Frontier Pets Dog Food Review
Frontier Pets is fantastic, and if this review doesn’t convince you to at least try a bag then I don’t know what will. Not only is it a home grown Australian brand, it’s one of the closest dog foods to mimic a natural canine diet. It’s one of the best, if not the best, dog foods you can buy in Australia.
In our Frontier Pets dog food review we’ll take a really good look at how this freeze-dried raw dog food is made, what it’s made from, and why it’s healthier for your dog than other dog foods. We’ll also throw in some videos including a puppy feeding guide.
Frontier Pets dog food range
This review will cover the following Frontier Pets dog foods:
Frontier Pets dog food review
Firstly, the company has ethics. The ingredients are human grade from sustainable and responsible farming. That’s a rarity in pet food. Frontier Pets is also an independent Australian company who have taken on the big boys like Mars (Advance, Royal Canin, Optimum), Nestle (Purina), and Colgate-Palmolive (Hills Science & Prescription Diet) and really stood their ground to make a better dog food.
Frontier Pets is freeze dried, which is a process of extracting the water rather than baking at high temps into a kibble. This ensures nutrients are preserved far more efficiently, making the food as a whole much more healthy and nutritious. It’s a fantastic way of feeding your dog a raw diet without the hassle or risk of actually feeding raw.
Let’s take a deeper look at the Free-range Grass fed Beef formula, but consider this on par with the other formulas in the range…
The first ingredient is beef, exactly what we expect to see as the main ingredient. The second ingredient is beef offal and tripe. These staple ingredients of a natural canine diet will offer your dog the nutrition they need to maintain excellent health. The guaranteed analysis confirms a significant amount of meat in the food, with a dry matter protein of 43.7% and fat content of 30.2%, with animal fats being a great source of energy and highly digestible for a dog. We can deduce from the high protein and fat that the food is very low in carbohydrates. That’s fantastic to see, especially with most dry foods on the market being packed to the brim with high-carbohydrate fillers.
We have a range of organic fruits and veggies in the food, including carrots, apple, broccoli, spinach, and kelp. Sweet potatoes are included as one of the best carb ingredients in a pet food as well as a source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. It’s great to see whole eggs as a complete protein source. Flaxseed is included as an excellent source of omega fats to boost the immune system, aid joint health, and give your dog a healthy, shiny coat.
The only comparative food is K9 Natural which we rate highly, but Frontier Pets looks better on many counts. Neither of these brands are cheap compared to kibble, but you’re paying for a true-to-form canine diet of raw meats with the convenience of being freeze dried.
Frontier Pets is one of the best dog foods money can buy in Australia. Combine this with meaty bones for dental health and you’re onto a winner. Highly recommended.
Where to buy Frontier Pets
Frontier Pets also offer a trial pack if you want to give it a go, or a huge combo pack for bulk savings.
It’s also worth noting they offer beef tripe strips as an excellent treat, both for nutrition and a great option for training.
Is Frontier Pets suitable for puppies?
Yes! Frontier Pets is for all life stages so suitable for the puppy phase. In fact, there’s even a Frontier Pets puppy starter pack.
Here’s a video with more information:
Frontier Pets on Shark Tank (Season 4 Episode 12)
Diana Scott from Frontier Pets featured on Shark Tank Australia Season 4 Episode 12. Despite not getting any offers from the sharks, Diana made the excellent point “the pet industry is one of the worst in terms of supplying produce that comes from dubious sources”, with Frontier Pets designed to offer consumers a better, safer alternative.
Shark Tank entrepreneur Steve Baxter chose not to make an offer based on the following statement – “Can I tell you a secret about consumers? The buy the lowest cost thing”, and “[consumers] don’t care about Australian made, they don’t care about environmentally friendly, or anything else”.
Shark Glen Richards, director of PetBarn, City Farmers, and founder and CEO of Greencross, offers a different perspective by stating “25% [of Australian dog owners] are putting the dog in their bed”, and “we’re humanising our approach to our pets”. Despite expressing a love for what Frontier Pets are doing, chose not to make an offer due to production scale not being sufficient to cater for 260 PetBarn stores across Australia.
Since the episode of Shark Tank aired in 2018, Frontier Pets has continued to grew independently, now operating with two freeze dryers and a third soon to be installed. The company has additionally contributed over $3mil (at the time of writing) to ethical farming in Australia.
Must watch Frontier Pets videos!
Here are a couple of must-watch Frontier Pets videos. The first is an excellent insight into why most dog foods are so cheap (you get what you pay for, right?). The second shows how Frontier Pets freeze-dried dog food is made in their independent Australian manufacturing facility.
Frontier Pets Ingredients
The ingredients of Frontier Pets dog food (Free-Range Grass Fed Beef) as of August 2021 is as follows:
Beef meat from free-range grass fed beef, beef offal and tripe from free-range grass fed beef, organic carrots, organic apples, organic broccoli, organic spinach, organic sweet potato, free-range pasturised whole eggs, organic flaxseed meal, natural almond meal, organic kelp, organic turmeric, trace amounts of supplements vitamin D3; E; zinc, manganese, and iron.
Frontier Pets Typical Analysis
Frontier Pets use a typical analysis which means the percentages may vary either way for a particular batch. This differs from a guaranteed analysis where the percentages are a guaranteed minimum.
The typical analysis of Frontier Pets dog food (Free-Range Grass Fed Beef) as of August 2021 is as follows:
- In keeping with a natural diet.
- Great ingredients throughout.
- Freeze dried offers the convenience of kibble, but with much greater nutrient retention.