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Go! Dog Food Review

Dog Food Reviews July 16, 2020

Go! Dog Food Review

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Go! dog food, or Go! Solutions dog food, as it’s known now, is one of the brands produced by Petcurean Pet Nutrition in Canada.

Go! makes wet and dry formulas and specializes in foods for dogs that are picky eaters, have coat problems, and dogs with digestive issues such as food allergies or sensitivities.

Their foods have no growth hormones, by-products, or artificial preservatives.

Read our unbiased review to see if Go! dog food is right for your dog.

Go! Dog Food – Top 5 Recipes Reviewed

Brand Score

Our reviews are based on extensive research and years of professional knowledge of dog food brands. In order to remain objective, we do not accept gifts of free products or write sponsored posts on this site.

We’ve examined Go! dog food closely and graded the brand according to the PupJunkies.com standard.

Our criteria include ingredients, quality, customer experience, recall history, working with veterinary nutritionists to formulate the food, nutritional standards, research, and price.

Go! Dog Food
Brand
Overall Score
Pros
  • Formulated for dogs with skin and coat problems; and for dogs with digestive issues such as food allergies and sensitivities
  • No growth hormones, by-products, or artificial preservatives
  • No wheat gluten or rice protein concentrates
Cons
  • The formulas can be confusing – check the label information carefully to make sure you are buying the right recipe for your dog
  • Some of their formulas are high in carbohydrates
  • Grain-free formulas use peas and lentils
Pros
  • Formulated for dogs with skin and coat problems; and for dogs with digestive issues such as food allergies and sensitivities
  • No growth hormones, by-products, or artificial preservatives
  • No wheat gluten or rice protein concentrates
Cons
  • The formulas can be confusing – check the label information carefully to make sure you are buying the right recipe for your dog
  • Some of their formulas are high in carbohydrates
  • Grain-free formulas use peas and lentils
Ingredients
Overall Quality
Customer Experience
Recall History
Formulation
Nutritional Standards
Research
Price

About Go! Dog Food

Petcurean is a Canadian pet food company based in British Columbia . Along with Go! Solutions, their popular brands include Now Fresh and Gather.

The company has a Nutrition Manager who has a Ph.D. in companion animal nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Go! dog food goes through strict quality and safety standards at plants that are EU, FDA and CFIA certified. Ingredients are tested before they are received at the plants.

Quality assurance tests include, but are not limited to, vomitoxin, aflatoxin, zearalenone, nutritional integrity and moisture levels. Petcurean provides more information about their testing on their web site.

Go! kibbles are made in Ontario, Canada, but we do not know the company that makes them for Petcurean. Go! canned products are made in Ontario, Canada, and in New Jersey, USA. Go! Meal Mixers are made in British Columbia, Canada.

According to Petcurean, their products feature fresh meat and meat meal ingredients from animals passed fit for human consumption by the CIFA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). The fruits and vegetables used in Go! also come from the human food chain.

However, they do not claim that the ingredients are “human-grade.” As soon as any ingredient enters a pet food processing facility it can no longer be called “human-grade” by law.

All of the meat proteins, grains, cereals, fruits and vegetables in GO! Solutions are sourced from North America with the exception of the pasture-raised lamb and grass-fed venison which is sourced from Australia and New Zealand (from EU certified plants). The company uses no ingredients from China.

Recall History

Go! did have a recall in November 2003. All of the pet food products made for the company by a plant in Texas at that time were recalled due to reports of liver disease/liver failure.

We didn’t find any more recent recalls for Go! or for any products from Petcurean.

What kinds of dog food does Go! offer?

Go! dog food is explained as “solutions for your dog’s unique dietary needs.” The brand features kibbles, wet/canned foods, and meal mixers.

There is a selection of grain-free and grain-inclusive foods.

  • Carnivore is grain-free; high in animal protein
  • Sensitivities is a limited ingredient line of foods (grain-free); for dogs with special dietary needs
  • Skin + Coat Care has both grain-inclusive and grain-free formulas; for healthy skin and a shiny coat
  • Sensitivity + Shine is a line of canned/wet foods (grain-free); for dogs with food sensitivities and special dietary needs
  • Daily Defense is a line of canned/wet foods that can include grains; healthy recipes for preventive care
  • Fit + Free is a line of canned/wet foods that is grain free; protein-rich, lower in carbs

Go! Dog Food: Top Five Recipes Reviewed

Here’s a look at some of the bestselling Go! Solutions dog food recipes on Chewy.com to give you an idea of what’s popular and what other dog lovers are choosing for their dogs.

Go! Solutions Skin + Coat Care Salmon Recipe Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 22% Min
  • Fat – 12% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max
  • Caloric Content: 3,561 kcal/kg, 427 kcal/cup

Ingredients:

Go! Solutions Skin + Coat Care Salmon Recipe Dry Dog Food is Go! dog food’s bestselling food on Chewy.com. This is an all life stage formula available in 3.5-lb, 12-lb, and 25-lb bags. This is a grain-inclusive formula.

Here’s a look at the ingredients in this food:

Salmon Meal, Oatmeal, Potatoes, Whole Oats, De-Boned Salmon, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Apples, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Quinoa, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (A Source Of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta-Carotene, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Calcium Iodate, Manganous Oxide, Selenium Yeast), Dried Chicory Root, L-Lysine, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Rosemary.

According to the dry matter basis (DMB), this food has 24.4 percent protein, 13.3 percent fat, and 4.4 percent fiber. This formula has an estimated 50percent carbohydrates (48.9 percent, according to the company). It has 427 kcal/cup.

Our rating for this food is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Go! SENSITIVITIES Limited Ingredient Duck Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 24% Min
  • Fat – 12% Min
  • Fiber – 4.5% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max
  • Caloric Content: 3991 kcal/kg or 439 kcal/cup

Ingredients:

Go! SENSITIVITIES Limited Ingredient Duck Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is an all life stage dog food. This formula is a limited ingredient, grain-free diet. It’s available in 3.5-lb, 12-lb, and 25-lb bags.

Here are the ingredients:

De-Boned Duck, Duck Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Lentils, Chickpeas, Pea Flour, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Coconut Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavour, Salmon Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (A Source Of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta-Carotene, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Calcium Iodate, Manganous Oxide, Selenium Yeast), Taurine, Dried Rosemary.

Peas, lentils, and chickpeas appear in the first six ingredients, if you are concerned about dietary dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Even if you are not concerned about DCM, this is a lot of plant protein in the food.

Go! SENSITIVITIES Limited Ingredient Duck Grain-Free Dry Dog Food has 26.7 percent protein and 13.3 percent fat, according to the dry matter basis (DMB). It has 5 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 47.2 percent DMB. It contains 439 kcals/cup.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars.

Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Adult Recipe Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 34% Min
  • Fat – 16% Min
  • Fiber – 3% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max
  • Caloric Content: 3,951 kcal/kg, 435 kcal/cup

Ingredients:

Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Adult Recipe Dry Dog Food is a grain-free formula that’s higher in protein than most of Go’s other kibbles. This is a maintenance dog food for adult dogs. It’s available in 3.5-lb, 12-lb, and 22-lb bags.

Ingredients:

Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal, De-Boned Chicken, De-Boned Turkey, De-Boned Trout, Potatoes, Peas, Tapioca, Lentils, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Duck Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Dried Egg, Apples, Herring Meal, Salmon Oil, Alfalfa, De-Boned Duck, De-Boned Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Pumpkin, Carrots, Bananas, Blueberries, Cranberries, Broccoli, Blackberries, Squash, Papayas, Pomegranate, Dried Chicory Root, [probiotics] Choline Chloride, [Vitamins], [Proteinated Minerals], Sodium Chloride, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Rosemary, Green Tea Extract, Peppermint, Parsley, Rosehips, Zedoary, Dandelion, Chamomile, Ginger, Fennel, Turmeric, Juniper Berries, Licorice, Marigold Extract, Cardamom, Cloves.

Like Go!’s other grain-free formulas, this Carnivore recipe contains peas, lentils, and chickpeas but they are found lower in the ingredient list.

This formula has 37.8 percent protein and 17.8 percent fat, according to the dry matter basis (DMB). It has 3.3 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 33.3 percent DMB. It has 435 kcals/cup.

Our rating for this food is 4 out of 5 stars.

Go! Daily Defence Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 13.2-oz, case of 12

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 8% Min
  • Fat – 4% Min
  • Fiber – 1.5% Max
  • Moisture – 82% Max
  • Caloric Content: 325 kcal/374 g tin

Ingredients:

Go! Daily Defence Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 13.2-oz, case of 12 is for growth and maintenance. It can be fed to puppies and dogs of all ages. This is the Go!’s most popular canned/wet dog food.

Ingredients:

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Salmon Broth, Chicken Liver, Brown Rice, Dried Egg Whites, Potatoes, Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Wild Rice, Potato Starch, Oats, Guar Gum, Red Peppers, Apples, Sodium Phosphate, Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, [Minerals], Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Xanthan Gum, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

According to the dry matter analysis for this food, it has 44.4 percent protein, 22.2 percent fat, and 8.3 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 5.6 percent. It contains 325 kcal per 13.2 ounce can.

Our rating for this food is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Duck Stew Canned Dog Food, 13.2-oz, case of 12

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 8% Min
  • Fat – 4% Min
  • Fiber – 1.5% Max
  • Moisture – 82% Max
  • Caloric Content: 327 kcal/374 g tin

Ingredients:

Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Duck Stew Canned Dog Food, 13.2-oz, case of 12 is formulated for growth and maintenance so dogs of all ages can eat it. Fit + Free recipes have more meat than any other Go! formulas and they are lower in carbohydrates.

Here are the ingredients:

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey Broth, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Turkey Liver, Potatoes, Dried Egg Whites, Carrots, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Duck, Salmon, Potato Starch, Dried Egg Product, Red Peppers, Guar Gum, Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Apples, Salt, [Minerals], [Vitamins], Choline Chloride, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Xanthan Gum, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

Although these formulas are called “Fit + Free” you shouldn’t think of them as weight control foods. They are not low-fat or lower in calories than Go!’s other wet/canned foods.

This formula has 44.4 percent protein and 22.2 percent fat, according to the dry matter basis (DMB). It has 8.3 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 5.6 percent DMB. It contains 327 kcal per 13.2 ounce can.

Our rating for this food is 4 out of 5 stars.

How much does Go! Dog Food cost?

Go! dog food is moderately priced and compares to other premium dog foods.

What do customers think of Go! Dog Food?

Many customers like Go! dog food. For most recipes, more than 95 percent of customers say they would recommend the food to others.

Individual recipes to have some complaints. Most individual recipes receive somewhere between 75-85 percent five-star ratings.

Overall, is Go! Dog Food a good choice?

Yes, many of Go! dog foods are very good. The canned foods, in particular, look good, as do the grain-inclusive foods.

If you are interested in one of the grain-free foods, we recommend looking for a Go! food that has peas/lentils lower in the ingredient list.

Where is Go! Dog Food sold?

You can find Go! dog food at Chewy.com and other online retailers. You can also buy Go! at some pet supply stores.

Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta Cooper is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine DN Dog News. She's the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, a Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) award winner. In addition, she is an American Kennel Club Gazette breed columnist and is the author of several books about dogs. She has been reviewing pet foods and writing about dog food for more than 10 years.
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