Freshpet Select Meals Dog Food Review (Pouch)

Freshpet Select Pouch Dog Food

Rating:

Freshpet Select Meals Dog Food in pouches receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Freshpet Select Meals product line includes the 5 pouched dog foods listed below.

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.

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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, vinegar, salt, carrageenan, potassium chloride, beta-carotene, celery powder, minerals: (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), vitamins: (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), celery powder

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
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 lists 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 2 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 Pouched Dog Food Review

Based on its ingredients alone, Freshpet Select Meals Dog Food looks like an above-average moist product.

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 43% 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 64%.

Which means this Freshpet product line contains…

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical moist 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 lists both grain-free and grain-inclusive moist dog food pouches that use a significant amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Freshpet Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Freshpet brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

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

12/29/2019 Last Update