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.
It’s only available from their website here, which cuts out the cost of a retailer. Retailers can take as much as a 40% cut, which usually comes out of our pockets. Buying direct allows Frontier Pets to keep the food as affordable as possible.
Not only is Frontier Pets a genuine Australian brand, it’s one of the only Australian dog foods to mimic a natural “raw” canine diet.
It’s one of the best, if not the best, dog foods you can buy in Australia.
In this review I’ll cover why I think Frontier Pets freeze-dried dog food is so much better than other dog foods in Australia, and I’m sure you’ll understand why!
What is freeze dried I hear you ask – I’ll cover the health benefits of that too.
But first, I want to share with you the wonderful story of Beefer Girl!
- Beefer Girl!
- Frontier Pets review
- Where to buy Frontier Pets
- Is Frontier Pets suitable for puppies?
- Frontier Pets on Shark Tank (Season 4 Episode 12)
- Must watch Frontier Pets videos!
- Frontier Pets ingredients
- Frontier Pets Typical Analysis
I flew from Perth to Brisbane, hired a car, and drove down to Evans Head to meet Di and the team at Frontier Pets and check out their factory. When I arrived I was greeted by this dog – Beefer Girl.
It turned out to be such a heartwarming story!
Beefer Girl’s owner sadly passed away, leaving her homeless on the outskirts of Evans Head, scavenging for food at a local car mechanics and other small businesses.
That was until Frontier Pets moved in.
Since then, Beefer Girl has been lovingly adopted by the staff at Frontier Pets, and it has to be said she’s now, quite likely, the best fed “stray” in the world!
Needless to say she had a big cuddle from me during my visit!
Frontier Pets review
About Frontier Pets
Firstly, Frontier Pets has ethics. The ingredients are human grade from sustainable and responsible farming. That’s a rarity in pet food!
They’re an independent Australian company, both Australian Made and Australian Owned, with Australian produce from local farms.
It’s a freeze dried dog food, which is a far better alternative to kibble. With no cooking processes involved it means nutrients and enzymes are left intact, which offers your dog a far healthier and digestible dog food.
Not only that, but the freeze drying process (which basically extracts moisture), means a bag of Frontier Pets will last for ages.
It makes it so easy for us to feed our dogs a healthy, nutritious “raw” diet without actually buying, storing, and preparing a load of raw meat and organs.
Why freeze dried dog food is better than kibble
I’ve researched and reviewed so many types of dog food over the years and have to say freeze dried is the best of all worlds – it’s the easiest way of feed “raw” with the convenience and ease of “kibble”. You just need to add fresh, clean water.
There are many benefits of freeze dried dog food, especially when you consider the many problems with kibble.
The following video (from Di at Frontier Pets) perfectly summarises the problems with most kibble, and is well worth watching:
In fact, if you feed your dog kibble and don’t know how it’s made, read the full article here.
What the ingredients say about Frontier Pets
Let’s take a deeper look at the Free-range Grass fed Beef formula (which I randomly selected for no particular reason). The other formulas are just as good.
The first ingredient is beef, exactly what we expect to see as the main ingredient. The second ingredient is beef offal and tripe.
With these ingredients alone, with so many nutrients in offal and tripe, your dog is already well on the way to great 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.
With most dog foods being really high in carbohydrates (which turn to sugars and lead to so many health issues), it’s great to see Frontier Pets is so low in carbohydrates.
There’s no trickery with Frontier Pets. It’s formulated for your dog, not rammed with grains which are unnatural for our dogs to eat.
There’s a range of organic fruits and veggies in the food, including carrots, apple, broccoli, spinach, and kelp. All these are beneficial for your dog, either from vitamins and minerals, or as antioxidants to help your dog ward off heart disease and cancers.
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.
It really is a fantastic dog food, and I wholeheartedly recommend you at least try it. I’m confident in saying at least some Frontier Pets in your dog’s diet will offer them a happier, healthier life.
Frontier Pets is one of the best dog foods money can buy in Australia.
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:
Frontier Pets dog food review by David D’Angelo
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Frontier Pets is a fantastic Australian dog food, and one of the easiest ways for you to feed your dog raw!
- In keeping with a natural diet.
- Great ingredients throughout.
- Freeze dried offers the convenience of kibble, but with much greater nutrient retention.