The methods that we use to cook food makes all the difference when preparing food for ourselves, as even healthy food products can be cooked in ways that reduce their nutritional value. At Freshpet, the belief that we can and should provide the best quality food possible to our pets drives our veterinary nutrition experts to find the best way to prepare the high quality ingredients in our food without compromising the flavors your pet has come to expect. Here, Freshpet discusses their cooking process and how it enables them to be a brand consistently recommended by veterinarians when considering options for your pet’s diet.
How Does Freshpet’s Cooking Process Differ from Traditional Pet Foods?
A key difference between Freshpet healthy dog food and dry kibble or canned food lies within the cooking process. Freshpet’s heating process requires gently steam-cooking our ingredients in a manner that is very similar to home-cooking. Cooking the ingredients at a lower temperature and for shorter amounts of time ensures that Freshpet cooks ingredients just to the point where they are safe, tasty and nutritious for your pet – and no further. Nutritional studies demonstrate that essential amino acids can be more easily absorbed and used by our pets when they are cooked low and slow versus methods that are harsher and change the structure of the proteins in their diet. Because of this, Freshpet avoids excessive heating, ensuring that they provide quality food that your pet loves without compromising nutrients essential to an animal’s continued health.
Why Do Vets Recommend Freshpet?
Great Alternative to Home Cooking: As pet owners, we always want to provide our pets with the very best quality ingredients as we know the profound impact that a good diet has on our furry friends’ continued health. Pet owners that do not have the time required to cook their meals at home often choose Freshpet, as veterinarians feel confident recommending Freshet diets as a viable alternative. The reasoning is simple – Freshpet offers a complete and balanced diet for your pet, has high quality and safety standards, and is so much more like homemade foods than traditional canned foods or kibble.
Provides Excellent Nutrition: As our pets age, our responsibility for supplying them with essential nutrients to ensure their good health increases incrementally. Senior pets may suffer from dental problems such as missing teeth, tarter build up, or gingivitis that can make it difficult to eat hard kibble. Freshpet is easier to chew and swallow than kibble because of its tender consistency, making it highly palatable to senior pets that may have become pickier eaters throughout the years. Freshpet has performed nutritional studies at the University of Illinois that showed essential amino acids, which are the building blocks for the proteins in your pets muscles and tissues, are made more available when food is steam cooked versus the methods used to produce dry kibble, canned, or raw pet foods. This means that even if your pet is not a senior, there may be inherent benefits to consuming Freshpet over more traditional pet foods.
Has High Moisture Content for Hydration: Any cat parent will tell you that cats are notorious for not drinking water consistently. Research has shown that cats that consume diets that are higher in moisture will drink less but ultimately consume more water throughout the day due to the water content within their food. Doubling down on your cat’s hydration by offering them food higher in moisture content is beneficial for the health of your cat as it dilutes urine and increases the frequency of urination. This both helps cats with urinary tract issues while further ensuring that your healthy cat will not develop them.