Deli Fresh Slice and Serve (Rolled)

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

This Review Has Been Merged with
Freshpet Vital Dog Food (Rolled)

Deli Fresh Slice and Serve dog food rolls gets the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.

The Deli Fresh Slice and Serve product line includes two moist dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review:

  • Deli Fresh Adult Turkey, Vegetables and Rice Formula
  • Deli Fresh Adult Chicken, Vegetables and Rice Formula

Deli Fresh Adult Chicken, Vegetables and Rice Formula was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Deli Fresh Chicken, Vegetables and Rice

Rolled Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 30%

Ingredients: Chicken, eggs, chicken liver, chicken broth, carrots, brown rice, peas, rice bran, dried kelp, carrageenan, natural flavors, salt, inulin, flaxseed oil, green tea extract, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin, biotin, riboflavin supplement, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, niacin, manganese proteinate, calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%25%30%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%48%23%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient includes eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient lists chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The fifth item lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth item is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient lists rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The ninth ingredient is dried kelp, a dehydrated form of seaweed also known as alginate. Kelp is most likely used here as a thickening or gelling agent.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, we find flaxseed oil, one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there does appear to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Deli Fresh Slice and Serve Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Deli Fresh Dog Food appears to be an above-average product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 38%, a fat level of 25% and estimated carbohydrates of about 30%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 25%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And average carbs when this rolled product is compared to a typical rolled dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Deli Fresh Slice and Serve is a meat-based rolled dog food using a notable amount of fresh chicken or turkey as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

11/16/2010 Original review
03/25/2014 Last Update

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  • losul

    Just one more thing Ja Koe, I think it’s a noble thing to taste dog food yourself. After all , it’s only just a taste, not a new diet for you! Not sure I would ever have tasted this one myself though, but then i never considered to feed it either.

    Stick around, I think I like you.

  • losul

    Hey Ja Koe. “I think I’m going to have to start making my own food or go raw. I just can’t deal with all these companies’ claims and the whole complexity of it all. It would take less time to make my own food than to try and research the manufactured food.”

    You have now become another dog food detective and a quite good one at that. Welcome to the club.

    If you decide to make your own, their are plenty of folks on here willing to help.

  • Shawna

    Yeah, I didn’t have to taste it to know I’d pass.. I’ve read reviews about the salty taste but the line of foods are pasteurized as well.

    Raw is the best way to feed in my opinion. I highly recommend it. But make sure to do some research before doing it yourself.. Darwin, Bravo and a few others are some great commercial raw products to consider.

  • losul

    You know Ja Koe.

    I knew this food MUST have very high sodium content, but I just never put 2 and 2 together as 2 why. I guess I assumed twas to make it taste better. Doh. Yeah the food is sold refrigerated and must have some kind of unnatural shelf life, otherwise it would have to be pitched every few days. I wonder if any of that sodium is in the form of nitrites and nitrates.

  • Ja Koe

    Obviously, it’s from a USDA “Inspected facility” and not “passed”. I will have to pass on this food anyways because like another poster, I tasted it. It’s very salty, like hot dogs! I think I’m going to have to start making my own food or go raw. I just can’t deal with all these companies’ claims and the whole complexity of it all. It would take less time to make my own food than to try and research the manufactured food. I assume this food is better than many out there, if it had lower salt, I’d consider it. The package I bought is good until March 2014. Something is preserving the meat High salt.

  • Shawna

    Ask the manufacturers if their ingredients are from USDA Inspected AND PASSED sources.. They can’t call their raw material human grade but they can tell you if it passed USDA inspection. I think the FDA is cracking down on companies that use the term human grade if the product isn’t manufactured in a facility that produces human foods.. There are only two companies I am aware of that can legally say they use human grade ingredients.

  • aimee

    Hi Ja Koe,

    I see this differently. The term “human grade” isn’t defined. In my opinion it is a misleading term used solely for marketing purposes.

    The term implies “fit for human consumption” yet I believe legally that once an “edible” product leaves USDA control it can’t be considered “edible”. Since pet food production in the vast majority of cases isn’t under USDA control all pet food ingredients are “inedible” and not fit for human consumption. All companies (unless one of the few under USDA control) should answer “NO” if asked if their ingredients are “human grade”

    I think the company answered your question using the correct terminology to describe their product.

  • Pattyvaughn
  • Ja Koe

    Why did you give this food a 5 star rating? Not human grade ingredients, not grain-free, high salt content, misleading advertising. Might have to find a better rating website.

  • Ja Koe

    I’ve been giving it to my dog for 2 days and definitely it is making her drink more.

  • Ja Koe

    I just emailed Freshpet and am concerned. They did not answer my questions and replied with a misleading statement that, “are sourced from USDA inspected facilities” and “We do not use the 4D FDA classification: animal that are
    inedible>
    Dead, Down, Dying & Diseased is our
    products”. I had asked if HUMAN GRADE ingredients are used. I am also concerned that their website states to the same question, ‘All Freshpet poultry, beef and fish ingredients are sourced from USDA registered suppliers who follow all USDA regulations for safe handling. Freshpet’s lamb is sourced from New Zealand and is natural, free-range, and BSE free.” THIS DOES NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION! This should be a simple yes or no answer. I find this deceptive and a representation of how honest this company is.

    They have a photo of boneless, skinless chicken breasts as though that is what is in the food – I DOUBT THAT! On Freshpet. net they state, “We were cooking high-quality, nutritious and delicious food – food actually designed expressly for pets, with their caloric, metabolic and instinctual needs in mind – in small batches, from fresh, human-grade meats and vegetables, refrigerating it (because it’s fresh food!) and delivering it to more and more stores across the country.” NOTE that it states “they WERE” using human-grade meats, but they will not answer that question directly on their website nor in an email. So the answer must be NO, THEY ARE NOT USING HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS. I’m leery of any company who is not forthcoming when you ask them a direct question and when they seem put pictures of what’s NOT in their food (skinless chicken breast) on their website. I realize there are much worse foods out there, but a 5 star rating on this food is questionable at best, particularly with their misleading marketing.

  • Pattyvaughn

    So are chicken and rice, but they are common allergens. And grains are known to be inflamatory to the intestines in dogs that are intolerant of them.

  • Shonya Smith

    I will post on this when I have more time, but I’m guessing it’s either the peas, the inulin or the carageenan. All are potential allergens that I would NOT feed my dog, even in a treat.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Sharron,

    Is this the same Sharron with the little pup that posted before?

    It looks like all three that you mention are good choices. Why not use all three and / or rotate? Does your dog have any special dietary or health issues?

  • sharron

    which is better to feed my dog – deli fresh, merrick canned or
    orijen dry
    thanks

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  • Opal

    I am thinking of stopping this food for my three year old yorkipoo bc she has recently started to get gastroenteritis for the second time after only feeding her this with no other food or snacks. I believe she has developed a food intolerance I’m just not sure which ingredient could be causing her intolerance. I was actually very happy to stumble upon this food bc she used to eat her poop and had coat issues and this took care of everything. Anyone else having this issue?

  • Norma Jean

    Yes, it does, if you let him have what he wants. My little shih-tzu LOVES it! When I took him to the vet he had gained over a pound and the vet said he liked his food too much. So watch his intake. My little baby was such a picky eater I went through many kinds of food, with no luck until I gave him Freshpet select. He is 8.4 now down from 9 lbs. The vet wants him at 7.14 or so.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Sorry, that was shear guess based on the number of foods I have researched, which was why I said ” I would bet that close to 99.9%…” I know a few that aren’t, because they were intended for supplemental feeding, but those are rare. I guess I didn’t see her statement as saying she thought FreshPet wasn’t compliant, so much as that what they have to do to be compliant wasn’t enough for her. But then I apply that same notion to her choice of food too, since the standards are the same. Yet, she almost seemed surprised that her food was, maybe I read too much into things.

  • cl.p

    I said what I did because the person I was responding to was to had mentioned AAFCO. She seemed to imply that FreshPet wasn’t compliant.
    It is the pet food company’s responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standards. I could not find any information on the percentages of commercially available foods that are AAFCO compliant. Where did you get your information?

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s really an almost meaningless phrase. I would bet that close to 99.9% of all commercially available foods in the US are AAFCO foods and the 0.1% that aren’t have a good reason for not being AAFCO compliant.

  • cl.p

    All of FreshPet’s foods are certified by AAFCO.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Fat has twice the calories of carbs, so if you are trying to put weight on your dog or keep weight on a hard keeper increasing fat is the way to go. And that’s what this post was about.

  • Nanner Bux

    Fat does not actually mean you get fat from eating it. Carbs will contribute to this much, much more.

  • Eden Cross

    BTW, don’t know if your pup is still having diarrhea … but if so, or if he has gas or colitis issues, a fabulous natural product that several homeopathic vets have given me for my yorkies over the years is: Powdered Silppery Elm Bark. For my 7 lb. dog I give either 1/4 tsp or 1 capsule and mix the powder with either a little bit of honey or agave (or u can use water). It takes a while to get the powder to mix and then it forms a paste, so you make it so the dog can lick it off a tiny plate or off your finger. i’ve given it as often as every half to one hour until they stop w/diarrhea or colitis attack or gasey belly. Only buy the capsules that are JUST the Slippery Elm Bark, or the loose powder – (some companies put extra stuff like Rosemary…you don’t want or need anything but the pure Slip.Elm Bark). I take it occasionally too, it’s excellent stuff!! Good Luck!
    Eden Cross, Animal Communicator

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  • Lisa

    I dont trust what I can’t see. When a bcompnay disguises their ingredients in a paste, virtually anything can be in there as they only have to do 1 guarantee analysis to be able to sale the product. I used to cooked for my dogs until a friend recommended http://www.doggiehomecooked.com . It sales for an affordable price, my dogs go nuts for it and is based on AAFCO nutrition profile. You can see the meat and vegetables in this food…I love it!

  • Michelle

    Thanks Hound Dog Mom,

    I am not able to get Nature’s Fresh anywhere in town, the only options I can find in town are Deli Fresh, Fresh Pet Select and Vital. I’ve looked up every possible information I could on reverse sneezing and I am not able to find what is triggering it every 8 days. Now his new symptom is Diarrhea I thought maybe it might be his food because he eats at night when we are home and almost exactly 8 hours later he is barking to go outside. I read on Fresh Pets website about an owner whos dog had reverse sneezing and allergies and she started feeding him this food and he has improved dramatically. On your recommendation I’m going to try vital since he has a sensitive stomach and if he doesn’t show any improvement the vet wants me to bring him in for testing.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Michelle –

    To my knowledge reverse sneezing isn’t food related. If his other issues are due to a food related allergy, however, a change in diet could help. Fresh Pet certainly is a good food and would be worth a try. All of the Fresh Pet varieties look high quality – but if you can get them I would go with the Vital or Nature’s Fresh (they’re grain-free and would be a good option for a dog with food sensitivities). I’d also add a spoonful of plain canned pumpkin, probiotics and digestive enzymes (these may help with the diarrhea).

    Here’s some info on reverse sneezing:

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/12/03/reverse-sneezing.aspx

    Good luck!

  • Michelle

    I am considering giving this to my pomeranian, he is 12 years old and in the beginning of the year he started reverse sneezing and vomiting. I rushed him to the emergency vet that night because he wouldn’t stop vomiting and then he started pacing and whining. The vet said they didn’t see any signs of stomach cancer and gave him fluids and sent him home. 8 days later it happened again but it only lasted 2 hours. 8 days later again, same symptoms, and again 8 days later….this is an ongoing process. We took him to the vet and he said it’s some sort of allergy and gave him an allergy shot but starting last week he has had diarrhea every two days. I called the vet and he wants to run some allergy tests on him but wants me to try different food first. Other than these symptoms he is a healthy happy dog who plays with his toys. I currently feed him Blue Buffalo for sensitive stomachs because he has a sensitive stomach. Do you think Deli Fresh will work? Anybody else with these type of symptoms?

    Please help, I hate seeing my baby like this!

  • ginny

    Glenn, My dog Patton had liver cancer and our vet had us cook for him (ground beef, green beans, brown rice, etc). When he passed, I did not want to put our dog Floyd back on regular dog food and that is when I found Deli-Fresh. Cooking for Floyd was no longer an option because it seemed that he was losing weight and needed more balance in his diet then strictly proteins. I brought the Deli Fresh to our vet who said that this is probably the closet thing to cooking for them and that it is a really good food as long as you can afford it :) (Our dog Floyd is a Newfi mix and around 120lbs) Floyd has been eating Deli Fresh for a couple months and seems really good on it. The only issue we have is him eating too fast and getting sick so now we have to feed more often in smaller qty. Hope this helps any?? I attached a photo of Floyd :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.young.7 Glenn Young

    Is Fresh Pet Chicken and vegetables recommended for dogs with high liver counts ? Trying to change his diet, we started fresh pet a couple months ago and his counts were down. He loves the food so hopefully this is detrimental to his liver. He’s a 16lb Shih Tzu / Bichon mix. Very active happy dog.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dogs don’t have a biological need for carbs, so if you are feeding brown rice for fiber, you might want to look into something that has less carbs, more fiber.  Otherwise just give your dog more meat, eggs, fish, plain yogurt, etc.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Have you tried quinoa?  It is gluten free.  What are you using the brown rice for?  Just for a filler or do you need something for fiber?  You can use pumpkin puree for fiber.

  • Terra Shuff

    My dogs get whole grain brown rice, 1/2 cup daily. What can i substitute for this?

  • Ginny

    Oh and I know it’s been asked if you can freeze this food, it says on the package I bought not to freeze it.  Hope that helps.

  • Ginny

    Thanks for all the answers.  I started feeding our dog Floyd (New Foundland/Rottie mix) human food, ground beef, eggs, brown rice, green beans, etc back in Aug when our other dog Patton was diagnosed with liver cancer.  Patton (German Shepard/Border Collie mix) wouldn’t eat dog food and the vet told us to try people food.  That did the trick, he started eating again.  After much research, I found that things in kibble were linked to liver cancer in dogs.  Patton passed away this last Friday (in Aug, he was given 4-6 weeks so we were lucky, but I also believe changing his diet from kibble also helped).  I don’t want to put Floyd back on regular dog food after all of the research I did.  Maybe I am neurotic.  I don’t mind at all cooking for him but I noticed that he was losing a little weight, same as a person would on a low carb diet.  I found this food and it seems to be the closest in line with human food.   I think he needs food that is more balanced then what I am capable or knowledgeable of making.  I have an appointment with my vet on the 26th and I am going to ask him his opinion of this food.  One last note, hug your babies tight.  I will miss my friend but I know he’s in heaven chasing rabbits and birds and making some angel extremely happy just being with them :)

  • Roxanneanson

    I dont think you are supposed to but I sure wish you could.  I really cannot afford to feed it to my bichon forever.  I got it because he was grieving the loss of his friend our 16 year old cat and would not eat.  He is better with this food.

  • Roxanneanson

    I have a 14.8 lb Bichon.  He loves this food.  I give him 1/4 lb divided into 2 meals with more in the morning.  I also mix some Natural Choice small bites in with the late afternoon portion and there is alway the dry food left for him to eat when he chooses.  In winter he does not eat as much since he is not outside as much.  He is not gaining weight.  He is 6yrs old.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I haven’t tried it, but it’s high in fat, so it should, depending on how much of it you feed.

  • Ginny

    Has anyone noticed if this food puts weight on your dog?

  • sharron

    thanks so much

    if i feed her 1/8 lb x 2 and then 1 oz at night, that would work out to 5 oz a day – that would be ok?
    just trying to get this figured out properly – thanks for your help

  • Hound Dog Mom

    According to Fresh Pet’s website the food has 300 kal. per 1/2 lb. meaning there would be 37.5 kcal. per oz. Since you’re aiming for 200-210 kcal. per day you’d divide 200 or 210 kcal. by 37.5 kcal. per oz. to get the number of oz. to feed per day. This would come out to about 5.3 oz. – 5.6 oz. so I’d say going with about 5.5 oz. per day would be easiest. If you have a small food scale you could use that or else you could mark up the food roll in 1/2 oz. increments – there are 16 oz. in a lb. so use a marker or something to put 32 marks equally spaced per 1 lb. roll and you’d know each slice would be 1/2 oz.

  • sharron

    thanks

    1 more question

    the pkg is marked in 1/8 lb portions – i fed lexee 1/2 cup of dry/day – how much of the deli fresh would i feed her without overfeeding – i can’t seem to get it figured out – the pkg states 1/4 lb = 300 calories
    i try and feed her 200-210 calories/day – she gains weight easily – especially in the winter – it’s been really cold here (calgary alberta) this past week and i haven’t had her out for walks

    thanks

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sharron –

    I would say feeding a food like this would be much better than feeding a high end kibble. Is Fresh Pet’s vital formula available to you? I know I’ve seen it at Petsmart, it’s their grain-free formula and probably the best of their formulas (although this formula is good as well). I’ve tried Fresh Pet a couple times and my dogs liked it. Due to the higher moisture content of a food like fresh pet and the fact that it’s less processed than a kibble, it’s more species appropriate. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend checking out Dr. Karen Becker’s video “How to Choose a Good Dog Food” – Dr. Mike has a link to it on the left sidebar. You’ll see that, while some kibbles are definitely better than others, kibble is the worst thing you can feed your dog (in terms of species-appropriateness).

  • sharron

    Hi

    is feeding this type of dog food better for my dog (yorkie/chihuahua) than feeding a high end kibble such as acana?

    opinions please?

    thanks

  • Pattyvaughn

    Well, I remember a pints a pound the world around.  So, 1/2 pound would be 1 cup, but you need about 2/3 of that, so about 2/3 cup.  After you’ve fed that for a few days evaluate her weight.  If she’s maintaining, that’s great, but if she’s gaining or losing adjust accordingly.

  • sharron

    thanks

    1/2 cup of the acana = 211 calories/day
    1/2 lb of the deli fresh = 300 calories and this is where i’m getting stuck – my brain isn’t working today

  • Pattyvaughn

    My best suggestion would be to figure out how many calories you were feeding of Acana and then figure out how much Freshpet that is.

  • sharron

     hi and merry christmas

    can anyone figure out for me please, how much of freshpet deli fresh do i feed a 9 lb chihuahua per day>

    the feeding instructions on the label are in lbs – i don’t want to overfeed.

    just bought this food this morning. was feeding a 1/2 cup of acana – she prefers the freshpet

    thanks!!!!

  • losul

    Now reading further through this thread, I see Opalgem came up with a real interesting article on inulin, some 9 months ago. Hmmm.

    I’m in the habit of using chickory root in my coffee at a ratio of about 1:4. Never thought about it tasting sweet, to the contrary, I thought it makes the coffee taste stronger, bolder,  even more acrid. Regular coffee tastes so weak, bland and lacking something, now that I am so used to it. I think if i gave up using the chickory now, i would consider just giving up coffee too. Never used it for any reason other than I liked it, and grew to like it even much more. Maybe I shouldn’t like it so much…… So much controversial stuff nowadays.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I would agree. I can’t imagine that much added salt, long-term, wouldn’t cause some sort of a problem.

    Fortunately, Lindsay already recognized it was too salty since she tasted it herself and only gives her dogs a tiny slice on top of their kibble. Sue didn’t say that her dogs were getting anything else but this food.

  • losul

    No problem. After I replied to cc, then because Sue stated she had been feeding for 5 years, I curiously asked her if she had any problems, because no, she didn’t mention any, but I would still like to know……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I hardly consider my comment argumentative… at least that wasn’t my intention.

    I didn’t realize at first that you were responding to cc’s comment, which is two months old. I was only reading down as far as today’s comments to Sue_lavictoire’s comment. Sue didn’t mention her dog’s having any problems after five years of eating the food. I thought you were presuming the dog with increased thirst and urination had been eating the food long term, which could indicate some sort of internal organ issue / failure as a result of prolonged exposure.

    Sorry for the confusion on my part.

  • losul

    Absolutely in most cases, but I think it’s real easy to see that the FOOD is a PRIME suspect in cc’s case, and excessive sodium in the food is the likely cause. Would you not agree? To me it’s just common sense and I don’t get the arguments at all, unless it’s just for the sake of arguing.

    “my dog loves this food    HOWEVER, she drinks like a fish after eating it and also started wetting in the house, something she has never done. “

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I think what Annette is saying is that she would recommend that a dog with the symptoms of increased thirst and urination should be seen by a vet to rule out serious issues and not just given a dietary change alone.

  • losul

    I’m not trying to diagnose anything, but What? you don’t agree that excessive sodium in the diet can cause polyuria?

    Have you ever eaten something excessively salty?

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.carricato Annette Carricato

     Any dog drinking and urinating more than normal needs to be examined by a vet, not given a dietary change…

  • losul

    So after 5 years of using, does your dog have polyuria? kidney problems or other health problems?

  • losul

    Doggone and Lindsay are right. This food probably has way excessive sodium in it. The chicken broth could already have high levels, then you have dried Kelp which is also naturally high in sodium, then you have natural flavors listed? And then salt listed again.

    I’m pretty sure the excessive sodium is causing your dog’s polyuria. I wouldn’t use this food, and especially not as a staple.

  • Sue_lavictoire

    My dog has been eating Deli Fresh for 5 years now…he is 6…he won’t eat any other food (especially dry) and loves this…he prefers the Turkey over the Chicken.

  • sharron

    just bought a small roll this afternoon.
    will this, do you think, cause her to put on lbs., which she doesn’t need to do.
    how much of it do i feed a 9 lb chihuahua

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PORWAO2BHERADGBEX3VGHKJ6XY cc

    my dog loves this food    HOWEVER, she drinks like a fish after eating it and also started wetting in the house, something she has never done

  • Adiaris

    All I know is my 3 dogs love this food. It looks good, smells good and it’s has a rating of 5

  • doggonefedup

    Lindsay He,
    I always taste my dog foods before I give it to my boys also ( I do cook the raw first though).  This Deli Fresh IMO is just a marketing gimmick for selling a canned food without the can. I tried it once and after one taste threw it out. The extra salt is probably added via the “chicken broth” to help preserve it since it is not packaged in a can. It may be a five star food, but because it is that salty I personally would not use it or I would use it very very sparingly. All that extra salt (sodium chloride) can only cause problems down the road.

  • Lindsay He

    ummm the only problem i have with this .. is its too salty.. i know this sounds insane LOL – but i actually tried it… -__- i always try the food before i give it to my dogs except for dry food .. both of them have health problems – its even too salty for me +__+ o well my dogs love it , ill just give them tiny slice to put it on top of their dry food for taste LOL 

  • melissa

    My crew loved it too, but yesterday and this am, some of them had large stool, soft stool or very light colored stool. Not what I am used to. Since that was the only new thing in the past 2 days, guessing it was from that.

  • Bertiezoo2

    I called them —-might not be as good a consistancey (sp) —-it says 7 days after opening but they said you can go 10 days

  • Bertie

    my 3 dogs just LOVE it!!

  • melissa

    Kellie-

    According to their website you can(check the FAQ’s/? section) BUT they say it may change the color, texture/consistency of the product. 

  • Kellie1862

    Does anyone know if you can freeze Deli Fresh???
    Thanks

  • Kellie1862

    Hi Justine,
    Our German Shepherd also has mega.  We just stared adding Deli Fresh to his diet today.  He (of course) is under weight as well so we try to add wet food to his dry (we feed him Blue dry).  Is your rotty on any meds?  Ours was given 6 months to live when he was born.  Yesterday he turned 7 years old!  We’re so happy.
    I see you posted in Feb/ 2012.  How is your rotty doing with the Deli Fresh??
    Kellie

  • Bamt

    I just started deli fresh and I noticed my dog drinking more than she ever has–did you get any answers to the amount of sodium in their food.

  • Opalgem

    My dog used to have problems eating her own poop when she was a puppy and also used to have dandruff, when we switched her over to deli fresh all of that went away. However she now has a problem with red yeast. I’m not saying this food gave her that problem, on the contrary I still think it’s still one of the best foods, what bothers me is that deli fresh contains inulin. At first I thought inulin was a good thing, but after reading this website http://sweetpoison.wikidot.com/inulin I’m questioning why they add inulin. Inulin has a mouth feel similar to fat so maybe that is why, and it’s also considered a fiber because dog nor humans can’t digest it, but it’s also considered a sugar which what worries me. I’ll still be giving her the deli fresh and vital because we switch it up for her so she doesn’t get bored, but I’ll be supplementing her diet now with probiotics. Just posted so if anyone could do more research on this, that would be cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justine.huckle Justine Huckle

    Justine,
    Hi,
    I needed some advise. I just purchased the turkey and chicken rolls from Deli Fresh. I had been making home-made and found this to be of reasonable cost. I have a rottweiller with megaesophagus. She is only 55#, and is about 30# under-weight. I am feeding her the higher amount on the 60-100# recommended amount. She cannot afford to lose any weight, and I wondered if anyone could offer any reassurance that this is an appropriate amount. Thanks

  • Anne Adelson

    Ira-
    I don’t know if you’re still reading this thread, but I had the same issue/question regarding the surprisingly small amount on the feeding instructions of Deli Fresh and Vital compared to when we use the feeding calculator on this website, for example. I have also found this to be true for the raw foods like Primal. When I contacted those companies, they explained that the calories from this food are far more nutrient dense than dry kibble, so dogs actually require less. I think since so much of the calorie content in kibble is carbohydrate (the empty kind, that doesn’t offer other nutrients), more is required to cover all the nutritional requirements. I’ve been feeding my dog Deli Fresh and Vital according the recommendations on the package (not a drop more) and she has been really thriving.

  • ira

    Dog Food Ninja
    I agree with you and understand the difference. I was just trying to get an accurate picture of the difference and I don’t understand how they could recommend feeding 30-50% below typical maintenance needs.
    I originally thought the price would be about double that of the natures domain(about $1/lb) but I think it would actually be more like 3-4 times and we have 4 dogs.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Here’s the thing, Ira. This would cost more than kibble, no doubt. But this is a better product than a kibble, and part of why is that it does contain more moisture. Kibble is unnaturally dry compared to real meat. This is probably in between kibble and canned.

  • ira

    Hi
    I am interested in switching to deli fresh from using dry food and I was trying to get an idea of the cost differential. In reviewing the fresh pet website it says the calorie count for deli select is 1318/kilo and 300 for 8 ounces. This seems understandable since deli select would contain more water than dry kibble. They recommend serving from 8-16 ounces( 300- 600 calories) for dogs 21-40 pounds. This seems very low. The dog food calculator says for typical dogs the calories should be from 597-969 which would clearly increase the amount the dogs would need to be fed and clearly increase cost.

    Can anyone shed any light on this? Am I missing something? Thanks

  • Christine Kirkpatrick

    This is an update to my posting on August 10th:

    I’m happy to report that my little terrier mix has recovered completely from her G.I. upset (cause unknown) and has transitioned nicely to Freshpet’s new Chicken and Vegetable Meatballs With Spinach – which she adores even more than their previous meatball recipe. To their credit, Freshpet did complete 3rd party testing on the previous meatballs that I sent them and reported that no problems were found with the food. They were both concerned and conscientious which I believe shows them to be a reputable pet food company.
    To anyone looking for a dog food to satisfy their finicky pet, I would suggest trying their meatballs. One important note though: In order to NOT have the food spoil once the bag is opened, I recommend keeping it in the freezer and taking out only the amount that your pet can consume in 4 -5 days. That system works wonderfully and I find that the meatballs don’t degrade even when frozen. Hope this information is helpful to anyone with little fussy eaters out there.

  • Michelle

    Doris Simmons, this is a dog food review site, not the Deli- Fresh website, you should e-mail the company directly, also check the package for an analysis.

  • Doris Simmons

    You do not show the amount of sodium in the Deli-Fresh chicken formula and my dogs drink water like crazy after eating your Deli-Fresh and this worries me. How much sodium is in your formula?

  • Shawna

    Hi Brittany,

    Mike is soooo right!! Example — Deli Fresh foods are high heat pasteurized. Quote from their website. “Pandean or PAN diets stand for Pasteurized, All Natural, and Nutrient Dense. PAN is a scientific descriptor for fresh pet foods that adheres to the principle of minimal processing to retain nutrient value, contain only all natural ingredients, and are fresh & meat-based.” http://freshpet.com/faqs/

    This is why the food can be stored in the fridge (not freezer) for long periods of time.

    Nature’s Variety, at the end of last year-ish, started subjecting all the “raw” foods to high pressure pasteurization. Some feel this alters to food in ways that make it no longer “technically” raw. Example — the pressure alone causes the food to “heat”. However, the amount of pressure and length of time under pressure determine the amount of heating that happens. It is well documented that the pressure also causes changes to the color of the food but apparently this has no affect on the nutrition??

    There are three “raw” foods now, that I am aware of, that use HPP on their foods — Stella & Chewy, Nature’s Variety and Primal on their poultry products only.

    Canned foods have their own set of problems — like BPA, carageenan, lysine damage etc.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brittany… Congratulations on your understanding of the benefits of diet rotation. For most pets, that’s a great way to feed. In general terms, without knowing anything else, kibble is usually inferior to fresh or raw foodas well as wet (canned) foods.

    However, there are some pretty mediocre (or downright “bad”) canned foods and even raw foods out there. It all depends on the product itself. And one is not automatically better than another just because it’s wet. So choose your kibble replacement with care. Hope this helps.

  • Brittany

    Mike (or anyone else on here that knows a thing or two about dog food), I feed my dog Orijen and Acana dry food and throughout the week one day she gets deli fresh mixed in, then another day she’ll get Nature’s Variety freeze dried raw mixed in, and the next she gets a meat based 5 star canned mixed. I was wondering if I would be better off taking away the dry completely because I always here the moist foods are better and kibble is far from natural. Thanks. I’m also not ready to feed a full raw diet to my dogs right now :)

  • Christine Kirkpatrick

    I have a small 7.5lb terrier mix (that we adopted at 6 months old) who would turn her nose up at every dry food I bought after eating it for about 3-5 days. (I’m not sure what she ate at the foster home but there was more competition with the other dogs around so she certainly ate enough to survive.) Anyway, I was spending my time running back and forth to pet stores buying and returning every type of kibble you can imagine. Then I found Freshpet Select Bites Chicken & Vegetable which she LOVED, and she’s been happily devouring that food for the past 2 years. However, about 9 days ago she developed a gastro-intestinal upset with soft, mucously stools and a little blood. She hadn’t had any food but the Freshpet nor picked up anything else outside – I watch her like a hawk and usually go outside with her. We rushed her to the Emergency Vet (it was a Sunday) and they sent me home with Metronidazole, Amoxicillin, and Digest-rite. She was on boiled chicken and rice (she spat out the rice!) for the last week and I have transitioned her back to the Freshpet meatballs from another package that I had bought previously. At their request, I also sent the suspect meatball pouches I had been feeding her back to Freshpet for testing, and I’m waiting to hear the results. Now comes my problem. Apparently Freshpet is in the middle of changing their meatball recipe and I can find NO Freshpet Select Bites or Deli Fresh meatballs ANYWHERE and I’m running out of the ones I had left. And if I’m forced to transition her to the new Freshpet meatball recipe (with spinach added now) I face the prospect of upsetting her stomach again. Her stools are slowly returning to normal but are not quite there yet. Freshpet couldn’t have picked a worse time (for me) to start changing their ingredients! I’m also concerned that as they changed their production line over to the new one, some of their products may have become cross-contaminated. Has anyone else had a recent problem with their dog after feeding them Freshpet meatballs or any other of their products?? I’m also in close contact with our regular vet while Sophie’s stomach problems hopefully resolve themselves – but he hasn’t heard of a problem with Freshpet. I would appreciate any replies in this forum as I’m in quite a dilemma as to what to do next.

  • Ron

    I wonder how this compares to Country Pet, which is from New Zealand. They carry it at Pet food direct. It is a bit pricey.

  • Michelle

    Amy, I would not post anything if I didn’t know what I was talking about… And yes I am correct about DOGS that are eating dry food only are in a constant state of mild dehydration. I am curious to know why you would think that dry kibble exclusive diets would only effect cats??? PLEASE watch this video,and let Dr. Becker explain it to you,since you don’t believe me… http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/karen-becker-best-worst-dog-food/

  • Amy

    I went to Petco last night and squeezed the Deli Fresh and Natural balance rolls in my fingers and the Deli Fresh roll was significantly softer. And canned food does get pretty hard when refridgerated – very sliceable. So, I can see where the consistency of canned food isn’t more watery at all. My bad. Thanks everyone!

  • Jonathan

    Amy, if you took just chicken and ground it up into a roll, it would be 70-80% moisture, too. That is what she means. Most rolled foods use a ton of carbs, hence the lower moisture. If this food is 70% meat as the package states, then I can totally understand how the moisture is as labeled. You see?

  • Amy

    Thank you, everyone, for your replies. Regarding the comment: “Dogs eating dry foods exclusively are in a constant state of dehydration” – I’ve only read this is true for cats, not dogs. I’m still bewildered how a rolled food that would appear to be less watery than canned food can have the same amount of moisture. I called the company on the phone and the woman just kept repeating, “it’s because of all the fresh meat” but she couldn’t tell me how a rolled food, which I assume is more firm in consistency than canned food can have the same amount of water. I’m just curious at this point.

  • Michelle

    Amy Shatzen, I can’t understand why you are so freaked out by moisture content of food?? Dogs NEED moisture rich foods!! Dogs eating dry foods exclusively are in a constant state of dehydration. Dry foods are the least species appropriate foods for your dog.While the better dry foods do have good ingredients,they are lacking one key ingredient….MOISTURE.Think about it,how would you feel if for every meal all you could eat were dehydrated foods? Try eating a bunch of crackers,with no drink.Anyway you should be feeding your dog species appropriate moisture rich foods.I use dry foods for bulk and all the added vitamin/minerals,but I add canned dog food,and fresh meats, sardines,tuna,chicken,beef,and eggs.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Amy… Kibble is about as far from “real food” as you can get. Dry dog foods average about 10% water. Fresh meat is about 70-80% moisture. Kibble is a convenience food. Factory synthesized food pellets. A modern-day invention (dating back to the late 1950s). Yet the fact does remain, many dogs thrive on dry food, just the same.

    Wet and raw foods do a better job of mimicking nature. Moisture is good. For more information, please take a moment to watch Dr. Karen Becker’s video, “The Best and Worst Dog Foods“. It does a very good idea of showing you what the ideal dog food might look like.

  • Jonathan

    Amy, why are you concerned about the moisture content? In the wild, dogs would eat nothing but animals. And animals are 70-80% water. So if anything, I would tend to think canned foods are superior BECAUSE of having a higher moisture content! This looks like a terrific food. I wouldn’t hesitate to feed it to my Sadie dog. That is, if I could afford to feed it to my 70 pound mouth with legs! lol

  • Amy Shatzen

    Mike, could you please comment on the moisture content of this food? I’ve been searching for a food for picky dogs that won’t eat any kibble at all, no matter how high the quality is. I’m speaking of dogs that will eat canned food, but not dry food. My concern over canned foods – even ones that are high quality is that the moisture is usually about 78%, which is so much higher than dry food. Other rolled foods such as: Natural Balance, Pet Botanics, and Red Barn have only 40% moisture, but contain too much sugar and wheat. What I don’t understand is how Deli Fresh can contain 76% moisture! That’s about as much as a canned food. Assuming the physical consistency of the Deli Fresh rolled food is dryer/firmer than a wet canned food, how can there be that much moisture? Is it possible that the company is being too conservative again in their reporting, and maybe there really isn’t that much moisture? (I’m hoping.)

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  • http://[email protected] Spencer

    Forgot to mention that salt, (not potassium chloride), acts as a preservative, that is why they use so much and can claim that they don’t use any preservatives, Mike check this out for yourself and downgrade this food,
    Over time salt will cause a dog’s life to be shortened because of heart disease.

  • http://[email protected] Spencer

    For everyone’s information, do your own research by the way, salt is exactly the same in a dog’s body as in ours, do some RESEARCH, they do get cardiovascular disease the same as a human, call the company and see how many mg.’s of sodium are really in this food, check out the chicken broth at the grocery store and see how much s. is in it! call your vet. and ask him/her if sodium is good for a dog, do it, then change foods.

  • Tricia

    Well I guess my dog more finicky because she wouldn’t touch this food.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi PugMama… In small amounts, sodium salt is a necessary part of a dog’s (and a human) diet. However, since the amount of salt is not disclosed on the label, it is impossible to judge the amount in this product. In most cases, the salt in dog foods is necessary and usually meets AAFCO nutritional profiles.

  • PugMama

    Hi mike. Wondering if you can educate me on this salt issue. I’ve noticed that this food does have a fair amount of salt… I use the deli fresh roll as a topper for my 13 year old pekingese & 1 year old pug. My pekingese is on Wellness Super5Mix Just For Seniors and my pug is on Earthborn Primitive Naturals. I take a little slice and mash it up into their dry food… so far, they both devour it! But do you think the salt is something I need to be worrying about? Thanks?

  • Donna

    Fresh Pet is always accepted by even the finnicky eaters. I have a 15 yr old Pom that can eat this with no problems. Any other soft food upsets his stomach.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dawn… It has always been my goal to cover all brands and their product lines (however, not each recipe). But this takes time. We do have other Fresh Pet products (including their Vital line) on our current To Do list. But it could be a while before we get to it.

  • Dawn Leder

    I FAVOR THE VITAL OVER THE FRESH AND FRESHPET SELECT IT HAS “NO GRAINS” AFTER I RESEARCHED DOG FOODS EXTENSIVELY AND READ HOW BAD GRAINS ARE FOR DOGS ( if your dog passes gas a lot…. It’s from the grains because their digestive systems weren’t made to digest grains)
    the vital is a little more money but we’ll worth it check it out has great proteins! Freshpet and deli fresh is ONLY chicken or beef! So many animals allergic to those two proteins such as my two beagles. :0/
    Mike will you be reviewing their vital brand. I hope so
    :0)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Elizabeth… What dog food ingredients appears to help regulate blood sugar the best are products with a low glycemic index and a reasonable amount of fiber. Please see our FAQ page and look for the topic, “Diabetic Dog Food”. Hope this helps.

  • Elizabeth Hebert

    My 12 year old dog had developed diabetes back in December 2010. The vet put her on Hill’s W/D presciption diet. Although I was not happy with the number 1 ingredients being corn amd it having animal by-products, I gave it to her anyway because the vet said it was good for the diabetes. Well she only ate it for a short time before I was basicly throwing it away. I have tried many other dog foods on the market, bag after bag can after can I was throwing it away. While I was reading lables at petsupermaket one day an employee can up to me and recommended I tried deli fresh. She had heard a customer say that it lowered her dogs need for as much insulin. I have switch my dogs to deli fresh and they seem to like it better then anything else I have tried(and they are picky eaters). I was just wondering if you or anyone else has seen or heard of it regulating insulin levels?

  • Captain Bacon

    From the Pet Fresh website…”Salt provides the essential nutrients sodium and chloride. Although sodium content in prepared foods is of concern to humans, dogs do not suffer from cardiovascular diseases like humans do. Our salt levels are within the ranges recommended by veterinary nutritionists”…

  • http://[email protected] Spence Cohen

    Too much salt! don’t be afraid to taste this food, if you find it too salty for you, it is too salty for your dog.

  • Kathleen

    some petsmarts are now carrying deli fresh and it is available on their website

  • Deb

    Thanks mike. That does answer my question. Unfortunately for me, there is no pet store, not even pet smart or petco, in a 50 mile radius that sells Deli Fresh. Can’t understand why.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Deb… Deli Fresh is made by Freshpet. But they are different products. Freshpet Select is available in grocery stores. But Deli Fresh is a significantly better product only available in pet stores. Hope this helps.

  • Deb

    is deli fresh and fresh pet select the same thing? I can find fresh pet select at our neighborhood grocery store but no where can i find deli fresh. and my dogs love fresh pet select! . My 15 yr. old and very healthy chihuahua had all teeth pulled in january and developed skin allergy 2 months later. Never had any allergy before. He has lived on iams dry mostly all of his life but the need for soft food had me using cesars canine cusine. thats when allergy began. (don’t know if its the cause) Since 2 months on fresh pet select he still sometimes licks and bites paws, but not anywhere else thank goodness. There is no damage and all hot spots are gone. Also started Dermacaps. Thats why i’m hoping this food is really healthy as advertised.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Akita Mom… The macro-nutrient (protein, fat, etc.) content is the main difference between these two foods. But there could also be more subtle variations regarding the vitamin and mineral amounts in each food.

    The important message… never feed an adult food to a puppy unless it is rated for wither “growth” or “all life stages”. Hope this helps.

  • Akita mom

    Hi Mike,

    Is there any difference between the adult chicken and the puppy chicken formulas? The ingredients seem the same, but is there a difference in the amount of protein and fat percentages?

    Thanks!

  • Lisa

    I have been using this for years! Ever since I added two hairless cresteds to my mix of 4 dogs. They have the NICEST SKIN now!! My fur’d friends coats are better too (as they likely have nicer skin now too). My cats like to snack on the leftovers. :) I truely feel fresh food is FAR superior over kibble anyday! My dogs will likely live an unusually LONG life since I found DeliFresh. The moisture content alone is a blessing for all dogs lucky enough to eat it. Thanks for the great review. The certainly deserve it!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… After studying the company’s website more closely, I notice they have clearly stated that these products contain over 70% meat. Yet their Guaranteed Analysis suggests only 38% protein. I must assume the company is being very conservative in their “as fed” guaranteed minimums. So, I’m planning to revisit all the Freshpet products currently in our database. Looks like they may indeed be entitled to more favorable ratings. Check back over the next day or so for an update. Thanks so much for taking and calling this to my attention. :)

  • Michelle

    Mike, I agree with you on that and I did read that link. It is really hard to compare dry, wet, fresh, frozen, raw etc. on the same scale. So I understand the rationale behind this.

    But the raw Chicken you get at the grocery have moisture too, but if you break it down into dry matter its going not going to yield a low protein % even thou its 100% Fresh meat. I just wanted to call that out. You should also review their Vital brand, which is being carried at my local petco as well. I think it will get a 5-star since its 100% grain free.

    Great site btw… alot of brands I never heard of before.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mary… From your results I can understand how you would feel Deli Fresh might be a 5-star food. But unfortunately, at 38% dry matter protein, the product does not contain enough meat to qualify it to be a 5-star dog food in our database. To see why we intentionally ignore subjective information and focus on the only reliable information we feel we can reliably trust (government-regulated pet food labels) , please be sure to read our report, “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews“. Thanks for your comment.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… Regarding your comment about “there is a meat content limit in products with high moisture”, we use dry matter basis to make our comparisons. This method uses a formula to remove all the water from every product before we rate each food. This permits more precise comparisons between dog foods of any moisture content.

  • Mary Tucker

    A five star rating should be awarded to Pet Fresh Deli Select. I have a Beagle that was a Labratory Research Rescue. She had diarrhea for years ….literally. After trying many, many things I had the great fortune to try a roll of the Chicken with rice & vegs. With the exception of a horrible thunderstorm or sudden scarry event, Beatrice has been fine since the first week. It is unbelievable and a God Send!

  • http://Gwprescue.com Mary Murray

    Yes, thus no stomach upset. Dogs coming in from the shelter are usually eating what can be afforded…and it is usually not very good. We can transition so easily with freshpet….and i am confident the skin issues clearing up, energy level, shiny coat, and bright eyes are all because of the nutritional value of the food…lack of preservatives, and chemicals.

  • Michelle

    My three year old yorkie has been on Deli Fresh since she was a pup. We mix it with Blue Buffalo Wildress (which I think is another high protein food) and she will always eat Deli Fresh first and only when she realize won’t give her anymore will she eat Blue. And alot of my neighbors also use Deli Fresh, who have seen remarkable changes in their dog’s health. I agree with Brenda that this should be a 5 star dog food. But I also understand that there is a meat content limit in products with high moisture.

    However, I just one to call out two things that I think is missing in this review, and the reason that I decided to use Deli Fresh for my dog and probably why me and Brenda feel this should be a five star dog food. One – this is a refrigerated dog food and like most refrigerated products contains no preservatives, since they do actually spoil if you leave it out in the sun. Two – unlike most commercial pet food, this brand is gently cooked – which preserves the nutrient integrity of the ingredients. These can be found on their website’s FAQ section. I think this is why people always say Deli-Fresh helped my dog’s bowl movement, etc. Cuz its probably easier for the dog to digest.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brenda… I can see your point about the goodness of Deli Fresh. After all, we like it, too. However, with just 38% protein and 25% fat, Deli Fresh contains only a moderate amount of meat and is only entitled to make our 4-star category. EVO (on the other hand) contains a whopping 55% meat-based protein. Sorry, but with one of the highest meat portions in our dog food database, EVO is certainly entitled to its full 5 star rating.

  • Brenda Cole

    My 8 year old, 3 1/2 lb. maltese began his life with terrible bowel issues. He was only one pound at 9 weeks. After trying every food, probiotics and boiling chicken for 7 years of his life, I discovered Freshpet and decided to give it a try. He loved this food. I knew he was getting the other ingredients required in a healthy diet and no more irritable bowel problems. He is a much healthier and happier little dog because of this food (and so is his mommy)! 8 years old on December 23rd and still going strong :)

    In my book, this is a 5 star food. According to your review, the rating on the canned Evo is a 5 without the total content of meat being tested. Please reconsider your rating on this food.

  • http://Gwprescue.com Mary Murray

    We have been feeding Freshpet for over a year now to our Rescue dogs and puppies. We find that the dogs we get in from shelters all over the country usually have kennel cough, pneumonia, come from puppy mills with some very sad beginnings. What is tremendous about PetFresh, is that they can transition onto the food from the shelter with no stomach upset in our experience.

    Their road to health improved in only 2-3 weeks, with medical care and freshPet it is amazing to me how recovery is substantially improved along with the food being sooooo good, they animals really begin to eat and become healthier quicker, leading to forever homes. FreshPet also supports rescue organizations with complete support of donations of food. They have supplied special Vet Blend for our most emaciated dogs, and those coming in on death’s door.

    I am just amazed how the dogs love the food, and feel so good we can supply them a good start on the rest of their lives.