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.

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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.

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

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 28% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

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, 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

09/18/2018 Last Update

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