This Fromm Gold Dry Food Review was
requested by Connie from Florida. She wants to know if this formula for small
breed adult dogs is a good choice for her adult dogs.
Before examining the food, we like to look at the company behind the product. What we found was very favorable.
The company started out over a century ago and has slowly evolved to where it is now, producing dog food. It has remained in the same family and is a family run business touting five generations of hardworking individuals.
The company owns and operates its own manufacturing facilities, one in Mequon, WI and the other in Columbus, Wisconsin. Operating their own facilities gives dog food manufacturers a distinct advantage:
They can have control of quality and safety. They also do in-house lab analysis, preparation of the meat and produce, packaging, warehousing, and distribution.
It should be noted that not all dog food companies have this much control over their product. The fact that is sourced and made in the United States is also a big plus as there is much more governmental control in this country than in other countries.
The following "Small Breed Adult Dog Food was taken from
- Fromm Family Foods." website
(N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sep. 2015)
Duck, Chicken Meal, Chicken, Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Dried Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat, Dried Whole Egg, Menhaden Fish Meal, Lamb, Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Cheese, Brewers Dried Yeast, Alfalfa Meal, Carrots, Lettuce, Celery, Chicken Cartilage, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Monosodium Phosphate, Taurine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Tryptophan, DL-Methionine, Sodium Selenite, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Vitamins, Minerals, Probiotics.
Fromm Family Small Breed Adult Gold Food for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and maintenance.
The initial analysis is based on Sarah Irick’s Scale for Evaluating Dog Food
Beginning with 100%
No points were lost. However,
+3 Contains Probiotics
+3 Contains Vegetables
+2 Contains Barley
+1 Contains Oatmeal
+ 5 Contains 5 different sources of animal protein other than the first (Chicken, Egg, Fish, Cheese and Lamb in addition to the first which is Duck
A consumer cannot go by the amounts of protein and fat found in the Guaranteed Analysis. You can, however, get a crude estimate of the quantity of protein and fat in the dog food. These numbers are only a starting point if you want to compare one food to another. To make it easier to compare foods, you must take the moisture or water content of the food into consideration because this percentage significantly affects the overall values.
We convert the figures in the Guaranteed Analysis to a Dry Matter, which accounts for the water in the product. We use the formula:
However, in the case of this company, they have done all the calculations for you. Based on the Fromm Family website:
Dry Matter Basis Calculations
Calculating the Carbohydrate Percentage
You might be wondering about Carbohydrates found in this food. Pet food manufacturers are not required to list the Carbohydrate percentage of food, but you can still estimate it using the figures from the Guaranteed Analysis.
This company did provide this number but most do not. Remember that dogs are carnivores, so it is interesting to determine how much of their diet consists of plant sources.
Fromm Gold Dry Food contains 42.79% Carbohydrates
The company has been in existence for a very long time and have been manufacturing dog food longer than most. Their score based on Sarah Irick’s Ratings is superior to most other foods. They provide a very respectable variety of protein sources and include vegetables in the mix. Two other positives to this food are the inclusion of probiotics, and a healthy ratio of Omega Fatty Acids.
According to the Fromm Website, there is the adequate distribution of the product, at least within the United States. I could not find evidence of any recalls with this product.
This company provides more information on their website than most do include actual amounts of minerals, vitamins, protein, fat, ash and carbohydrates. In my mind, this is an excellent indicator of transparency and the willingness disclose information that most companies keep hidden from their consumers.
The pieces of kibble are smaller and easier to manage than other brands that do not cater to small breed dogs. If this is important to you, and it should be, then this should also add to the appeal of the product.
Overall, this food deserves an above average rating as it offers high-quality nutrition that is safe, affordable, and readily obtainable. Small Dog Place gives this food a very high score.
The product comes in two sizes: 5 pounds and 15 pounds and is sold in specialty pet stores throughout the country. The product is also available in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and the UK.
Online, you can purchase a 5-pound bag for about $19.00. This works out to be about less than $4.00 per pound. Certainly not the most expensive food, it comparable to other high-quality pet foods.
The analysis of this and other dog food review pages represents the opinions of the author. We must rely on the information obtained by the dog food manufacturer on their website and often this is incomplete at best.
The field of canine nutrition is very complicated and each dog has his or her own unique nutritional needs. There will never be one perfect dog food for your dog.
We try to provide accurate information but cannot guarantee up-to-date material. Nor can we guarantee completeness or accuracy. We update on a regular basis but not on a daily one.
We offer the information in good faith and as a way to provide information to the reader. It is up to each reader to decide if the food is right for their dog. We do not endorse or suggest any brand as being perfect for any one dog. For more information, we suggest that you contact your local veterinarian.