Review of Freshpet Select Dog Food
Freshpet Select dog food rolls receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Freshpet Select product line lists the 9 rolled dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Freshpet Select Chunky Beef Recipe||5||M|
|Freshpet Select Chunky Chicken and Turkey Recipe||5||M|
|Freshpet Select Puppy Chicken, Egg and Vegetable Recipe||5||G|
|Freshpet Select Tender Chicken Recipe||4.5||M|
|Freshpet Select Grain Free Chicken Recipe||5||M|
|Freshpet Select Multi-Protein||5||A|
|Freshpet Select Sensitive Stomach and Skin||5||M|
|Freshpet Select Small Dog Chicken and Turkey Recipe||3.5||U|
|Freshpet Select Small Dog Multi Protein Recipe||5||U|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Freshpet Select Chunky Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Freshpet Select Chunky Beef Recipe
Rolled Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, chicken, beef liver, beef broth, carrots, peas, eggs, brown rice, rice bran, soy flour, carrageenan, natural flavors, minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), salt, potassium chloride, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin e supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin b12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), celery powder, spinach
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 beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
The second ingredient is chicken, another quality addition.
Both beef and chicken are naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is beef broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.
The fifth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
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 includes eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
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 Freshpet product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.
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 actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, 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.
The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.
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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Freshpet Select Rolled Dog Food looks like an above-average refrigerated product.
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 21% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.
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 and soy flour, this looks like the profile of a rolled dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 35% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Our Rating of Freshpet Select Refrigerated Dog Food Rolls
Freshpet Select includes both grain-inclusive and grain-free rolled dog foods using a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has Freshpet Rolled Dog Food Been Recalled?
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More Freshpet Brand Reviews
The following Freshpet dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Freshpet (Brand Summary)
- Freshpet Nature’s Fresh Dog Food Review (Pouch)
- Freshpet Nature’s Fresh Dog Food Review (Refrigerated Rolls)
- Freshpet Select Meals Dog Food Review (Pouch)
- Freshpet Vital Balanced Nutrition Dog Food Review (Refrigerated Rolls)
- Freshpet Vital Grain Free Dog Food Review (Pouch)
- Freshpet Vital Grain Free Dog Food Review (Refrigerated Rolls)
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05/04/2021 Last Update