When I first got Buffy I knew very little about dog food. I had a vague understanding of what constituted bad food, but very little knowledge of ingredients or dietary needs. In fact, last week, when giving out Buffy’s information to receive a review product from FreshPet I said she eats grain free food, then went on to say that she’s currently on Wellness Super 5 Chicken Flavor… Which is not grain free. Whoopsie. In my defense, I meant to say it is wheat free.
Since then I’ve decided to take a closer look into what I’m actually giving her, and hopefully find a happy medium between her dietary needs, and my need to pay rent.
Over the next two weeks I’ll be learning as much as I can about dog food, which will hopefully culminate with a comprehensive review of FreshPet’s slice and serve line of foods.
Here is my first impression:
Early this morning I was woken by a knocking at the door, which turned out to be my review package! I quickly ripped it open, and inside found a cute insolated bag, and three of their Slice and Serve Meals.
The entire package
Initially I was confused about what their guidelines for recommended feeding meant (Dog’s 5-20lbs eat ¼-1/4 lbs? what?) until I saw the handy measuring chart on the side of the package.
Easy weight measurement
The product itself is fairly easy to cut into, and is very, very lightly cooked. It has a good, firm, consistency, and can be sliced quite thin. Inside various fruits and vegetables popped out from the meat, which was heartening to see.
Here is a picture of the inside of their Vital line, which has no grains:
mmmm, looks good!
You can see Buffy in the background already sitting in anticipation!
For day 1 I used the Vital line mainly for treating, and I’ve honestly never seen Buffy perform tricks faster.
She'll do any trick for a slice!
In a few weeks I’ll be posting my final review. Right now things look good, but I haven’t given her much yet. Today I supplemented it with her normal Wellness Super 5.
My fast little girl.
UPDATE- Final Freshpet Select Review:
Well Buffy absolutely loved this food. It’s still the only food she’ll eat immediately and get excited over. The slice and serves she tried have high moisture content and are lightly cooked in order to hopefully remove parasites (which, as someone who has worked with common food and water borne parasites, this is a nice addition) while maintaining the food nutritional integrity.
Vital line– This is the more expensive of the products tried. Buffy seemed to like it more than the basic Freshpet select slices line, but honestly, not by much. She loved them both.
Freshpet Slices: The other slices she tried. Unfortunately while in both a Petco and Petsmart that carried the line, these products were not among the ones that they carried. She loved these too, and they’re considerably less expensive than the Vital line.
Final Line– If Freshpet wasn’t out of my price range I would definitely give it to Buffy everyday. She loves it, and it’s the only food that she’ll gobble down immediately, no matter how much I put in front of her. I think for camping this year I’m going to grab some of the basic Freshpet slices to give to Buffy because I think she could benefit form the increased moisture content while doing an increased amount of physical activity, and also I like how quickly she eats it. Then the food will have to sit out for less time, and I should (hopefully) be able to keep it well refrigerated in the meantime.