Flint River Ranch Dog Food

Flint River Ranch Dog Food Review

Flint River Ranch pet food company was founded in 1993 by Jim Flint, a passionate pet owner who set out to formulate a dog food ration for his pet because he was complete dissatisfied with the commercial dog food products. He was able to create a dog food formula which incorporated the essential nutrients that he thinks his dog needs without chemical preservatives and potentially harmful additives. What started out as a personal undertaking became a thriving family business based in Georgia. They offer 7 dry dog food formulas, dog treats, and a line of dog supplements.

Overall, we believe that Flint River Ranch is a good dog food brand and would place it in our mid-tier of brands in terms of quality and meat content.

There has been no Flint River Ranch dog food formula which has been included in the FDA dog food recall list however it is advisable to check with the FDA website before selecting the best dog food for your pet.

The company’s website does not state any AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements however they claim to exceed the nutrient guidelines established by AAFCO.

Flint River Ranch dog food formulas have specific meat-based ingredients which are listed as the first ingredient which may mean that it constitutes a considerable percentage of the entire formula. These protein-rich ingredients include chicken meal, duck meal, and lamb meal. These meat meals are considered meat concentrates which means these ingredients contain 300% more protein than raw meat sources.

The Flint River Fish & Chips Trout and Potato Formula has Trout as its main source of meat-based protein. Trout is also rich in healthy omega 3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential in maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Whole wheat flour and ground whole wheat is a common ingredient in almost half of all Flint River dog food formulas. A good dog food formula should never have whole wheat flour listed down as one of the first five ingredients. It is recognized as a potential food allergen in dog food and has been linked to many cases of hypersensitivity reactions in dogs.

Ground rice is listed as the main energy source however it is not specified whether it’s brown rice or white rice. Each of these types possess varying nutritional contents with the brown rice containing more valuable nutrients compared to the polished white rice.

Ground whole millet is considered a source of plant-based protein. It is also rich in B-vitamins, zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Although it contains the same protein value as wheat, ground whole millet is gluten-free thus it is not considered a potential dog food allergen.

Chicken fat is a good source of essential fatty acids particularly linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, which is necessary in promoting healthy skin and shiny hair coat as well as protecting body cells from harmful effects of free radicals.

Flax seed is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids however it should be incorporated in the dog food formula as flax seed oil or ground flax seeds. Aside from providing essential fatty acids, flax seed is also important in boosting the functions of the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a good source of soluble and insoluble fibers.

Flint River Ranch dog food products are not without a number of controversial ingredients. Aside from those which have already been mentioned, other controversial ingredients include brewer’s dried yeast and wheat germ meal.

Wheat germ meal is a by-product of the wheat milling process. It is recognized as one of the most common allergens in dog food products.

Brewer’s dried yeast adds to the total protein content of the dog food product however it has been used as an inexpensive dog food filler. There are dog owners who believe that yeast has anti-flea properties but there are also those who think that it can increase the incidence of bloat in dogs.

Review

There are many positive reviews from dog owners who are satisfied with the quality ingredients which have been incorporated in Flint River Ranch dog food products. They observed that their dogs were more energetic and had not suffered any digestive problems. However, there are some dog owners that reported allergy reactions after switching to Flint River Ranch. Some deplore the presence of wheat in some of their formulas.

Overall, we believe that Flint River Ranch is a good dog food brand and would place it in our mid-tier of brands in terms of quality and meat content. We would recommend it as the formulas have been careful to avoid any harmful ingredients – we would recommend you add more meat to your dogs diet if you do decide to feed Flint River Ranch.

Please visit the links listed below for Flint River Ranch dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Flint River Ranch dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Flint River Ranch Dog Food Formulas

  1. Flint River Ranch Dry Water Kibble Dog Food
  2. Flint River Ranch Lamb, Millet, and Rice Kibble Dog Food
  3. Flint River Ranch Original Puppy and Adult Kibble Dog Food
  4. Flint River Ranch Original Puppy and Adult Nugget Dog food
  5. Flint River Ranch Senior Kibble Dog Food
  6. Flint River Ranch Senior Plus Kibble Dog Food
  7. Flint River Ranch Trout & Potato (Fish & Chips) Nugget Dog Food

Flint River Ranch Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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Flint River Ranch pet food company was founded in 1993 by Jim Flint, a passionate pet owner who set out to formulate a dog food ration for his pet because he was complete dissatisfied with the commercial dog food products. He was able to create a dog food formula which incorporated the essential nutrients that he thinks his dog needs without chemical preservatives and potentially harmful additives. What started out as a personal undertaking became a thriving family business based in Georgia.

Overall, we believe that Flint River Ranch is a good dog food brand and would place it in our mid-tier of brands in terms of quality and meat content.

There are seven Flint River Ranch dry dog formulas which are currently available in the market.

There has been no Flint River Ranch dog food formula which has been included in the FDA dog food recall list however it is advisable to check with the FDA website before selecting the best dog food for your pet.

The company’s website does not state any AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements however they claim to exceed the nutrient guidelines established by AAFCO.

Flint River Ranch dog food formulas have specific meat-based ingredients which are listed as the first ingredient which may mean that it constitutes a considerable percentage of the entire formula. These protein-rich ingredients include chicken meal, duck meal, and lamb meal. These meat meals are considered meat concentrates which means these ingredients contain 300% more protein than raw meat sources.

The Flint River Fish & Chips Trout and Potato Formula has Trout as its main source of meat-based protein. Trout is also rich in healthy omega 3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential in maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Whole wheat flour and ground whole wheat is a common ingredient in almost half of all Flint River dog food formulas. A good dog food formula should never have whole wheat flour listed down as one of the first five ingredients. It is recognized as a potential food allergen in dog food and has been linked to many cases of hypersensitivity reactions in dogs.

Ground rice is listed as the main energy source however it is not specified whether it’s brown rice or white rice. Each of these types possess varying nutritional contents with the brown rice containing more valuable nutrients compared to the polished white rice.

Ground whole millet is considered a source of plant-based protein. It is also rich in B-vitamins, zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Although it contains the same protein value as wheat, ground whole millet is gluten-free thus it is not considered a potential dog food allergen.

Chicken fat is a good source of essential fatty acids particularly linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, which is necessary in promoting healthy skin and shiny hair coat as well as protecting body cells from harmful effects of free radicals.

Flax seed is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids however it should be incorporated in the dog food formula as flax seed oil or ground flax seeds. Aside from providing essential fatty acids, flax seed is also important in boosting the functions of the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a good source of soluble and insoluble fibers.

Flint River Ranch dog food products are not without a number of controversial ingredients. Aside from those which have already been mentioned, other controversial ingredients include brewer’s dried yeast and wheat germ meal.

Wheat germ meal is a by-product of the wheat milling process. It is recognized as one of the most common allergens in dog food products.

Brewer’s dried yeast adds to the total protein content of the dog food product however it has been used as an inexpensive dog food filler. There are dog owners who believe that yeast has anti-flea properties but there are also those who think that it can increase the incidence of bloat in dogs.

Customer Reviews

There are many positive reviews from dog owners who are satisfied with the quality ingredients which have been incorporated in Flint River Ranch dog food products. They observed that their dogs were more energetic and had not suffered any digestive problems. However, there are some dog owners that reported allergy reactions after switching to Flint River Ranch. Some deplore the presence of wheat in some of their formulas.

Overall, we believe that Flint River Ranch is a good dog food brand and would place it in our mid-tier of brands in terms of quality and meat content. We would recommend it as the formulas have been careful to avoid any harmful ingredients – we would recommend you add more meat to your dogs diet if you do decide to feed Flint River Ranch.

Please visit the links listed below for Flint River Ranch dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Flint River Ranch dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

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9 Responses to “Flint River Ranch Dog Food”
  1. Antonio says:

    Anyone here tried any of the FRR formulas before?

  2. Carole says:

    Greetings Antonio,

    I just discovered this website… it’s awesome!

    You asked about FRR. I tried the baked lamb formula about 4 years ago at the recommendation of a friend who swore it was the best food around. My dog promptly turned up her nose when I gave it to her! She refused to eat it, and she will eat just about anything! Also, FRR is very hard to find in certain areas of the country. I found it in a privately owned pet supply store when I lived in the SE. Now I’m in the NW and I don’t ever see it anywhere… not even in specialty pet supply stores.

  3. Jon says:

    I have been doing some research for a better brand dog food for my five dogs. They were on EVO and are currently on Taste of the Wild and raw fed. I decided to order a sample pack and 9 lbs. of the Dry/Water kibble.

    The dog food looked good, it is still a lower quality food and my dogs are used to the higher quality foods and raw diets.

    FRR had problems delivering my order. They shipped my order with only the city, state and zip printed on the shipping label, they later billed me for a $20 address correction fee.

    FRR has some serious customer service problems as they we’re not very helpful in providing a resolution to the whereabouts of my order.

    I will be feeding my dogs Orijen/Acana foods. It’s a shame they did this. FRR foods are not as high quality I was expecting it to be.

  4. Julie says:

    I started my Beagle on Flint River after I started reading up on dog foods and quality. I ordered the lamb and Millet and he eats it but isnt excited about it. I will say all his stomach issues stop when I started feeding the Flint River which makes me feel so much better but I like what I have read about Acana however I prefer one with some grains as I also tried Orijen and I noticed the dog was gassy maybe due to the high protein content. Everywhere I look for Acana, I only see the grain free type. Can anyone tell me where I go look to find the other Acana varities?

  5. Jadalina says:

    I was first introduced to FRR by my sheepdog trainer who had her entire kennel on it. I fed it to my Border Collie but because of the hassle of having to order it, I switched her over to Iams because i could pick it up in town. However, after adopting a Chihuahua with severe food allergies and trying everything under the sun, I went back to FRR. I put him on the Trout and Potato and 2 months later he was a different dog. The ear and eye infections stopped, the digestive issues went away, and his hair came back. I now have 2 Chihuahuas who alternate between the Duck and Oatmeal and the Trout and Sweet Potato, and an elderly Great Pyr who is on the FRR Senior Plus, and all are doing great. I also have our cats on FRR’s cat food.

  6. Dawn Leder says:

    @JULIE
    ITS A YEAR LATER AND IM SURE YOU FOUND YOUR ANSWER THE ANSWER AS I DID WHEN ASKING THE SAME QUESTION AS YOU..I CALLED THE CO. THEY ONLY SELL THE GRAIN FREE IN THE USA. THE CLASSIC LINE IS…ONLY…SOLD IN CANADA. THEY SAID MAYBE ONE DAY THE CLASSIC WILL COME TO THE STATES BUT NO DATE IN MIND! ALSO THEY SAID THE CLASSIC LINE HAS MILK THISTLE AND THE USA WONT EXCEPT THAT IN DOG FOOD SO TO SELL HERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR RECIPE.

  7. Tina says:

    My dog has been an extremely picky eater her entire life. We have tried everything from canned stuff (when she was a puppy and we didn’t know any better), to many dry formulas, to grilled chicken and other human food. Even with the chicken, she still doesn’t gobble it up, and we have a hard time getting her to eat. The only dry food we have ever had decent success with her eating is the FRR Senior Plus formula. She’s been on this for about 7 years or so, even though she was not a senior when we started her on it. We did this since the glucosamine and chondroitin help her knees, which she had surgeries on when she was young, and she was a bit sore always after that, as a result. Anyway, we are happy with the fact that she will usually eat this dry food, and we like that her stomach has always seemed happy with it, too. No digestive problems. At 12 years old, and being a large breed (shepherd-malamute mix) she is doing pretty well on this food. My ONE REAL COMPLAINT about the Senior Plus formula, though, is that more often than not, when the food arrives, it is about 30-60% (depending on each shipment) basically un-usable for our dog. Too much of the food is completely crushed, to very small crumbs that she has a hard time eating, due to her having both upper large chewing teeth removed in the past. The larger pieces of food are easier for her to eat, and when she tries to eat the small crumbs, they get stuck in her throat, and then she starts gagging, coughing, trying to get it un-stuck. So, I’m forced to pick through every bowl of food, separating the larger pieces from the crumbs, so she can eat without too much trouble. Because of the way this food is made, I’ve been told by customer service several times that there’s nothing they can do about the small crumbs. The thing is, we never had this problem until about 2 years ago. Sure, there was always some amount of crushed crumbs, but nothing major. So, something has changed since then. Bottom line, we end up throwing a LOT of this food away, and with such high prices to begin with, that does not make me a happy camper. If our dog would eat anything else, I would be switching her away from the FRR food. As far as future dogs go for us, I’m thinking this may leave too much of a negative taste in our mouth, and we will probably not use FRR for other dogs we may adopt in the future.

  8. Maria says:

    This is the only dog food that my picky yorkie likes. Im already on my 3rd bag- I do supplement with cooked ground beef once a day.. His stool does not smell bad at all. He has great energy and soft shiny fur. I order from the frrco website. They ship fast. Highly recommend. By the way the only flavor my yorkie likes is the original kibble.

  9. Donna says:

    Hello!

    Life’s Abundance, a 17 yr old dog food company, has acquired Flint River Ranch and some of their baked kibble products will be available again! We noticed that you use to either be a Flint River Ranch distributor or use to use their products. If you’d like to get in early as one of the first FRR distributors through Life’s Abundance– so you can also pick up a lot of the other distributors who will be wanting to get the food again—and get it at wholesale price as just a product customer–contact Customer Service at Life’s Abundance at 877-387-1231.
    https://www.lifesabundance.com/General/ContactUsRep2.aspx?realname=20210230&cat=0&hdr=&Ath=False

    If you have a link on your website to FRR you can literally keep it up there and just change the link to your Life’s Abundance affiliate/link.

    To be notified as soon as they are shipping the FRR formulas, sign up for our newsletter to be updated as soon as they are available: http://emlabradors.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0356375194da6ac71361efce3&id=f16805c5ec

    You can also contact me directly at 570-549-6700. My business partner and I were former distributors with Flint River Ranch for 17 years. So we are thrilled to have the food back and know that they won’t run out ever again, and that shipping will be available throughout the entire US!
    Life’s Abundance has never had a recall, just like FRR, so you can trust you will still get the same quality food!

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever!

    Sincerely,

    Jonathan and Donna Stanley
    Endless Mt. Labradors
    http://www.emlabradors.com
    Field Rep, Life’s Abundance, 9-star team

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