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Is this decent quality? Fresh Pet Select

September 4th, 2008, 06:01 PM
I was wanting to get opinions on this food:

My dog recently spent nearly 2 weeks in intensive care recovering from acute renal failure caused by a reaction to a prescribed medication. During the time she was sick she refused to eat and was syringe fed Hill's Science Diet AD food. She was discharged when her kidney levels reached normal ranges and I was told to try to feed her anything I could get her to eat.

My dog decided she really likes the FreshPet Select food. We had a check up today and she is doing well and a special kidney diet is not indicated at this time; I was told to stop feeding the AD. My vet saw no problems with the FreshPet Select and wants me to feed her what she is willing to eat. Her normal kibble is Purina Vet Diet EN (gastroenteric). She is slowly starting to accept this diet as well. She is still on several medications including meds to help with stomach ulcerations and liver support meds.

I just wanted opinions as to whether this is a decent quality food to keep her on. The FreshPet Select is a PAN (pandean) diet and I am not familiar with this.

And just a note to all pet owners: please take loss of appetite and vomiting seriously. If I had not been so vigilant in my little dog's care and had access to an excellent vet specialist, my little girl would not be here today.

September 4th, 2008, 07:09 PM
the food you picked looks good. It looks like it would be unlikely to cause any stomach upset. It's really simple too. I think it would be easy on a dogs stomach with no weird ingredients, so I'd say go for it.

Glad to hear your doggy is feeling a bit better.

September 4th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Thanks for your input. She practically inhaled the supper portion I put down for her. The FreshPet food actually looks tasty and is supposed to be made with human grade food products. I liked what I read, but since it is a newer type of food (and company) most of the reviews were marketing based for the company and, therefore, had potential bias. I don't know much about pet foods, but have always gotten good advice on the forum. Our vet specialist was clear that she did not want my dog on the Hills AD for an extended period and to get her weaned off it quickly.

And my doggie and I thank you for the well-wishes!

September 4th, 2008, 11:03 PM
It looks OK, with the exception of the rice bran. But, I noticed that it doesn't contain any pre or probiotics. These are soooooo important!!

Check out Nzymes Bac-Pak-Plus

September 5th, 2008, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the advice on the probiotics. I do give her Probios treats with probiotics in them, but will look at the product you recommend. I want to keep her tummy as settled as possible.

Pet foods are so confusing. It is scary that you feel you are making good, educated choices, getting good "brands" or feeding what is recommended by the doctors, but in the end the majority of foods don't seem to be that nutritious.