meet Sara Gilbert, DVM.

There’s no one better to lead the charge for clarity than our vet expert, Sara. As part of our Nutrition Center, Sara offers support and advice for our team of nutritionists and pet parents alike.

And her background has more than prepared her for it. Sara has 17 years experience working in animal health - many of them in small animal clinical practice taking care of dogs and cats.  

Sara is excited to help pet parents feed simply and thoughtfully in a way that reflects the unique bond they share with their pets. And she’s proud to work with a passionate group of people at Freely who are dedicated to supporting this bond.

smarts meets passion.

Like any good expert, Sara has the education to back up her expertise:

  • B.A. from University of Pennsylvania
  • DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University

While Sara draws from all her studies on a daily basis, it’s her passion for helping pet parents enjoy the best possible lives with their pets that makes her so great at her job.

proud pet parent.

Sara shares her life with two boisterous dogs.

Katy, the gracefully aging “old lady” of the house and Phoenix, her momma-loving pooch who thinks Sara is awesome. (We agree, Phoenix, she is pretty awesome.)

Sara loves how her pets live in the moment, and they remind her to do the same.

in her own words.

what’s nutrition mean to you?

“There's so little we as pet parents have control over in regard to our animal's health. We can't do much about genetics or bad medical luck, but we can manage nutrition and exercise to help our pets reach their unique potential. And, if you’re not happy with the nutritional choices you’ve made, redemption lives in the next bowl, and that is extremely empowering.”


Sara’s advice for pet parents.

“Make achieving and maintaining a healthy weight a priority for your pet. It’s one of the most important parts of preventative care and can help your pet live a longer, happier life. Measuring your pet’s food is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your pet healthy for the long haul. And get in the habit of  getting them on the scale at regular intervals so you can make adjustments to their diet as needed.”

Not sure how much to feed your pet? Check out our helpful calculator to figure out your pet’s serving size.

her favorite Freely recipes.
Freely Whole Grain Salmon Recipe for dogs and Skin and Coat Blend Beneficial Broth, a 100% human-grade bone broth dog food topper.