If you’re still buying your dog food at the store, it’s time to get with the program. 2020 is all about food delivery, for us AND our pets. Numerous pet food producers have already got in on the act, some offering a traditional combination of wet/ dry recipes, and others promising that other trend for 2020, raw food. The quality does, of course, vary, as do the prices, but if you manage to find a brand you like (and that your dog doesn’t object to either), you can wave goodbye to questionable store-bought food for good. If you’re willing to give it a shot, here are five of the top dog food delivering services for 2020.
Of all the new pet food delivery services, NomNom is probably the best known. And in fairness, there’s a lot to like. Customers can expect a good variety of recipes (all of which feature only fresh, high-quality ingredients with names you can pronounce – preservatives, artificial ingredients, and suspicious numbers starting with E are all banned), reputable credentials (the recipes are devised by certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg to the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Food Nutrient Profiles), and a good level of convenience thanks to the tear-apart packs. Going by some of the reviews, we aren’t the only ones to be impressed, with Buzzfeed commenting “I love that I’m giving my pets top-notch food that I hope will contribute to their longevity and overall wellbeing,” and Reviews.com noting “We think Nom Nom is the most well-rounded and convenient option on the market. Your pets will thank you, too.” To get started with the service, you’ll simply need to plug in a few details about your pet’s age, weight, breed, and health. NomNom will then devise the most appropriate meal plan and send the meals straight to your door. Most people prefer to start with the 2-week subscription program so they can test the goods out properly, but there’s also the option to place a standalone, one-time order if you prefer.
The Farmer’s Dog
If you flinch at the thought of feeding your beloved furball anything you wouldn’t eat yourself, the human-grade food on offer with The Farmer’s Dog shouldn’t disappoint. Like NomNom, The Farmer’s Dog eschews the one-size-fits-all attitude to nutrition for a more bespoke approach. When you sign up, you’ll be asked a series of questions on your dog’s breed, age, activity level, weight, and any allergies or sensitivities. The company’s nutritionists then work with the information you’ve given to create a carefully balanced, nutritionally complete dietary plan based on the specific requirements of your pet. Once the pre-portioned packs arrive, all you need to do is store in the fridge until ready to use, open the pack and pour. What could be easier?
According to Forbes, Ollie offers the most convenient packaging of all the food delivery services on offer. Each portion of food is served in plastic containers with easy-to-open, peel-back lids – for your troubles, you’ll also get a reusable tray that can be used to store any leftovers in the fridge, along with a handy scoop to perfectly portion out your dog’s meals. But it’s not just what the food comes in that’s impressive. Customers have a choice of four recipes based around human-grade beef, turkey, chicken, and lamb. Each recipe has been carefully devised to meet AAFCO Food Nutrient Profiles (so basically, you can expect them to contain everything your dog needs to stay fit and healthy) and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of your pet’s age, breed, activity level, allergies, and ideal weight. Shipping is free (always a nice bonus), and the price point is average for this kind of service – the typical weekly cost will depend on your dog (a German Shephard’s going to cost you more than a Pug simply on the basis of their daily calorie needs) but you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of $50 per week.
Spot and Tango
Spot and Tango may be one of the newest additions to the dog food delivery gang, but they’re already making big waves in the doggy community. Like the other contenders, they offer a personalized meal plan based on the weight, age, breed, and activity level of your pet. As top10bestdogfood notes, all recipes are complete and balanced and have been formulated by veterinary nutritionists to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages. Where they stand out from the crowd is in their great range of Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) recipes – a major plus if you’ve got a particularly sensitive or allergy-prone pooch on your hands. Each portion of fresh, human-grade food contains no more than 12 whole, real ingredients with no unnecessary additives or preservatives that could upset a tricky tummy. For those who like the nutritional benefits of wet food but prefer the convenience of kibble, the brand’s ‘Unkibble’ (a dried food made only from fresh ingredients but without the need for refrigeration) is a welcome addition to the range. Subscriptions start from $7 a week for the Unkibble plan and $15 a week for Fresh plan, but actual costs will depend on your dog’s specific needs.
We Feed Raw
Just as more and more people are getting turned on to the idea of raw food diets, so are more pet owners looking to introduce some raw-power into their dog’s food bowl. We Feed Raw caters to the growing demand for raw food with a meal plan consisting of 80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat, 10% edible bone, and a healthy dollop of vitamins and minerals. It’s not going to be up everyone’s street (for some people, the risk of bacteria Salmonella and E.coli will always make raw food a no-no) but for those willing to give it a shot, it’s an excellent choice… even if it does mean you’ll be spending around $10 a day.