Freeze-Dried Diets: What Are They & How Can They Benefit Your Pet?

Freeze-dried diets are becoming an understandably popular trend in pet food in recent years. It’s always a daunting task to pick your pet’s food, but you can rarely go wrong with a freeze-dried diet. Our team wanted to go over some facts about freeze-dried food to help you become more informed when it comes to buying your pet’s next meal!

Dalmatian with bowl

How Does Freeze-Drying Work?

One thing to keep in mind with freeze-dried food is that it is technically still raw. The process of freeze-drying food has been around for many years. It involves taking the moisture out of the food through freezing temperatures, resulting in a food with a longer shelf life that can be rehydrated through adding water. First, the food is frozen, then in a vacuum chamber, the ice in the food gets turned into vapor through a process called sublimation. 

The Benefits of Freeze-Dried Food

Freeze-dried food is more nutritionally sound because the cooking process is eliminated. Cooking tends to remove nutrients from the food, so freeze-dried food is a great way to make sure that your pet is getting all the nutrients they can get from their diet. Freeze-dried foods often contain less starches, since there is no need to use starch to bind as they do with kibble. Freeze-dried foods retain the quality of their enzymes, probiotics, proteins, and amino acids. 

If you are interested in trying a freeze-dried diet, here are some of our favorite options!

Dr. Marty’s

When it comes to freeze-dried dog foods, Dr. Marty’s is one of our most popular brands and for good reason! Dr. Marty’s is formulated by an actual veterinarian. It is meant to help pets have more energy, healthier coats, and ache-free joints. 

Dr. Martin Goldstein (Dr. Marty) used research he put towards resolving his own health problems into helping pets, incorporating the principles of macrobiotic diets into his pet food. Dr. Marty’s pet food wants to help your pet feel incredible and live a healthy and happy life. 

The most popular recipe from Dr. Marty’s is the Nature’s Blend Freeze-dried Raw Dog Food. It is blended with a variety of meats, fish,fruits and vegetables to give your dog complete and balanced nutrition. 

Stella & Chewy’s

Stella & Chewy’s is another well-known brand of freeze-dried pet food. The brand is family owned and it is named after the adopted pets of the company owner. Stella & Chewy’s boast themselves on using premium ingredients to formulate a complete and balanced diet for your beloved babies. 

All the ingredients in their recipes are responsibly and ethically sourced. Their diets contain no artificial preservatives, and also include organs and bones which are a great source of nutrition for your pet. 

Stella and Chewy’s also makes both dog and cat recipes, so there’s an option for all your pets! Right now, take 15% off Stella & Chewy’s with code BOOSTYOURBOWL at checkout. 

The Honest Kitchen

One thing that sets apart The Honest Kitchen from other brands of freeze-dried and dehydrated pet food is that their products are entirely human-grade. All of their ingredients are responsibly sourced and are screened to confirm the origins of the ingredients and how they were raised. 

With The Honest Kitchen, you can honestly be certain of every single thing that is going into your pet’s bowl. Check out their whole food clusters for human-grade dry dog food, or their dehydrated food. We can guarantee you that your pet’s bowl will be licked clean!

Dalmatian with fruit


Instinct is a brand that prides themselves on raw ingredients, to bring your pet the fullest nutrition. PetFlow carries their raw-boost kibble, freeze-dried toppers, and more. With a team of experts that have over a combined 50 years of experience, Instinct wants to create the best raw diet to sustain your fur babies over the course of their life. They have earned an “excellent” Safe Quality Food rating. All food is lab tested before leaving the facility. If you’re looking to revolutionize your pet’s diet, we recommend checking them out!

As pet parents, we all understand how important it is to find the right diet for your pet. For any questions about freeze-dried diets, food recommendations, or any other questions please reach out to our team of dedicated pet parents at 1-888-316-7297. If you want to try a new freeze-dried diet for your pet, use promo code AUTO10 for 10% off auto-ship for life. Happy feeding!