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FirstMate Information

FirstMate is a Canadian pet food brand best known for its limited ingredient recipes and its focus on fish-based recipes. They were founded in 1989 by Michael Florian, but their products are now available worldwide, including in Europe and Asia.

FirstMate products are manufactured in a company-owned facility in Surrey, British Columbia. This facility produces both their dry food recipes and their wet/canned recipes. You can get a virtual tour of this facility on FirstMate’s website.

It is also worth pointing out that FirstMate employs a veterinarian and a pet nutritionist. With growing concerns that professionals do not formulate pet food recipes, this is a promising trait.

FirstMate products are available for purchase from a large number of retail stores as well as online from large websites such as Chewy and Amazon.

FirstMate Product Range

Dog Food

FirstMate has a moderate product range of dog food products. This range includes a mix of dry dog food and wet/canned dog food.

There are a limited number of age-specific or size-specific recipes within this range, such as those for puppies or large breed dogs. However, FirstMate would state that most of their recipes are suitable for all life stages.

Cat Food

FirstMate’s cat food range is of a similar size to their dog food range and contains a mix of dry and wet/canned cat food. The wet/canned range from FirstMate is notably larger than the dry range.

Once again, this range only contains a limited number of niche recipes, including a recipe for kittens.

FirstMate Nutrition

Dog Food

The nutrition provided by FirstMate dog food recipes varies but is generally average to above-average.

This nutritional profile consists of moderate proportions of protein and fat and a somewhat large proportion of carbohydrates.

Cat Food

The nutrition provided by FirstMate cat food is also generally average to above-average. However, it is helped that most FirstMate cat food recipes are wet/canned recipes, which have more favorable nutrition.

It is vital that cats minimize their consumption of plant-based ingredients and carbohydrates as they are obligate carnivores.

FirstMate Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Lamb

FirstMate uses a moderate range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients in its pet food recipes. This ingredient range includes several industry favorites such as Chicken, Turkey, and Salmon

These ingredients are popular among manufacturers are they are easy to source, affordable, and highly nutritious, providing ample portions of protein and fat.

Other Notable Ingredients

FirstMate’s grain inclusive recipes make use of ingredients such as Oatmeal and Rice. Grains such as these are dense sources of carbohydrates and also provide fiber and a limited number of vitamins and minerals. Grains are a controversial addition to pet food recipes, but grains such as Oatmeal are preferred to many to others like Wheat and Corn.

Potatoes feature in some FirstMate recipes. Potatoes are similar to grains in that they are incredibly dense sources of carbohydrates, which means that their portion size must be tightly controlled.

FirstMate uses all three of the big legume ingredients in their grain-free recipes. These legumes ingredients are Chickpeas, Lentils, and Peas. Legumes such as these provide carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.

However, in recent years, there has been growing concern between the high use of legumes and Canine Heart Disease. You can read some of our discussion of this alarming issue here.

Chicken Fat is used in pet food recipes to improve flavor and boost the levels of animal fat. Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives as it is affordable and easy to source. You can learn more about Chicken Fat In Dog Food.

Many FirstMate recipes make use of Tomato Pomace as a source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be important for dogs to ensure they maintain regular digestion and stools. Outside of this fiber content, Tomato Pomace provides little nutrition. Read more in our article, Tomato Pomace, as a Pet Food Ingredient?.

FirstMate Animal Testing

At this time, we have no information on whether FirstMate participates in invasive or laboratory testing of animals.

We strongly believe that laboratory or invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope that in the future, it will be eliminated.

FirstMate Recalls

Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), FirstMate is a recall-free brand.

We always ask that pet owners are vigilant of any future recalls of FirstMate or any other pet food brand.

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FirstMate Full Product Range

Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Classic High Performance

Skoki

Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Large Breed Formula

Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Weight Control Formula

Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Endurance Puppy Formula

Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Original Formula

Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Original Formula Small Bites

Chicken Meal With Blueberries Formula Small Bites

Chicken Meal With Blueberries Formula

Australian Lamb Meal Formula Small Bites

Kasiks Free Run Chicken Meal Formula

Kasiks Free Range Lamb Meal Formula

Kasiks Wild Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Formula

Cage Free Duck Meal & Pumpkin Formula

High Performance For Active Dogs And Puppies

Cage Free Chicken Meal & Oats Formula

Wild Pacific Caught Fish & Oats Formula

Free Range Lamb & Oats Formula

Wet Dog Food

Wild Pacific Salmon & Rice Formula

Limited Ingredient Cage Free Chicken Formula

Limited Ingredient Wild Salmon Formula

Limited Ingredient Cage Free Turkey Formula

Cage Free Chicken & Rice Formula

Cage Free Turkey & Rice Formula

Kasiks Cage Free Chicken Formula

Kasiks Cage Free Turkey Formula

Kasiks Wild Caught Coho Salmon Formula

Kasiks Grub Formula

Cat Food

Dry Cat Food

Pacific Ocean Fish Meal With Blueberries Formula

Chicken Meal With Blueberries Formula

Indoor Cat Formula

Cat & Kitten Formula

Wet Cat Food

Wild Pacific Salmon & Rice Formula

Cage-free Chicken & Rice Formula

Cage-free Turkey & Rice Formula

Limited Ingredient Cage Free Turkey Formula

Limited Ingredient Wild Salmon Formula

Limited Ingredient Free Run Chicken Formula

Limited Ingredient Wild Tuna Formula

Cage Free Chicken & Wild Tuna 50/50 Formula

Cage Free Turkey & Wild Tuna 50/50 Formula

Wild Salmon & Wild Tuna 50/50 Formula

Kasiks Cage Free Turkey Formula

Kasiks Cage Free Chicken Formula

Kasiks Wild Coho Salmon Formula

Kasiks Grub Formula