Questions to Ask Yourself While Choosing the Best Food for Your Pet

29 Apr 2022 | Written by Freshpet

Whether you’re bringing home a new addition or simply want to reassess your pet’s current diet, it’s important to take a critical look at the brands you’re considering. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together some helpful questions to ask yourself while choosing the best food for your pet.

Do they use high-quality ingredients?

Your pet’s food is only as good as what's inside it, so you want to find a brand that never cuts corners when it comes to ingredients. If you see things such as chicken meal, meat powders, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives in the ingredient list, steer clear!

At Freshpet, the only ingredients we’re interested in are the best we can find. This includes ingredients that are:

To learn more about how our commitment to quality goes beyond the ingredients we use, check out our how it’s made page.

Is a veterinary nutritionist involved in the company?

Would you eat food from a company that has no nutrition professionals on its team? If we had to guess, probably not. The same should go for your pet’s food. You want to choose a brand that has a veterinary nutritionist involved in their company so you can be sure that the food they’re offering is nutritionally balanced.

We’re proud of the fact that Freshpet’s full-time head of Research and Development, Dr. Gerardo Perez-Camargo, is a qualified veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition. He formulates every recipe we produce, so pet parents can rest assured that their pet gets everything they need to live a happy, tail-wagging life.

What is their impact on the environment?

The food’s impact on the environment is another important factor to consider when comparing brands. Look for one that puts the environment at the forefront of every aspect of their business – from where they source their products and the packaging they use, to how they distribute their recipes and how easy it is to be recycled after use.

From our kitchen to yours, we’re always looking for innovative ways to support our planet. Some of the new ways we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible include:

Want to know more? See how we celebrate Earth Day every day at Freshpet.

Do they share the exact nutritional content of the food?

The willingness to share the exact nutritional content of their recipes is another sign of a great pet food brand. Knowing what’s inside the food can help you make an informed decision and feel confident that your pet is getting everything they need. Bonus points if they not only share the nutritional content but do so in a way that every pet parent can read and understand!

On each product page, we outline all ingredients (including products and minerals) that are in the recipe as well as a brief nutritional analysis. If Freshpet pet parents want to do a deep dive into the exact nutritional content of their pet’s favorite recipe, they can always access our Nutrient Database to see a guaranteed analysis.

Do they have recipes tailored to different nutritional needs?

As your pet grows, their nutritional needs change. It’s also not uncommon for them to develop health issues or allergies throughout their life that influence the food they need to eat. To avoid having to switch your pet’s brand of food throughout their life, it can be helpful to choose one that offers recipes tailored to different nutritional needs.

In addition to our wide variety of “standard” recipes, we also carry a number of special recipes that are tailored to a specific diet, ages, breed size, and health concerns, including:

You can see our full range of recipes for both cats and dogs here.

After finding the answer to these questions, you’ll quickly see that the best food for your pet is one that checks all of these boxes!

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