Dog Moms and Dads can agree: it isn't as easy as everyone thinks! When I got Daisy, my precious pit bull mix, from my local shelter, there were so many things to think about. Surprisingly her food was the most difficult part to figure out.
I was a first-time dog mom with Daisy, a little inexperienced, and buying dog food from the pet store where I got all her toys and her bed. It was from a pet store so it should be perfect, right?!
Wrong! In my spare time, I started to read loads of different articles about dog health, and I was shocked reading that the Kibble I was buying at the store was not healthy for Daisy - it was like junk food. It has been shown to contain synthetic vitamins, artificial flavors, and some pretty scary ingredients - feathers, tumors, even dead animals - worse than junk food!
I needed to get her off it immediately, and that's how I found Nom Nom. All the research and development they put into their dog food sounded impressive.
Before I tried Nom Nom, I had a few questions, but now after using it, I have all the answers.
What makes Nom Nom different from other fresh food dog companies?
There are quite a few things that I found in my research, but didn't truly understand until I ordered for myself.
First, Nom Nom's food is made fresh- it is never mass-produced months ahead like other dog foods. All the meals are produced weekly with whole food ingredients that are gently and individually cooked for your dog's specific needs.
After you answer questions about your dogs' needs, you can select from recipes that are formulated by one of the leading board-certified veterinary nutritionists in the country - Dr. Justin Shmalberg. No other pet food company has this level of knowledge behind their products.
What surprised me most was how the food looked like real food- exactly like the images on the website. You could see every ingredient clearly- such a change from the brown pebbles and mush I'd been feeding Daisy before.
What's the matter with the fresh food I cook for my dog?
Well, for starters, it is no small time commitment. I love Daisy, but between work and family, preparing her meals often got put on the proverbial back burner. But much more importantly, getting the right nutritional balance for your dog is a fine art. The science and research behind Nom Nom's meals are proof of that.
To ensure all the meals contain the perfect nutritional balance, Dr. Shmalberg created the Nom NomNutrient Mix - a custom blend of Vitamins to work hand-in-hand with each whole food ingredient to ensure maximum absorption.
This added mixture of nutrients differentiates your average home-cooked dog food from a veterinary-formulated recipe, as it accounts for any natural variation within the food.
Not to mention, it's so easy to overfeed your dog. There is no easy way to determine the precise calorie content of what you are preparing at home, making it very easy to over or underfeed. Nom Nom portions every meal, specifically for Daisy's needs, so I don't have to worry about it.
My vet never mentioned the importance of my dog's diet, so why should I trust this company?
I love Daisy's vet and respect her recommendations, but because of the breadth of knowledge required to treat our pets medically, most vets receive only one semester on pet nutrition in veterinary school. This means it takes a specialist in the field to understand and know exactly what your dog needs when it comes to nutrition.
Dr. Shmalberg is a specialist, who is a practicing veterinarian, a professor of veterinary medicine, and one of less than 100 board-certified veterinary nutritionists in the country.
Is it convenient?
Yes, very. Simply take the online quiz, providing your dog's unique details (breed, weight, special conditions, goals, etc.), so they know what your dog needs in their meals. You then choose a preferred recipe.
Your first order comes in an insulated box with enough meals for two weeks. Shipping is free, and you can pause, cancel, or change your order at any time. Depending on your dog's breed, size and needs, plans start from $13 a week. Plus Nom Nom offers 50% off your first 2-week trial.
I have a picky dog, what if my pup doesn't like it?
Nom Nom's on it. Your first order will have a packet of Flavor Flakes to help transition even the pickiest pup. Plus, judging by Daisy's clean plates, it's pretty delish on its own.
You will see the benefits of these recipes in many different ways - more energy, smaller stool, shinier coat, improved allergy symptoms, more stamina, weight loss/gain, fewer vet visits, and most of all, they will be so much more excited at mealtime.
Daisy and I highly recommend Nom Nom to you and your four-legged family member. It will be the best decision you made since bringing them home.