Blue Apron For Dogs? These 6 Fresh Pet Food Services Make it Easier to Feed Your Pet Homemade Food Every Day.

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Blue Apron For Dogs? These 6 Fresh Pet Food Services Make it Easier to Feed Your Pet Homemade Food Every Day.

Fresh dog food is the solution to not knowing what’s in the food you’re feeding your furry best friend. For years kibble has ruled over meal time – it’s cheap, convenient, and simple. However, as people became more conscious of what they’re feeding themselves, a growing number of people questioned what they’re scooping into their dog’s bowl. When there were no natural options on the market, consumers decided to make their own dog food. While vets applauded the efforts, they also saw a consistent lack in nutrients needed in the foods. Luckily, some vets and brands joined forces and came up with a solution: develop balanced recipes, cook them using the best ingredients, and deliver them to your door. It’s basically a Blue Apron for dogs but better: there’s no at-home cooking. If only they could walk the dog too.

Brands and Their Bottom Line:

  • NomNomNow: The cheapest option of fresh food for extra-large dogs.
  • Ollie: The most expensive option, but it's the fresh food option that lasts the longest.
  • The Farmer's Dog: The cheapest option of fresh food for extra-small dogs.
  • PetPlate: Pets prefer this brand over other leading fresh food brands.
  • Just Food for Dogs: A great local option for those in the SoCal area.
  • Breuer: A great local option for those in the Northeast.

Here's a closer look at some of the innovative brands cooking meals for your furry friends.

NomNomNow

NomNomNow customizes your pet’s meals based on a profile you create with your dog's age, size, and nutrition goals. After picking one of the brand's five delicious recipes, they'll cook the meals with restaurant-quality ingredients and pack each serving into it's own pouch. NomNomNow is easy and will be a hit with your pup.

  • Is it customizable for my dog's unique needs? Oh yes. You can specify any allergies your dog has and the serving is customized for your dog.
  • How are the ingredients? All of the fresh dog food recipes are gluten-free. Most recipes are grain free, except the turkey and egg meals.
  • Is it eco-friendly? The packaging is 100% recyclable and reusable.
  • Price? Prices for all of the meal plans are custom based on your dog’s unique profile. The price of the meals is a weekly charge, just like the subscription. (Note: These prices reflect the quotes given at the time of posting. Current prices may be different.)
    • Toy (8lbs.): $26.01/week for 14 meals 
    • Small (18lbs.): $31.39/week for 14 meals
    • Medium (38lbs.): $42.15/week for 14 meals
    • Large (75lbs.): $55.69/week for 14 meals
    • Extra Large (100lbs.): $66.96/week for 14 meals
  • Where is it made? San Francisco Bay Area.
  • How do I know how much to feed my pet? Each pouch is pre-portioned to be the perfect meal size for your pup.
  • How long does the product last? Eight days if stored in the fridge and up to six months in the freezer.
  • What if my dog doesn’t like it? With your first order, Nom Nom Now provides samples of all of the recipes so your pet can try the different choices. If your dog is a picky eater, the brand recommends choosing a recipe with a protein your pet typically enjoys.
  • I'm going out of town – can I skip a week easily? Yes, on their website or by contacting the brand if you need any extra food for your trip.
  • Discounts? Your first order is half off when you sign up. Check out their Dealspotr page here.
  • Instagram: @nom_nom_now
  • Website: https://www.nomnomnow.com/

Ollie

Ollie cooks all of your dog's human-grade food with a low temperature cooking process in New Jersey. Ollie customizes recipes based on your dog’s unique needs, recommends the perfect portion, and delivers the precise amount of food to your door ready-to-serve. 

  • Is it customizable for my dog's unique needs? Yes, each recipe is customized for your dog.
  • How are the ingredients? All of the recipes are formulated to meet nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages. You can see a full breakdown of ingredients on their website.
  • Is it eco-friendly? The packaging is 100% recyclable and the trays can be upcycled as planters.
  • Price? The food starts at less than $2/day for small dogs who are fed exclusively Ollie and averages $6/day depending on the size of your dog and the portions they’ll want to eat. (Note: These prices reflect the quotes given at the time of posting. Current prices may be different.)
    • Toy (8lbs.): $21/week for 14 meals 
    • Small (18lbs.): $28.82/week for 14 meals
    • Medium (38lbs.): $50.59/week for 14 meals
    • Large (75lbs.): $71.74/week for 14 meals
    • Extra Large (100lbs.): $96.04/week for 14 meals
  • Where is it made? New Jersey.
  • How do I know how much to feed my pet? Each package comes with the food trays and a custom scooper so you'll always feed your pet the perfect amount.
  • How long does the product last? In the fridge the food will last for 14 days if unopened and for 5 days after the seal has been broken. The meals will last up to one year in the freezer.
  • What if my dog doesn’t like it? Ollie will send you another recipe or refund you in full.
  • I'm going out of town – can I skip a week easily? Yes, on your account page you can change your delivery dates, skip a box, or cancel anytime.
  • Discounts? Your first order is 50% off when you sign up. Check out their Dealspotr page here.
  • Instagram: @myollie
  • Website: https://www.myollie.com/

The Farmer’s Dog

The Farmer’s Dog is a service that delivers balanced, freshly made pet food with simple recipes, guided by since, and driven by love. The food has been tested on humans, is personalized by your dog’s profile, and is made fresh and delivered.

  • Is it customizable for my dog's unique needs? Yes, each recipe is customized for your dog based on the profile.
  • How are the ingredients? All of the ingredients are human-grade and sourced from restaurant suppliers, local farms, or other human food purveyors. They never use feed grade ingredients and they don’t process the ingredients to be shelf-stable. You can see a full breakdown of ingredients on their website.
  • Is it eco-friendly? Yes, the insulation is biodegradable.
  • Price? Each dog is different, and pricing will depend on a variety of factors including age, weight, activity, and more. (Note: These prices reflect the quotes given at the time of posting. Current prices may be different.)
    • Toy (8lbs.): $13.89/week for 14 meals 
    • Small (18lbs.): $27.92/week for 14 meals
    • Medium (38lbs.): $48.94/week for 14 meals
    • Large (75lbs.): $75.29/week for 14 meals
    • Extra Large (100lbs.): $100.57/week for 14 meals
  • Where is it made? New York.
  • How do I know how much to feed my pet? Each pouch comes with directions for how much of the pouch to serve your pet.
  • How long does the product last? The website doesn’t say, but the food can be frozen to be preserved.
  • What if my dog doesn’t like it? If your dog doesn’t love it, send it back or donate the package to a local shelter. They can send you more recipes or you can opt for a refund.
  • I'm going out of town – can I skip a week easily? Yes, you can choose for deliveries to arrive in intervals between 2-12 weeks. Your subscription can easily be paused or canceled on the website.
  • Discounts? 20% off your first order. Check out their Dealspotr page here.
  • Instagram: @thefarmersdog
  • Website: https://www.thefarmersdog.com/ 

Pet Plate

You may have heard of Pet Plate on Shark Tank and the brand has continued to grow. Pet Plate is built on the promise that it’s healthy, convenient, and tasty. On the website, the brand even states that 9 out of 10 dogs prefer them to kibble and 3 out of 4 dogs prefer them over another leading fresh dog food brand.

  • Is it customizable for my dog's unique needs? Yes, each recipe is customized on your dog's weight and preferences.
  • How are the ingredients? The menu offers real, ready-to-eat, freshly-cooked meals that include: High-quality proteins (your choice of beef, turkey, lamb, or chicken), vitamin-rich vegetables, energy-fueling carbohydrates (potatoes and sweet potatoes), and healthy fiber from pumpkin, healthy oils, vitamins, and minerals to help your dog be as happy and healthy as they can be.
  • Is it eco-friendly? All of the packaging is recyclable.
  • Price? Plans begin at under $3/day. (Note: These prices reflect the quotes given at the time of posting. Current prices may be different.)
    • Toy (8lbs.): $24.95/week for 14 meals 
    • Small (18lbs.): $34.95/week for 14 meals
    • Medium (38lbs.): $54.95/week for 14 meals
    • Large (75lbs.): $74.95/week for 14 meals
    • Extra Large (100lbs.): $89.95/week for 14 meals
  • Where is it made? A USDA facility in upstate New York.
  • How do I know how much to feed my pet? PetPlate meals are served in either daily containers or per-meal containers depending on your meal plan.
  • How long does the product last? The containers will last for up to 10 days in the fridge with the lids closed. Once you open the lids the meals will last for 3-4 more days. To store for longer you can freeze. The containers can be kept in the freezer for around 18 months.
  • What if my dog doesn’t like it? Your first box is a trial box so you’ll get a full refund if your dog doesn’t like it.
  • I'm going out of town – can I skip a week easily? Yes, just make sure it's prior to the Thursday before your next shipment.
  • Discounts? 25% off your first box. Check out their Dealspotr page here.
  • Instagram: @petplate
  • Website: https://www.petplate.com/home

Just Food for Dogs

This Newport Beach-based brand built the first Dog Kitchen and has since opened numerous locations and ships nation-wide. Their vet-supported formulas can be purchased in-store or shipped straight to you.

  • Is it customizable for my dog's unique needs? Yes, but for a fee. There are three different levels of service: $195 for a Veterinary Formulator, $350 for a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, and $95 for reformulations.
  • How are the ingredients? The ingredients are human grade and USDA approved. The meats, whole grains, and vegetables are cooked at minimum temperature to preserve maximum nutritional value. 
  • Is it eco-friendly? There's no environment-related information on the website, but the company has donated over $30,000 to non-profit organizations in the past three years.
  • Price?  The price will depend on the formulation chosen for your pet. For the sake of this comparison, the price reflects the Chicken and Wild Rice meal. (Note: These prices reflect the quotes given at the time of posting. Current prices may be different.)
    • Toy (8lbs.): Recommended ounces/day: 6oz = 3 14oz pouches at $22.35/week
    • Small (18lbs.): Recommended ounces/day: 12oz = 6 14oz pouches at $44.70/week
    • Medium (38lbs.): Recommended ounces/day: 21oz = 2 72oz pouches at $65.90/week
    • Large (75lbs.): Recommended ounces/day: 34oz = 3.5 72oz pouches (price range is 3 and 4 pouches) at $98.85 - $131.80/week
    • Extra Large (100lbs.): Recommended ounces/day: 43oz = 4.2 72oz pouches (price range is 4 and 5 pouches) at $131.80 - $164.75/week
  • Where is it made? A Just Food For Dogs kitchen.
  • How do I know how much to feed my pet? Use their Feeding Calculator to see how many ounces to give your pet each day.
  • How long does the product last? The product is frozen and will last up to 12 months in the freezer and will stay fresh after thawing in the refrigerator for 3-6 days.
  • What if my dog doesn’t like it? If you're not thrilled with your purchase of any frozen or prepackaged product, you will receive a full refund. Shipping/delivery fees are nonrefundable. 
  • I'm going out of town – can I skip a week easily? You don't have to sign up for a subscription, so order as you need it! 
  • Discounts? There are no deals listed on the website. Check out their Dealspotr deals here.
  • Instagram: @justfoodfordogs
  • Website: www.justfoodfordogs.com 

Breuer

Breuer Premium Pet Food Company was built out of love for man's best friend. The Breuer family has cooked homemade meals for their dogs for the past decade after seeing all of the product recalls from commercial pet food companies.

  • Is it customizable for my dog's unique needs? No.
  • How are the ingredients? All the ingredients are farmed sustainably and never manufactured. Breuer works with local farmers who practice sustainable agriculture.
  • Is it eco-friendly? Yes, Breuer only works with sustainable farmers. The meals are shipped in eco-conscious, environmentally-friendly boxes mad from 100% recycled paper and insulated with a biodegradable foam.
  • Price?  Breuer offers three different recipes and also a variety pack for your dog to try the different recipes. The recipes each cost the same amount. (Note: These prices reflect the quotes given at the time of posting. Current prices may be different.)
    • Toy (8lbs.): $17.46/week
    • Small (18lbs.): $34.93/week
    • Medium (38lbs.): $69.96/week
    • Large (60lbs.): $104.79/week
    • Extra Large (100lbs.): $139.72/week
  • Where is it made? Long Island City.
  • How do I know how much to feed my pet? The meals are pre-portioned and the site gives instructions on how much to feed your pet based on its size.
  • How long does the product last? Meals will last 7 days in the fridge and up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • What if my dog doesn’t like it? If you're unsatisfied they'll replace it or refund it.
  • I'm going out of town – can I skip a week easily? Yes, just call or email their customer service.
  • Discounts? You'll receive 50% off when you sign up for a subscription. Check out their Dealspotr deals here.
  • Instagram: @breuerpremiumpetfood
  • Website: www.breuerpremium.com 

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This guide was published on June 26, 2018, and last modified on June 26, 2018.

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