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My dogs’ health and well-being is one of the most important things in the world to me. This means good quality food, lots of exercise, and regular vet care. One of the main reasons why I started this blog was to share our adventures and help promote active, healthy lifestyles for people and their dogs. Just like in people, exercise alone will not make you healthy, you also need to eat right. Everyday, more and more people are finally talking about the problems with feeding our dogs dry, overly processed food, ie: kibble. This also means that there are more companies searching for better, healthier options to offer to pet parents.
Freshpet is one of those companies.
Freshpet’s slogan is “Real Pet Food, Fresh from the Fridge.” Freshpet is made with real, fresh ingredients – real US meat as the #1 ingredient, and real veggies you can see. Unlike a lot of kibbles and canned foods out there, Freshpet never uses any pre-processed meat powders, “chicken meals,” or by-products. It also comes in a grain-free variety!
Slowly Steam Cooked
Your “traditional” kibble dog food is cooked at super high temperatures that effectively cooks out all the “good stuff”… how good that stuff was to begin with is another debate altogether, but I digress. The point is that unlike kibble, Freshpet pet food is slowly steam cooked to maintain nutrition AND taste.
No Additives or Preservatives
Freshpet is fresh from the fridge, which means no nasty additives or preservatives are added to increase it’s shelf life.
Made In The USA
Freshpet is made right here in the United States. All of the meats and veggies are sourced from American farms, so you don’t have to worry about the quality of the ingredients or where they are being shipped from.
Freshpet Review – Taste Testing
Freshpet sent us two different recipes of their food to try, the Fresh from the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe, which comes in bag, as well as the Chunky Chicken & Turkey Recipe rolls. Plus treats! While the dogs seemed to like both varieties, they definitely prefer the Fresh from the Kitchen Chicken recipe, which is made with real chicken, cranberries and garden vegetables and smells SO SO GOOD.
I knew the MINUTE I opened the first bag of Freshpet that my dogs were going to just GOBBLE it down, and boy did they ever. If I didn’t know any better and walked into a kitchen with an open bag, I probably would have assumed someone was cooking a delicious dinner for their family, not feeding their dogs!
My pack can be pretty picky eaters sometimes, but as you can tell by Ringo’s bulging eyeballs, Freshpet was a big hit!
My initial plan was to just try one dog on Freshpet, but as soon as I started getting Ringo’s dinner prepared, all 4 dogs sat eagerly at my feet, all wanting a taste. So, they all got to try some. Consensus? 4 out of 4 mutts give it two paws up!
Our dogs love their normal raw diet, but raw isn’t always the most convenient thing to feed in the world. This is especially true if we’re traveling, camping, or staying in a hotel or at a friend’s house. Because of this, we like to have some alternate options that the dogs like and we can pick up when we need that extra bit of convenience (without having to turn to kibble). I’m happy to be able to add Freshpet to our list of mutt approved easily-accessible dinner options!
And they make treats too!!
In addition to their dog food, Freshpet also has a line of dog treats, aptly named Dog Joy. We tried the Turkey Jerky, and the dogs go crazy for them! Ringo couldn’t resist licking the bag while waiting for me to hand over more treats.
This is what happened when I brought a bag outside to work on some training with my dogs… All 4 of them rushed over and sat down, without my asking, hoping to get a piece of bacon! The crazy part is that it really smells (and feels) like bacon too!
Have a picky eater at home who’s bored of their regular food? I highly recommend checking out Freshpet. None of my dogs can resist the slow cooked, delicious smelling goodness!
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Thanks for reading,
Debbie & The Mutts