Most dog food brands lack the important nutrients your dog needs for a happy, healthy life. The "one-size-fits-all" food you find on shelves don't factor in your dog's age, medical history, or lifestyle. In response, some premium dog food companies are using subscription services to ship unique formulas to the door of pet owners. Subscription delivery services are becoming a trend among choosier dog moms and dads looking to give their furry best friends the best at meal time. With this new craze picking up steam, our Editors took it upon themselves to test which dog food subscriptions are all bark and no bite. We scoured the internet for customer reviews, and came up with the ultimate ranking of the top 4 brands. With the widest variety of proteins to choose from, a simple ordering process and stellar customer service, Ollie was the clear winner for us. Here's how they rank.
Details: Ollie is the dog food subscription that offers the most protein choices, including turkey, beef, chicken and lamb. Vet-formulated meals using human-grade ingredients are customized based on your dog's activity level, age, and allergies. Ollie contains 60% meat compared to other leading brands that contain less than 40%. The meals come with a custom scoop to ensure your dog is getting the right portion every time and their delivery feature is easily adjustable to work with your schedule and your dog's appetite. Each tray is vacuum sealed for freshness and arrives frozen in recyclable plastic that can be resealed and stored in the fridge.
Review: Customers rave that their dogs had more energy and a shinier coat, in addition to achieving their ideal weight. Ollie's recipes are free of soy, corn, wheat, and gluten byproducts which it makes it a top choice for dogs with a slew of dietary concerns or sensitive stomachs. Some dog owners even found that it helped older dogs who had stopped eating regain their appetite, and helped other minor health problems like alleviating arthritis. Ultimately, what won them the crown was customers' reviews praising the real, human grade ingredients (people loved that they could even recognize the food as being carrots, chicken, etc) and repeatedly saying how easy to work with their customer service team was.
2. The Farmer's Dog
Details: Farmer's dog is another subscription service that customer's praise for their human-grade ingredients. They have a DIY option that lets you customize your food, but many customers said they felt overwhelmed by the options. "I'm not an expert so how would I know if my dog needs more chicken or herbs" is a common theme. Ultimately, their customizable quiz is in-depth and takes into account your dogs needs, but they come in second largely because they offer less protein options than Ollie.
Review: Beef is a common allergen for dogs, so Farmer's Dog's limited protein choices lose them major points. The meals come a pre-portioned in a plastic package you tear open and pour out directly into a bowl. Many reviews said it can be difficult to squeeze the food out of the packaging, which leads to a mess come mealtime. The plastic bag isn't resealable, and although they send a covered tray for leftovers, it's not optimal for preserving the nutritional quality of the food. You risk having to throw away food if your dog doesn't eat it quickly enough or it spoils.
Details: PetPlate offers limited recipes designed by a team of veterinarians and nutritionists that are cooked by trained pet chefs to ensure each meal is free of any additives or preservatives. You can pick from four recipes (Harvest Chicken, Oven Roasted Turkey, Farmhouse Beef, and Braised Lamb) to have delivered weekly or monthly, but unlike competitors, there is no customizable element. The containers are pre-portioned and designed to be used in place of your dog's regular bowl to limit clean up. The containers are recyclable to help protect the environment.
Review: PetPlate offers a wide variety of proteins but they lose major points for not being customizable, landing them squarely in last place. Their dog profile quiz doesn't account for breed, age, body size, allergies or other health concerns, so this isn't the best delivery option for dogs with health problems or sensitive stomachs. Any dog owner knows no two dogs are the same, but PetPlate doesn't seem to get that.
Details: NomNomNow works by asking you information on your dog's breed, size and overall health. They then create perfectly balanced meals based on your dogs needs and deliver "care grade" dog food to your door, on ice packs to ensure freshness. NomNomNow's formula is all natural and gluten free and exceeds AAFCO regulations.
Review: NomNomNow's website is extremely difficult to navigate. It was hard to figure out the nitty-gritty like delivery, pricing, and whether or not it's a subscription- honestly, we've spent hours looking through reviews and we're still not sure if its an order as you need or subscription service. Another issue with NomNomNow is a lack of consistency in the ratio of vegetables to protein in meals, with many customers complaining that the dishes can be up 65% sweet potato. Others have also expressed concern over the food being delivered room temperature.
Editor's Final Takeaway
After scouring through thousands of reviews, Ollie was the clear winner for dog parents with high standards. The entire process from putting together an-depth dog profile for customized meals, having a variety of protein options, and scheduling delivery was straightforward and simple. The photos of bowls licked clean on their Facebook page are a strong testament to how much dogs love Ollie's delicious human-grade ingredients, and their owners agree.