Freshpet Select dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Freshpet Select product line lists 6 rolled dog foods.
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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
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- Freshpet Select Chunky Beef [A]
- Freshpet Select Tender Chicken [A]
- Freshpet Select Chunky Chicken and Turkey [A]
- Freshpet Select Grain Free Salmon Recipe (3 stars) [A]
- Freshpet Select Grain Free Tender Chicken (4 stars) [A]
- Freshpet Select Puppy Chicken, Egg and Vegetable Recipe [G]
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
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken liver, chicken broth, carrots, eggs, 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 denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||27%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||51%||15%|
The first ingredient is 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 is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.
The fourth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient includes eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth 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 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 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 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 Dog Food Rolls Review
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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.
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.
Freshpet Select is a meat-based rolled dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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
01/15/2018 Last Update
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