How To Choose The Best Recipe For Your Small Dog

At Freshpet, we believe our four-legged family members deserve all the benefits of a fresher, more natural way of eating – what we don’t believe in is a one-food-for-all-dogs approach to this diet. There are three key reasons why smaller breeds need a recipe tailored to their needs:

1. Small dogs tend to have higher metabolic rates, which means they have higher energy requirements and energy needs per pound than larger dogs and require a diet that contains higher levels of protein, calories, and fat as a result.

2. Small dogs also have smaller stomach capacities, which means they need a small amount of food that is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and carbohydrates to ensure they get all the nutrients they need.

3. Small dogs have different health problems, such as obesity and blood sugar spikes and crashes, that can arise if their diets are not in tune to their specific needs.

We know that smaller dogs have different dietary requirements than their larger counterparts, which is why we offer a wide selection of recipes for small breeds. Just like our other Freshpet recipes, these are made with all-natural ingredients, gently steam cooked just to the point where they are safe, tasty, and nutritious. What makes them different, however, is that they are nutritionally designed for smaller breeds. Each meal contains targeted levels of protein and fat as well as antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, making these specific recipes tailored to accommodate the needs of small-breed pups.

Choosing the Right Recipe for Your Small Dog

If this is your first time choosing a small breed recipe for your pup, we’re here to help. With our product selector you can answer a few questions about your dog and we’ll help narrow down your choices to a few that we think will be best. Alternatively, if you have specific questions about our recipes or which to choose, you can also always reach out to our Consumer Care Team.

Ensuring these recipes meet your small breed’s nutritional requirements is important, but we also know that dogs have preferences when it comes to ingredients and type of meals they eat. To make sure you can find the best dog food or best puppy food recipe for your pet, we offer a variety of types and flavors available across our product lines.

Freshpet Select Small Dog Multi-Protein Recipe with Sweet Potatoes

Nutritionally developed for the energy needs of small dogs, this soft and easy-to-chew recipe is protein-packed with chicken, beef, egg, and salmon. Available in a mouthwatering and nutrient-dense 1 lb. roll, it provides small-breed dogs with the full spectrum of crucial amino acids they need to stay active and healthy.

Freshpet Select Small Dog Chicken & Turkey Recipe with Cranberries & Spinach

Packed with all-natural chicken, turkey and antioxidant-rich fruits & vegetables and made into a soft and easy-to-chew 1 lb. roll, this recipe is designed for the nutrition and serving size needs of small dogs. This recipe is perfect for small pups with a big appetite.

Freshpet Select Small Dog Bite-Size Chicken Recipe

This recipe offers smaller bite-sized morsels of US farm-raised chicken, specially made for little pups. Each 1 lb. bag is formulated with targeted levels of protein and fat to support small dog high energy requirements.

Vital Grain-Free Small Breed Poultry Recipe

One hundred percent natural, fresh chicken and turkey come together with cranberries, blueberries, spinach, and pumpkin in a delicious and easy-to-eat paté, specially designed for smaller mouths. The variety of ingredients found in this recipe makes it a popular choice even among the pickiest palettes. You can find it in a 1 lb. roll at select Petco and PetSmart locations.

Nature’s Fresh Grain-Free Small Breed Chicken Recipe

Tender, bite-sized morsels made from fresh, locally sourced, GAP-rated chicken, are just the right size for small dogs. The recipe is formulated with targeted protein and fat to support high energy requirements of small dogs, and omega 6 and 3 fatty acids to support healthy skin and coat. You can find it in 1 lb. bags at Whole Foods and other speciality locations.

To find any of these recipes in your local area, visit our ‘Where To Buy’ page. Then you can pick up your pet’s new favorite recipe… and the rest is history!


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