Freshpet Dog Food Review

Posted on Aug 1 2013 - 3:21pm by Susan Bewley

Freshpet Review

Like most pet owners, I worry quite a bit about my dog. Even though our house is fairly puppy proof, she is constantly getting herself in trouble. You never know what you are going to find in Reya’s mouth. Even though table food isn’t an approved treat (unless it’s raw vegetables), we still have issues with our little scavenger sneaking when she thinks no one is looking. Obviously no one will notice if a carrot is missing from the counter, right? If you own a dog, you are probably nodding and going “this sounds just like my dog.” Getting a dog to focus on just eating their food is always a challenge, since they are usually bottomless pits when food is added to the mix.

There is one dirty little secret that the pet food industry doesn’t want you to know. That expensive food that you can barely afford every month? I hate to break this to you, but its garbage. Even some of the natural foods out there aren’t safe for our furry friends since they contain animal byproducts. While I am not going to go into detail about to look for when purchasing healthy pet food, I will tell you that it is a major frustration for pet owners. I am always on the lookout for better options when it comes to Reya’s diet. What I have always been curious about is the odd Fresh Pet refrigerator in most pet store food aisles. Wanting to know a bit more, I reached out to Freshpet, who was nice enough to not only answer my questions, but send a cool review pack so I could try one of their products for free! Having an excuse to try their food, I not only got one of their packs for review, but some of their more popular products so I could give you guys my full opinion of this company!

Fresh Pet: Who Are They

For those of you who follow me, you know that I normally write a good description of a company, what they stand for, and why we should take notice. Freshpet did such a great job explaining this, that I felt I really couldn’t do a better job than their entertaining little video, which is provided below.



Fresh Pet Select Slice & Serve

When I got my little care package from FreshPet, I had a coupon to try one of their products for free, valued at up to $6.99. While I had a lot of choices at my local Meijer, I decided to go with their most popular food, their Fresh Pet Select Slice & Serve Pack in Chunky Beef, Vegetable, and Rice Recipe. I had read from their website and online that this was quickly becoming the most popular food in the US since it not natural, but met all the AAFCO Dog Food Nutritional standards. I considered it a good start since I could read EVERY ingredient in this pack. It also contained many of the awesome vitamins and minerals you find in some dog supplements.

Freshpet Slice and Serve

As you can see from the picture, this rolled food has very specific instructions, helping you slice the right amount for your own dog’s dietary needs. With Reya being an Alaskan Malamute puppy that was already over 60 lbs, she took most of the roll. What really surprised me the most about this food was it smelled like real food. It really reminded me of a roll of bologna, except it had real pieces of steak, rice, and vegetables throughout the food. As for the taste test, I don’t think I have ever seen Reya clean a bowl that thoroughly. She LOVED this stuff.

Freshpet Select Cut and Slice

Fresh Pet Dog Joy Treats

One of the things that really bugs me as a dog owner is that there really aren’t any exceptionally healthy treats for dogs. There are handful of options out there, but they still aren’t amazing if you look at the back of the bag. Other are great food, but smell absolutely terrible. While Reya eats it, I can’t stand the smell of her breath after eating these treats. After having such a good experience with their dog food, I purchased two bags of Fresh Pet Dog treats with my own money. The first ones I tried were the Dog Joy Beef Treats. As you can see from the picture, they are little rolled up piece of meat, oats, and other seasoning. As a matter of fact, these treats are usually made  with only six ingredients, with the first two being beef and chicken.

Having no clue what to expect from these treats, I have to say it was much better than expected. I have spent more than $5 a bag on treats in the past, and they NEVER got the reaction of these treats. Reya will do just about ANYTHING when she sees these treats. In facts, we had her learning come and stay much faster using these treats since she was encouraged by them. The only problem I have with these treats is I have to hide them in the fridge. The first time she saw them in the fridge, our silly pup snuck in next to me and stole the bag!

Dog Joy Treats

Fresh Pet Dog Joy Ready to Bake Cookies

This is one of those times that really shows how much I love my dog and how much I love you guys. I really loved the concept of the Fresh Pet Dog Joy Ready to Bake Cookies. It just seemed like a really great concept in my mind. The only problem with these cookies is they come in peanut butter (I have a mild to moderate peanut allergy). After reading the six ingredients in these cookies, I knew I had to try them and just put a mask on while baking these cookies. Thankfully, my husband helped quite a bit with these cookies, especially when it came to baking the cookies and feeding them to Reya.

As you can see from the pictures, you don’t really get much more user friendly then these ready to bake cookies. These cookies were out of the fridge and baked in less than 15 minutes, creating cute little cookies for the puppy. Best of all, my whole house smelled like fresh cookies! What made me smile even more though was how excited Reya was about these cookies. I think we may have a new outdoor treat! My only complaint is that I wish Fresh Pet had another flavor on the market for those of us who are allergic to peanuts.

Dog Joy Dog Cookies

FreshPet: Overall

What is my opinion of FreshPet? In all honesty, I think this may very well be the best dog food on the market. It is healthy, natural, and loved by dogs. While it may be a bit cost prohibitive for me to have Reya on the food while she is still a puppy, I am likely going to switch her to FreshPet when she is fully grown and not needing three large meals a day. I really wish somewhere in my area had the puppy version in stock, but I’m guessing it’s so popular no one can keep it on the shelves. Either way, after extensive puppy testing, I can happily give Freshpet’s products an A+ rating.

FreshPet: Where to Buy

Want to try Freshpet for yourself? You can purchase this great foods at Petsmart, Petco, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer, or in most pet stores. Many grocery stores (Kroger for me) carry their food as well, but I know everyone has different stores. To see where the closet retailer is in your area, I would recommend using the Freshpet Store Locator feature on their website.


Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive compensation for this review but did receive one free product for review purposes from Petfresh. The other products were purchased using writer’s own money.  All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers’ opinions.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

121 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. James Baker August 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm -

    I have to say that My animals absolutely love Freshpet even though I have to drive 30 milesto get it. but for my animals and there health and happiness I will take that trip each week and have a big smile on my face when I give it to them.1

  2. Linda Bradshaw August 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm -

    I have cats.  My sister has dogs.  This is so different compared to what the animals have eaten so far.

    • Susan Bewley August 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm -

      I think I saw something for cats too. I really want to put my Lucie on one of their cat foods but I’m nervous with her stomach issues. She’s elderly and on special vet food 🙁

  3. Aimee Worley August 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm -

    This is what I want to see from all of these big, fancy name brand dog foods! I love my puppy and I want her to have only the best! Pets are your family…would you feed you family crap? No! I am so glad to see more & more people doing the right thing for our animals! Thank you 🙂

    • Susan Bewley August 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm -

      So happy you agree! The stuff that a lot of companies put in pet food is frightening. You have to be on the ball since its not regulated in the US. Just like everyone else in my family, I want my Reya puppy to eat right!

  4. Libby's Library August 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm -

    I know that my dogs would go wild for this suff.  I do worry about their teeth when they aren't on dry food.  Maybe I'll try this as an additive to their regular dry food, and I know that I'll be getting some of the slice and bake cookies:-)

    • Susan Bewley August 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm -

      I still have Reya eating dry food too for her teeth and she has some hard treats still. She LOVES jerky treats 🙂 I have to say the treats are worth every penny, if I was only going to choose two things.

  5. rebeccabasset August 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm -

    I recently started my Dog on Freshpet, and because She is Allergic to Chicken and Beets  it is hard to find a food that she likes but when I tried Freshpet she instantly liked it.

    Thanks for the giveaway, this would really be a blessing to win!

  6. Amy Orvin August 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm -

    My dogs love Fresh Pet products. It's so hard to find something great for them these days. I am glad to know that Fresh Pet is nutritious and delicious to them 🙂

  7. Colleen Schilinski August 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm -

    I was just at Walmart today looking at this FreshPet Select product. If I had a coupon I might buy this, but not knowing how my dog is gonna like it – and the price – I'll have to wait and see if maybe a friend wants to pitch in on something like this.

  8. Kelly Ann T. August 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm -

    The smell of this food is amazing. My dogs both go wild for it. I brush my dogs' teeth so the dry issue does not worry me. I love that the ingredients are from the USA

  9. Mystica August 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm -

    We have just two varieties of petfood available in our country – hopefully they are ok. I would like to see more information printed on the containers. At least I would then know what the animals are getting.

  10. Buddy Garrett August 2, 2013 at 6:57 am -

    I want to feed my pets the healthiest food for their overall health. I have always wondered what was in pet food. I worried about cheap foods but I assumed name brand pet foods were good. I am glad to see a company like Freshpet offer healthy food for pets,

  11. Allie Wiley August 2, 2013 at 7:01 am -

    Ready to bake dog cookies is kind of an awesome idea! I dont think any of our local stores carry this yet though.

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm -

      make sure to check out the store locator. We have them everywhere in the Cincinnati/Greater Cincinnati area, but I had a hard time finding it back home where my mother lives. I also learned that not every petsmart carries it!

  12. md kennedy August 2, 2013 at 7:09 am -

    I am so tired of paying so much for the food I get for my cat at the vet.  I am going to check out the Freshpet and see if there may be a good substitute for him there!

  13. Sherry Compton August 2, 2013 at 7:32 am -

    Those cookies and treats are adorable!  My dog would love them!  You feel like you have to be a scientist when you go shopping for pet food.  I try to read labels, research, and make responsible choices but there is a lot of conflicting and confusing out there.  It's great when companies try to help and keep things simple.  Our pets are family and we want them to be happy and healthy.

  14. amanda roach August 2, 2013 at 8:30 am -

    great review. looks a lot healthier than other foods, would love to try this for our new puppy.

  15. Darlene Owen August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am -

    I have 2 black labs and they love to eat any and everything. Lady will eat immediately, Harley will smell first and if he doesn't like it he won't eat it. It sounds like my two dogs would immediately love these treats/food.

    ******This is a personal note for you as an owner of an Alaskan Malamute, watch her/him carefuly when they are outside around any kind of stones. I had an Alas. M a few years ago, Yukon swallowed a stone at 9 months old. She stopped eating when we first noticed and acted sluggist. We took her to the vet and they kept her for 2 weeks, we visited her every day – they had her on an IV but couldn't figure what was wrong with her. They told us she was better and to take her home, when my husband got her outside she vomited green, so he took her back in – it was a different vet on duty and asked if she had an x-tra for a stone, we didn't know so he did one and discovered a stone and immediated operated on her, but by that time she was too weak and died on the operating table. This was so heart breaking for us, but have since then found out that this is something that happens often with AM dogs. I just wanted to warn you to keep your dog away from stones if possible.  (sorry for being so wordy but it is something near and dear to my heart).


    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm -

      Wow! Thank you for telling me Darlene! I am so sorry for your loss! Alaskan Malamutes really are some of the sweetest dogs on the planet and I couldn’t imagine losing my Reya. We learned pretty early that she will put just about anything in her mouth, stones included, and take them away pretty quickly. We are also working on the ‘drop’ comment. I am going to very much watch out for stones! I am actually very glad you sad something since I was considering putting stone down instead of mulch next year for our plants. I am going to be avoiding this now!

  16. Jackie Preas August 2, 2013 at 10:09 am -

    I have seen Freshpet in our Krogers and have just walked on by before now I do believe that I will try my pup on it as soon as he is grown.The cookies I can do now :).Thank you for making me look at something good for my pup(baby boy).

    • Betsy Weinstein August 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm -

      They have a roll for puppies too!

  17. Donna Quarles August 2, 2013 at 10:27 am -

    I have never seen food for pets in a tube before.  What I really want to know is how expensive is it compared to other brands out there?

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm -

      Well, it all depends on the size of your dog. The 1.5 little roll would be very expensive for a large dog like Reya. For small dogs though, it is fairly inexpensive since you measure it depending on their currenty weight. I pay about $4.20 for these rolls. For Reya, is is a little over one meal, but for my mother’s Yorkie, this would be a bout 3 to 4 days worth of food.

  18. PAmela Hunt August 2, 2013 at 10:45 am -

    I want to win these lovely prizes from Freshpet for my sister.

    She has A welsh Corgi and a German Shepherd mix…

  19. sherry butcher August 2, 2013 at 10:46 am -

    Love the slice and bake cookies:-) idea, I'll look around here in Las Cruces NM to see if anyone sells them.  My dog would eat anything he thinks is People food, even off the gound.  TFS.

  20. maureen August 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm -

    i think i will get this for my neighbours dogs!

  21. Shirley Carr August 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm -

    I think they have this in Food City. I think it costs much more than my food but looks pretty healthy!

  22. Leslie Harris August 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm -

    I have been wanting to try this for my 18 month old chorkie, wish there was a way to get samples please

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm -

      I would write to Freshpet and ask. A lot of companies are happy to send a sample out 🙂

  23. laurie nykaza August 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm -

    I'm going to get the Ready to Bake Cookies to try they sound amazing my 3 dogs would love these thanks for the review like to know when their are good products out their for our pets

  24. Sue Schuster August 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm -

    I have 12 cats.  I would hope that they have something for cats.  My friend has 3 St. Bernards.  If it has dog food in the prize, I'd give it to her.

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm -

      Yup! They have a whole line for kitty cats! I saw the bags when I was picking up treats for Reya last week for our trip. The big difference is that the treats are in bags. I grabbed a picture from their website so you could see.

  25. Cindy Brickley August 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm -

    I haven't tried these yet. I will have to look for them at the store. Thanks for posting.

  26. Sue Hull August 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm -

    My daughter has 3 dogs and 1 of them can't have wheat. This would be so good for her dogs. Dog food is so expensive and so are a lot of the treats. It's expensive having one dog but 3 is to much.So I'm going to tell her about this healthy dog food. Thank you for the great review 🙂

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm -

      I’m so glad I could help Sue! Dog food is very expensive, but so are vet bills. I read something awhile back that showed how much people spend on vet bills who buy the cheap food. These dogs have so many medical problems its scary due to the terrible ingredients!

  27. heather August 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm -

    This is the kind of product that i want for my animals.  This looks like a great company.

  28. Linda Szymoniak August 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm -

    I didn't realize just what was in the major brands of dog foods until recently.  I am still shocked that the companies that produce these foods don't seem to have a problem with including "meat" and "meat by-products" that contain anything from road kill, euthanized animals from shelters, and the garbage scraps from slaughterhouses, and still claim their products are good and healthy for family pets.  I've been wanting to try Freshpet for my own five Treeing Walker Coonhounds and would like to eventually be able to use it for the dogs in my rescue, Hearts and Hounds Rescue. 

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm -

      They really are amazing products. I am not going to mention the worst brand out there, but I am so sick of seeing all the bad food out there. Dry food is really some of the worst offenders. Finding puppy food that is healthy is pretty bad too. Reya eats a mix of Freshpet sliced food and Simply Nourished Natural Puppy Food for Large Dogs. My goal is to eventulaly make her own food, but with how much she is teething, I thinks he needs a good dry food as well.

  29. Kristina L August 3, 2013 at 12:38 am -

    I know my dog would love the jerky treats, as much as we love her, always trying to find little things for her to enjoy. Thank You!

  30. sandra davis August 3, 2013 at 2:17 am -

    my pets are my family members. their health and well being are very important to me. freshpet has great products!!

  31. Toni W. August 3, 2013 at 9:08 am -

    I have never relized that this was for cats also. I always seen that it was directed more toward dogs.  I love the idea of feeding my pets fresh food. 

  32. Laura August 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm -

    I don't have dogs but have an iguana and a turtle. I love Iggy the iguana. We had to have his tail cut off which costed us 300.00 dollars that we didn't have. When we have any pet we make a sacrifice to care for them.

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm -

      Laura, its nice to see a fellow reptile lover! Along with Reya, we have six bearded dragons and two red eared sliders. One of our dragons had to have her tail amputated since she developed diabetes. We didn’t think anything of it when we dropped the money for it. All of our pets are like children to us.

  33. Nicole Bear August 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm -

    I have been wanting to start making my dog's food, but I don't have the time, and I don't know if I could find the proper ingredients.  Through my research I have found that most homemade dog food is lacking in some nutrients, and so I would have to add supplements.  This seems like a good alternative.  I know my dog would be eating a high quality, safe, fresh meal.

  34. adrienne warren August 4, 2013 at 3:49 am -

    man just open a box of Ritz and slice and serve mah next party appiziers are all set.  I think mah cats would love this too.

  35. Carolyn Colley August 4, 2013 at 11:38 am -

    I would love to try their products.  I love that you can buy it at Walmart, there are so many products that I would love to have but we don't have a store anywhere near where I live to buy them.

  36. Carol Marr August 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm -

    I have 2 small dogs that I can't wait to try the cookies with, since I will get to bake them I can put them in a more healthy size  as most treats are to large for them. I also like to give them some soft food sometimes and having that food in the roll would be so much easily for me.

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm -

      I hoe they love it! I know I have a hard time finding treats for my mom’s Yorkie. All the treats out there for her are way too big! The cookies are very easy to mold so you can shape them however you like.

  37. ginoycaro August 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm -

    so yummy  for my cat

  38. Raine August 5, 2013 at 11:14 am -

    Great post-I'm not happy to know that the 'good' food I buy for my 5 'kids' (cats) may not be good. I shop at the mid level price range and I look for key words like organic and natural. The biggest thing I'd watch out for was dye,I won't buy anything wth all of that color (my cats don't vare-it's only to make me think it's tasty). I've seen Fresh Pet but never tried it. Now I definately will, a few of my guys are picky so it will be interesting to see how it goes. I especially like that you could read every ingredient. Thank you!

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 11:59 am -

      Yes, it really horrified me when I started researching into pet food. The big things to avoid are anything ‘byproduct’ and ‘dyes’. I really don’t see why they put this garbage in our pets food. The only downside is that it does have to be refrigerated, just like our food. I really like doing a mix of high quality dry food and Freshpet.

  39. Karin August 5, 2013 at 11:40 am -

    I have to say I didn't buy any of this yet,but if it's healthy,I might try it!

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 11:57 am -

      I think its worth every penny. Our pup loves the treats more than just about anything. We brought a package of beef and checken with us during our drive from Kentucky to NJ. She had little treats every so often and it made her really look forward to the rest stops and taking potty breaks.

  40. matt warren August 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm -

    This is a great review!  I am always looking for healthy things to feed my blue pitt, as I don't give him table scraps.  He'd probably take off a finger for this stuff in looking at it lol 🙂

  41. judy gardner August 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm -

    i have a dog who isnt a picky eater at all, in fact she gets into whatever she can to scrounge up something to eat!  i feed her beneful, but when i have enough money i want to buy some of this because it is so healthy

  42. Karen Hedden August 6, 2013 at 8:51 am -

    Thank you for your review on Freshpet Dog Food, I recently rescued a Maltese/Poodle mix and will be looking for Freshpet to try for her. I haven't heard of them before so I will be keeping my eye out for them! Great blog!

  43. Kathy Gunthorpe Ashdown August 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm -

    It is really important to me to feed my dog healthy food and treats but it seems like the best foods are so expensive! I definitely am going to try some of these foods. They sound like they are really good and healthy!

    • Susan Bewley August 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm -

      Yes, the best foods are very expensive. The closer you get to it being human food, the more expensive it gets. The reason that a lot of brands are so cheap is because of the fillers and byproducts they put in foods. They don’t want you knowing that ‘chicken meal or chicken byproducts’ include chicken organs, chicken feet, chicken brains, and other things that are not allowed to be sold to humans. My vet did a great job of explaining this however – the more you invest in your dogs food, the less likely you will be dealing with expensive vet bills as they age.

  44. Karen Mead August 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm -

    I appreciate your review and the fact that Fresh Pet foods offer such great nutrition but to be honest there is no way anyone with more than 1 dog can afford this food. I have five dogs, two of whom are English Mastiffs. It would cost more to feed them this food for one day then it would probably cost to feed my family for a weekend. I would love to feed this to them, I just am not financially free to do it.

    • Susan Bewley August 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm -

      Yes, it is very expensive for people with large dogs, but most high qualty foods are very expensive. I know having Reya on this food for a month (once she’s an adult) would cost something like $129 a month. It really isn’t that bad though when you calculate the same equivalent in dry dog food. Most of the really good foods for big dogs range from $60 – $120 a bag (dry food). I stock up whenever Petsmart has their natural foods on sale, allowing me to purchase her big bags of food for $50. Even with this, we have to supplement with othe nutritious treats since dry food doesn’t have all same nutrients. For big dogs, it can get expensive fast, but for small to medium sized dogs, it can be a great option. Personally, I calculate our monthly food expenses as if we were a three person household since she is such a big dog 😉

  45. Sandy McFadden August 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm -

    Thanks for the great review..  My dog is older and her stomach can't tolerate some types of foods.  So, I am always looking for a healthier alternative for you that she can tolerate.

  46. Michele P August 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm -

    I have never heard of this brand before, but the photos look like something my pets would love… my poor cats haven't had their food agreeing with them in some time, and I've been switching brands to see what works… looks like I will have to check out FreshPet very soon!

    • Susan Bewley August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am -

      I know that Reya did pretty well with it when we were testing. I really want to try it with my kitty!

  47. Tammy Woodall August 7, 2013 at 12:13 am -

    Everyone is so right, pets are part of your family and you don't want to serve your family just anything.  This is a much healthier alternative for dog food than most. 

  48. Amanda Kaminsky August 8, 2013 at 11:34 am -

    We buy Fresh Pet from Whole Foods. I don't know of any other local store that sells it. We highly recommend it to all of our friends.

    • Susan Bewley August 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm -

      I get mine in Meijer, Kroger, and now Wal-Mart. Same stuff and cheaper. Reya’s coat is so pretty normally but it really shines when she is eating Fresh Pet products.

  49. Christian Alejandro August 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm -

    This is a really nice upgrade over regular old food! It really looks high quality! I bet our little Oakley would love to taste test!

  50. K. Finn August 9, 2013 at 8:04 am -

    I really like dog food that is food that is real. I've been buying IAMS Healthy Naturals.

  51. Lorena Keech August 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm -

    I'm intrigued by the cookies. Is it really worth the time and money to bake cookies for my dogs? I don't even bake cookies for the humans in our family!

    • Susan Bewley August 10, 2013 at 4:58 am -

      With the amount of cookies it made, it was cheaper than dog biscuits. They were also much faster to cook. I thought it was worth it. 🙂

  52. Cara Daymude August 10, 2013 at 1:44 pm -

    Great Review. I think I have seen this  for sale n Fred myer's never bought . we ususually stick to one brand of  Dog food Mighty dog plus my dogs will only eat certain dog food. I thought it was interesting that when we took our dog to the vet found out that certain dog foods are missing crucial ingredients your dog needs and she told me to give my dog pedialyte to make up for lacking ingredients in most dog Foods.

  53. Laura Hattabaugh August 11, 2013 at 12:12 am -

    This review was very indepth and I learned alot from it. I am happy to learn that freshpet products are available at my local petsmart store. We have just acquired a 4 month old puppy and I plan on purchasing the treats to aid in her training.

    • Susan Bewley August 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm -

      The treats are AMAZING! While Reya looks big, she isn’t 6 months old until the 21st. She is very treat motivated and LOVES these treats. The baked treats are the best though!

  54. Brigid OHara Koshko August 11, 2013 at 11:44 am -

    I am a firm believer in what you eat is important because it directly affects your entire body.  I am very cautious to feed my critters the healthest food I can get (and afford.)  I have seen Fresh Pet in the stores but wasn't sure about it. Your reveiw makes me think this may be a great option for my cats and my dog (who is almost 18 years old and going strong!)

    • Susan Bewley August 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm -

      I really need to try this for my kitty! She is almost 14 and has tummy issues. As you could see, Reya loved it!

  55. Kohila Ganesan August 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm -

    I am going to treat my dog with this one! Nice review….

  56. Velvet Hubler August 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm -

    I love that they have different treats,cookies, and food. I never have heard of them but the photos make the food look great and something my pets would enjoy

  57. Lisa F. August 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm -

    My neighbor got this for her diabetic dog towards the end of her life. It was the only thing she would eat. She gave me what she had remaining when her dog was gone. I used it as the last meal for my almost 15 year old dog before having to have him put down. He loved it, so I'm glad I had something yummy for him in those final moments.

    • Susan Bewley August 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm -

      So sorry for your loss 🙁  Its always hard losing a furry friend. I’m glad they loved this food though. I haven’t found a dog yet that hates it.

  58. Susan Smith August 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm -

    This is a great review!  I am always looking for healthy things to feed my 4 dogs, I'll have to check these out.

  59. judy sizemore August 12, 2013 at 6:58 am -

    i have never tried freshpet dog food or the treats on my dogs, i am going to give it a try,i have a germen shephard an she is my baby, an i wont her to have the best

    • Susan Bewley August 12, 2013 at 10:50 am -

      That’s how we are with Reya. This is now on the approved treat list!

  60. Allyson Tice August 12, 2013 at 8:04 am -

    This food looks amazing. I see commercials a lot, but having this honest review is great. I wonder how I could work this into my budget to feed it to my pup,Daisy.I do like that your puppy cleaned the bowl!

    • Susan Bewley August 12, 2013 at 10:49 am -

      One thing I would recommend is pricing around. If you have a smaller to medium sized dog, its not really that expensive when priced out. You can also buy it in a bigger tube than I used in this review. Its much much cheaper. I didn’t want to buy anything that big for the review though since I didn’t want to be stuck with a lot of food that Reya wouldn’t eat. The biggest problem I have with these treats and food nows is that Reya knows what the package looks like. If she sees it in the fridge, she’s trying to push one of us out of the way to steal it!

  61. sally guenterberg August 12, 2013 at 8:52 am -

    I have not been unhappy with the smell of the dog treats but a lot of them really do not agree with our dog. And I agree that so many seem unhealthy. I used to make our dogs treats so the idea of doing that again has me interested in these.

    • Susan Bewley August 12, 2013 at 10:41 am -

      Yes, many of the treats out there are so disgusting! I liked that they were also fairly inexpensive. Makes me wonder why the nasty, smelly treats are so expensive.

  62. Deborah D August 12, 2013 at 11:09 am -

    My dog is pickuy so i will try this and hope that she its it.

  63. Dana Martin August 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm -

    I have never tried the Freshpet Select… Can you heat it up as well for finicky dogs?

    • Susan Bewley August 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm -

      I don’t see why not.

  64. Helga August 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm -

    I have read up on raw foods for pets and it makes sense.  It imitates their natural diet.  Thanks for the info.

  65. Wendy Owen August 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm -

    I have never tried this but it looks like it makes a lot of sense. I do plan to check it out. My parents raise English Bulldogs and those dogs eat better than us kids did growing up lol. I'm glad I ran across this. Thank you.

  66. Vicky Harris August 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm -

    My puppies seem to enjoy Freshpet and gobble it down every chance they get.

  67. desiree August 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm -

    wow  inow my dog king or should i have sid  kid he thinks he human and then he would love to try this  and then blog on it and then put it on the   twtter a dt ehn othe stie and utbe  and let yu know what he likes

  68. Heather Nichols August 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm -

    I'm always looking for healthy althernatives for my furry little ones. This is definitely something we will try. Thank you

  69. laurie August 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm -

    this looks like great food for dogs. my dogs dont like cold food i wonder what they would think of this

  70. Cheryl Chervitz August 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm -

    My four dogs love FreshPet.  Luckily it is sold at several stores close to me.  I believe that all dogs should have good, decent food to eat.

  71. missie February 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm -

    My dog loves freshpet and vital i mix it with her taste of the wild dry!

    • Susan Bewley February 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm -

      That is very interesting! We use taste of the wild too and I never thought of mixing it!

  72. Holistic Select Dog Food February 18, 2014 at 12:03 am -

    This is good food for any dog as long as they don’t have some type of allergy to certain foods.

  73. Shannon April 14, 2014 at 11:51 am -

    This sounds really nice, thank you for your review.

  74. Kate August 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm -

    I’ll never understand why people spend so much on dog treats and then worry about what is in them. I buy chicken. Whatever is on sale…usually thighs or tenders. I boil the chicken….let it cool and take the meat off the bones if necessary. I chop it up and get dozens of treats for just a few dollars. The only ingredient is…..chicken! I give them the water(broth) I boiled the meat in too. They love the “soup”. It’s so much cheaper and better for them.

  75. Gibson S. August 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm -

    Nice article. Gave me food for thought (no pun intended!) on feeding my dogs. Have never tried Freshpet before but will now. Thanks!

  76. Anna November 14, 2014 at 8:45 am -

    I was very enthusiastic about the cat food, too. Unfortunately, I just had to throw away the third bag because it became a moldy mess only 1/3 of the way through and long before the expiration date of 1/19/15. I also have to scrutinize the bags of food in the store to make sure the food isn’t already rotted to the point of slime (has happened twice). It’s very disappointing to put my faith into a product that sells itself as an honestly healthy alternative to the garbage that’s normally manufactured for our believed pets and be disappointed repeatedly.

    • Susan Bewley November 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm -

      Anna, that is horrible! My mom actually had this problem the last time she purchased it and I thought it was a fluke. Maybe they have changed something with the way they are shipping or making it?

  77. Sue April 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm -

    I have used Freshpet periodically. I have 2 large dogs a GSD and a Sibe Husky. They both love it, I usually just mix a patty of it with their dry kibble. Haven’t seen the cookies but will be looking for them.

  78. Brian Eberman October 13, 2015 at 5:44 am -

    The only food for my bullmastiff is FreshPet. Seriously good stuff. I fed my previous dog turkey, chicken, beef and she loved it made her coat very soft and shiny and shedding was easier.She was a shiba Inu – chow chow with lots of fur just like a lion! I would suggest to tell other dog lovers and puppy parents you know, about Fresh Pet. Their dog deserves the best too!

  79. Marshall Kincaid October 13, 2015 at 6:15 am -

    I get the FreshPet Select Slice & Serve Pack in Chunky Beef, for my dogs but not as their only diet. I use it, in place of the canned food, that I usually buy. I give my dogs kibble with a scoop of canned. Fresh Pet has pretty good, straight forward, human grade ingredients. And it does taste good, I have tasted it.My dogs have been on lots of expensive foods. They have all made him sick & vomiting. I gave him FreshPet, no problems! He has good stamina, a lot of energy and looks great! What really matters is the food that your dog loves to eat.

  80. Chris Dean October 13, 2015 at 7:25 am -

    I use this as a topper over my dogs dry food (canned) and she absolutely loves it. The rolls are definitely cheaper than the bags but if uses as a topper it’s not any more expensive than canned I find. It would be a lot to feed just this. I wish the 32.99 priced FreshPet bag was bigger then 5lbs. My Akita can go through that pretty quickly. Mine eats 3 cups a day.

  81. Nitasha Brown October 14, 2015 at 5:50 am -

    Table scraps definitely aren’t good options for the Pets. I’ve tried PetFresh food for my cat, now I’ll try it for my GSD . Hope he likes the same way as my cat does. Nice write up btw.

  82. Ivy Oscar October 14, 2015 at 7:46 am -

    Before stumbling upon this article , I got freshpet select from Meijer. It’s first day and it seems rocky loves the food. I’ll definitely share my experience after sometime here. By the way is there any cheap and good quality alternative for fresh pet?

  83. Marina Haver October 15, 2015 at 7:27 am -

    Freshpet is pure joy for sussy. She is Persian Siamese and loves vital line. I’ve German shepherd dog and freshpet select is my ultimate choice as dog food for him. I was very reluctant to change my pet’s food but when one of my friend recommended I thought to give it a try. And after that my pets love this food.

  84. RobinSon October 15, 2015 at 11:39 pm -

    I think freshpet dog food is bit expensive but yes it’s worth it. It’s nutritious and it’s of very good quality especially it’s minimally processed which helps in retaining high proteins. And I found that it’s better than canned foods available in the Market.

  85. Patti February 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm -

    I was glad to come across a review of Fresh Pet. My dog is a Husky and about 12 years old. We have tried different foods over the years and he would barely tolerate kibble and I tried many different brands. I usually had to put something on it that had a good smell.

    He loves Fresh Pet and will eat it without any additional food added to it. I get the chunks and freeze it after I buy it. He eats it frozen most of the time.

    It looked good to me and am glad someone else can verify my thoughts .