Freshpet Select Dog Food (Rolls)


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.

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

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
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
  • sandy

    The Best Dog Foods contains the links to the different dry, wet, raw lists and just contains a few examples from the Wet and Dry lists. Scroll down and click Best Wet Dog Foods and Freshpet is on the list.

  • Donna Reme

    I don’t understand why this product gets 5 stars, and is “enthusiastically recommended,” yet does not appear on your list of Best Dog Foods while a 4.5 star brand does appear. So is it one of the best dog foods or not?

  • Debbie Young
  • Katherine L. Ragsdale

    I just read on one of their links that it was okay to freeze. And it isn’t seeming to bother my dog at all. I have to drive 25 minutes to another town to pick it up at Hyvee. So having that in the freezer if I can’t make it for a day or two has been really handy. But I did research it before I started freezing it because I wasn’t sure myself if I could. and found when I researched it it said it was okay.

  • Katherine L. Ragsdale

    I do for you as mine before the expiration date and open a fresh bag.

  • Katherine L. Ragsdale

    Mine usually only last 5 days all that says seven days before it starts smelling not as good, and she stops eating it. I really loved the stuff as far as feeding it, because I’m comforted by the fact she’s getting all the vitamins and nutrition she needs. But that one ingredient or I left a comment up above is making me nervous now. Reading some of this is making me feel better. I just couldn’t handle it if anything happened to my Simmi. Going on 2 years in February. She’s still just a baby to me. I just tried mixing the role which I usually cut up into patties and bag. I freeze it after opening when it gets close to the time. Cutting it up I can take out what I need for her to eat and saw it and then give it to her. So far so good on that, and I’m not throwing out as much dog food. She loves the oven cooked chicken the best period won’t touch the roast or the beef. And quit on the rolls oven baked but sure loves that bag of it. I can’t get her to touch the beef. Don’t know if it may have been bad or not. Just waiting on the heads up here about that one ingredient. I did look it up and there is one that safe to eat and one that isn’t of it

  • Katherine L. Ragsdale

    Very concerned about that carrageenan that’s in there. I just ran into a site where people were complaining that it had caused deaths and their dogs. Not just one or two people several people according to their vets. it seems to me at spoils faster than the full seven days in the bag food because my dog quits wanting it after 5. Yet I can open a fresh bag and she’ll go right for it. She hates the roasted which is making me think the bag does smell kind of funny. She wouldn’t touch it and I have opened a couple she wouldn’t touch that smelled not fresh. But my main concern, knowing that some may not get shipped right is this carrageenan additive. So just asking your opinions. These dogs were apparently, supposedly healthy. And three dogs came down with pancreas trouble all at once from eating one of their varieties of food. I believe she said it was treats. Any input would be appreciated, thank you.

  • Bev Corney

    not at all necessary at at all my dear. My vet wanted my dog to lose weight as he was 70lbs and went to 54lbs within a year. I give him 1/2 cup cubed up at breakfast and 1 cup cubed up at suppertime and he’s a happy 10yr old doggy who loves this food more than anything

  • Bev Corney

    Read my above comment, we freeze it all the time. They never said you can’t, it just changes the texture, that is it

  • Bev Corney

    I freeze it all the time as it is cheaper buying it in the big roll. when you freeze it, it gets crumbly but dogs don’t care about that at all, atleast mine doesn’t. after it thaws, it is really wet and crumbly. I put layers of paper towel in a container and put the food in and then wrap with a few more layers to absorb the moisture. problem solved and have been doing this for a few years. My dog was 70 lbs before i started him on fresh pet and within the year or less he was down to 54lbs and the vet says that all dry food does is pack on the weight and she was right. my dog loves this food so much and will never stop buying it as i see the results and see his happiness every day when he eats it .

  • Bev Corney

    It is totally fine to freeze but when it thaws, it is crumbly and wet, so what i usually do is just place layers of paper towel on the bottom on the container and put it in and then wrap a few more layers of paper towel around it and the paper towels absorb the moisture and then it is fine. dogs don’t care either way.

  • Bev Corney

    It says right on it, to use within a week of opening

  • Lauren J. Schindler

    What’s the status ?
    Did they perform a digital rectal exam to check for abnormalities (cancer)?
    My Westie had similar symptoms off and on. Turns out it was cancer.

  • sharron

    thanks – will try and find Vital. I took her off the wet food because she was always hungry and i was feeding her the recommended amount. I was going through it like water.

  • haleycookie

    I think a raw diet is probably best but of course isn’t for everyone. Could you use both? Fresh pet also has a raw line. Called vital. It comes in a refrigerated roll. You could always try rotating them around. Or just use what she does best on or likes the most.

  • sharron

    which is a better food to feed, Fresh Pet or Nature’s Variety Raw.
    I have taken her off can food and i started her on Fresh Pet yesterday, so far so good

  • Deb Rein

    Not sure if you are still having this issue, but you should really try Answers Goat Milk. Start off slowly, 1/8 cup 2xday and work up. The people at Answers are very knowledgeable and helpful. I had this same issue and this cleared it up. My dog could not handle the Fortiflora, it’s too much, made him sick.

  • Jessica Mitchell

    Try the grain free log only.

  • Jessica Mitchell

    I mix the fresh pet beef with dry kibble with each meal for my younger pugs 2x a day. They enthusiastically run to their dishes each meal I make sure to get the stink of the fresh pet on each kibble. It’s been an amazing food for my elderly pug with stomach issues. She has had nothing but grain free and.her health has excelled. I don’t know the long term effect of this food yet but for the last 6 months it’s been a saving grace.

  • Hotdog

    My 6 lb chi and I are very happy with the freshpet rolls. I think the price for the 5-6 lb. rolls is quite reasonable for the quality you get, and a much better deal compared to freshpet’s bagged and tub varieties which are much pricier. Now as for my 60 lb dog, I cannot afford to feed her freshpet full time. But she gets some as treats here and there. 😉

    But my chi eats it full time. I slice the roll, portion in baggies to freeze, and take out two days worth at a time to defrost in fridge. ( I Will do a slight defrost in micro if I forget to take out to defrost in fridge)

    My little dog is kinda picky, we’ve tried all kinds of food (kibble, canned, dehydrated, raw) in all price ranges. Freshpet is the only one she will eat consistently. I rotate between the chicken and beef, grain and grain free , vital and the select varieities.

    Several large grocery and Walmart stores sell it in nearby towns. It’s much Cheaper to buy it there than Petsmart. I always check the expiration date and freeze after portioning it when I get home. Haven’t had any problems with mold.

  • Tiffany Burtin

    My Yorkie loves it at first I was feeding him Cesar dog food and he would sniff the food and walk away and eventually come eat it now since giving him freshpet he runs to his bowl and eats it clean without a trace of it left

  • amanda lane

    Hi Diane

    Our pup has had similar issues, and after extensive testing it was found that the enzyme that dogs naturally have in their stomachs is abnormally high in our dog. This is what causes her to have a SUPER SENSITIVE stomach and we’ve had to go through a gamut of diet changes. For 2 years, boiling or grilling chicken and mixing it with plain rice or pasta plus veggies and a variety of legumes worked perfectly, for the most part, though different things threw her off, such as getting into food that wasn’t hers, random treats that didn’t sit well, the heat being too high in the summer, etc. Then she didn’t eat for roughly 5 days a month or so ago, and so in my attempts at ANYTHING to get her to eat again, I tried Freshpet. She ate it, and seems to enjoy the heck out of it, and it’s basically the same as what I was cooking for her, in a hot dog form. So far, it seems to be working as well as when I cooked her food, though as a few others have noted, I feel like she has lost some weight being on it, and I might need to find something to add to it to help with that. Ultimately my lengthy story was to say, perhaps have them check his stomach enzyme levels to see if that could be the problem for your pooch too, and if so, perhaps this will also work well for you. I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about with the raspberry colored bits in what we refer to around our house as “liqui-poo” and it always worried me.

  • Lynn Kirchhoff

    Itchy paws can be from a yeast allergy. Many dog foods have yeast in them, but you can find ones that don’t have it. Zignature doesn’t have it, but there are others. Hopefully, you figured out what it is by now. Best wishes.

  • Lacie Collins

    Sorry, I eventually found the problem was not the food but roundworms. My vet claims it took them so long to find them because roundworms don’t always shed eggs. They found this after my other dog started having the same condition. One round of dewormer and they both were back to normal with in a few days. My vet still recommended not feeding the freshpet as it is 50% fat. So now they get a canned food that has only 3% fat and they’re doing good. I believe the high fat percentage in the FP just compiled their symptoms and may be why it took so long for the vet to find the real problem. But that’s my opinion.

  • TL W

    Interesting because my dog has just started the bowel thing which is runny and had blood in it.. I may need to start looking for a different dog food as well

  • TL W

    My dog is on freshpet.. a chihuahua and it started by way of a vaccination and a six month period where she had bleeding in the back of her eyes. She also stopped eating. I started her on freshpet because she would not eat anything else.. vets and specialist eye doctor for dogs, the bleeding stopped after the 6 month period which just happened to be how long the vaccine lasted… she loved it really.. in the last 2 months she had stomach problems that included diahrrea and blood..I took her to the vet several times and she was treated with boiling white rice and white chicken.. they also had me fast her for 24 hours and gave a antibiotics and another medication to help her not go so much… I don’t know if her bowel is a problem with the food but she has stopped going as often.
    To early to tell if it’s a long term thing.. but she is back on the freshpet alone…
    good luck with your bulldog and follow your vets advice…

  • renee

    My lab beagle mix has lost 11 pounds on freshpet. I feed him a pound a day for dinner. He also eats green beans and a little dry kibble at bedtime. Im so happy bc he has always been a fat dog. Ive tried other foods and this is working for now.

  • 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.