Evaluation Of Freshpet According To World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Guidelines
Below you will find Freshpet’s response to WSAVA’s recommendations on selecting pet foods.
Yes. Freshpet employs full time Dr. Gerardo Perez-Camargo, who is a qualified veterinarian with a PhD in Applied Biochemistry and Food Science. Dr. Perez-Camargo has 25 years of experience in the development of nutritional products for cats and dogs. He has several scientific publications and patents on cat and dog nutrition. Also employed full time is Dr. Diana Valtierra who has a PhD in Food Science from McGill University. In addition to the two full time employees, Freshpet assembled a team of nutritionist veterinary consultants called The Nutritional Council. The Nutritional Council guides, supervises and validates the research collaborations performed by Freshpet and works to continuously evaluate and improve Freshpet’s ingredients, processes, and pet food products.
Dr. Gerardo Perez-Camargo as well as an internal group of Freshpet technical staff of food scientists, microbiologists, biologists, and nutritionists.
Yes. Freshpet has done both AAFCO growth and adult maintenance feeding trials, as well as digestibility studies. Diets are formulated following AAFCO feeding guidelines and nutritional profiles are confirmed by independent laboratory analyses.
Freshpet produces the majority of our complete and balanced products at the Freshpet Kitchens in Bethlehem, PA. Only a small percentage of products are produced at another US location, but they are still manufactured with Freshpet’s highest quality standards.
Freshpet strives to source from suppliers who align values of helping achieve goals in providing high quality products for pets. A team comprised of Research & Development (R&D), Quality Assurance (QA) and Procurement examines and approves every supplier within Freshpet and every ingredient is scrutinized for organoleptic properties, proximate analysis, vitamin and mineral profiles, potential candidates, and microbiological safety. In addition, consistent ingredient traceability and sustainability are monitored. The nutrient composition of raw ingredients is systematically measured versus suppliers Certificate of Analyses. Variations of ingredients trigger rejections. Every hour samples of all Roasted Meal products are sent for microbiological analysis. Samples are tested for Listeria, Salmonella, Anaerobic Plate Count, Enterobacter, yeast, mold, and Lactic Acid Bacteria. This is a part of the control before being released for distribution. Further quality controls on all products happening every 30 minutes to one hour ensure the color, pH and inclusion levels as well as packaging checks.
Yes. You can find within this website (https://www.freshpetvet.com) access to guaranteed analyses of all products, and complete nutrient profiles of some samples as well as ingredients and performance. The ‘Contact Us’ form allows more specific questions to be asked for each product.
All caloric values can be found on this website by choosing 'Foods' in the navigation and then choosing 'Cat & Dog Food'.
Freshpet conducts studies including AAFCO Adult Maintenance, ingredient processing, palatability, digestibility and more. You can learn more about our Studies & Analysis by clicking on 'Research' in the navigation bar on this website.
Freshpet is also currently working on skin microbiome and senior dental feeding studies. Results are published once studies are completed.
Contact Our Vet Team
If you have any vet-related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Freshpet Vet Team using the contact form below. You will receive a reply back within 2-3 business days.
To reach us by phone, call us at 866-789-3737
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm EST
Or write to us at:
Attn: Freshpet Care Team
P. O. Box 2157
Secaucus, NJ 07096 – 2157