If you’re looking for the healthiest diet for your dog, commercial dog foods may not be the best way to go about it. While there are various high-quality pet foods on the market, standard kibble and wet formulas inevitably come with a couple of limitations. For one, most provide only the most basic nutritional needs in certain life stages. Many are also full of preservatives and unnecessary fillers that can be irritating to canine digestion. So what are pet parents who want only the best for their furry companions to do? Shift away from pet food factories and turn to companies that offer wholesome, personalized meals such as The Farmer’s Dog.
The Farmer’s Dog is a company and an online service that provides real, fresh and human-grade pet food recipes designed specifically for your dog's needs and preferences. All recipes are made from high-quality meat and vegetables in USDA kitchens, ensuring maximum safety and quality. Equally important, each recipe is formulated by nutritionists and personalized specifically for your pooch and their unique nutritional profile.
Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? To help you decide if this is the right way to feed your dog, we tested the Farmer’s Dog food ourselves. Below is our review – and with it, the answer to that question.
Before we delve into the pros and cons of this type of pet food, let’s quickly cover the basics or key features that this service offers.
The Farmer’s Dog uses natural, human-grade ingredients in their recipes, including high-quality animal protein sources, complex carbohydrate sources, healthy fat and added vitamins and minerals.
When it comes to protein specifically, there are three options to choose from: turkey, beef and pork. Which ever recipe you pick though, the meat is always the first ingredient. Complex carbs include things like parsnips, chickpeas, lentils, sweet potato, broccoli, spinach, kale, blueberries, etc. – basically, all healthy, complex carbs that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The fat source is always the same – fish oil – which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids for good skin and coat health. Finally, the last ingredient is always Farmer’s Dog Nutrient Blend, which is a mix of important dog supplements.
All in all, simple, wholesome and healthy ingredients in all three recipes.
The service is really simple to use. All you have to do is fill out their form with some basic information about your dog and you, including your pet’s name, size, breed and activity level, as well as your address. After filling out the form, you learn how much calories your dog needs on a daily basis. Finally, you choose between three recipes (turkey, beef and pork) based on your pup’s preferences, then enter your shipping details and voila – the order is on its way.
The Farmer’s Dog delivers their packages within days of cooking, so freshness is assured.