Grain-free and meat-rich, Fromm Family Gold earns enthusiastic recommendations from experts and owners. It's also competitively priced compared to other premium foods, making it a good value and an easy call as our Best Reviewed pick.
Human-grade and grain-free. Fromm Family Gold is made from 100 percent USDA-approved ingredients (that means the same stuff humans eat). All three flavors are grain-free: Chicken Pate, Duck and Chicken Pate and Salmon and Chicken Pate. All earn equally high marks in reviews, and all have short, simple ingredient lists. The salmon flavor starts with wild salmon and chicken, and plenty of it, says Mike Sagman at DogFoodAdvisor.com -- Fromm Gold is higher in protein than most dog foods. That's followed by chicken broth, carrots, russet potatoes, peas, tomato paste, potato starch and added vitamins and minerals (chelated for easy absorption). That's it -- no other ingredients are in the food.
Made in the USA. Fromm earns praise for making its food in the U.S., with no Chinese ingredients. Fromm tests its foods for pathogens before releasing them to stores. It's recall-free, a search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website shows (it tracks pet food recalls back to 2007). Fromm Gold does contain sodium selenite (Susan Thixton of PetsumerReport.com explains that selenium yeast is a safer way to deliver selenium in pet foods). The cans are lined with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to cancers, reproductive problems and other diseases, though the levels used are claimed to be safe. However, most pet food cans -- and human food cans, for that matter -- in larger sizes are BPA-lined as well. If that's a concern, good-quality dog foods from brands such as Halo and Weruva are available in smaller, 5.5-ounce BPA-free cans.
Superb quality -- for a bit less than the competition. Fromm Gold is a surprising value given its quality, though you may have to shop around a bit on line to get the best price. If you do so, you'll find that Fromm Gold can actually cost less per ounce than many premium canned dog foods that rate nearly, but not quite as well, including Halo Spot's Stew Succulent Salmon Recipe (Est. $3.35 for a 13.2-oz. can) and Weruva Human Style Bed and Breakfast (Est. $4 for a 14-oz. can).
Fromm Family Gold Reviews
Susan Thixton scrutinizes many dog food brands and varieties, including all three flavors of Fromm Gold canned. Thixton explains which ingredients are good, bad and controversial, and she rates each food (canned foods can earn a maximum score of 4).
Review: Fromm Family Salmon and Chicken Pate Dog Food Can, Susan Thixton, Not Dated
Fromm Gold canned dog food earns this site's maximum 5-star rating. After thoroughly analyzing the ingredients, Mike Sagman concludes that this is a well-made food with plenty of meat.
Review: Fromm Gold Nutritionals (Canned), Mike Sagman, Updated Jan. 24, 2014
Mary Straus recommends all of Fromm's pet foods, noting their "human-grade, USDA inspected meats" and "high-quality US-sourced ingredients."
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, Updated Mar. 4, 2015
Roughly 35 Chewy.com customers have reviewed Fromm Family Gold Salmon and Chicken Pate -- with all but two awarding it 4 or a perfect 5 stars. Several note that it's looser and wetter than other canned foods, but they also say their dogs love it and thrive on it.
Review: Fromm Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate, Contributors to Chewy.com, As of April 2015