Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Freshpet Reviews 2021 – Deep Dive Into Dog Food Best & Worst

FreshPet review
  • Protein/Carb Ratio - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Quality of Ingredients - 7/10
    7/10
  • Value - 5/10
    5/10
6.8/10

Summary

There are better fresh options. Freshpet can conveniently be purchased at most pet stores but a new crop of fresh dog food delivery competitors offer better, fresher food delivered right to your door. The Farmer’s Dog tops our list as the best dog food, but check out our full list of best fresh pet food companies; most offer a heavy discount on your first order so you can see how your dog likes it (spoiler alert – they will!)

We analyzed over 1500 dog food formulas and reviewed more than 120 dog food brands to understand their company values, product selection, and quality of ingredients. We did this by creating an algorithm to rate each dog food based on the nutrient content and top 10 ingredients. All dog food brands were ultimately graded based on Protein/Carb Ratio, Quality of Ingredients, and Variety.
The Farmer's Dog quality

The smarter fresh food is The Farmer’s Dog

Freshpet has been on the leading edge of the fresh dog food market which has now taken off into a very popular trend, offering fresh meals for pets since 2006.

You’ve undoubtedly seen Freshpet in your local pet store or grocery store as they have over 19,000 fridges across North America selling their refrigerated dog food.

Traditionally Freshpet has been sold as “rolls” that you keep refrigerated and cut up to give to your dog in portions specific to their size, though Freshpet does offer bagged refrigerated dog food and treats today as well.

Freshpet rolled dog food is not “raw” dog food, it has already been cooked and pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria before leaving their kitchen.

All of the meats used in Freshpet are sourced from North America and all of their food is made in Pennsylvania before it’s shipped out across the US.

Before we jump into a closer look at the Freshpet dog food itself I think it’s also worth mentioning their socially responsible environmental policies. Freshpet uses 100% wind power for their kitchens, sources ingredients locally so less transportation is required, and they have planted over 25,000 trees to offset their carbon footprint as they work towards having zero carbon footprint in the future. An awesome commitment to our planet while producing pet food.

Unboxing

Freshpet is most often sold in rolls of meat, which honestly isn’t the most appetizing-looking product as seen below. Then again, most pet food is not appetizing to humans.

When you’re feeding your dog a roll, you’ll find markings along the packaging showing you 1/8th lb increments so you can cut off the right amount for your dog at each feeding time.

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The roll pictured above is a 1lb roll of food. For a dog 40-60 lbs, Freshpet recommends at least 1lb of food a day which means the dog would eat 1 full roll a day. This is a bit concerning to me because with dry dog food you buy one bag and it will last you 4+ weeks.

If I wanted to feed a large dog Freshpet, I would be going through 2+ rolls a day and it seems that I would run into issues with the Freshpet fridges not stocking enough for my needs.

Quality

Freshpet cross section

Freshpet has a freshness you can see when you handle the dog food, as chunks of vegetables are readily apparent throughout. Comparing Freshpet to traditional dry dog foods you’ll see right away that Freshpet has no preservatives, meat meals, and a host of other questionable ingredients you can find in most dry foods making it high-quality pet food.

However, when comparing Freshpet dog food to other companies in the fresh dog food space, there’s really no question which one I would prefer. Take a look at the photo below to see why I prefer The Farmer’s Dog (in addition to them being able to deliver perfectly portioned food every month).

I will say that the meat itself doesn’t look the most appealing to a human, it resembles a large bologna roll though the ingredients are probably much better than whatever’s in bologna! With that said, fresh dog food from companies such as The Farmer’s Dog look a lot more pleasant to the eye. So, have in mind that there are producers of dog foods who try to make the food as natural as possible.

Full Ingredients and Analysis

Here’s a breakdown of what makes up the Freshpet Vital Chicken Dog Food recipe 

Full Ingredients:

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Peas, Carrots, Eggs, Brown Rice, Rice Bran, Carrageenan, Natural Flavors, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Kelp, Flaxseed Oil, Inulin, Celery Powder, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate

This is a very limited ingredient in dog food overall and contains all of the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy dog. You might be wondering what “carrageenan” is, which is a natural extract from red seaweed used to form the texture of the food.

  • 37.5%

    Protein

  • 29.2%

    Fat

  • 26.8%

    Carbs

Overall, Freshpet is a very high animal protein dog food which is great for the majority of dogs. Their protein sources are animal-based with no by-products. If your dog has kidney issues or other specific health concerns, check with your vet first to see if Freshpet is a good option for your dog.

Freshpet Product Lines

Freshpet has a variety of product lines today to fit both your dog’s dietary needs and preferences as well as your own needs such as time constraints.

Here’s a breakdown of the current product lines Freshpet offers –

  • Freshpet Select
  • Freshpet Vital
  • Freshpet Treats
  • Nature’s Fresh
  • Deli Fresh

With so many product lines, it can be hard to know what option to choose. I would suggest you check out Freshpet’s product selector tool which will ask you some questions about your dog and give you customized recommendations as to what food will be best for them.

Taste Test

Sasha tasting FreshPet

Sasha’s first time trying Freshpet wasn’t a resounding stamp of approval, but she did eat the food. It just took her a bit to sniff it out before digging in. Sasha isn’t a picky eater at all, but I’d suspect most dogs will get used to Freshpet shortly after being introduced to it and you won’t have issues with feeding.

Downsides of Freshpet

There are some downsides of Freshpet worth mentioning. For starters, it is definitely more expensive than dry dog foods, but that’s the cost of fresher ingredients. It’s the same with human-grade dog food, like Spot and Tango

Another thing to consider especially with the rolls of dog food is you’re going to be storing pet food in your fridge with all of your other food all the time. Some people might not like the idea of having dog food kept in a refrigerator next to their own food. I recommend keeping pet food in separate containers to minimize the spreading of aromas.

If you have a really picky eater or a dog that likes to nibble throughout the day rather than eat all at once, Freshpet might not be best for you. Freshpet recommends that food sit out no longer than 2-3 hours before you need to return it to the fridge so it doesn’t spoil. This is one of the reasons Freshpet is considered healthy pet dog food. 

For me, an owner of both medium and large dogs, I would be concerned with running out of Freshpet food or having to run all over to different stores in order to find what I need. If you have a small dog this wouldn’t be a concern, but I often only see a handful of rolls in the Freshpet fridges at any given time.

Since Freshpet doesn’t ship directly to your house like many fresh dog food delivery services, running out of the right dog food becomes a real concern.

The Farmer's Dog quality
The smarter fresh food is The Farmer’s Dog

We prefer The Farmer’s Dog over Freshpet. Why? Because you get fresher dog food delivered right to your door that was made just days ago, not something sitting in a supermarket fridge for weeks to months. Get 50% off by clicking here or the coupon link below.

Unboxing 

Freshpet packages their food brilliantly; their dog food is easy to store and packed in such a way that their food stays fresher for longer. Upon arrival, the dog food is boxed up well, paying close attention to ensuring none of the products are damaged in transit. 

Freshpet Quality 

Freshpet offers a high standard of dog food. They meet the minimum AAFCO requirements, and all of their pet food is regulated and high-quality. 

Freshpet Product Line 

Freshpet Select, Vital, and Nature’s Fresh are available for both cats and dogs; however, there are far more products available for dogs. You can buy your dog fresh treats or choose from their deli fresh range, which does not have a cat appropriate formulation. 

Freshpet Select 

Freshpet Select has the largest orange Freshpet has on offer. You can choose anything from grain-free, wet, and dry food that is all 100% natural and free of by-products.

Freshpet Vital 

Freshpet Vital recipes are completely free of GMOs and are made in the USA. These 100% natural meals can be purchased in a grain-free and chicken-free option for any fussy eaters or pups with allergies. 

Freshpet Treats 

Freshpet treats are very healthy and packed with nutrients. Just because they are treats doesn’t mean they have to be unhealthy! 

Nature’s Fresh 

Nature’s fresh food is GAP certified and made using local ingredients in the United States. Nature’s Fresh takes a ‘holistic’ approach to your pup’s nutrition. 

Deli Fresh

Deli Fresh has been formulated for pups that need to be on a high protein and grain-free diet. Superfoods and antioxidants make up a large amount of the ingredients in their Deli Fresh range.

Where to Buy Freshpet

Freshpet can be found in most pet stores and major grocery stores. You can also use Freshpet’s store locator to track down a spot near you.

Freshpet FAQ

How much does Freshpet cost?

The cost of Freshpet dog food will vary a good amount based on what style of food you buy. The most affordable option is to buy rolls of dog food.

For a 6 lb roll of Freshpet, it should cost you around $12-13. For a 50 lb dog, you’ll be feeding them around 1 lb of dog food each day. This works out to roughly $2.17 per day.

The bags of Freshpet such as the Freshpet Selects are much higher in price. For a 4.5 lb bag, the cost is ~$20. A 50 lb dog would require about 4 cups of this dog food per day, and there’s only ~6 cups total per bag. This equates to ~$13 per day. You’ll probably want to avoid going this route unless you have a small dog!

Can Freshpet be frozen?

Freshpet is never frozen during the manufacturing and transit process, but if you get it home and need to freeze some of it in an attempt to keep it from spoiling that is perfectly fine. When it thaws it may have a different color and consistency, but the nutritional value will remain the same.

Can Freshpet be heated?

I suppose you could heat your dog’s Freshpet, but there’s really no reason to. Freshpet is made to be refrigerated and fed to your dog cold, so I would avoid heating the dog food.

If your Freshpet is frozen and you need to thaw it, it’s best to leave it in the fridge for a day or two and let it thaw out slowly. If you’re really in a jam I would suggest putting it in a sealed bag then putting it in a pot of warm water to speed up the process.

How long does Freshpet last before it goes bad?

Freshpet products have a “sell by” date on them just like meat products you’ll find for humans. Once opened, Freshpet products should be used within a certain number of days and kept refrigerated. The number of days depends on specific products.

For example, rolls last ~7 days whereas single-serve cups only 2 days. You should be able to find this information on the packaging.

FAQ

Q: How long can Fresh Pet stay out?

A: Fresh food can stay out for two to three hours before going bad. The same goes for Fresh Pet food. 

Q: How do I know what dog food to feed my dog?

A: If your pet has dietary restrictions, you should opt for dog food that meets their specific needs. If your pup does not have a sensitive stomach, you can try out a few dog food brands and see which works best for him. 

Q: Should I look at the nutritional value of the dog food before I buy it?

A: Yes, look at the nutritional value of the dog food before making a purchase. Checking out the ingredients list is a brilliant way of identifying ingredients that aren’t ideal for your dog too. 

Q: Should I buy dog food containing meat meals?

A: Lots of dog food companies add chicken or beef meals to their dog food. Meat meal is completely safe and appropriate for animal consumption. 

Q: Have there been any recalls for Fresh Pet dog food?

A: There haven’t been any recalls for Fresh Pet food items as of yet. 

65 thoughts on “Freshpet Reviews 2021 – Deep Dive Into Dog Food Best & Worst

  1. Petfresh chicken/turkey is a great product. The chubs freeze well. I heat about a half cup for 30 seconds mix with 1& 1/2 cups high quality Blue Buffalo dry food twice a day. My 8 year old Labradoodle loves it. He’s healthy and our Vet says to keep on doing whatever it is as Ollie’s in great shape.
    Yes it’s pricey, but I’ll have my friend for many more years , I save money on vet bills, no skin problems, bad breathe etc.

    1. Never saw a dog on it for a long period of time that looked good…. a lot of skin issues and that’s usually from nutrition or lack of ….not a fan ☆

        1. Exactly how I have found Freshpet. My dogs are never ill or out-of-sorts from eating it, as they are with other dog foods.

      1. My 8-year only Shih Tzu, Bei Li has been a FreshPet fan for six of her eight years and had thrives on the Small Dog recipe. Morning and evening servings have yielded a shiny coat and seemingly endless energy and an appetite to match. Her weight has remained stable since beginning the food. We took a two month break to test The Farmer’s Dog with lackluster results of frequent turns up of the nose and no interest in eating it! Was not a fan of the ordering process and communication.

      1. I have a mini dachshund and I recommend it! I was paying for higher end kibble he would barely eat and was losing weight. Got him on this and now he’s gained back to a healthy weight and loves eating every last bite. His coat is also super shiny.

      2. Our yorkie loves the grain free chicken, we feed her for the last 7 years with the freshpet. No issues at all…
        m just now thinking of making it at home for her.Shouldn’t be so hard.

    2. Thanks for your comments. My 4 year old GoldenDoodle is overweight. Per her vet she’s now on Purina Pro Plan. I just started her on Petfresh and am mixing it exactly as you do except not heating the Petfresh. My dog loves this mixture!

      1. I’ve been told that veterinarians get a kickback for recommending Purina Pro (and others). WHICH, I’m now inclined to believe since my vet did as well, and I’m reading from so many other pet parents who were prescribed it too. My dog gets itchy, so that’s the food my vet told me to switch to (I didn’t). There’s no way that Purina “JUST SO HAPPENS” to be the solution for all these random dog issues, esp since it’s freaking ‘Purina.’ Like wtf!?

        Sry, it just makes me so angry that vets are willing to risk the health of our dogs, and for an extra 🤑 dollar will prescribe something based around the deal they made behind closed doors. I mean, take your dog for ex — obesity can be life threatening, for other’s dogs its been joint issues, or aging (their bodies need diff things then), and what if putting them on PURINA doesn’t help and their condition worsens? And what if because of that, the dogs actually experience more discomfort or harm?

        It’s not that the food brand may not work for them, that happens w/ all dog food; it’s that the vet knows when it may not be the food for them, but smiles in your face & talks it up anyway. Not giving a $#&@ , and having no intention of trying to treat our dog’s health issues is dirty as hell. It’s intentional, and that’s the problem. And as pet parents, we want to do the best for them, so as expected, put trust in the yrs of education veterinarians have, to help guide us. It’s disgusting. Nice to know we have to look over our backs for possible corruption from our fur baby’s doctor.

        WHAT I LEARNED: don’t put full trust in anything they say, who knows when they’re just selling something, vs being genuine. And if possible, wait until you can research their recommendations, or get a second opinion, before you make a decision (I wonder if seeking out vet schools as a 2nd opinion is good, since they haven’t been bought yet — hopefully). K rant over 🤐😉

        1. I certainly understand your frustrations with vets and dog foods! However, Purina is a good brand with the highest quality and standards of practice. WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinarian Association) has a staff of over 600 Veterinarians, Veterinarian Nutritionists, Scientists etc.) evaluates every dog food on the market, and they have certain guidelines they that they put together collaboratively to evaluate dog food companies. I might not have my numbers exactly right but if you google WSAVA, you can read more about them. They DO NOT recommend any dog food, rather they only inform the public which brands follow their guidelines and Purina is one of those who do. As of yet, there are only 6 companies that do follow their guidelines. I’ve been where you are with the endless frustration with vets and having to choose the healthiest food for my two fur kids. See, I’m disabled, and they are my whole world in a world that’s totally and shockingly fuc*** up! So my research took me to a page on Facebook called Canine Nutrition and DCM (I believe that’s the name-nowadays I can’t remember sh** 😂) but it’s the only Canine Nutrition group that delves into the very core of nutrition and Dilated Cardiomyopathy that is backed by science with much of the science coming from Tuffts Veterinary School which is one of the most prestigious and reputable vet schools. Anyway, check it out or don’t. What have you got to lose? For me, I try anything and everything when it comes to research for what’s best for my babies, so then I can make a more informed decision. Sorry for writing you a book, but when I feel someone else’s pain (frustration), I feel like I need to try to offer some help to try and make them more at ease, and this is the only thing I know right now to help is offering information. I used to be an RN so I’m on this earth to try to help and ease suffering through physical, mental and emotional care. Well, I can’t do the physical anymore, but I have to at least try with the mental and emotional side. Thank you and good luck! I hope you find what you’re looking for!💜

          1. WSAVA has a partnership with Purina so I would not be so keen blindly follow their rating on a brand that donates money to them.

    3. Thanks for the info because I was thinking about changing my dogs diet to Freshpet and I wanted to read some of the reviews before doing so. She has some skin allergies and I was thinking that this dog food would be just what she needs and her vet was ok with this product also. She is picky eater also. Thanks again.

      1. Keep reading about all the itchy dogs. I too had this problem, unfortunately it was so bad that she spent years on prednisone. This last vet visit we tried a new injection for allergies. It’s amazing!!! No itching, paw licking or scooting. It’s called Cytopoint it’s $80 per vial and because our girl is over 80lbs we needed 2 vials. Worth every penny. I was able to switch to fresh pet as her chicken allergies are no longer an issue. She loves it and has had more energy and is excited to eat again.

    4. I bought this for the very first time at Walmart the other day I bought the little chunks in a bag and 2 chicken type patties and a roll at 70 and 90% off both good for another three weeks and only did this because they are freezable because I wanted to try them because my dog likes her food for only a couple of weeks at a time and stopped liking it and I wanted a healthier option she is a 12 pound little Yorkie Pomeranian. Hoping I can always get it on some kind of clearance deal because I really can’t afford it but I’ve been tapping her other food with it and wishing it together and she absolutely is loving it to death I’m using the nuggets right now I’m going to try some of the Roll before I cut it all up and put it in little Ziplocs to freeze it

      1. I feel like I can speak well here. I have fed my 2 jack russell’s, Purina Pro Plan. But wanted them to get the nutrients they need that are cooked out when manufacturers make the dry dog food. So I started on Freshpet. Have done the log, and the Vital Freshpet in 4.5& 5.5# bags. The log is by far much cheaper. That being said. If you open the Freshpet, that is already in bite size. The aroma of the shredded smells good enough to eat yourself, whereas the logs do not. My vet said to be cautious about fresh food like that. And told me to go back to Pro Plan, which now has probiotics added now. So I may still go back to Freshpet. My babies definitely like Freshpet much better. Hope this helps.

    5. I have a 20 year-old schipperke who suddenly developed a skin condition then refused to eat her high-end kibble. She experienced a sudden severe weight-loss, had difficulty walking and appeared to be days from death. In desperation, I tried FreshPet which she not only ate, but attacked with gusto. Within 2 weeks, she’d gained a substantial amount of weight, was running around like a middle-aged dog and her skin condition was clearing.

      It has now been several months and she’s continued improving, to the point where her transformation has been nothing short of amazing. If someone had told me she’d be acting like this back when she was on death’s doorstep, I would not have believed it.

      Is FreshPet worth the expense and trouble? To me, most certainly. In fact, I’ve switched my 7 year-old Jack Russel to it as well.

  2. My 7 year old Maltese loves fresh pet. She would let her food sit for hours before eating, now she eats her food right away. Other foods left her with a stinky breath, but not fresh pet.

  3. I have 3 dogs between 10 and 13 lbs. Ive been feeding them freshpet sence they were puppies. There health, loving and happy. Thankyou freshpet.

  4. Have a question. I have an overweight Dachshund and feed him Freshpet. I also add a few cooked green beans. He isn’t much of a walker. Needs to lose weight. Is the Freshpet and beans a good idea?

    1. yes string beans are great, my dach who also tended to get chubby , would eat till he popped, my vet recommended giving him string beans anytime he wanted to eat

  5. We have been trying to find a food that our 11 year old smooth fox terrier will eat. She wasn’t finicky about food until about 1 year ago when she began turning her nose up at everything we tried feeding her. Fresh Pet has changed that. She now digs into her bowl veraciously and licks it clean twice a day! We buy the 1.5 lb tubes. At her weight (20 lbs) she only eats 1/2 lb. per day. In our area (Seattle) these tubes cost about $5.50 each. The tubes actually last about 4 days each, not three you’d think. I think it’s because the ends seem to be much bigger than what the 1/4 mark on the packaging suggests, so we’re able to stretch it out over 4 days. So it works out to cost right around $40 per month. Which is less than we were paying for the expensive dry and canned food that she hated! (Pro tip: the tubes are just fine in the fridge next to the people food. Just put it in a Zip lock storage bag. Simple solution.) We love Fresh Pet!

    1. Again my little Yorkie pom has been finicky ever since I had her she only lasted a few weeks liking her food and I had to keep changing the only one she seemed to really like was the one Aldi’s had and now after about 5-6 months of liking that she really doesn’t unless I mix it with something like real people food and I hate to do that but an elderly gentleman that lives in the same house that I rent a room from is always putting his bowl down after it’s empty and letting her lick from it no matter what I say. Or he’ll drop a piece of chicken or something in with her food When I’m Not Looking LOL this wasn’t the case when she was smaller as I lived on my own with her she is 3 years old soon and has only been eating the freshpet for less than a week I’m hoping it’s good for her

  6. My dog Hurley will be 14 in September, he has been overweight for atleast 10 yrs now! He should be around 25 lbs but is always around 31-32 lbs. Started using Petfresh exclusively and let me tell you he has lost about 5 lbs! He looks fantastic, he’s so much more vibrant and playful, especially for a dog his age! The moment I pull his food out of the fridge he jumps up and down like crazy, he absolutely loves it!! Thank U Petfresh, we have our puppy back!

  7. Freshpet is an awesome company. They have incorporated nutrition for dogs and cats at an affordable price. The reasons that woodwhiskers give for not making Freshpet ‘ideal’ are not enough to sway the every-day pet parent from being a little inconvenienced to drive to another store to find a Vital product that may be out of stock. Perhaps woofwhiskers can afford to shelve out $70 per week to have dog food delivered but the reality is we, the every day rescuers and ordinary pet parents cannot, and we are happy to pay $17 for the same comparable nutritional value that these fancy, schmancy delivery companies boast about. So if this is the only substantive critique offered, my dogs and I will hop in the car and stick with Freshpet. As for the look of a roll, my dogs’ noses go to the flavor and not to the vision of their food arriving in a cardboard box wrapped in cute packaging and poured into their dishes. Freshpet is planting trees, not cutting them down to produce boxes to ship pet food. They have made it available for those of us who go to a market on a regular basis. This family loves Freshpet and it is super nutritious and that’s what matters most to us. Freshpet is an awesome fresh food alternative for my wet noses and they have thrived on it.

  8. I have six rescues dogs. Their ages range from 3 to 13 years, varied health and dental issues. Fresh pet has made the job of feeding them a nutritious diet a relief. I buy the large chicken roll that they prefer over the beef for some reason. Their overall health and mental attitude has improved. I buy the large roll every five days. Send coupons please! I will spend the money for quality and taste that will ensure their happiness. I also like, Nudges treats. Bag says all the right things and boasts glucosamine in the ingredients.

  9. I’ve been raising dogs my entire life and my wife and I believe that Fresh Pet is one one the most excellent foods produced for pets . My dogs absolutely love this food and will stand on there ear for this outstanding product. We will continue to use this product and like other comments believe my friends will be with us a lot longer and enjoy the beautiful animals God has allowed us to love have and enjoy and live the wonderful life they deserve.

  10. I stopped feeding my dogs grain free petfresh because it isn’t grain free! My Cavalier still got infected ears from allergies. After I quit giving them petfresh she was fine. Really disappointed in your product!

  11. Our 11lb. Smooth fox terrier named Glory was on Natural Balance dry dog food with a tsp.of wet on top. She developed Pancreatitis and then our vet recommended the low fat Royal Canine and she was on antibiotics. She is not a picky eater but she did not eat it as enthusiastically and when reading the can it had ingredients that we felt were not very great. She was recovering slowly but still did not have her full energy level back so we decided to try fresh pet. In two days she was back to her old self and gobbled up her food.She now has more energy than ever and she doesn’t have bad breath like sh did before! She is almost 8 yrs.old and she acts like a puppy, she is so much fun! We will defiantly keep her on Fresh Pet. She has had the Salmon roll, the chicken roll and the small bites Chicken chunks in the bag. She loves them all! Thank you fresh pet!

    1. Do you or anyone in the comments know if it’s possible that maybe the food could be spoiled or perhaps contaminated? I tried my dog on the chicken and he seemed to like it and finished the tube. The next I bought from a different location. I got the chicken again and also the beef. He at the beef one day and the chicken next. And then started having vomiting and diarrhea. That’s been 3 days ago and he seems to feel much better, but is still having some diarrhea. I don’t think merely changing his diet would have made him this sick. Just wondering if it’s possible the food wasn’t kept at the appropriate temperature or what. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

      1. Hi Donna ,

        I had the same issue with my dog and I returned it to pet smart. If the Store does not have a good functioning refrigerator then yes the food will spoil since there is no preservatives. I make it a habit to always check the expiration date and smell my dogs food just to make sure it’s not spoiled. My dog loves the beef flavor and is 9 years old and had had no health issues , thank God !

  12. I just bought FRESH PET today and then noticed that it contained Carrageenan! I have taken text from the ‘Medical News Today’

    Degraded carrageenan, or poligeenan, is not safe to eat. Research in animals indicates that it causes gut tumors and ulcers, and may even trigger colon cancer.

    Because of the possible danger, fewer studies have investigated the potential effects in humans.

    Findings like these have led the International Agency for Research in Cancer to list poligeenan as a possible human carcinogen.

    This means that the agency has reviewed the evidence that poligeenan can cause cancer in animals and concluded that it may have the same effect in humans.

    Some scientists are concerned that food-grade carrageenan is also dangerous. This is because various studies, dating back to the 1960s, show that the substance may degrade and become toxic when it mixes with stomach acid.

    The medical community is unsure to what extent carrageenan degrades in the digestive system. This means that we do not know if any amount is toxic. It is important to note that no related studies have involved human participants.

    Findings of a review from 2017 indicated that even non-degraded carrageenan can cause inflammation and bowel disorders, suggesting that this substance may contribute to ulcers and IBD.

    However, authors of a 2018 review concluded that there is not enough evidence to draw conclusions about the exact health effects of carrageenan.

    Anecdotal evidence suggests that eliminating carrageenan from the diet can provide relief from digestive problems, such as bloating and IBD. However, these reports are not the result of scientific research.”

    What are you thoughts on this??

  13. For some reason – my dog will only eat Fresh Pet if I heat it up with some ground turkey or chicken. I scrambled it all together with some extra peas and carrots. Is it okay to heat Fresh Pet?

  14. We switched to Freshpet about 3 weeks ago. My Elkhound has been extremely picky for months now and won’t eat crunchy food nor wet food. Our rottie wasn’t as picky. So far we have had great luck with Freshpet. They both love it and eat their food right away instead of letting it sit. We don’t follow the recommended serving sizes though, we cut them down.

  15. A few years ago, our boxer developed liver cancer which was fatal. During her last few months while she could not get much nutrients from her food. I found Fresh Pet and began feeding her this instead. It was perfect for her. Her diarrhea went away and she was much happier overall. We fed this to her for about four months until her last few days when she went downhill. I am convinced that she would have been in pain and not lasted as long as she did without Fresh Pet. Any other food gave her diarrhea and obvious pain as she could not digest dry foods or much of the canned foods.

    Our new boxer has benefited from this and we continued to give her Fresh Pet as well.She loves it and has done great on it.

    I find it odd that inthe review above, a negative is trying to find Fresh Pet. We have multiple places here in town that sell it, and I never have an issue buying it.

  16. How long does pet fresh last in the fridge after it’s open. I have a really small dog that loves it and won’t use it up in under seven days

  17. Been using freshpet for a couple of years this last roll both of my dogs wont eat smells like a old rubber tire. I sure would not eat it. going to contact the company. Just wondering if any one else had this problem.

  18. My rescued adult Maltese mix has been eating Fresh Pet since I got her and seems to love it. She is older and has few teeth and its soft, plus she eats it well. However, she is not feeling well lately so I warmed a few of the little balls of chicken/turkey. The minute I turned on the microwave the little balls of food have sparks (and some actual flames) coming from them. It was like a sparkler the kids have on the 4th of July. Now I’m scared to death. What could that be? Any one else with this problem?????

    1. My two year old terrier mix, Milo, is now eating the FreshPet beef roll mixed with a high quality kibble and he loves it. Since both Ralph’s and Petco are nearby, I don’t have to worry about running out of it.

      Farmers Dog may be even better, but it’s really expensive and I don’t like depending on delivery services for most things.

  19. Freshpet is absolutely worth every penny! For the last three years, I have been feeding Freshpet exclusively to my old girl Shadow a Skipperkee and Buddy my Dachshund. They both became disenchanted with the dry food and soft canned food that I was feeding. I had read about Freshpet and felt good about trying it. Was I ever pleased along with them! They have thrived on it and I believe that it gave my 15-year-old girl Shadow more quality of life in her last few years. Sadly she passed away a few months ago but she was happy and healthy up to that time.

    I highly recommend this for small to medium-sized dogs. The only slight problem I have had is with grocery stores keeping it in stock. There have been times I have had to make a couple trips to different stores to find it in stock.

    Thank you for such a fine product!

  20. I have not had FreshPet available to me locally until recently; I have a mixed breed Chihuahua who is pretty picky and he does love this. I have bought both the rolls and the bagged and all my dogs love it. I don’t think comparing this food to dry food is appropriate, but comparing to canned food is more reasonable. I have fed my dogs a combination of kibble and canned food and this replaces the canned options. I am definitely going to try some of the other fresh, delivered products because FreshPet is expensive, and means I have to go to the store more often. To note, the packaging does say that freezing is not recommended. I don’t plan on feeding it regularly to the bigger dogs, but if it means Moose is willing to get out of bed for breakfast and snarf down a meal with pills hidden in it – it is SO worth it!

  21. A Large bag of dry food costs Me $80 and lasts us 8 weeks, the first 5 ingredients include: chicken, sweet potatoes, peas, chickpeas, apples, and the list goes on with real ingredients. It looks like brown kibble. For my puppy, who requires 1.5 lbs of FreshPet per day, I’m paying $7 per day. That is outrageous. $80 for 8 weeks of dry food, or $392 for 8 weeks of fresh food? It’s not even a debate! How does everybody afford fresh food for their dog? The Farmer’s Dog quoted me at $260 per month for food. That’s a car payment! When I asked my vet “How am I expected to pay hundreds of dollars per month on fresh food? What’s the secret?” He told me “Buy high-quality dry kibble at a fraction of the price. Trust me, the science behind kibble has gotten really, really good. It doesn’t look as appetizing, but your dog will be just as healthy if you choose a high-quality kibble. Just make sure it’s something she likes and enjoys eating and that it doesn’t have any weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. Keep the ingredients label short and sweet.” I really want fresh food for my dog, but how can I justify paying that?!

  22. I bought Freshpet Small Dog Bite Sized Chicken Morsels at a local Metro for my 2 year old dog. He sniffed and ate it the first time but has since rejected it. He’s just not liking it. He’s not a picky eater and I’ve tried other dried treats that he loves but thought I’d try a fresh treat. Rejected!

  23. We just started feeding our 3 dogs, Freshpet tender chicken and veggies.
    We a 4 year old American Pocket Bully, 53 lbs. Overweight.
    A 3 1/2 year old Staffordshire, 70lbs.
    An 11 year old Jack, cattledog mix.
    Her weight is a perfect 32lbs.
    I switched to Freshpet because my Bully girl had so many food allergies, along with my Staffie.
    My Jackmix has heart disease.
    They love the Freshpet!
    So far so good with all 3 of them.

  24. I have experience with Farmer’s Dog and discovered that a picky eater is a picky eater, regardless of how much money you spend on food. I expected my dog to devour Farmer’s Dog with as much enthusiasm as she eats my home cooked meals, but she was less than thrilled. (I would love to feed a home cooked diet regularly, but I don’t have enough confidence in my ability to offer nutritional balance). My dog tired of the food within a few weeks, and I was stuck with a large supply in my freezer. Shipping frozen food to a home address is tricky, especially in summer, and the packaging is a pain to deal with, specifically, dissolving the insulation in the sink. Now that I have two dogs, Farmer’s Dog is just not worth the price. (I would spend anything on my dogs if I thought the return on investment was justified in better health and happiness, but it’s not in this case.) While I prefer to do most of my shopping online, it is not a big sacrifice for me to pop into a pet shop once a week to purchase Freshpet. At most stores, I am able to see what’s in stock on their websites before I even shop. If my dog tires of a flavor, there are many other options to choose from. And it’s affordable for a multi-dog household. Winner: Freshpet

  25. How much should I feed my Maltese, should I feed them three times a day or two, with less required amount? I have two, they love the beef roll. Thanks…..

  26. My bull dog has allergies. So someone said take chicken out his diet. Well i put him on the Salomon mix no chicken and all he has been doing is vomiting wtf???

  27. Freshpet may not match the quality of Farmer’s Dog but the price differential is extreme. Freshpet is affordable, Farmer’s Dog is not (not even close) — at least for me.

  28. I have had dogs all my life. At this time I have five Shih-Tzu’s, age 8 years to 7 months. I have done endless research over the years for the best food my dogs and pups would be INTERESTED in eating. A meal that would be anticipated to be pleasant, but have all their health needs covered. This trial and era has left me with an assortment of items and additives that my picky eaters detected first sniff, just like you all have. They are not interested in eating the same meal every day no more then I would. However I found close enough. I mostly use Fresh pet beef roll. I take the chill off by micro wave for 10-15 seconds. This seams to moisten it up some, then I mix it by hand with Healthy Extensions Little Bits. I may add a T spoon of water if needed. I want the fresh pet just moist enough to stick to the Healthy Extensions but not wet or soggy. On days the family has a pot roast, beef and noodles, etc. We give them a break from Fresh Pet and use some meat and broth from what ever we cooked with The Healthy Extensions. Even if we have fried chicken, while it is frying I can boil a couple pieces for them using that meat and broth. This break puts Fresh Pet back on the main menu and convent for me. There are days they don’t eat much at one time, but by bed time they have finished up. I give them a snack in the morning and at bed time. They love Pet’nShape 100% beef lung and Golden rewards Duck Jerky made with real duck breast. They have it at Walmart. I get Healthy Extensions and Pet’nShape from Chewy. Two of my dogs had blood work at different times and my vet said what ever you are doing is impressive. You always have great health exams and these last two’s blood work could not be better, you take good care of your kido’s.

  29. I love this dog food. I have a 10 year old Dobby that after 7 years of dry food decided she hated it I searched for all type of foods trying to make her like them. I never really went the cheap route either cuz shes a had occassional sezuires since she turned two so I’m cautious what I give her. It could be costly but sometimes I mix it with a small can of good dog food or even a little hot water. And yes sometimes I am going store to store cuz it seems to sell out fast!! But I do believe the quality of what you give your fur baby goes a long way! She’s loves it and never turns away also comparable to wetnose dog food I think it last longer and it’s more cost effective.

  30. I love Fresh pet my pug has been on allergy shots for two year’s that cost far more than the dog food. She has been on Freshpet for six months or so and she has no itching and no more $40 shots a month…Freshpet has helped me tremendously.

  31. I’ve been feeding my chi Fresh pet for several months and she loves it. She has no teeth left so I needed a soft food that was healthy for her. Although it’s a little expensive, it’s definitely worth it. I really like the large roll so I don’t have to be running to the store all the time. I don’t like canned dog food that I have to keep in the fridge. My problem is last week both Walmart and Target were out of Fresh Pet. Our independent grocery store only had a few small rolls which makes it even more expensive.

    I noticed someone commented that it’s ok to freeze this product. I had a roll frozen accidentally and the texture was not the same when it defrosted. I noticed last night that it says on the small roll not to freeze.

  32. I’ve vet my dog freshpet on two different times. He immediately vomited both times. Throwing it away and will be warning all my friends.

  33. started our dog on Freshpet small dog and he really likes it.He is a picky eater so we thought great something he is eager to eat.All of a sudden Wal Mart and Food City stopped getting it ,in Dayton Tennessee.Having to drive 30 miles to find it.Is
    is it only distributed to certain areas?Guess we will start trying to find another food he will eat and the stores can get stock for.

  34. I feed my 8 year old Bishu Fresh Pet and have for years. He loves it and will eat every bite! He especially likes the chicken/turkey combo. I’ve never had a problem with the food

  35. I have a seven year old chihuahua and she is very very picky. I have went through hell all these years with finding a dog food that she will eat on a consistent basis. Freshpet has been a Godsent for me. She loves it, I mean she enjoys her feeding time now and she will eat it in one sitting. She eats more now. I am happy I finally found something that she enjoys. I also have a cat that refused dry kibble all together and is just as picky as the dog and she also loves this food. Is it on the pricey side so I am glad that I have a small dog and only one cat that I have to buy this for. In my opinion it is a great product.

    1. I have had my chi-mix on NomNomNow for 2 1/2 years because he was such a picky eater and his stools were a mess. It’s a great product. He loves it, except it has become cost prohibitive. I am now paying a total of $108 a month for his food. Can you please tell me the cost to feed your Chi per month on FreshPet? I often watch a mini-poodle that’s on it, and he looks great.

  36. All I have to say is I don’t know where all these comments are coming from about people saying it’s a bad for your dog skin. I have a dash hound Terrier that has had dandruff since the day he was born my little black baby. He was always so itchy I gave him multiple oatmeal bath I tried vitamins brought him to the vet obvious things nothing worked. And then someone said it’s because his food is too dry and he used to drink water like crazy to like he was always too hydrated. Now I give him fresh pet and his fur is completely smooth and black and he can’t get enough of it I mean I can tell that he’s a happy boy he enjoy his meal time now and he looks better and he has way more energy

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