Freshpet Select Dog Food (Rolls)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Freshpet Select rolled dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Freshpet Select product line lists five rolled dog foods, four claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one for growth (Puppy).

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

  • Freshpet Select Chunky Beef
  • Freshpet Select Tender Chicken
  • Freshpet Select Tender Chicken Puppy
  • Freshpet Select Chunky Chicken and Turkey
  • Freshpet Select Grain Free Tender Chicken (4 stars)

Freshpet Select Chunky Chicken and Turkey was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Freshpet Select Chunky Chicken and Turkey

Rolled Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Chicken, turkey, chicken liver, chicken broth, eggs, carrots, peas, brown rice, rice bran, carrageenan, natural flavors, salt, vitamins: choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, minerals: zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%27%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%51%15%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 15%

The first two ingredients in this dog food include both chicken and turkey. Chicken and turkey are considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of (poultry)”.1

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

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 is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

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

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

The seventh ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is 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.

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

And lastly, this recipe 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 Rolled Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Freshpet Select rolled dog food looks like 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 46%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when 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 dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Freshpet Select is a meat-based rolled dog food using a significant amount of beef or poultry as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Freshpet Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/02/2016 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of chicken by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Patricia Andresen

    I mix about ½ or ¼ slice of Freshpet in my Amstaff’s dry kibble along with coconut oil and a little warm water. She eats Victor Hero Canine dry food (rated 5 stars on this site) We feed her twice a day so one large roll lasts us weeks. She absolutely loves it and comes running as soon as she smells it. Just substitute the FP for an equal amount of your kibble to prevent overfeeding.

  • sosmartru

    Freshpet fixed this for my dog. You might want to have the vet or groomer express your dog’s anal glands fron time to time.

  • aimee

    Hi Lacey,

    While food may play a role in your dog’s illness I don’t see that there is something specific with this food that would result in what you experienced.

  • Lacie Collins

    I have been feeding my dog the rolls of FP for about a year and suddenly he had bloody diarrhea. I had to have an endoscopy done and they diagnosed him with inflammatory bowel disease. They said he wasn’t processing fat so it was spilling into his intestines. They put him on prednisone and metronidazole and switched his food to a gastrointestinal low fat but that made his stool runny again. So they just made me order Rayne low fat Kangaroo food which was extremely expensive. I’m trying to find out if anyone else experienced this on Freshpet because I have another dog that eats it and I want to make sure he’s not going to have the same experience.

  • Lacie Collins

    I’ve had my dog on Freshpet for about a year and he just started having bloody diarrhea. I had to have an endoscopy done and they diagnosed him with inflammatory bowel disease. They said fat was spilling into his intestines. They put him on prednisone and metronidozole plus changed his diet to prescription royal canin gastrointestinal low fat but that food made his stool runny again so now I had to order Rayne low fat Kangaroo food which is extremely expensive. Has anyone else experienced this on Freshpet? Because I adopted another dog a few months ago and started him on Freshpet before my current dog had any issues. I want to be sure that he will not end up the same way. Thanks.

  • DeathRayBob

    These ingredients need to get updated. I went out of my way to look for the select variety of fresh pet rather than vital and got home to find soy flour on the list of ingredients. That’s not 5 star to me.

  • DeathRayBob

    Fresh food and raw food almost always result in smaller and less frequent bowel movements. It is easier to digest than kibble so the dogs are going have less waste. Firm movements are also good for helping prevent anal gland issues.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I asked what type of allergy testing was done? As I said in my above post, intradermal skin testing done by a veterinary dermatologist is the only accurate way to diagnose environmental allergies (that I know of).
    The fact that the malaseb is helpful indicates environmental/seasonal allergies.
    The GI symptoms may be a separate issue. Although I have seen dogs become miserable due to untreated allergies.
    PS: Mail-in saliva and hair tests are not diagnostic tools, and I have heard the blood test to determine allergies is not as accurate as the intradermal skin testing.

  • Diane Mouriz

    Hi, thanks for your reply! I did allergy testing & it came back negative but they have also done a fecal test & he has no parasites or bacterial problem. There are 2 more fecal tests that they are going to do & they said if it comes back negative then they will have to do a colonoscopy on my poor baby! He is on Metronidazole 250mg & sulfasalazine 500mg & the raspberry colored blood in the poop disappeared after the first time I gave him the meds but his poop is still not formed & just a bit less liquid! He is still on the Z/D Hills Prescription diet but I think he has a FOOD allergy & it’s been affecting his stomach & as it progresses, it has also made him get skin issues. He licks his paws like crazy, his wrinkles on his face get red & itchy but I have been using malecetic wipes & Malaseb shampoo & those skin issues are better as long as I use those things on his skin condition! I wanted to try the FreshPet Vital for dogs and use the turkey one, which is for food allergy. They say that even chicken can give them an allergic reaction! Has anybody tried this product & did it help for allergic dogs that have gastrointestinal issues? Thanks to anybody out there that can help me!!!

  • Kathy Hemenway

    I am really glad i read this and and even more glad that this is what i feed my dogs. I dont like to give it to them cold straight from fridge so i put a slice in microwave for like 10 seconds, just enough to take the chilling out but not make it warm.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    What type of allergy testing did you do? If the skin allergies are environmental, food won’t do much to help that.
    I would take him to a veterinary dermatologist and have intradermal skin testing done to get anaccurate diagnosis and treatment options.
    The gastrointestinal problem may be a separate issue.
    Have you tried adding water to the kibble. What does the vet that examined him advise?

  • Diane Mouriz

    Hi! I’m new here & trying to fin a solution for my English Bulldogs problems! He has skin allergies, has been on a sensitive vet dry food but he still has soft poop & sometimes diarrhea but he has been having some blood in his poop! I took him to the vet & it’s not parasites or bacteria & I give him Fortiflora daily but his poop doesn’t get any better! I did an allergy test but it came back negative but he was only 1 when I did it & now he’s 1 1/2 & NOTHING HAS HELPED! I think it’s a food allergy that’s irritating his stomach & that’s why he has poop with raspberry colored blood…every once in a while! Does somebody have any similar experience! I COYLD USE SOME HELP!!! Thank you…I’m desperate!

  • TruBlu

    Exactly, Jon.

  • TruBlu

    Diva, Carrots cause orange poop. I know because when my Chewie poops orange, Daddy have him 5 baby carrots instead of just 2. The mucous and color just happens when he eats over 4 carrots in one shkt.

  • Elena Ferrante

    In the featured comment section “the NRC has set the safe upper limit at 3.75 grams sodium per 1,000 kcal. Given the values Fresh Pet has provided me with this puts the food at 2.27 g. sodium per 1,000 kcal. Well below the safe upper limit.”

  • cmthomas07

    What a cute little doggie.

  • Thane Campbell

    My 12 yo old golden Dante has done really well for the past year using FP. Although his breakfast is kibble based Oven Baked Tradition with some high quality complementary soupy stuff. About a year ago I tried FP for dinner. I felt I knew I would appreciate a change up in my food if I was eating the same thing every day. The first place I went was DFA and saw the ranking.
    To shorten the story, dinner is about a 11/4″ slice of roll, mushed up with lots of raw finely chopped raw sweet potato and broccoli some coconut oil for good measurement a few seconds heating another stir and he loves it.
    I watch the shelf dates when I buy and have chewed out head office for one of the local chains for not being on the rotation, I buy about a week on hand and freshness is no problem. I keep it bagged in the fridge.
    After the very recent annual vet visit just 2 days ago I am going to increase his FP portion by about 20%, I expect taking it to about 1 1/2 inch piece.

    This dog is 73 lbs, healthy fast ball retriever. always has been. No mobility problems and zero health problems. I see his poops as regular as clockwork and they would be rated ideal in their firmament.

    I so feel food selection can really be a winwin decision. You get all those health benefits, quality of life and hopefully fewer vet bills,

    Fresh Pet along with Oven Baked have proved their value to me.

    In response to your question, maybe looking at FP for the high packed protein it is, might have merit. I should study the kilo-calories when I get to it. I just see what works extremely well for Dante. And it is just the two of us, I get to make him breakfast and dinner just like cooking for him.Time doing it is an event for us both. Albeit 5-530 in the morning is a more subdued affair than the 6:00 dinner
    Freshpet allows me to pull that together in a very classy and most important healthful way.

    I think it is a great food as is. Would never occur to me to freeze. Not as if it goes on sale for me anyway.

  • La Pasionaria

    This is the only dog food my dog will eat. We warm it up first and he eats it, whereas he won’t touch any other food we’ve tried and I’ve tried many samples.

  • Tracy Clark

    recently started feeding my Chihuahua this. her poo is much smaller and firmer than it used to be and she goes less often – how do I know if that’s a good thing or if she is constipated from it?

  • Tracy Clark

    I called them. you can freeze it, might just change the color but no harm done

  • Jon

    Are you serious? Is it food or not? If it’s food you can freeze it. That is common sense. There is absolutely no real reason why you can’t unless you own stock in the company. yeah they thought it through alright. Enough to get some boneheads to believe it. They are only saying not to freeze it so that you have to pay $15/week instead of $15/month. if you are correct then enlighten us all on why we can’t freeze food! By they way I’ve been doing this for months and it works absolutely great. You’re welcome – all without common sense.

  • DShader

    Pet fresh clearly states not to freeze
    Seriously I think they know what’s better for their product that you do. I thought of it as I’m sure many others have besides you. The company says not to and I’m pretty sure sure they’ve thought it through.

  • DShader

    They do it says to use within 7 days of opening. I’ve never had a problem and use within the 7 days. Keep it refrigerated and in a sealed container or zip lock.

  • DShader

    2 pounds a day, how much does your puppy weigh? Plus 1/2 a cup of dry food.