Following in JuLo's & Aj's footsteps, I also was able to review Vital dog food by Freshpet recently for their blogger program. I recieved four 2lb 'logs' of food:
|SALMON & OCEAN
BISON & BEEF
I started w/the Salmon & Ocean Whitefish recipe, which Gibson OMG LOVED, but was definitely not a good one for me to try first. Let's just say, unless your dog has food allergies or you love the smell of fish on your hands, skip this flavor ;)
Vital is a new brand for Freshpet, and it is their take on a grain-free dog food. Lots of protein, some veggies and vitamins, and none of that unhealthy stuff that dog's do not need. Very similar to Gibson's current food, so I definitely approve. It is gently cooked, which means that most of the nutrition will not be cooked out of the food, like a lot of dry dog foods. You can tell how fresh this stuff is by the fact that you cannot order it online since it always needs to be overnighted! It was one of the most urgent packages I have ever received. The fedex guy was even concerned about me getting it into the fridge right away! :)
Now onto the product itself:
I really like that they have 1/4lb markers on the 'log' so you know where to cut. Very handy!
Turkey, turkey liver, spinach, blueberries, pomegranate, cranberries, carrageenan, broccoli, natural flavors, inulin, green tea extract
+ a lot of vitamins & minerals. It's always nice to know exactly what you are feeding your pup!
I was much happier when I cut into this variety. It smelled pretty much like turkey lunchmeat and left no smells on my hands ;) You can see all of the fruits & veggies too, which never happens w/dry food.
So, at this point, Gibson is whining and drooling all over the floor because he KNOWS whatever it is he is smelling is for him. I cut up the food into bit sized pieces for him and wow, he just goes insane for it! He smushes his face down into the bowl and sucks up every last morsel in about 2 seconds flat. Gibson seal of approval!
I decided to only mix the food into his normal food and then give some as a treat at lunchtime, because I did not know how it would affect his tummy at first. Plus, the closest place to buy it is 40 minutes away, which is not entirely convenient, so I did not want to make the complete switch. So with the extra food (since I only made it through about 1/4 of a log and it needs to be eaten or froze w/in 7 days of opening it), I cut it up into little pieces and froze it to use as treats! This works great!! Perfect for Kongs!
I would definitely recommend this food if it is sold in your area. If not to switch completely, but as an occasional treat or reward. I plan on stocking up if I ever see it in stores :)