Grain-free and meat-rich, Fromm Family Gold earns more enthusiastic recommendations from experts than any other canned dog food. It's 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 is the one experts usually review in-depth. It 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 contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to cancers, reproductive problems and other diseases, though the levels used are claimed to be safe.
Superb quality -- for a bit less than the competition. Fromm Gold is expensive -- but it actually costs slightly less per ounce than many premium canned dog foods, including runners-up Halo Spot's Stew Succulent Salmon Recipe (Est. $3 for a 13.2-oz. can) and Weruva Human Style Bed and Breakfast (Est. $2.90 for a 14-oz. can) .
A cheaper grain-free choice, Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver (Est. $2.50 for a 12-oz. can) gets good reviews, too. But it does contain carrageenan, a seaweed-based thickener that has been linked to intestinal inflammation and other problems.
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, As of January 2014
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 canned 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 Jan. 3, 2014
4. Whole Dog Journal
Whole Dog Journal publishes an annual list of approved canned dog foods (and a separate list for dry kibble). An accompanying story explains why editors prefer canned food for dogs, not dry.
Review: Whole Dog Journal's 2013 Canned Dog Food Review, Nancy Kerns, December 2013
Thirteen customers have reviewed Fromm Family Gold Salmon and Chicken Pate -- all of them 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 January 2014