Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Dog Food Review

Performatrin Ultra Grain-FreePerformatrin Ultra Grain-Free Dog Food Review

We reviewed Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Dog Food in November, 2014.

We like to evaluate dog foods that small dog owners use frequently and today, Pamela from Ontario Canada writes...

Can you please evaluate my dog's food brand with a score/grade?

Well Of course, Pamela!  Not knowing the breed or age of Pamela’s dog, we are going to rely on the scoring system we use to evaluate other dog foods.

Here is the ingredient list of Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Dog food from the manufacturer’s website:

Ingredients List of Performatrin Ultra Grain Free Dog Food

Turkey, Turkey Meal, Peas, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal, Potato, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Potato Protein, Dried (Tomato, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, and Spinach) Pomace, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Whole Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Whole Cranberries, Whole Blueberries, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Choline Chloride, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Spinach, Whole Blackberries, Dried Yeast, Taurine, Rosemary Extract, Marigold Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Green Tea Extract, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Chondroitin Sulfate, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Inositol, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium Iodide, Selenium Yeast.

According to the manufacturer’s website, the product is formulated for all life stage.  This means that the food could be used for puppies, adults, seniors, pregnant and lactating females. 

From their site, it was unclear where the factory was located, but suggests the product is produced in Canada using only ingredients from Canada and the U.S. 

As of this writing, it has limited distribution except in Canada and the northeast U.S.

Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Dog Food Review

In reviewing the dog food products on this site, we begin with the score of 100, then add or subtract depending on the quality of the ingredients.

  • This appears to be a high quality product.  The first five ingredients are Turkey, Turkey Meal, Peas, Salmon Meal and Duck Meal.  Three different meat sources in the first group of ingredients is a definite plus.  There is more protein in meal sources (Turkey meal, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal) than in the first ingredient Turkey, which has a high content of water.
  • Inclusion of prebiotics and probiotics gives the food an additional 3 points
  • A number of fruits are included with adds 3 more points
  • A wide variety of vegetables other than corn provides still another 3 points.
  • The fact that more than one protein sources is included will add another 2 points.
  • This foods loses 1 point because it contains salt but that is the only points lost according to the formula we used.

And, the verdict is...

Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free:  Grade of 110 A+

More Positives: 

  • This food’s fiber content comes from vegetable pomace rather than grains which makes it ideal for dogs who may have allergies to grain products.
  • Yeast is added which is a little controversial.  In the “olden” days, we used yeast to repel fleas.  This may have been an old wives tale but it worked.  The addition of yeast products may have some effect on repelling fleas. 

The product is described in this You Tube video produced by the company.

According to the video, the company claims that there is no chicken, making it a good product for dogs allergic to chicken.  However, the eighth ingredient is Chicken Fat, so I am curious as to how they can make that claim.


The analysis provided here on Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Dog Food and on other dog food review pages represent the opinions of the author.  We must rely on the information obtained by the dog food manufacture on their website if we are unable to obtain the actual product.

We try to provide accurate information but we cannot guarantee completeness or accuracy or up-to-date nature.  We update regularly but not on a daily basis.  We offer the information in good faith 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 right for all dogs.

About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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