Freshpet Select Meals (Pouch)


Rating: ★★★★★

Freshpet Select Meals Dog Food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Freshpet Select Meals product line includes three pouched recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Freshpet Select Roasted Meals Chicken (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Freshpet Select Roasted Meals Grain Free Chicken [A]
  • Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken [A]

Freshpet Select Roasted Meals Grain Free Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Freshpet Select Roasted Meals Grain Free Chicken

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 18%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken liver, eggs, pea fiber, pea protein, carrots, natural flavors, spinach, salt, carrageenan, potassium chloride, beta carotene, beta-carotene, celery powder, vitamins: choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, minerals: dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis16%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%29%18%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%52%13%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 52% | Carbs = 13%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

The fourth ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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

After the natural flavors, we find spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

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, carrageenan is 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 food 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.

Freshpet Select Meals Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Freshpet Select Meals looks like an above-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 46%, a fat level of 29% and estimated carbohydrates of about 18%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein, this looks like the profile of a moist product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Freshpet Select Meals is a meat-based wet dog food using a significant amount of chicken and chicken liver 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

08/13/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  • HeyEph

    I agree, they need to replace the carageenan with other thickeners, as they have started to do with human food. I have reached out to the manufacturer for feedback. I suggest others do, as well. They are on twitter and respond quickly.

  • haleycookie

    There’s like 2-3 (maybe) human grade dog foods even on the market right now. And human grade doesn’t mean a whole lot in reality.
    If you wanna know how these foods are rated simply search in the search section at the top of the page, “how we rate foods” and you will find an explanation.

  • Truth Is Great!

    Why are you accepting carrageenan w 5 stars? That’s a carcinogenic. And why do foods get 5 stars if they are not human grade. These ratings are bogus.

  • Diva Chloe

    Thanks. I thought of that too. The use by date unopened was 2018 for both bags, but I wonder if they haven’t been refrigerated properly for shipping or at the retailer. I contacted the company, so I’ll see what they say. I buy from different retailers, so it’s odd that these last 2 have had this issue.

  • HeyEph

    I wonder if the large pouches sit around at the pet store for a longer. Of time.

  • Diva Chloe

    I’ve been feeding this pouch formula to my dogs for several weeks now. They do well on it and like it. However, the last two large pouches have gone sour on me by day five. Strong garlic aroma when first opened, very sour odor by day five and I’m afraid to feed it to them with that sour odor. Has anyone else noticed this? I keep the pouch zipped between feedings and it sits at the bottom of my refrigerator where it’s colder. I’m getting concerned about this food.

  • HeyEph

    I’m settling in on the Select grain free that my Target now carries. Right balance of ingredients vs. price.

  • InkedMarie

    Look under the very top “buying tip”

  • Diva Chloe

    Thanks. So is that supposed to mean it isn’t healthy enough? LOL, if those extra special ingredients are so important don’t they owe it to dogs to put it in all the formulas?

  • Diva Chloe

    What does the “A” mean in this analysis? Never mind, just saw the meaning.

  • HeyEph

    The ones with oats are the Select versions that are not grain-free. Sold at Target, etc.

  • Diva Chloe

    I bought Fresh Pet in the pouch and it has oats in it. I don’t see that formula in any of the pouches listed here. Have you reviewed it?

  • HeyEph

    The FreshPet Vital formula (50% more expensive and sold in petstores only) seems to have additional animal proteins and INULIN, which is a prebiotic. How important is inulin to an otherwise healthy dog?

  • Crazy4cats

    Very cute. She does look great!

  • Darci1990

    I feed this to my chihuahua, Rosey and she loves it! Freshpet and Nature’s Recipe dry dog food are the only dog foods I can get her to eat! She looks great. She’s 9 years old, but looks and acts young. Her eyes are bright and her coat looks great. Totally recommend!

  • david romero

    Robin: Thanks for the posting regarding the mold issue. It’s enough to discourage me from buying this product.

  • Amateria

    From people I have personally watched to see how they go about their shopping routines, some just pick up the food and drop it into their trolleys without a single glance.

    Based on some videos of people noticing odd stuff in their food, after already eating it for several days, means they don’t check it all until it’s too late in some cases.

    I check everything, I even check the toilet before I sit down.

  • JU

    I have done this as well for regular fresh food at the grocery. Why would you not check more closely. I always check for mold when picking up a bag of Freshpet just like I do when buying strawberries, potatos, blueberries, etc.

  • Theda Bara

    My dog, Bertie is a very fussy eater and only likes ‘people food’…
    Just discovered FreshPet and he goes absolutely mad for it! It even seems to be helping with his itchy skin… either that or it’s a con-incidence… I can’t recommend this food highly enough…. It smells great, too… most proprietary dog foods smell disgusting, but this smells good enough to eat, and if it’s good enough for Bertie, that’s good enough for me. I hope there will be some different flavoured roasted meals… I’ve only seen the chicken so far.
    My main problem is finding an outlet. I have a 50 mile round trip to my nearest Tesco.
    Keep up the good work at FreshPet and THANK YOU! TB

  • Robin

    OK terribly sorry for that. Just trying to get the word out as nobody seems to care at #FreshPet. Thank you for not yelling at me lol Have a great day!

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    You posted this same video multiple times. So, we have removed your duplicate posts.

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    What about the mold issues?

  • Crazy4cats

    Teddy Bear Wolfe looks great. Good review, thanks!

  • cindy wolfe

    My 5 year old Maltese loves the rolled food of this product. Just a few short weeks after feeding him this, his eyes do not have tear stains. He poops good (not too soft not too hard). The Vet wasn’t too happy when I told them what I was feeding him but I know why. 😉
    Teddy Bear Wolfe is his name

  • JeremyScott10

    You may want to consider rotating with some other foods so your pup is not eating carageenan every day. I rotate between 15 foods with our very picky maltese, mostly the five star freeze dried to which I add water.

    We also recently added Dogs for the Earth to the rotation, which they love.

    I’ve never seen mold in the Freshpet but I heard they did have a problem.

  • Kristen Stromberg

    My 4 year old Havanese has been on Freshpet Select for 4 months. She is a picky eater but loves it! Yesterday was the first day I bought a bag and found black mold in a clump of food. I took it back and contacted Freshpet. I bought another bag elsewhere and it looked fine.

  • James Prince

    I have fed my dog & cat freshpet for about 3 years now. They both absolutely love it, more than any other food I’ve ever given them. I’ve never had any with mold or that seemed off in anyway. Before freshpet, I was feeding my cat fancy feast & my long hair chihuahua beneful incredibites. My cat did like the fancy feast, but my dog never really cared for any of the food I gave him, I thought he was just a picky eater. The fancy feast we were giving the kitty made her poop… stink, bad. It was so awful. So I did some research & saw that freshpet was recommended for cats with stinky poop. I got some & switched them over & I really couldn’t believe how much better her litter box was. You couldn’t even tell we had a litter box in the house anymore! I’m very glad to see that it’s so highly rated because I, & my pets, love it so much.

  • Deb Smith-Utes

    I just told the Target store I shop at to remove it from the cooler shelf. You could see it was covered in mold!

  • DogFoodie

    05/03/2015: FreshPet users should be aware of recent findings of mold in various FreshPet products. There is not currently a recall on any FreshPet product.

  • USA

    Hi Kathy,

    This food is about 37% carbohydrates. That is high for a diabetic dog. I would look in the canned food reviews for a food that is 10% carbs or less.

  • Kathy

    My dog is diabetic but yet she is so picky on what she eats. Would this be okay for her to eat even though it has rice in it?

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Just brought this home for my 2 year old cocker spaniel. His picky butt leaves food and cookies for later if he isn’t feeling it. I’ve tried a few different foods and he never seems impressed. He gobbled this right up though as soon as it hit his bowl! I am very happy that when I checked just now it’s an “above average” food. We will stick with this until he gets bored. Hopefully not for awhile. 😉

  • Lynda

    I have been feeding this to my 3 year old Havanese for a couple of months and am pleased to see that it is recommended. She loves it and has done very well with it. It seemed like a good quality food from the list of ingredients and appearance. I’m happy to be able to feed this to her because she hasn’t liked many of the dry foods I’ve tried and most canned foods upset her stomach. I’m not sure how cost effective it would be for larger dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    And at her age, she deserves whatever she wants!! Congratulations on having such a long lived girl.

  • Tina

    I just bought this product for my eighteen year old daschund and she’s eating it! It is very hard to find anything that she will eat!

  • Angela

    Both my cat and my dog love the Fresh Pet Select products. I like the ingredients, which do not include any MSG or GMO. Most dry dog foods contain one genetically modified ingredient, which I find very disappointing, because even if it has a five-star rating, I won’t buy it because of the canola oil (GMO) or alfalfa (possibly GMO).

  • Since the average dry matter nutrient content for wet dog foods in our database is currently about 40% protein, the 33% figure for this recipe is slightly too low to qualify it for our 4 star category.

    However, we still really like this product. It’s actually better to think of it as closer to 3.9 stars.

    Hope this helps.

  • Barry Collier

    Dear Mike,
    Just wondering why this food is a 3.5? is it cause of the high carbs? Seems like a great food.

  • InkedMarie

    How come you probably won’t use it again, if Arabella did fine with it?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Thanks so much and I just want to second what Betsy said. You have changed the lives of innumerable pets because of what you have done here. Thanks for all you do.

  • Betsy Greer

    <~~ That's Arabella over there, and I bought a bag of this for her to try. She seemed to like it and had no digestive issues, but then she seems to be able to eat just about anything.

    I only used the one bag, which was not enough to see any changes in her outward appearance; but I wouldn't have continued to use it anyway. It does look and smell fresh and it's certainly very convenient.

    Of all the stores near me that carry Freshpet, I don't know why I never see the Freshpet Vital either in rolls or the new roasted meals (although the roasted meals also contain caramel color and the rolls don't), it's a much better product.

    I doubt I'd use this again.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Dr. Mike,

    I should’ve said this a few days ago, but I’m really thankful for you and all the hard work you have done and continue to do in honor of Penny.

    You’ve raised my consciousness about canine nutrition to a much higher level than I ever imagined and brought me together with some really awesome people.

    My thanks to you and your wife.

    Penny, I’m sure, is very proud as she waits for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

    Peace & Blessings, Betsy

  • Yes. Hopefully, it should be fixed, now.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That was it for me. Does this have anything to do with the comment history page being messed up?

  • It just said, “Test comment B”. We are in the process of updating our comment syncing application and I’ll be testing the upgrade over the next 24 hours. After I’m sure a comment will sync from Disqus to WordPress, I always delete it. Hope this is what you noticed.

  • Pattyvaughn

    He was just testing to make sure that a comment would post. Usually when he posts a new review, someone make a comment on it’s page pretty quickly.

  • InkedMarie

    I was able to read your comment in email, Dr Mike, it now says deleted.

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