Freshpet Select Homestyle (Tubs)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Freshpet Select Homestyle Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Freshpet Select Homestyle product line includes two tubbed 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.

  • Freshpet Select Homestyle Lamb, Vegetable and Barley
  • Freshpet Select Homestyle Chicken, Vegetable and Rice

Freshpet Select Homestyle Chicken, Vegetable and Rice Recipe was selected to represent both products for this review.

Freshpet Select Homestyle Chicken, Vegetable and Rice

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 47%

Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, eggs, carrots, ground oats, chicken liver, brown rice, peas, salt, guar gum, natural flavors, 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, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis6%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%18%47%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%38%39%

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

The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

The seventh ingredient 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 eighth ingredient is 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.

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 two notable exceptions

First, guar gum is a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

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

Freshpet Select Homestyle Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Although we label it a canned dog food, Freshpet Select Homestyle is actually a stew-like recipe sold in refrigerated tubs.

And judging by its ingredients alone, this dog food looks like an average wet 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 27%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 47%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

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

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

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

Bottom line?

Freshpet Select Homestyle is a plant-based wet dog food using a modest amount of chicken or lamb as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

Recommended.

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Notes and Updates

08/20/2010 Original review
05/29/2012 Review updated
12/21/2013 Review updated
12/21/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Kitty Squyres

    My cavalier after having a rough bout with pancreatitis wouldn’t eat -any- food we gave her. We tried at least 6 different brands, alternating between dry and soft foods. Finally we saw Freshpet (the bits) at our local Rouses and thought ‘what the hey, we’ve tried everything else’. It was and is the only thing she will eat. Since then she has recovered marvelously and has not had any issues related to the food.

    As far as your vet being mistaken: said cavalier was misdiagnosed with Lyme disease by our local vet. When the treatments weren’t working we got a second opinion. Turns out it was pancreatitis. I’m just saying vets can be mistaken/leave out some things sometimes. They are human just like us.

  • Bs detector

    My dogs loved it…stopped giving it to them when I realized it was Tyson chicken who started and provides the chicken used in freshpet. http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/SB123724798153449065?mobile=y

  • Jarron

    Honestly that does not sound like the food itself but something else they ate around the same time. My poms eat it daily to keep their sugar level and have been on it for several years now. They have never had an issue.

  • Mom of six

    Same with my yorkie. Has liver shunt but won’t eat the prescription dog food. He loves this food and we mix a little green beans and potatoes in with it. LOVES IT!

  • Andrea

    Funny you say that, because 1 day and $500 later, my dog was diagnosed with an inflamed liver and a stomach infection caused from that food! So, unless you want to tell me the veterinarian was wrong, take that chance with your dog. Not my business! I wrote the company and have yet to hear back. Not only was her stool runny, it was 100% blood.. And had to have an IV bag full of fluids stored in her back, and had to take 4 different medications.

  • sunenge

    That sounds like something else, not the pet food.

  • Don Dressel

    We have 4 dogs and one is a 10 year old collie. We use to feed our dogs freshpet years ago but stopped for some reason but we are thinking of putting our 4 dogs now on freshpet as our 10 year old collie has eating problems as far as diarrhea. We also have a 10 month old yorkie-poo and 2 jack russells. We currently feed them taste of the wild salmon dry dog food with chicken giblets and some evo canned dog food mixed in. Do you think changing over to freshpet slowly would help our collie and be good for our other dogs? Would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you

  • Pattyvaughn

    Chicken is the most common.

  • Cheryl

    Our dog loves Fresh Pet but has developed an allergy to something recently. Could Portpup please restate what protein it is that most dog have allergies to?

  • bonnie

    Sorry it is FreshPet Select roll. The chicken, rice and veggies!
    My vet wants her on Hillary’s home made diet. but, it has cod liver oil and safflower oil in it. I think the FreshPet is lower fat content.

  • bonnie

    Is freshPet select with 6 grams of fat okay to feed to my kid. She was diagnosed with pancreatis. Appreciate your comments!

  • Koda

    I have a 2 year old Australian Cattle Dog. Came to us EXTREMELY sick.
    Any kind of kibble would give him instant Diarrhea. It was nearly impossible to maintain his weight. After more than a few vet visits and various tests, another dog owner at the office suggested Freshpet.
    I initially yea yea’d her, thanked her, and left without even considering it. Finally at my wits end and out of ideas, we went down to Bj’s and picked up a tube of the chicken and rice. To my COMPLETE surprise no diarhhea!!
    Koda has been happy, healthy, and maintaining weight very nicely since we made the switch!
    We did however have to up his intake from what was instructed on the package. Not a big deal, but just to let anyone using this or thinking about using this know, the RECOMMENDED feeding on the back is not to be lived by.

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  • shawna

    pleas review the chicken,carrot spinach..Freshpet select.my small dog loves it.she wont touch the rolled or the rice
    recipe. im hoping sheis getting good nutrients.she will noteat ANYTHING…and she loves this.

  • luxlamf

    They carry this at Target now for $4 a roll

  • luxlamf

    My Jack Russell loves this product, a year ago she had orthopedic surgery after a leg break and doped up she wouldn’t eat her regular Solid Gold kibble without a good dose of grilled steak included, fast forward 1 year and she is all better but I was still grilling steak to add to her food and wanted something more balanced to add to her diet and a small slice of this added to her regular kibble keeps her very happy. I tried the Vital Rolls and she liked them too but Petco is a real pain to go to, always lines and very slow staff make each visit more and more painful. I am happy to see this rated well enough to be a small part of her regular meals

  • Portpup

    Chicken and lamb are hot provides most dogs have allergies from these proteins.

  • woof

    I hope your brothers lab is safe and out of danger now. My Blk Lab was taken ill by Blue buffalo dry food, this was about two years ago. He was really sick and thank god the vet was able to help him through it. There was a recall on the food which I had given to him. His blood test improved over time but NEVER went back to where it had been prior to the recall. The best info I can offer to dog lovers is to Listen to your dog. If they turn their nose up to it, you might want to check the mfg on line for recall. Listen to your pup if food rejection seems as if it is out of the blue, as my boy was.

  • andrea

    A friend bought this for my dog when I was out of town, she thought she was give her a “treat” – I have just returned and my dog will not stop vomiting and has extremely loose, slimy stool! I wouldn’t recommend this for any dog! I’ll stick with my Nutrisca lamb and chickpea kibble! Ugh!

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  • Darren Nichols

    good lord, sponsored post much?

  • Pattyvaughn

    This is not Freshpet. It is the Dog Food Advisor.

  • janetlea

    finally a dog food my dog will eat ……….. now how about some coupons ……this is a little pricey

  • Hound Dog Mom

    A liver shunt would be a special circumstance in which a low protein diet is preferable. For healthy dogs, however, foods should be high in quality animal-based protein. Dr. Mike’s ratings are based on what the ideal diet for a healthy dog should be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.w.robinson Donna Wayne Robinson

    Funny thing is that my dog has a live shunt and low protein is exactly what she needs.

  • jblabman

    your out of date, the rice issue is solved , it is in the foreign rice and the standards are not established so no way to measure. People have been eating rice longer than almost any other food.

  • Echo

    I love Freshpet Select Homestyle Dog Food!! My two dogs are healthier,happy & Alive! They both were feeling bad,sluggish,dry skin,and no energy.Then a vet recommended Freshpet Select Homestyle dog food to me. I have been feeding them this product for 1yr. now and they love it. I wish we could get it in our hometown. I have talked with the mgr. of Wal-Mart here and they are looking into getting Freshpet Select but if they don’t order it the nearest store that sells it is 24 1/2 miles away and I will continue to drive that far to get it to ensure good health for my doggie kids. More people should know about this product & I pledge to spread the word! Thanks Freshpet Select, I rate you a 5 star in our household!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Bobby –

    If you read the reviews for the other Freshpet formulas you’ll see that the Select rolls and the Vital rolls both got 5 stars. The reason this particular variety gets only three stars is due to its low protein content. Brown rice is red flagged because it was recently discovered that brown rice is contaminated with arsenic.

  • Bobby

    This Food is better than 3 stars. Don’t know why Brown rice is flagged w/a red color. Basically lumped together w/propylene glycol, food dyes, and other disease causing chemicals. Which couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • Berrya68

    I have 3 Shih tzus and I Brussels Griffon rescue and I am at my wits end with food and bought this food just 2 days ago and I am happy with how much they seem to like it. One of our problems with our Shih tzus has been UTI’s and the Brussels was in bad shape when we got her because she was being used for breeding and then left to starve for a week and then put in freezing rain so her coat, health everything is in a mess. I will pay anything, do anything to keep them healthy. I have tried cooked diets but they kept UTI’s and then we went to Lotus and they had upset stomachs. This seems to be working. I am praying it does

  • Kathy

    Just found the Fresh Pet and thought I would give it a try with my Yorkie/Shih/Tzu mix. He is a very picky eater and I am driving myself and the Pet stores crazy retuning food that he won’t eat…well I was very excited because he ate the Fresh Pet and loved it! Now I am looking at the reviews wondering if I made the right decision….high salt content, UTI problems…hmmmm, what to do?

  • Karen

    I have a small mixed breed dog (6 lbs.) she has been having severe problems with diarreah for a long time – she has seen the vets and had tests and there is no diagnosis.   I found one food that worked for awhile to stop her problem but then she wouldn’t eat it anymore.  Out of desperation I tried this food and her tummy is doing better.  At this point I don’t care what any reviews say – if it works it’s good!

  • Dallyupwithwesterntrends

    I have a Bulldog and this has by far been the best foo! No gas! No Skin allergies!! and Loves it!!

  • Drpepper_jam1

    thank you for getting back to me. I have written to you before about my white dog with horrific allergies, so bad she was misdiagosed with cancer by mistake. she seems to be doing ok on this product. she was still very itchy on the honest kitchen. again thank you for all of your hard work. I check your list all of the time.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Drpepper_jam1,

    FreshPet Roasted Meals is already on our To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before Sandy and I get to it.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • Drpepper_jam1

    dear dog food advisor, what do you think about the freshpet roasted meals with chicken? this is not the tubs. Please get back to me. thank you

  • InkedMarie

    Glad Maggie has improved!

  • Jameslsteward

    True story. Maggie is a 5 year old yellow lab. From day one, she has had skin issues (hot spots) And, serious shedding issues, not to mention a mental stress issue when left alone. 

    I have spent $thousands in vet payments over her young life span, to no avail. June 1 of 2012, I purchased a tube of PetFresh Select, Chicken and one of Beef. (she likes the chicken better but still eats both just fine. I feed her Chicken in the morning and beef in the evening. Her mid-day treats are slices (3) of the same thing I make my ham and cheese out of. 

    Today three months later, I can not assemble the words to describe Maggie’s coat. Other than to say, it is of ‘Show Dog’ quality. 

    No skin issues what so ever, gone, none, zip. Shedding is all but ‘none’ (few hairs here and there). 

    When I leave her alone? Well, I can tell she had been sleeping when I get back. As apposed to wrecking my home due to a nervous rant.

    No, I’m not affiliated with Petfresh in and form or fashion. I just like their product. I’m just a guy who love’s his dog enough to seek out the ‘best’ nutrition I can buy for her. 

    Look, I know people love their dogs just like me. What I think most of us fail to understand is. A dog is a carnivorous (meat eater) animal. They are scavengers, with a very short digestive system. Yet, we feed them cereal (dry dog food).

    Maggie’s healthy (thanks to PetFresh), happy and loved (patting myself on the back)

    Cons? Packaging of their product (Huge rolls). 

    PEACE         

  • Goodintentranch

    I dog sit a 15yr old dog that has been on a vet recommended food for many years. She will only eat when she is at the point of starving because she dislikes the food. She was steadily losing weight and I wanted to find something that she would eat and that would not cause her to get sick. Many times her vet recommended food would cause her boughts of diarrhea and vomiting. I purchased the fresh pet chicken and veggies food for her and slowly transitioned her over. She is a new dog now! She loves her food and as a result she takes all of her meds (hidden in food) and she has normal stools and no more vomiting. I would highly recommend this food. Also, her vet is pleased with this and all her blood work is normal.

  • Sandraeshelman9

    I have a toy poodle who is very pickey I have tried all the good dog foods and she won’t eat them. She loves the pet select food. She loves it. My husband almost ate it thinking it was some kind of bologna product. It smells good which is why my dog likes it.

  • Beckykreiling

    I have 5 pekingeses and  my Tara Roo was having a bladder problem== I found a product from were I get my vitamin at new sun for doggie wetting and it clear it up in no time- you just put it in her warer and its done . Make sure you give fresh water every day and add the drops– I do all natrual for my dogs– if something is different in her life this peeing can happen– I wanted to try this for my kids (dogs ) but now not sure . Hope this helps you and try to not give them to much medican– natrual is best– one pekingeses lover to another.  

  • We294391

    This dog food has made a world of difference in the overall health of my dogs. Our female Shih-Tzu Tootsie was very unhealthy when we rescued her from an abusive and neglectful home. We fed them Purina Moist and Meaty for a long time, until we started hearing bad things about the red dyes in it. We started feeding them Fresh pet Select, which they both LOVE. Within weeks we saw a huge difference in Tootsie’s weight, activity, and growth of her hair. She started getting her hair back from where she had lost it from malnutrition, and she put on healthy weight. It also made her feel better, and more active. I recommended this food to my family, which now use it, and I would recommend it to anyone gladly! I attribute all of Tootsie’s improvement and health to FreshPet Select!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Marie-Price/1121493218 Andrea Marie Price

    My dogs like this stuff :D. I just pinch a bit into their Acana and they are happy babies <3

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I would contact Freshpet.  They do have a FB page and might mention coupons there.  I feed the Freshpet Roasted Meals to my cat.  The only time I’ve used a coupon, it has been through the Sunday paper sale ads, or through the grocery store itself.

  • Heyyou314

    where do I find a cuopon for the freshpet

  • Sovida

    Hi Judy
    The very same thing happened with my Sophie ! She kept crying and crying and peeing a lot ended up taking to vet culture was neg but still just crying and and needing to pee. Dr gave her anti and she got better?
    I stopped it
    Than recently with new ONE NEW f FLAVORS NO GRANN etc the crying started again and peeing every 15 mins FOOD WENT IN THE GARBAGE! There is def something with that food doing ur his to our girls. :0(

  • Judy Graham

    This is my Sophee Dawn that is sick with bladder infection. Just trying to find out if fresh pet has caused their baby to get bladder infection. The vet said maybe dont give up on food just yet. Get this under control first and f it comes back could be the food.

  • Judy Graham

    Just got back from vet my dog Sophee Dawn is a pekineese and is 5 years old. Ive been feeding fresh pet for a month or so . All of a sudden she has a severe bladder infection. I don’t feed her anything but this she finally found something she will eat. Questios is could this be making her sick? Help concerned Mommy

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle,

    I’ve already reviewed the Freshpet Select Slice and Serve product line. It’s listed alphabetically on my Brands A to Z page. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247376743 Michelle Marolda-Parvana

    Will you be reviewing the slice and serve line?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247376743 Michelle Marolda-Parvana

    My little pom got really sick and wouldn’t eat any dog food. I gave her this and shes eating and back to herself. I’m a fan!

  • MVSoccer

    I’ve had my Golden and Boxer mix on Freshpet for over 4 years now.  They are both very active senior dogs and appear to be very healthy.  I like to follow and read these comments and I get a kick out of some of the disinformation printed.  I think anyone who is considering this food simply needs to read the ingredient deck on this product and compare vs most other pet food ingredient decks to understand that Freshpet is selling a simple less processed meat based diet.  I’ve found that most dogs will wolf it down but keep in mind that you can change your dogs diet but do so ever so gradually.  Perhaps 1 food does not fit all but I have found Freshpet delivers on all fronts for my 2 girls Chloe & Mia!!

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  • Dinasdesigns2006

    I was feeding my boston terrier blue buffalo wet and dry. But because of the cost, I was pleased to see that Rylie scarfed down the freshpet food the first time when he usually takes a few days to get used to it. I give my Boston Blue Buffalo fish & sweet potato dry food, about 1/2 – 3/4 cups per day depending on his mood, and 1/2 serving of the freshpet once a day. If you are concerned with bowel and stomach issues, I recommend always givng your pooch a serving of dry food broken up into two meals to help keep him/her regular. As far as the Freshpet is concerned, My Dog is happy and therefore I am happy. Blessings to all.

  • Dawn

    MAYBE YOU DIDN’T..S  L  O  W  L  Y…TRANSITION? ITSA BIG CHANGE IF YOUR PET WAS ALWAYS BEEN ON KIBBLE! THE POOR BABIES BELLIES WEREN’T USE TO DIGESTING FRESHPET BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENCE OF IT……SHOULD ONLY HAVE THE MOST 2 TBLS TO START FOR THREE DAY AND INCREASE 1 TBS EVERY THREE DAYS….IF YOU JUST PLOPPED IT THEIR WHOLE AMOUNT FIRST TIME THAT WOULD DEF MAKE THEM VERY VERY SICK  :o*(

  • Dawn

    ???WHEN YOUR SAYING MEATBALLS..ARE YOU MEANING THE FRESHPET ONE IN THE TUB? BECAUSE EXCEPT FOR THE ROASTED FRESHPET IT ALL COMES IN THE TUBE SHAPE? IF…YOU ARE MEANING THE TUB…I WOULD NOT EVER GIVE EVERYDAY..DIDN’T YOU NOTICE THE SLIMEY GOOEY GRAVY PASTEY? THATS VEGETABLE GLYCERIN..WHICH IS OK FOR DOGS BUT DEF not ON AN EVERYDAY SCHEDULE. ITS WAY TO MUCH GLYCERIN..PICTURE IF YOU ATE CASTOR OIL OR VASELINE EVERY DAY EVERY DAY (YUK) HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR STOOLS WOULD LOOK LIKE? THEIR CONSISTENCY? THERES NOTHING IN THAT FOOD THAT MAKES THE VILLI IN THE INTESTINE MOVE AND GET FOOD OUT OF THE POCKETS..WHICH THEN WILL CAUSE DIVERTICULITIS GIVE YOUR BABY BELLY ACHE SOMETIMES A REAL BAD ACHE AND STOOL WOULD BE MUCUSY AND BLOODY….THEY NEED REAL MEAT A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK TO MAKE THAT VILLI GET A WORK OUT  :o) OH MY GOODNESS I JUST LOOKED UP AT THE SCREEN OOPSEY DIDN’T REALISE I HAD MY CAPS ON…SO SORRY! WELL THIS IS MUCH LATER THEN WHEN YOU WROTE THIS SO YOU PROB WILL…NOT…EVEN SEE THIS..AND PROBABLY EATING SOMETHING ELSE? HOPE TO HEAR BACK THOUGH TO HEAR HOW YOUR FUR BABY IS DOING <3

  • Dawn

    The company told me..not..to freeze freshpet  :O/

  • Dawn

    @An..Hi..I had my 3 yr old beagle on freshpet when it literally..just..came out. She too loved it more than any of the other foods. however she..constantly had very weepy eyes and also very bloodshot eyes. They weren’t nice and clear. Of course the vet said no no food can’t cause weepy eyes..grrr. but I stopped her anyway. she is on Great Life (canned) shes never ever acted so spry so happy so energenic ever! Shes even back to bringing her ball to me like she use to when she was younger wanting me to play with her! No weepy eyes they are gorgeous white and alert no itchies whats so ever or licking her paws etc. I still trow some freeze dried or dehydrated raw food…because..I just want her to have raw. shes never been a raw bone eater but her sister LOVES them  :O)
    Well, just wanted to share that I too had same problem as you with Freshpet. ( i think its the brown rice because other things with brown rice has given the weepy eyes) they have the VITAL (freshpet called delifresh Vital) which is grain free…but every single thing has fish! ugh and her body goes bonkers with fish.
    Ugh six of one 1/2 a dozen of another…lol But Great Life…no problems…

  • Fitze43

    I started using Freshpet about 4 Mos. ago. My puppy is 13 yrs old and he is like a new puppy. He loves it

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Boxerlover,

    Please be aware this review is for Freshpet Select’s “Homestyle” product line – not the Slice and Serve grouping.

    Homestyle isn’t available in a chub format as are the Slice & Serve products.

    With a moisture content of 78%, the formulation is identical to most all canned products.

    So, even though it’s sold in a rectangular plastic tub and to be able to compare it with other similar dog foods, it’s still appropriate to classify Freshpet Select Homestyle as a canned product.

    Hope this clarifies this issue for you.

  • Boxerlover

    I buy Freshpet for my dog and they do not have canned food.
    It is in a container or wrapped in plastic like you would buy hamburger meat. Definitely
    not canned though.

  • Sharipdx

    I’ve read that many small dogs are allergic to chicken. 

    This company also makes a beef mix.  We have a 14 year old English Bull Terrier who does very well on their beef mix.

  • Sebbyspencer

    Im sure you already know this but I thought of my poor little pug when I give him a different food and he has an allergic reaction to it. He totally starts itching his ears and non stop licking and chewing his paws:( my vet said these are very common allergy symptoms and to give him a 25mg benedryl. It works like a dream:)

  • Sebbyspencer

    Im sure you already know this but I thought of my poor little pug when I give him a different food and he has an allergic reaction to it. He totally starts itching his ears and non stop licking and chewing his paws:( my vet said these are very common allergy symptoms and to give him a 25mg benedryl. It works like a dream:)

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  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Bridgey64…I’m sorry about your brother’s dogs!  And I appreciate you informing us of the Nutro food.  However, this thread is about Freshpet, which you say you do feed. Are your dogs doing fine on this food?  I’m kinda confused.  Thanks.  

  • Bridgey64

    Just saw your message…want you to know that I feed my two small dogs Fresh Pet roll food….My brother has/had 3 dogs..from tiny to large..all 3 were eating the Nutro food..They all 3 began throwing up, got lethargic and very ill.  Two out of 3 died (the second was only 3 years old)..the 3rd dog, a large mixed lab, is fighting for her life on dialysis.  Not sure of her fate.  Everything is pointing to the food.  When we researched it online, tons of complaints of the same thing; all were eating Nutro food.  Wanted you to know!! Be careful and research it.

  • Lynne

    I would so appreciate it if anyone could give me their knowledge/thoughts as to the sodium content of the Freshpet  line of foods. My dog ate them better than anything else I have ever fed her, but I want to make sure that they are not too high in salt for her. Thank you very much.

  • Lynne

    I fed this to my dog for several weeks and she absolutely loved it – ate it better than any food I’d ever given her. Then my vet told me that the salt content in it is too high and may have contributed to a bladder infection she developed. Any thoughts on the sodium content as it compares to other dog foods? Thanks in advance.

  • Danielle

    I have a yorkie chihuahua mix who has been on many different diets (i.e. I made his food, raw foods, dry foods, etc). However, recently with a baby on the way I began to look for a cheaper, but good quality alternative. That being said my dog loves fresh pet “roasted meals” and what’s even better is that I don’t have to seek out specialty shops w/ random hours, that are out of the way. I love that I can pick up fresh pet at walmart or most local grocery store.
    Eventually, I would like to get back to making his food, but in the mean time fresh pet is a great option(and easy on the wallet)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Ronna… You are leaving your comment and request for coupons on The Dog Food Advisor, an independent review and rating website. You should contact Freshpet Customer Service if you’re looking for coupons. I have removed you personal contact information from your comment to protect your privacy.

  • Ronna Graham

    My very picky Yorkies LOVE your pet food!!!!! I just can’t believe it !!!!!!! I’ve tried everything and they just went bonkers over yours. One of my Yorkies was a rescue from a puppy mill. Her teeth weren’t taken care of and I’m sorry to say she became ‘toothless’ a few weeks so finding a food that she really likes and is nutritional is VERY important to me.

    My printer is, of course, not working so I can’t print off any coupons. Would you please send me some coupons for her?
    Pretty please.

    I’m going to include my address on the outside chance that you’ll be able to do this. Thank you

    Ronna Graham
    [Address deleted by DFA editor to protect your privacy]

  • An

    All of my dogs eat Science Diet and I believed they were doing well with it. However in the past 2 months I’ve been rotating this with Freshpet, which they LOVE! After reading everything about Hills I don’t think I will be feeding them that any longer. The problem is my 11 year-old Maltese has been scratching his ears incessantly, chews on his paws until they bleed, has weepy eyes and hasn’t gone to the bathroom as much as he did before so I worry that he may get constipated and compacted. Does anyone else have this problem?

    My 11 year- old yorkie also seems to suddenly have this weepy-eyes problem, my malti-havanese’s ears also itch now, and oddly my chi-weenie has no problems. Is anyone else experiencing this?

  • MaryAnn

    My dog is a nine year Lhasa Apso/maltese mix. He loved Fresh Pet Select tubs and rolls however, recently he has been throwing up. I usually dice up less than a 1/4 recommended and mix it with his Nutro Lamb dry. Does anyone know how much protein, fiber, moisture etc, that a senior dog should eat daily?

  • Rogena

    I have a 5 lb chihuahua, 1 yr old & very picky eater. I have tried many different foods, wet, dry, expensive. Finally tried the Freshpet roll & he loves it! I panicked a few weeks ago when the store was out of the rolls. I tried the Freshpet bites with spinach & he would not eat them. He went hungry for a few days until the store restocked the rolls. I have put some in the freezer for emergencies. I don’t know what we will do if the store stops carrying them!

  • Kristin H.

    Have a ten year old minature poodle – Rescued last year! His digestion has been an ongoing struggle – very mixed up and picky eater – addicted to junk food and nervous about eating around people. Long story short – have tried many brands, done lots of research, lots of cooking of chicken breasts, lamb, brown rice, blah blah blah – just offered the FreshPet Roll – big hit! His tummy was actually balanced with no loose stool or gas. Hope he coninues to like this food and continues to settle down and improve overall. Thanks for this page and reviews.

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

    Julie, you are very honest to admit that you don’t know much about dog food nutrition, despite being a vet. Too many vets are arrogant with their “knowledge” they received from Hill’s and Purina in school and look down their noses at those of us who care about “premium” dog food and raw foods. Like “oh you silly people. Hill’s spends millions on research. They know what they are talking about.” and they go on arrogantly trusting the “science” of feeding dogs cheap corn.

    I am blown away by the fact that most of the people up here every day, learning more and more about dog food and dog nutrition, are NOT veterinarians. I’m the kind of person who seeks knowledge. And I never think I have the “only” answer. I cannot fathom a group of DOCTORS who think they don’t need to research this stuff on their own.

    Stick around, Julie! We’d love to hear what you know… and we’d love to teach you what we know!

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Julie – As a vet, have you tried feeding your dog a species-appropriate, complete and balanced commercial raw dog food?
    A dog should not be eating 50% carbohydrates (just like we shouldn’t either!)
    You can also ‘fast’ a picky dog, for a day or two.
    Quality of ingredients is important, you’re right. Some chickens are clean; some chickens are toxic.
    There are some raw organic dog foods available – Raw Advantage and Paw Naturaw are examples.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/raw-dog-food/
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/raw/5-star/

    Dr. Karen Becker: The Best and Worst Types of Dog Foods
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/karen-becker-best-worst-dog-food/

  • Julie Myers

    Hello, I am a veterinarian, however I do not claim myself an expert on animal feed because of the complexity of the ingredients themselves. When a food claims it contains chicken, it could be the very best or worst quality and that is one reason reading the ingredients doesn’t tell you everything, however it is very important. I have a 1 1/2 yr. old Shih tzu that I have tried every reasonable dog food and hates all of them. I had resorted to chicken breasts, pasta, peas, sweet potatoes and occasionally steak. He picked these ingredients because it is all he would eat. I have had dogs all my life and never had a problem with a dog not eating commercial dog food. I tried fresh pet, the lamb version and he LOVES it. So I give it a thumbs up.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Renae… Yes, these are already on my To Do list. And I do plan to add these product lines in the not too distant future. However, due to my current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Renae

    Will there be an evaluation of the Fresh Pet Vital Complete Meals or Fresh Pet Select Roasted Meals??

  • 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.

  • Christine Kirkpatrick

    I am posting this under both “Freshpet Select Homestyle” and “Deli Fresh Slice and Serve” (which is also a Freshpet product) in the hope that someone may have some additional information that might help:

    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.

  • Nancy Small

    I also struggled for years to find a pet food my Shihpoo, Daisy, would like and that was also good for her. She loves Freshpet Select! While it may be more expensive, it doesn’t go to waste like so many other quality foods I have bought for her.

  • Gordon

    While egg yolks and fresh eggs for dogs are super nutrient rich for both them and us humans, probably right that it’s overkill on a daily basis. Just a suggestion gj – Why not try topping it with low fat, high probiotic yoghurt, on alternate days to egg yolk? I add yoghurt every second day to my dogs’ kibbles and I can tell their enthusiasm is that much more, than when I just have their kibble alone present. Although, they’re even more enthusiastic when they’re presented with raw food.

    Try the yoghurt idea. It may work.

  • gj

    my maltese is thw pickiest , i feed her blue buffalo chicken, have tried the other varieties of that brand. she doesnt like any of them. will only eat if I put egg yolk on it; and that cant be good for her every day i really need some advise
    gj

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi CJ… These other product lines are still on my To Do list. Unfortunately, getting through so many of them takes a good while. We should be getting to at least some of them soon. Thanks for your patience.

  • CJ

    I just saw your comment about getting to reviewing the other products as soon as you can. Can’t wait! :)

  • CJ

    I noticed the freshpet select homestyle product has been reviewed and I was wondering about the other products they offer:
    -Slice and Serve
    -Bites

    Some of the ingredients are different and listed differently as well.

  • sasha

    I bought this trying to feed my dogs healthier food but it only made her sick. About an hour after eating it one began throwing up and continued. First two times all the food came out but then she still threw up stomach bile 6 more times. I checked on my other dog who had gone outside and discovered he had thrown up several times too. It may be good for some but not for mine. Will never buy it again and plan to throw out what is left.

  • Sheryl Vance

    Melissa, thanks! I’m gonna go get a can of that chicken and rice from tractor supply right now. My little picky Keaton has to smell of everything, too.

  • melissa

    Sheryl-

    If you have not tried it already, try different flavors of canned, rather than different brands, same flavor./ My really picky Iggy will eat with gusto Merrick canned(but nothing containing buffalo and the sort) and 4 Health(tractor supply brand) canned chicken and rice. He is very careful to sniff the foods first before trying, so if the smell does not “smell good” to him, it gets ignored.

  • Meagan

    Sheryl- It is available to me at theisens in Iowa

  • Janice D. McCollam

    Picked up a couple of tubs of the Freshpet Select chicken at the grocery the other day to use as a topper to my dogs’ kibble. They ate it heartily! I use various can foods to top their kibble and they also get raw medallions for one meal. I think, though, this food is a little more expensive than just can food, so I won’t buy many. I will continue to use it as one of our toppers, though.

  • Sheryl Vance

    Jonathan, where do u buy the Earthborn food. I’ll try anything to find a food that she’ll eat. I want her to have something that’s nutritional.

  • Sheryl Vance

    Thanks Mike. I’ve tried topping with several different can foods and she won’t touch it. Just bought a can of Innova, a can of Wellness, and a can of Blue. She wouldn’t touch any of them…mixed with dry or not. She’s the pickiest little dog I’ve ever seen. She won’t eat anything that resembles a milkbone dog biscuit…doesn’t matter the brand. If it’s hard and dry, she doesn’t want it. It’s a stretch to get her to eat the Freshpet Select Rolls. I’m lucky if I can get her to eat 1/4 lb a day…and that’s not much.

  • Janice

    My Mini Schnauzer loves fresh pet dog food

  • Mike P

    Sheryl , maybe try the topping method with your dry . Make sure you mix it up and cover all the kibble , so your dog doesn’t cherry pick the food . Your dog will love you for the topping of a tastey can …I use 5 or 6 different brands of canned toppers and my gal eats up every meal …just a thought

  • Suzy

    My dogs love the Freshpet select rolls. My pug has put on some weight & my vet suggests feeding some dry with it. My dogs love it. A little too much! Watch their weight when you feed it. If you have a picky eater Freshpet is great & pretty high quality too. I now feed dry Blue dog food with the Freshpet & a little warm water – let it sit about 5 minutes & mash it with a potato masher. It’s the best of both.

  • Jonathan

    Have you tried Earthborn Primitive Natural? My dog thinks that stuff is candy.

  • Sheryl Vance

    Thanks Jonathan and Mike! I’ll try to be patient. My little dog is the pickiest dog on the planet. She hates dry food…at least all the ones I’ve tried to get her to eat. Do you know of one that is extra tasty to dogs? I’d love to get her on a dry one, but hate going through the starvation thing.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sheryl… There are still hundreds of dog foods waiting to be reviewed. So, unfortunately, it could be a while longer before I get to this product line. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Jonathan

    Sheryl, Freshpet Select Slice and Serve looks like a fine product! Here is the ingredients…

    Chicken, eggs, chicken liver, chicken broth, carrots, brown rice, peas, rice bran, carrageenan, salt, natural flavors, 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, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

    And the GA (dry matter basis) looks like this…

    Protein-37%
    Fat-22%
    Carb- approx 34% (fiber 7%)

    Looks like a 4.5-5 star food to me! :-)

  • Sheryl Vance

    I’m waiting for the reviews on the Freshpet Select food rolls, too. Have you made any progress with their evaluation?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jim… Unfortunately, since this is an independent dog food review website, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer of the product you’re asking about for help.

  • jim bolognese

    To whom it concerns.Trying to locate your product.Your site using zip code 83815 Coeur Alene Id. SHOW WALMART, SUPERONE AND SAFEWAY .As having your product.However only Safeway carries it.The other 2 have no idea what I was talking about.Safeway is selling the 1.5# FOR $5.99 too much.I was hoping the other stores would sell it cheaper.my question is do you plan on any other stores in my area?. my dog likes the food very much. thanks for you answer. ps.I was going to print coupons.but my printer is down. jim

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi TW… They’re on my To Do list. But due to our current backlog, it could be a while before I get to the Freshpet Select Rolls.

  • TW

    Looking forward to see the reviews for the rolls.

  • michelle

    I meant the Freshpet foods! regarding the above

  • michelle

    Hi Mike,

    I am currently a big fan of wellness both the stew variety and the sliced roll. My 5 year old Shih-tzu is extremely fussy and she is pretty sensitive to most foods causing digestive upset. I give her Freshpet foods 3-4 times a week in combination with her regular hard food which she tends to just leave in the bowl. I love this food…so does she. I love your site! Keep up the great work! You make our lives a bit easier!- mln

  • http://dogoninn.com Kristin

    Carol,
    So sorry to hear about the dogs you knew that got sick. :-/ Hope everything turned out okay.
    Regarding black listing any companies that have ever had a recall though, you’d be left with slim pickings. Especially considering that many of the companies share manufacturing facilities. For example, Solid Gold Dry dog foods are made at the Diamond Pet Foods processing plant. Its unfortunate that even the ‘best’ dog food companies sometimes have issues.
    I’m right there with you on the P&G buy out of Natura though. I will continue to sell and promote California Natural, EVO and the rest of the Natura line for now, but if the formulas are changed so that they drop below the 3 star rating, I will steer clear of them.

  • Carol

    Kristin, only because of the recall wayback – I knew two dogs personally that got very sick. It was hard to get over. I’m sure Diamond is fantastic now and of course recall can happen to any brand. It’s just a personal thing – It’s the same kind of thing that some brands have or will be taken over by P&G and there is a possibility that formulas will be changed. It’s just my feelings…

  • http://dogoninn.com Kristin

    Carol,
    If you don’t mind my asking, what’s the reasoning behind your strong aversion to ‘anything to do with Diamond’? Granted, not all of their products are fantastic, but many are rated 4 or even 5 stars on here.

  • Carol

    For instance the Fresh Pet Select the deli loaf –
    It says Crude Protein (min) 10.0% and The Crude fat (min) 6.0% – When I spoke to the Company they said that I need to convert this because this is way to high. Is she talking dry matter- convert this as if I was using dry food? Because the average layperson at first glance would think wow this is great for (pancreatitis) but no it is way too high. (Premium Edge) no…no…anything to do with Diamond…no…

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Carol… We do plan to publish a future list of recommended low fat dog foods. For example, you may wish to consider Wellness Core Reduced Fat or Premium Edge Healthy Weight I (not the Healthy Weight II recipe). Hope this helps for now.

  • Carol

    oops…realized it is too high…..didn’t figure it out right…

  • Carol

    I saw today in our grocery store, FreshPet Select the chicken bites which have 10% fat and the Deli Style (not sure of the fat content there) might be possible for a low fat snack or as a little topper to her (low fat food) I wouldn’t use this as her main food – Any thoughts on this brand (bites and loaf)

    I hope that you will do a review on the low fat foods for dogs that have pancreatitis (attack)

    Speaking to many dog owners with this problem, we all feel guilty that we can’t give our dogs the “best” commercial food and there is no magic formula to pick from. Perhaps mixing and matching might be an idea.

    It would have been ideal to have a “Orijen” type of food that would be great for our type of situation; maybe there will be more special needs high quality foods one day:)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Liz… Deli Fresh (and to a lesser degree, Freshpet Select) and Merrick are two of the better dog foods in our database. However, since each dog responds to a particular food in its own way, we’re can’t promise you they will be acceptable to your pet. In any case, I don’t see how you could go wrong with your choices here. Your pit mix is lucky to have you.

  • Liz

    Hi Mike!
    I’ve been going through your website and I must say, my head is about to explode! :) Choosing a decent dog food is almost a part time job! Right now my 1 yo pit mix Brian is on Canidae CHicken and Rice dry and Science Diet canned. Obviously since reading the rating on SD, I want to take her off. She can take or leave the Canidae. Poor pup itches alot.
    I was thinking about switching her to either Deli Fresh slice or Merrick’s Crazy Granny’s Singing Cowboy Chicken and Sausage Tot Pot Pie canned to mix with either Canidae Grain free or Merrick’s Wildnerness Blend. (who names this stuff?)Do you think that’s an ok choice? I’d be interested to see what you think of the Freshpet rolls since they’re so readily available. Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your knowledge with us dog parents! You made my life easier but I still think my head might pop from all this info!! :)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marie… Haven’t yet reviewed the Freshpet rolls. Will get to them in the future. Glad you like the Orijen.

  • Marie

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the info, it helps. I bought him the slice and serve roll to add to his kibbles, Wellness Puppy, which he does not like. So, does the “slice and serve rolls” get the same rating (3) as the Homestyle?

    After reading the ratings for all dog food, I decided to buy the Orijen last night which I am now mixing with the Wellness Puppy kibbles. Milo, my puppy beagle, likes it very much in contrast to the Wellness which he does not want to eat unless he’s really hungry. This morning, he’s been picking on his food, selecting the Orijen kibbles and leaving out the Wellness in the food bowl, but judging from the way he eats due to Orijen, some Wellness are getting into his mouth with the Orijen, which is good since the 15 lb package of Wellness is newly opened, too. I’m happy that he likes the Orijen.

    Have a nice week-end and thank you.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marie… There are three lines of FreshPet (Homestyle, Fresh Bites and Slice and Serve Rolls). All of them should be refrigerated as they are all made without preservatives. Once opened, they can keep fresh in the fridge for 2 days (Homestyle), Fresh Bites (4 days) and the Slice and Serve Rolls (7 days). Hope this helps.

  • Marie

    Hi Mike,

    I did not see the review and rating for FreshPet Select refrigerated food. My 8 month-old beagle love it. I feed him with Wellness Super 5 Mix for puppy and he doesn’t like it, he would only eat it when really hungry at night or early morning if he wouldn’t eat it for dinner. I switched to Nutro (slowly by mixing the 2 brands) and he liked Nutro but his poop was a lot more and mostly soft, so I switched back again to Wellness and again he woudn’t eat it unless he starved himself for the day. In between I gave him greenies and high quality treats made with high-protein (sparingly). When I bought the FreshPet refrigerated and diced and mixed it with Wellness, he would pick on FreshPet and scatters the kibbles all over the floor. He would eventually eat the kibbles thru late in the night when he knew that no more FreshPet is going to his food bowl. I searched for the review/rating for FreshPet Select refrigerated but I did not see it here; is the review for the canned applicable to the refrigerated variety?

    Thank you.