The following brands given at least 4 pawprints (out of 5) by Petsumer Reports as of July, 2010.

* means questionable item

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I had our Lab on Fromm for a long time. She loved the chicken, which is human grade chicken and other healthy ingredients. The kibble size was easy for her to eat. From the time she was 5 years old until she passed away last October at 16 1/2 years old, she was only on the higher rated dog foods w/no fillers or "red flag" ingredients. I even made sure her treats had no corn and I preferred no wheat flour, but sometimes gave her those. Wellness brand have good wholesome treats. She lived a long time for a Lab and I know it was because we only gave her nutritious food and treats.
Fromm is a great food, Patricia. Thanks for sharing about it. I like to keep up with lists like this because in the past, great brands would be bought up by Big Dog Food and then the formula would change or ingredients would be bought in China or some other problem would make the food not Premium, any more. Of course, no-one would tell us about the changes until it was too late. By talking about it and keeping on top if it, hopefully we keep another dog from dying too young.

Recommended Brands (Keep in mind that things change over time)

Recommended Brands:




Orijen (our favorite grain-free food)

Formulas: Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, Adult (chicken, turkey, fish), 6 Fish, Regional Red (boar, lamb, pork, bison), Senior (lower calorie chicken, turkey, fish)


Taste of the Wild

Formulas: High Prairie (bison, chicken, venison, lamb), Pacific Stream (salmon), Sierra Mountain (roasted lamb), Wetlands (quail, duck, turkey)


Recommended Brands (Keep in mind that things change over time)




Grain-free Formulas: Wild Prairie (chicken, whitefish), Pacifica (salmon, flounder, herring), Grasslands (lamb, duck, fish)

Healthy Grain Formulas: Puppy Small Breed, Puppy & Junior, Puppy Large Breed, Adult Small Breed, Adult Dog, Adult Large Breed, Sport & Agility, Light & Fit, Senior Dog (all contain chicken and salmon for protein), Lamb & Apple



Grain-free Formulas: Surf & Turf (salmon, duck, chicken), Beef Frittata Veg (beef, eggs, pork)

Healthy Grain Formulas: Pork & Applesauce, Duck & Sweet Potato, Chicken A La Veg, Whitefish & Potato, Salmon A La Veg (all part of the Four-Star line); Adult Gold, Large Breed Adult Gold, Puppy Gold, Large Breed Puppy Gold, Senior Gold (all Gold lines contain duck, chicken and lamb); Adult and Adult Classics (both Classic lines contain chicken)



Natural Balance (most are limited ingredient formulas)

Grain-free formulas:

Sweet Potato & Bison, Sweet Potato & venison, Sweet Potato & Chicken, Potato & Duck, Sweet Potato & Fish


Healthy Grain Formulas: Ultra Premium, Reduced Calorie, AMP Ultra Active (all 3 contain chicken, lamb, salmon), Vegetarian, Organic Chicken

Limited Ingredient Formulas: Sweet Potato & Bison, Lamb &Brown Rice, Sweet Potato & Venison, Sweet Potato & Chicken, Potato & Duck, Sweet Potato & Fish




Grain-free Formulas (Now! line): Puppy, Adult, Small Breed, Senior (all contain turkey, salmon), Grain-free Endurance (turkey, chicken, salmon)

Healthy Grain Formulas (Go! Natural & Summit lines): Duck, Salmon, Chicken (part of Go! Natural line); Australian Lamb, Canadian Chicken, Large Breed (chicken), Puppy, Adult Dog, Reduced Calorie (final 3 contain chicken, lamb, salmon),


Solid Gold

Grain-free Formulas: Barking at the Moon (fish, beef)

Healthy Grain Formulas: Hundchen Flocken Puppy, Hund-n-Flocken Adult (both contain lamb); Wolfcub Puppy, Wolfking Adult (both contain bison), Holistique Blendz Senior (fish), MMillennia Beef & Barley Adult, Just a Wee Bit Adult (bison)


Wellness (has a limited ingredient formula also)

Grain-free Formulas (Core line): Original (turkey, chicken), Ocean (whitefish, salmon), Reduced Fat (turkey, whitefish, chicken)

Healthy Grain Formulas (Super5Mix line): Chicken, Barley & Salmon Meal, Whitefish & Sweet Potato, Healthy Weight, Just for Puppies, Just for Seniors, Adult Large Breed, Puppy Large Breed, Adult Small Breed (final 6 contain chicken)

Limited Ingredients Formulas (Simple Solutions line): Rice & Duck, Rice & Lamb, Rice & Salmon



Grain-free Formulas (Legacy line): Puppy, Adult (both contain chicken, turkey)

Healthy Grain Formulas (Complete line): Large Breed Adult, Large Breed Puppy, Puppy, Adult, Senior (all contain chicken)


Blue Buffalo


Grain-free Formulas (Wilderness line): Duck, Salmon, Chicken

Healthy Grain Formulas (Life Protection& Longevity lines): Chicken & Brown Rice (available for puppy, large breed puppy, small breed puppy, adult, large breed adult , small breed adult, senior, senior small breed and senior large breed), Puppy Lamb & Oatmeal, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice, Adult Fish & Sweet Potato, Adult Large Breed Fish & Oatmeal, Adult Large Breed Healthy Weight (chicken), Adult Healthy Weight (chicken), Small Breed Fish & Brown Rice; Longevity Puppy, Longevity Adult, Longevity Mature (final 3 contain whitefish)

Limited Ingredient Formulas (Basics line): Turkey & Potato, Salmon & Potato


(*** we will continue to monitor Blue due to its recent voluntary which affected a very small amount of the product, but are not taking this off the list due to the nature of the recall and the company's fast and open response.)


Grain-free Formulas: Salmon, ALS (chicken, turkey, lamb, fish)

Healthy Grain Formulas: Lamb & Rice, Chicken & Rice, Beef & Fish, ALS (chicken, turkey, lamb, fish), Platinum Senior (chicken, turkey, lamb, fish)






Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul

Healthy Grain Formulas: Adult, Large Breed Adult, Senior, Adult Light, Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, Overweight (all contain chicken, turkey).


Eagle Holistic Select

Healthy Grain Formulas: Adult, Adult Small & Mini Breed, Puppy, Puppy Small & Mini Breed (all 4 contain anchovy, sardines, salmon), Adult Chicken Meal & Rice, Adult Duck, Adult Lamb, Senior Chicken & Rice, Large & Giant Breed Chicken & Oatmeal, Large & Giant Breed Puppy Lamb Meal & Oatmeal, Weight Management Chicken & Peas


**Brands that have had recalls or buyouts lately**

EVO (grain-free)


Has anyone tried Sojos or Grandma Lucy's? These are the food mixes similar to the Honest Kitchen and you can add meat or cottage cheese, yogurt, etc....I just ordered som Sojos to try. I have been feeding Fromm and adding yogurt, apples, green beans, etc. Lola and Marlow both have some eye issues with black crusty ooze in the morning and Lola's coat is not a shiny as it could be. Thought I would try something different for a change. The reviews were good for this, too! 
Let us know how it goes, Suze. Sounds good and you can't beat real food for taking care of issues.


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