of only putting my female on this since my male is doing good on the food we are on now.

  • haleycookie

    You will be going through one box in probably just a couple days. One of the 8 lbs boxes lasts a 25 lbs dog a month (on average) Since you have two dogs that weigh 5x that much you’d most likely be feeding a whole box every 3 days or so. One 100 lbs dog would get 4.5 cups of the food a day. Most like 5 cups for your dogs. So ten cups a day. That’s a lot of food haha. But if you can afford it than by all means go for it I like this brand but it is expensive to feed unless you have a smaller dog.

  • Megan Grant

    How much are you feeding your dog a day? I have two 120lb dogs that i want to put on this.

  • Jennifer

    My Rottweiler LOVES the whole grain turkey formula. It may look nasty, but she licks the bowl clean. We were dealing with allergy issues and hot spots caused by another brand (lamb and rice). After giving her this food for two weeks, everything is clearing up and her hair is growing back. No more itchy dog. However, I’m not sure we’re going to be able to keep her on it. She goes through the 8 lb box in one week. Each box is $40.

  • April Nicole Mendez

    Our wolf hybrid has always been hard to feed. Raw diets are expensive and if he doesn’t love the food we give him, he guards it all day and nibbles. This is the first food I have given him in 7 years that he eats in one sitting! He is a hefty boy. We have also been trying to diet for a year now. He is already getting thinner and has so much more energy. Our Rottweiler loves this food too! He now refuses kibble by itself. It has beefed him up since his issue was constantly eating and not gaining weight. We have tried every brand and the vet gave us some suggestions on food. But, nothing seemed to help him put on weight and keep it on. This food has beefed him up and keeps up with his active energy level. Between both dogs that have completely separate needs, this has been the best for both of them. Not to mention their coats have looked fantastic after a few weeks of eating this food. I highly recommend especially if you are looking for a healthy food (they are not kidding by human grade, you can see the chunks of real food before you even hydrate with water) that is affordable. All our animals (including our cats) love how this smells and show up in the kitchen when I’m prepping the food. I have seen at Petco they are now carrying trial sizes. It might be worth a try if you don’t want to buy a full box.

  • April French Leavitt

    I am the one that submitted this food to Dog Food Advisor to be reviewed and I am glad I did. I bought it at Petco and it is very affordable. A lot more than Honest Kitchen. I go so broke buying Honest Kitchen. Yes there’s more variety but I can’t go broke feeding my dogs. My dogs love this food but there was no review on it which is why I submitted it

  • haleycookie

    We sell this where I work and it was popular for about a month or two then almost everyone that bought it brought it back and remarked that while it smelt delicious and fruity to them the dog usually turned their nose up to it. Now all the boxes just sit and most are close to expiration.