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Petsumer Report Review of the Month

February 2014 Petsumer Report provides a review of Grandma Lucy’s Dog Food.

All products are manufactured in company owned facility in Irvine, CA; baked treats are made in a organic certified bakery in Canada.  Foods are GMO free, company states “we will continue to work with our suppliers to receive verification of this.”   For more information visit


Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Chicken Freeze-Dried Dog Food


Petsumer Report Rating

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USDA Chicken, Potatoes, Flax, Carrots, Celery, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Garlic, Rosemary, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Niacin, Iron, Calcium Phosphorus, Zinc, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Potassium, Manganese, Chloride, Copper, Magnesium, Pyridoxine, Cyanocobalamin.

Crude Protein: 26% minimum Crude Fat: 12% minimum
Crude Fiber: 6% Moisture: 7.5%
Calories: 468 kcal/cup



Ingredient Quality
The Artisan representative stated ingredients are USDA inspected and approved.

Country of Origin
Company stated 87% of ingredients of U.S. origin including vitamins and minerals.  Flax seed and oats – Canada, goat, lamb, venison – New Zealand and Australia, bananas – Costa Rica, papaya – Brazil.

Risk Ingredients

Manufactured By
Foods & Dehydrated Treats – company owned manufacturing facility in Irvine, CA.  Baked Treats – organic bakery Canada.

Shelf Life
Manufacturer states shelf life is 12 months; this would mean the ‘Best by’ date on the packaging is 12 months past the date the food was made (method for the consumer to determine how fresh or old the food is).



  • USDA inspected and approved meats and vegetables
  • Contains flax – health promoting ingredient[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Minus
  • The mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption).[/twocol_one_last]



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Probiotics are not added to raw, dehydrated raw, freeze-dried or canned pet foods. The processing systems would destroy the bacteria.


To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.

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January 31, 2014

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23 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Petsumer Report Review of the Month”

  1. Sherrie says:

    My Shih Tzu, Bailey, has ear infections all the time. My vet recommend I put him on Natural Balance Sweet Potatoe & Venison to see if this helps. I don’t like Natural Balance, they outsource food from China, I have heard. IS there a food with limited ingredients that contains Venison? I currently feed my dogs Orijen dog food when I trust. They also get some Honest Kitchen, great food there. I can’t see to find a dog food with Venison in it that I trust. I have the 2013 Dog Food list from Susan, but again on venison. Please let me know if anyone knows of a dog food with Venison. I will be getting the 2013 Food List when I get my Christmas bills paid. Thank you so much.

    • Meg says:

      Taste of the Wild has a Bison/Venison formulation.

    • JAmes says:

      Grandma Lucys also has Venison in the Artisan Line

    • Christine says:

      Taste of the Wild and Natural Balance are both made at Diamond, a manufacturing facility with a very poor safety record. Nature’s Variety frozen raw has a venison which would be appropriate for an allergy situation. Grandma Lucy’s has a venison, and Pureformance (also made by Grandma Lucy’s, but without potato) has a freeze dried rabbit and a freeze dried goat diet. Both novel ingredients and grain free – would work well for your little guy, and would be a healthier whole food diet than a heavily processed kibble. I also once saw an analysis of Venison dog foods looking for the presence of Venison (whether it truly contained venison) and Natural Balance came up positive for beef I believe).

    • Hope says:

      Sherrie–I love that you don’t trust Natural Balance either particularly since they are now owned by Del Monte the conglomerate. If you want a frozen raw or freeze friend only venison raw diet then Stella and Chewys is your answer. Or if its only dry food you want then find “Pioneer Naturals” made by Great Life in their single animal protein, no white potatoes or peas venison formula. We also love Ziwi Peak air dried raw. Goo luck. Hope

    • Jeri says:

      There are raw foods which use venison (Nature’s Variety, Primal, to name two). Out of desperation to feed our oldest dog who has IBD, we have had to use a farm in PA which uses many of its own livestock. They may also carry venison (I think they do, but if not, google and you can find it raw from many other specialty meat places online!) We use Rabbit and Ostrich for our oldest dog. Ostrich is getting harder to come by from a pet raw food standpoint, but we use the options from Blackwing meats (online) as they sell ostrich and you can even buy a version for dogs (some of which comes from portions which humans don’t like, but dogs do — not a quality issue, but a preference one.)

    • Barbara says:

      My little pom always had ear infections. When I eliminated chicken….it solved the problem. No more ear infections! I make my own homemade dog food and now I use turkey instead. Hope this helps…..

      • Hi,
        I am posting about the dog food both canned and dry. All pet food made by pet food companies are now 90% Carbohydrate! A fact, sadly! Sweet potatoes are carbohydrate as well! Doctors no the difference but also like to get paid! Ear Infections are a fungus and in most cases caused by a high carb diet. Yes, some cases can be caused by a true bacteria. In most cases it is high carb diets. Also Allergic problems such as chewing of the feel and scratching the hair excessively. I have been there and now have my dogs on a good protein diet with lots of good green veggies and probiotics. If you have any questions about this please contact me through Susan. She has a wonderful book where foods can be adapted so that your pet can stay away from carbs. My two dogs are doing much better. Just be patient and don’t give into the foods on the market in cans and bags! LL Hughes

    • Crystal says:

      Hi my dog a maltese got ear infections ALL the time. We were on blue buffaloe grain free when my vet mentioned possible potatoe allergy. I went to small locally owned and trusted pet store and they verified that chronic ear infections COULD be a possible potatoe allergy. My boys are now on Stella n chewys freeze dried and grandma lucy’s mostly but we switch it up to primal, orijen, and ziwi peak just to give them a variety. I also use ziwi peak as treats too which saves. The food is not cheap but is wonderful. They are active, healthy, less tarter, get full protein with fruits, vitamins, probiotics etc in their diet now! Ziwi peak will send you samples from their website, your local pet store should have samples for you to try. Hopefully no more ear infections avoiding potatoe based foods and treats! Worked perfectly for us and be sure you arent getting water in their ears during bathtime.

  2. Janet says:

    Try Natures Logic. They make a venison and its potato and pea free which seems to be ingredients that lots of dogs are allergic too.

  3. jol says:

    What about EVO, 95% Venison.?

  4. Judy says:

    This one appears to be about 40% carbohydrate, and low in protein and fat. And, unless there are internal organs within the “chicken” definition, it is not complete.
    Why can’t they put the necessary internal organs into the foods gotten from the same animals that the USDA inspected meat comes from?
    Those “by-products” would be “fit for human consumption” even though we don’t eat most of those yucky leftovers. Our pets are being short-changed by a lifetime of “muscle meat” only, because of the paranoia promoted by the food manufactuers about by-products. Healthy by-products contain nutrition that cannot be gotten by muscle meat alone, are expensive, and are necessary for the health of a carnivore. They don’t want to pay for them and the extra work, so tell us they are bad.

  5. Woofielover says:

    Taste of The Wild is made by Diamond Manufacturing. 🙁

    Evo is owned by Proctor & Gamble 🙁

    You didn’t say what specific ingredients your dog might have allergies or sensitivities to. Without testing it’s a huge guess since it can be anything or any number of things.

    That said, yeast blooms with the production of sugar. Regardless of the ingredients, all kibble (dry foods) are an all carbohydrate form. Since carbohydrates convert into sugars, just the form alone can contribute to yeast production.

    For best results, a comprehensive food allergy test would help dial down the particular ingredients of issue. However, most of the tests that vets offer test for “…sensitivity to 21 major food ingredients commonly found in commercial pet foods” (taken directly from the ACTT Testing & Treatment by Bio-Medical Services testing procedures). It’s been my experience that this is severely lacking and very out-dated.

    Further, as pertains to a best-results goal, consider lessening yeast responses by finding a different form with which to feed. Canned, freeze dried, dehydrated, raw or cooked whole foods are all better options. Limit ingredients that tend to convert to sugars like sweet potatoes, yams, potatoes, carrots, etc.. You don’t need to completely avoid these ingredients unless you find they are specific triggers but limiting of quantitative amounts is recommended.

    Grandma Lucy’s venison is in their Artisan line which does contain potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and additional fruits which, collectively and quantitatively, may not be the best fit. Perhaps something in their Pureformance line (rabbit or goat) would be a better option. Or keep looking for other options.

    Or cook it yourself! 🙂

  6. Susan Dailey says:

    Wondering if you have info on blue ridge raw pet food I’m being told that they use dead animals?

  7. I had been using Natures Logic for a while and my 2 Coton’s still had allergy problems. Still to much carbohydrate’s. My Female has more of a problem but I would like to get them back to where they should be. I have tried some home cooking for a few years and am back doing it again. Now I am using Nzymes and their vitamins and EFA’s and ground flax for fiber with various human grade meats and green vegies. They are getting the best I can give them and it should be noticeable in the next month or so. My husband and I have been fighting the licking and chewing of feet now and we hope this will be the answer! Carbohydrates are the offender!! Sorry to be so long with my comment but thought more people would like the help. Home made cooking is the way to go to protect our loved ones!! Let them be well! Linda Leonard Hughes

  8. Angel Harris says:

    I’m extremely concerned with how high in the ingredients list garlic and rosemary are in this dog food. Garlic is known to cause Heinz Body Anemia in dogs & cats & toxicity is more pronounced at smaller amounts in certain breeds than others, such as Japanese breeds & felines. Rosemary can cause diarrhea and vomiting in many pets, especially those with gastrointestinal issues, blood sugar problems, epilepsy, weak, ill, very young, elderly or very tiny & some felines. It also appears to use a pre-mix, which is rather disturbing considering pre-mixes are not required by law to state where any of their ingredients are sourced from (and most are from China). It was the pre-mix which contained the melamine which was found in so many different brands of pet food a few years ago that killed and sicked thousands of pets.

  9. Paula says:

    How about Addiction — they have a venison product and even a kangaroo product (which would be a new meat for most dogs and hence address allergy issues). Another option is Ziwi Peak — but very expensive. Others can comment as to whether there are “issues” with these products. If your dog hasn’t consumed lamb in the past, that would be a good choice.

  10. We are all extremely concerned about China and its poison foods not only for our pet’s but for ourselves too! I try to buy organic whenever I can. My dogs love the home cooking the best and it is not any more expensive than the so called higher grade canned dog foods! The only thing we need to do it properly balance the meals we give them. To keep them healthy we need to be sure they get their fats, Vitamins, fiber, Probiotics, Calcium. Cooking for our dogs is not as easy as t looks. It takes thought every day along with all the love we can give them! Lets keep them happy and alive! Linda

    • I also try to change protein sources and cook fish, Lamb, Turkey, and very little chicken because of the allergy problems. By switching protein sources it is less apt to cause more allergies. Also keeping away from Carbs and using vegies for their carbs is best. I have to use fiber of some sort because my male has anal gland problems. Small dogs do have these problems too!

      • I thought I should write back and tell you how we are doing with our two Cotons! They are doing much better, We have them away from all canned and dry dog food and we are home feeing them without Carbs and their allergies are betting better by the day. No more chewing and they are actually getting their energy back again. Good meats and the balance it vitamins plus some enzymes and green vegies. They are as happy as can be with a home cooked meal without the carbs. Food the way dogs were meant to have. Linda L Hughes

  11. Tracy Anderson says:

    Apple (seeds are toxic since they contain cyanide), Flax (in larger quantities),Garlic, are all on List as being poisonous to dogs

  12. Debbie says:

    Question about the Pet consumer reviews. Is their a way to read the reviews from people who have used some of these food products? I can read about the product and ingredients n pledge but it will also show like 12 reviews but I don’t know how to read those reviews. Still searching for can cat food for my finicky eaters.

    • Susan Thixton says:

      That is something we are going to try with Petsumer Report soon – but we don’t have that available yet. Sorry.

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