Best Fresh Dog Food*

High-quality food is one of the most important areas where discerning dog parents can make an investment in their pet’s well-being—and many are choosing to look for the best fresh dog food.

 
 

Fresh Dog Food: Pet Parent Faves

Here are some of the best fresh dog food picks bought by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Just Food for Dogs Daily Diets Beef & Russet Potato Frozen Dog Food

Just Food for Dogs

Daily Diets Beef & Russet Potato Frozen Dog Food

This beef and russet potato recipe contains 100% human-grade ingredients. It’s an adult life stage fresh dog food made by hand in small batches in Southern California kitchens.

  • 18 oz. and 72 oz. package
  • Higher-fat formula ideal for active dogs or those that need to gain weight
  • Ingredients certified by USDA
  • Gluten-free for dogs with allergies
  • Wholesome lean ground beef, vegetables and beef liver
  • Lightly cooked, frozen fresh
  • Good for all life stages
  • No preservatives, BHA, BHT, LFBT or artificial coloring

Just Food for Dogs Daily Diets Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni Frozen Dog Food

Just Food for Dogs

Daily Diets Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni Frozen Dog Food

If you have a large dog, or an extra active canine that needs high caloric levels from their diet, this recipe is for you. Offering great value for the price, this fresh dog food brand makes this adult life stage dog food in their Southern California kitchens.

  • 18 oz. and 72 oz. package
  • 100% human-grade ingredients
  • High-protein formula ideal for large dogs and active dogs
  • Ingredients certified by USDA
  • Turkey, vegetables and turkey liver for a taste dogs love
  • Lightly cooked, frozen fresh
  • Good for dogs with possible allergy dermatitis or storage mite allergies
  • No preservatives, BHA, BHT, LFBT or artificial coloring

Just Food for Dogs Daily Diets Chicken & White Rice Frozen Dog Food

Just Food for Dogs

Daily Diets Chicken & White Rice Frozen Dog Food

Chicken and white rice is easily digestible, and this formula can be given to puppies as well as adults. 100% of the ingredients are approved for human consumption so you can rest assured your pup is getting some of the best fresh dog food out there.

  • 18 oz. and 72 oz. package
  • Balanced nutrition for all dogs including growing puppies
  • Easily digestible for dogs with sensitive stomachs or GI tracts
  • Contains chicken thigh, vegetables, chicken gizzards and liver
  • Ingredients certified by USDA
  • Lightly cooked, frozen fresh
  • Good for dogs with possible allergy dermatitis or storage mite allergies
  • No preservatives, BHA, BHT, LFBT or artificial coloring

Freshpet Vital Balanced Nutrition Chicken and Whole Grain

Freshpet

Vital Balanced Nutrition Chicken and Whole Grain

This chicken recipe fresh dog food comes in a “slice and serve” roll that you just store in the refrigerator and easily serve up a mealtime. It also offers excellent value for the price.

  • 1 lb., 2 lb. and 6 lb. packages
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% natural, non-GMO chicken is the first ingredient
  • Vitamin and antioxidant rich vegetables
  • No preservatives, meat meals or by-product meals
  • Omega-3 and -6 for skin and coat

Freshpet Vital Fresh Cuts Shredded Chicken Dog Food

Freshpet

Vital Fresh Cuts Shredded Chicken Dog Food

Freshpet’s Fresh Cuts line of dog food looks so good, you might want to eat it yourself—and in fact, it is human-grade. Give your pet a high-protein diet that’s just like a home-cooked meal.

  • 1.5 lb. or 4.5 lb. package
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% natural, non-GMO chicken is the first ingredient
  • Antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes, carrots, cranberries, green beans and spinach
  • Complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages
  • No preservatives, meat meals or by-product meals

Freshpet Vital Complete Meals Small Breed Grain-Free Chicken

Freshpet

Vital Fresh Cuts Shredded Chicken Dog Food

Many pet parents determine that the best fresh dog food for their pups is grain-free. This recipe offers a grain-free recipe specially formulated for small dogs, with more protein packed into each tiny bite.

  • 1 lb. package
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% natural, non-GMO chicken and chicken liver are the first ingredients
  • Antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes, carrots and cranberries
  • Convenient, small pieces are ready to serve
  • No preservatives, meat meals or by-product meals

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Learn More About Fresh Dog Food

Fresh dog food contains high-quality, whole ingredients that are minimally processed. They typically have fewer preservatives, and many fresh dog food brands are organic or locally sourced. These traits make it easier to digest than typical dry dog food, and many pet parents might find their dogs’ skin and coat to look smooth and supple. Some fresh foods are even labeled as human-grade dog food with ingredients approved for human consumption.

Fresh dog food is never raw—it is usually completely cooked but not subjected to the dehydration processes of dry dog food. Raw food is a different category of dog food. Fresh food comes in a few different forms. Frozen fresh dog food will need to be heated and served, while fresh dog food rolls and those that come in fresh-sealed packaging can simply be opened and served. You can even get fresh dog food delivery right to your door from Petco.

While the best dog food for your pet depends on their specific needs, age and stage, fresh dog food is high-quality and can be a great choice for many pups. Because it doesn’t have preservatives and is gently cooked and not processed, it may help some dogs with allergies or digestive problems. In addition, fresh ingredients often have more bioavailable nutrients, which may help your dog’s skin and coat. And whether you need a more calorie-dense diet for your pup to gain weight or support their active lifestyle or you need lower-calorie recipes, there are options you can find to meet your dog’s needs.

Some dogs with allergies can thrive on grain-free diets—and there are fresh dog food options that are grain-free. In addition, you’ll find formulas with a variety of proteins and ingredients to suit most food intolerances. And because it’s fully cooked, it helps eliminate the risks of a raw diet while delivering on many of the same benefits.

On our list of best-sellers, two leading fresh dog food brands come out on top: Just Food for Dogs and Freshpet.

Just Food for Dogs is based in Newport Beach, California, and all of their kitchens are located in the US. They use USDA-certified, locally sourced ingredients with no preservatives, fillers or by-products. At Petco, we sell their frozen fresh dog food, which needs to be thawed before serving.

Freshpet dog foods are steam-cooked in their kitchens in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and most ingredients come from the US or Canada. Their foods are antibiotic- and preservative-free and made with only quality muscle and organ meats, a high-protein formula that many dogs love. And they use non-GMO and 100% natural meats.

Both brands are available in various flavors and for various sizes, life stages and dietary needs of dogs.

Price-conscious pet parents can still feed their pup this type of diet with fresh dog food brands like Freshpet, whose dog food rolls and fresh-sealed packages are some of the more economical options on the market. You can get Just Food For Dogs fresh dog food delivery with extra savings when choosing Repeat Delivery from Petco. Or choose Curbside Pickup at checkout and save by buying online and picking up in-store.

*Based on petco.com sales data.