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How Much to Feed Your Dog and Other Nutrition Questions Answered

written by Tori Holmes

If your pet is ready to say goodbye to kibble, you may have some questions about how much to feed a dog or cat who is making the switch to Freshpet. To help make this transition to fresh, healthy dog food easier, we’ve put together a handy guide covering how much to feed your pet and other top nutritional questions.


How much Freshpet to feed a dog or cat

Each Freshpet recipe features a feeding chart on the side of the packaging. Within this chart, you will see a column on the left for your pet’s weight and a column on the right for the recommended amount of food served each day.

Using the serving marks on the Freshpet roll, simply slice off the appropriate amount for your dog or cat based on the recipe's Feeding Guidelines on the packaging. Once you've got the correct number of slices for your pet's meal, mash or dice the pieces into the appropriate portion size to fit your pet's needs.

And that's it -- their Freshpet meal is ready to go!

dog looking up at pet parent cutting their food

How to store Freshpet recipes after opening

All of our bagged meals feature a re-sealable zipper so they stay completely airtight after opening, without needing to put them in another container.

For rolls, or any other recipe that does not have resealable packaging, all you need to do to maintain optimal freshness is to place the uneaten food in an airtight container before storing back in the fridge. We recommend storing in a US standard fridge temp of 35º-40º F for optimal freshness.

Just like human food, Freshpet should not be out for more than an hour. If your pet doesn’t finish all of their food within that time, simply put it back in the fridge and offer it again later. Further, on each Freshpet recipe you’ll see a tailored use-by date which indicates how long after opening it needs to be used:


  • Rolls: 7 days


  • Patties: 5 days


  • Spring & Sprout and Homestyle Creations Bagged Meals: 5 days


  • Freshpet Select, Deli Fresh, and Vital Bagged Meals: 7 days


  • Single Serve: 2 days


We hope that you now have a better understanding of how much to feed a dog or cat switching to Freshpet. If you still have more questions, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian – they will be happy to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs and what the best dog food option would be for you!

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