Every dog has unique nutritional needs that are based on their age, weight, breed, activity level, health condition and other variables. There are a number of companies that are making dog food that caters to these needs, and Crafted Kibble is one of them. These companies are also subscription services that will deliver your pet's meals right to your front door.
Many popular, top-selling brands of dog food use harmful ingredients like artificial colors and preservatives, fillers and even toxic chemicals. As your pet's caregiver, it’s your job to advocate for him and make sure that you’re feeding a high quality diet that provides the nutrition he needs without any of the harmful ingredients that are commonly found in commercial pet food products.
The ONLY good thing about dog food that uses cheaper quality ingredients is that those savings are often passed on to the consumer. In layman’s terms, this means that cheaper quality foods don’t cost as much as a high quality product. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
As with almost every consumer product, you have to look at the big picture and not just the “now.” Saving a few dollars on dog food now may actually cost you more in the long run. There have been many research studies (PDF) showing links between common ingredients in commercial dog food products and serious health conditions.
The health benefits of feeding a higher quality food will likely save you money on veterinary care over the years. Likewise, higher quality foods are more nutrient dense. This means that you can feed your dog less food while providing the same nutritional contents. You may have to spend more up front, but higher quality food will pay for itself over time.
So, how does Crafter Kibble personalize dog food recipes for your pooch? Are the recipes nutritionally balanced? Is the food made with safe, high-quality ingredients? I'll give you all the details in the review below.
Crafted Kibble Dog Food Subscription Review
It's easy to get your dog signed up for this personalized dog food. Simply go to the company's website and fill out the questionnaire about your dog. If you have multiple dogs, you can fill out questionnaires for each one when placing your order.
The questionnaire gathers information about your dog's:
- activity level
- health issues
…and anything else that you feel you need to add to help Crafted Kibble determine the best diet for your canine companion.
The company uses ingredients that are manufactured in the United States. All of their recipes are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). They make recipes in grain and grain-free options.
Our Labrador, Saddie, received a Lamb & Brown Rice recipe. The ingredients of this formula include: lamb meal, brown rice, white rice, barley, menhaden fish meal (a source of fish oil), oatmeal, peas, beet pulp-dried, natural turkey and chicken flavor, flax seed, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried brewers yeast, sunflower oil, salt, potassium chloride, minerals (zinc, proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, cobalt proteinate, selenium yeast), choline chloride, vitamins (Vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), lactic acid, glucosamine hydrochloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), taurine, chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigerra extract, calcium iodate, rosemary extract, yeast culture (saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichodema longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract.
As you can see in the photo above, the kibble size is small. The pouches that you receive are pre-portioned for your dog. You just feed one pouch in the morning and one in the evening.
As you can see in my video review above, Saddie loves her Crafted Kibble dry dog food. She's always excited to eat it, which tells me that she really enjoys the flavor and texture.
This is obviously a high-quality dog food that is made to provide proper nutrition to pets. While it's not available in a wet formula, I think it would be an excellent option for any pup that eats dry kibble.
As I mentioned in the introduction of this article, higher quality food is always more expensive than lower quality alternatives. The price of this food varies depending on the size of your pet.
A 7-day supply for our 75-pound Labrador cost $21. That's about $3 per day. The company says that a 7-day supply for a small beed starts at $5, a 7-day supply for a medium breed starts at $9 and a 7-day supply for a large breed starts at $12.
When you compare this price to other high quality dog food brands, it's quite a bit cheaper. Some top quality dog foods cost more than $5 per day for the average dog. Plus, you get Crafted Kibble delivered right to your door, so the convenience adds to the value.