FirstMate High Performance Dry Dog Food, 33-lb bag

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FirstMate’s Puppy/Performance product provides an ideal diet for growing pups or for those meeting highly active performance demands and lactating dogs. 32% protein and 20% fat ensure growing pups and active dogs are being provided with much needed nutritional caloric intake. Glucosamine added after the cooking process aids in providing long term joint health. All FirstMate formulations are manufactured at their plant located in Chilliwack B.C. Canada with care.

Key Benefits
  • Ideal diet for growing puppies or for highly active performance dogs and lactating moms
  • 32% protein and 20% fat to ensure appropriate caloric intake for a high energy lifestyle
  • Glucosamine for long-term joint health, added after the cooking process to ensure viability
  • With fish meal and fish oil as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, promoting healthy skin and shiny coat
  • Made in Canada with the best ingredient quality available

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  • Weight
    33.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Pea-Free
Nutritional Info

Chicken Meal, Pacific Ocean Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Potato Flour, Fish Oil, Cranberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Calcium Propionate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,660/kcal/kg, 567 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein32% min
Ash10% max
Crude Fat20% min
Calcium1.75% min
Crude Fiber4% max
Phosphorous1.2% min
Moisture10% max
Glucosamine100mg/kg min
Magnesium0.15% max
Calcium / Phosphorous ratio1.5:1
Feeding Instructions
WeightSenior/Less Active Daily Feeding (cup)Adult Daily (cup)Puppy Daily Feeding (cup)
2 - 5 lbs1/8 - 1/41/8 - 1/41/8 - 1/4
5 - 10 lbs1/8 - 1/41/4 - 1/31/4 - 1/3
10 - 20 lbs1/4 - 1/21/3 - 2/31/3 - 3/4
20 - 30 lbs1/2 - 3/42/3 - 1 3/4 - 1 1/4
30 - 50 lbs 3/4 - 1 1/21 - 1 3/41 1/4 - 2
50 - 70 lbs1 1/2 - 21 3/4 - 2 1/42 - 2 3/4
70 - 90 lbs2 - 2 1/22 1/4 - 32 3/4 - 3 1/2
90 - 110 lbs2 1/2 - 33 - 3 3/43 1/2 - 4 1/4
110 - 140 lbs3 - 43 3/4 - 4 1/24 1/4 - 5
Transition Instructions

When transitioning to our dry food from another brand, we typically recommend a 7-day transition period. Begin by introducing a small amount of FirstMate with the old food on the first day. Gradually increase the amount of the new food, decreasing the amount of the old food over the course of a week until they are eating exclusively FirstMate. 


Why do your products appear different at times?

Our products contain natural ingredients without the addition of artificial coloring or binders. As a result, you may note variation in the appearance of our products between batches.

Chicken Fat and Chicken Allergies:

Our bodies and our pet’s bodies react differently with proteins and fats. An allergy is caused by the bodies reaction with the protein of what we’ve come in contact with. Our chicken fat is free of chicken protein and will therefore not cause a reaction for those animals with a chicken allergy.

Do you use GMO ingredients?

No, FirstMate and Kasiks do not contain GMO ingredients.

What is a meal? How does it compare to a fresh meat?

Chicken meal is a concentrated source of chicken protein in which most of the moisture and some of the fat has been removed. Meals such as these provide nearly 4 times more protein than the fresh ingredients.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Smells bad and dogs don't want to eat it

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    I really wanted to like this food. I have hard working cowdogs that need a LOT of calories to maintain their weight, so this food looked to fit the bill. Only problem is, it smells. Not a regular dog food smell either, it smells kinda like chemicals and metal. My dogs won't eat it unless they are absolutely starving.....and even then, they'll only eat it if I douse it in some sort of supplement to cover the smell. For now, the 2 bags I have, I've just mixed it in with a good they DO like because that way, they seem to not notice the overwhelming smell so much.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great food!

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    I used this high calorie kibble on a litter of pups I weaned, excellent results! Pups kept good weight, high energy levels, good stools. At first stools were a bit runny but tapered a few days in. It's good to see a high calorie food still being produced for the needs of working dogs.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Good kibble

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    I recently switched to this from a much more expensive kibble. I like the ingredients and that it’s not a huge list. The kibble is a good size for training with a large dog, and when mixed with water created a little broth. I knocked off one star because it gave one out of two dogs horrible horrible gas. This dog isn’t very farty but this food just didn’t agree with him.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Not a favorite...

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    I tend to rotate through a number of kibbles. This is the first time we have introduced this into the rotation and not loving it. It meets my criteria for protein, ingredients, etc however the kibble texture is sandy and crumbly and the smell is a bit strong. The two dogs that are on this are pretty much my "garbage disposal" dogs who will devour anything. One of them clearly doesn't like it much and the other has started to drop some weight on it. Not sure that I will be able to finish the bag and likely will not keep it in the rotation if this is the norm for this product.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Raising a Lab puppy

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    I have been raising a Lab puppy while on the road and living out of my car, staying with friends. My breeder friends were helping to provide food as space was limited in my car. While they were feeding high quality foods (same protein fat ratio and some more expensive than FirstMate), my pup has seemed to gain weight best on this one. The owners of FirstMate are very passionate about providing a high quality food and are aware of the current challenges in sourcing ingredients and potential health issues related to grain free foods. Check out their website!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for High Energy Working Dogs

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    This kibble is excellent. Although it is NOT recommended, I switched ‘cold turkey’ from another high end kibble that earlier this year changed their formula — and caused consistent diarrhea. I did this due to having this MAJOR digestive issues with the previous kibble. By the 2nd day of feeding, ALL the dogs were producing solid stool. I highly recommend this kibble for working dogs. I was shocked at how quickly the dogs adjusted positively to First Mate. The 32% protein, 20% fat is perfect for my working breed. Very pleased with First Mate 32/20. Thank you for manufacturing our dog kibble. A Sincere Thank You. Best to All at First Mate and Chewy.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    First Mate Hi Perf Dog Food

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    my dog is a picky 2 year old intact male Doberman. he loves this food. another friend referred me to it when her male dobe was doing the same thing she said he gained weight on it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Our dogs love it!

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    We got it for our pups. They love it and they are healthy and active. Their fur coats, eyes, and skin radiates good health. They always take time out of their very busy play schedule to eat their puppy food.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Unsure about this brand

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    I'm not saying this isn't a good food. It's different from other brands I've tried. Firstly, it's an extremely oily kibble with a somewhat "sticky" residue. As it is so oily, I'm concerned with rancidity. It's also very dense, so be prepared to cut down on individual portions. The dogs seem to doing well so I can't really complain about the quality other than the above. Because of my concern about storage, I probably won't be ordering it again.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    calorie dense

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    Dogs love it , grows great coat , have to be careful not to feed too much because so rich. Keeps weight on hard running hyper dogs.

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