Five Star Raw Dog Food: Pet Safety First

by Mary Haight on January 22, 2016

If you read this blog often, you’ll know I do very few sponsored dog food reviews. The “one and done” approach doesn’t seem adequate to getting to know a dog food.

To me, sharing products I really like, know, and use is what friends do! And I’m doing that today for a company in the super-premium category, Five Star and their raw dog food.

This is a sponsored post. The text and opinions are my own.

Pet Safety First

five star raw dog food

Five Star Raw Frozen Dog Food — human grade food, USDA Certified and quality controlled.

When I first heard about Five Star Raw Dog Food, I had all the immediate concerns on the tip of my tongue: Any ingredients from China (No), raw ingredients source (US), what about the vitamins (US).

Then I took a breath and was told all ingredients are human grade. Not only that, but each run is made in small batches with a USDA agent continuously present.

The USDA agent inspects incoming ingredients, confirms sourcing is as stated, and enforces sanitation codes. I smiled. Then I grinned.

There aren’t many USDA certified raw frozen pet foods out there. It’s a demanding, meticulous, and expensive process. But more on that later, let’s get to the good stuff.

Five Star Raw dog food reviewed by the experts…

Five Star Raw Dog Food

“Yes, I’ll just start now, thanks!” Kiki is very food driven…and loves this Five Star Raw Dog Food.

Expert #1 is wasting no time getting to the meat of the matter. (A few months ago that chub would have been wrenched from my hand, but she has such good manners now…)

Having removed frozen chubs from the shipping box and thawed in the refrigerator overnight, we prepped dinner for two, adding Five Star into the mix of current food.

I have to add, I had not intended Tashi to be one of the experts. I opened the duck dinner and was looking at this

Five Star raw dog food duck

Wow, this looks good. Tashi said “Whatever that smell is attached to, that’s mine!”

when I heard a Shih Tzu voice talking to me, and he wouldn’t stop until I relented. He’s 16 going on 17 and I thought this might be more Kiki’s style, but he really enjoyed his new food topper! So enters expert #2.

Five Star Raw and Tashi

Dogs young and old, big and small, agree Five Star is yummy!

Take a look at the servings:

Five Star Raw Dog food

Five Star served as a topper is a great part of any diet, especially if you rotate your proteins. This stuff looks good, smells good, and has no after effects, in our experience, like gas.

And since you can’t really see Kiki’s food very well, here’s another angle — a close up:

Five Star raw dog food body

Great texture in Five Star food. It holds up to slicing, is never heated or irradiated.

Now, you won’t be able to see Tashi eating…this does not work with him — all you see is head and ears =) But I did get a nice shot of Kiki scarfing down her raw food first:

Five Star raw food race

Kiki races through her Five Star raw dog food, the first time I noticed her nose crinkles!

And again…

Five Star Raw

Feeling what I imagine might be a little wild with all that rawness, Kiki works on polishing off the new food first!

Super-premium Five Star — What it means for you

Here are a few benefits you get when choosing Five Star:

  • Five Star diets meet a higher standard. Human Grade here means the end product is safe for humans to eat. Pet foods are “feed” grade, not for human consumption.
  • Cold manufacturing is used and has been labeled the key to safety for raw food, ensuring all ingredients are below 28 degrees throughout the production run. This prevents the growth of pathogens.
  • Food is packaged into 1 lb. airtight chubs and stored at 8 degrees.
  • Fill in your pet’s weight, choose a feeding plan, and the correct amount of food will be delivered to you every two weeks.

As long as your dog is healthy, it’s a very good idea to let her experience different proteins to get the best nutrition. Even if you don’t want to change your dog’s food, you can enhance it by using Five Star as a topping or as training treats.

Our sponsored review of Five Star raw dog food ends here, but if you have questions or concerns about feeding raw, please comment below and we’ll get the answers!

52 comments
DogRelations
DogRelations

Have you used State of Nature Raw Dog Food? How does it compare to Five Star. I'm always looking for quality products to recommend to my dog training clients in New York City. 


Elisabeth Weiss

DogRelations

http://www.dogrelationsnewyorkcity.com.

Rshep29
Rshep29

It's so cool that there is a USDA professional there every step of the way!

CathyArmato
CathyArmato

I love that this food contains human grade ingredients, that is very rare.

ComeWagAlong
ComeWagAlong

What a nice review.  Sounds like a good dog food!  I'm glad that your dogs enjoyed it.

petsarefound
petsarefound

Sounds yummy & looks great as a topper - great idea to slow down the gobble!! 

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@petsarefound Yes! Slow down the gobble is right -- Kiki practically inhales her food, but she had to stop and think about this! Thanks for stopping by =)

Latest blog post: five star collage3

Sadie_and_Co
Sadie_and_Co

It's great to know where the ingredients come from and that there are more high-grade options available.  Thanks for sharing the information.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@Sadie_and_Co It is good to know about high quality options I agree, even if people aren't going to switch right now. Keeping my eyes (and mind) open has helped me get the right nutrition to my dog as he's aged, and made me aware of so many good practices, like rotating proteins, etc. Thanks for stopping by =)

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christycaplan
christycaplan

This is a great review - I also feed raw (Darwins) to my dogs so rarely do reviews and I loved learning about this raw option. Thanks!

talenthounds
talenthounds

Wow- great review. Sounds yummy and healthy. I'm sure Kilo the greedy Pug would love to taste test it.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@talenthounds Ah, I have a greedy Shih Tzu that insisted he be part of the test. I am certain he never would have forgiven me if he did not get his share of duck =) I bet Kilo would love it too. Thanks for your kind comment and for taking the time to chime in!

Latest blog post: five star collage3

ThePlayfulKitty
ThePlayfulKitty

Wow! They really put a lot of work into making sure that their food is as healthy as possible. I've seen a lot of pet foods that claim to be "human grade," but also mention that they are not for human consumption. This sounds like excellent food. Your pups are really lucky! :) 

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

They do put in a lot of effort and care to produce this food. I am impressed and engaged by a company that uses the exacting production standards evidenced by the USDA Certified label. Putting optimal nutrition and pet safety first works for us all.

Thanks for weighing in =)

Latest blog post: Five Star Judge Kiki

mk_clinton
mk_clinton

I'm always looking for raw meat sources, especially duck and rabbit. I'll look for Five Star.

SierraKoester
SierraKoester

Glad to see that your dogs are enjoying the new food!

mileydailyscoop
mileydailyscoop

My dogs don't eat raw but this looks like its great quality!

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@mileydailyscoop Thanks Miley, I had only ever fed the raw that comes from freeze-dried brands before, but since this is human grade and USDA Certified, in my mind it's basically no different than raw meat I handle and cook for Tashi's breakfasts (chicken, turkey, beef, fish). But yes, the quality! And those lovely bites of whole duck that can be seen in that photo made me smile, and made Tashi dance =)

Latest blog post: five star collage3

jodiclock
jodiclock

Just starting to use raw food as a topper. Yes - it's critical to know about the company - never heard of this company. Thank you for the review.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@jodiclock New company, Jodi, really making a grand entrance, too =) Check them out when you have an opportunity, and thanks for the visit!

Latest blog post: five star collage3

JessicaBGibson
JessicaBGibson

That looks really good.  I haven't heard of Five Star. But I think my pups would really enjoy it as a food topper!!!

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@JessicaBGibson New company, Jessica, and it looks like they are doing everything right for the dogs. I agree, it really does make a great topper. Thanks for stopping by =)

Latest blog post: Five Star Two plates

MostlyMyDog
MostlyMyDog

Chuleta is super finicky when it comes to her food, but it's good to know that your top inspectors were satisfied! If anyone asks for feeding raw suggestions, I will definitely mention Five Star. I am very impressed by all ingredients being from the U.S.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@MostlyMyDog Thanks so much -- Tashi is the same, which is why I was so surprised at his lobbying for the raw duck, lol! Of course, though I haven't had it in awhile, I recall that duck is pretty tasty =) I agree about the ingredients source...it was such a relief to know the vitamins were *not* from China but here. Not that we don't have polluted lands, but accountability is important. But that's a subject for another post! Thanks for the visit.

Latest blog post: Five Star Two plates

dailydogtag
dailydogtag

I think 5 star is the brand one of my friends uses.  Her dogs love it.

tenaciouslittleterrier
tenaciouslittleterrier

Interesting. I don't think I've seen this in any of our local stores. Where do you buy it from?

Mary Hunter
Mary Hunter

Thanks for the review! This is not a food I had heard about. Glad to hear that your dogs enjoyed it!

DebBarnes
DebBarnes

Very interesting! Do they make this for cats? 

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@DebBarnes Hi Deb, thanks for asking...I got the question in but it was already Friday afternoon. I can tell you they are a new company, at least in this space. I'll report back when they let me know -- thanks for stopping by =)

Latest blog post: Five Star Two plates

pawesomecats
pawesomecats

It looks like a great commercial raw option. 

WellMinded
WellMinded

Sounds like a great, convenient option for feeding raw. I'd never heard of it! Thanks for informing me.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@WellMinded Glad to help -- convenience is a siren song for many of us these day and who can argue with human grade USDA inspected, approved and Certified food for dogs? Thanks for stopping by!

Latest blog post: Five Star Two plates

Ruth and Layla
Ruth and Layla

Great post, have never heard of that brand food and am gonna check into it thanks with a woof from Layla 

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@Ruth and Layla Glad you stopped by Ruth and a talky bark-back to Layla from Tashi! It's fun to introduce a new and noteworthy pet food to fellow dog lovers =) Thanks for stopping by...

spencerthegoldendoodle
spencerthegoldendoodle

Great post! I love the idea of adding raw food as a topper to your pets regular food! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@spencerthegoldendoodle Glad you enjoyed it Spencer! I removed 25% of Tashi's regular food to add in the Five Star (oh my dog, he loved the Duck...he's been quacking ever since...), half of Kiki's after a couple of days, but you might want to pass it by your vet and have the ingredients of both with you printed out in case a more lengthy conversation ensues.

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