canadaI’ve just completed research on another product that you may not be familiar. I came across this while doing some research on a different dog food product and decided to share what I found with my fellow dog lovers.

The product, called FirstMate Dog Food, provides pet owners with a number of recipes, both in the dry and canned forms. Let’s take a look at what this brand is all about and specifically, what it has to offer.

FirstMate Dog Food|A History Lesson For You

So, what is this brand of dog food all about? Here are just some of the details I discovered when doing my research on this company and the products they produce:

  • Founded and established in 1989 by Michael Florian (More on Michael in a bit)
  • Production facility is based in Canada
  • Family owned and operated
  • The company is committed to providing quality ingredients
  • The company has complete control in its production of pet foods
  • Company’s vice-president is also a veterinarian and and pet nutritionist

Now, let’s get back to the founder of this company, Michael Florian, for just a minute. This gentleman had worked as a commercial fisherman for years, and eventually started to manufacture fish food as well. Why is this relevantdog eating fish to our story?

A funny thing happened! You see, Michael had a number of dogs around to protect these fish on his property but after some time, the dogs started to eat these fish. What to do? Well in order to stop these dogs from partaking in the eating of these fish, Michael decided to create a food to keep the dogs satisfied and away from the fish.

FirstMate Dog Food|What You Can Expect

The company prides itself on quality and using only natural ingredients in their production of its recipes. Quality is the major theme throughout. With that said, let’s look at the number of recipes available to the dog owner. Let’s start first with the grain-free diets available:

1. FirstMate’s Pacific Ocean Fish Limited Ingredient Grain-Free  Bag of FirstMate Dog Food

What You Get – This formula contains only wild fish as the single source of protein. Why is this significant? Well, it makes it highly digestible for those pets having difficulty with digestion and eliminates the chance of food allergies associated with chicken.. In addition, this recipe contains a healthy level of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, producing a shiny coat and healthy skin to your pup.


Bag of FirstMate Dog Food2. FirstMate’s Australian Lamb Meal Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Formula

What You Get – Limited ingredient recipe only using lamb as a source of protein. You will find this recipe to contain 78% protein, 22% vegetables, and 0% grains that’s great for all life stages. Recipe also contains a great source of antioxidants composed of blueberries, raspberries and cranberries. Grain-free and gluten free.


3. FirstMate Chicken Meal With Blueberries Limited Ingredient FirstMate Dog FoodGrain-Free Recipe

What You Get – A grain-free recipe containing free run chicken as the single protein ingredient. Blueberries are added as an antioxidant which promotes a healthy immune system, urinary tract, increased eyesight and memory function, helps to prevent illness, and provides a nutritional source of dietary fiber. Recipe contains 84% protein, 16% vegetables, and 0% grains that’s appropriate for all life stages.



4. FirstMate Weight/Control Senior Pacific Ocean Fish Meal FirstMate Dog FoodLimited Ingredient Grain-Free Recipe

What You GetOnce again, a single protein consisting of only wild fish from the herring family. Reduced calories for the less active dogs, overweight pups and the senior dog. You will also find glucosamine in this recipe which is helpful with the joints within the skeletal system. Added  Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will contribute to a healthy skin and coat.


5. FirstMate Small Bites Australian Lamb Limited Ingredient FirstMate dog foodGrain-Free Formula

What You Get – This recipe is ideal for the smaller breed with smaller mouths, containing a single source of protein which is lamb. Just like its counterpart, (#2 above) the recipe contains 78% protein, 22% vegetables, and 0% grains that’s great for all life stages. Recipe also contains a great source of antioxidants composed of blueberries, raspberries and cranberries. Grain-free and gluten free.


6. FirstMate Endurance/Puppy Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Limited FirstMate Dog FoodIngredient Grain-Free Formula

What You Get – Made with your puppy in mind, this recipe provides a nutritional diet for that little guy. This grain-free recipe made with wild herring, assists in the digestion making it easy on your pup’s digestive system. The bite size kibble includes a great source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, promoting healthy skin and a shiny coat.


For a complete list of what FirstMate offers in the dry recipes, simply click HERE.


FirstMate also offers a number of canned recipes for those dog owners who prefer the wet diets. Here are a number of those recipes below:

1. FirstMate Salmon Formula Limited Ingredient Grain-Free FirstMate Canned Dog FoodRecipe

What You Get – This recipe contains a healthy source of  96% protein, which is salmon, and 4% protein from vegetables. Great recipe for those dogs with food sensitivities, with a healthy balance of nutrition. Your dog not drinking enough water? This recipe will help in providing moisture to your dog’s daily diet.


2. FirstMate Chicken Formula Limited Ingredient Grain-Free FirstMate Canned Dog FoodFormula

What You Get – Another canned formula that provides delicious wet food with 96% protein from whole, free run Canadian chicken, and 4% protein from vegetables. With a limited ingredient formula, this product is also one to consider for those dog owners who have pets with food sensitivities. Contains moisture to help your dog stay hydrated.


3. FirtstMate Turkey Formula Limited Ingredient Grain-Free FirstMate Canned Dog FoodRecipe

What You Get – Does your dog enjoy the turkey flavor? If so, this recipe offers a healthy source of protein containing turkey and chicken (96%) with 4% protein from vegetables. Limited ingredient recipe completely free of grains, glutens, carrageenan, or guar gum, in epoxy-free cans. A great option for pets prone to food sensitivities! Also adds moisture to your dog’s diet.


You can find the complete selection of FirstMate Canned Dog Food by clicking HERE.

My Opinion of FirstMate Dog Food …

After extensive research and reading multiple reviews of this particular brand, I would have to say that this product does indeed provide a nutritional, healthy diet. For those dog owners who prefer a limited ingredient of protein as well as a grain-free recipe, this product is definitely worth considering.

The majority of dog owners who have used this product have given it a favorable review. As an example, dog owners using the FirstMate’s Pacific Ocean Fish Limited Ingredient Grain-Free recipe have given it the following review:

FirstMate Dog Food Review

As you can see, 76% of dog owners have posted this positive review from the Chewy website. I certainly hope the information you have received will help you to make an educated decision in the purchase of this product. The fact that the company is based in Canada has little to no effect in me being comfortable with this product.

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below pertaining to this product. I will be happy to assist. Thank you for visiting!


For those unfamiliar with dog food grain-free recipes, there has and is a controversy taking place as I write this article. The FDA has made public that it has launched an investigation between a possible connection between the grain-free diet and heart disease within dogs. For further information, the American Kennel Club has provided further details. Click here


Hello there dog lovers! My name is Luke, a retired school administrator and professional baseball player. Like you, I am a passionate about the well-being of my pets. As a result of this, I have spent years of research in finding the best dog food products to ensure my dogs are receiving a healthy, nutritional diet. I actually enjoy the research, and want to share my findings with you, dog owners like myself. I am in no way an expert, but through my research, have knowledge as it relates to the benefits of a natural dog food.


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