Cooking for your dog can have a lot of benefits for both your canine companion and yourself. The obvious benefit is that homemade dog food is made with high-quality, human-grade ingredients. The Farmer’s Dog is trying to make it easier for pet owners to provide fresh food for their dogs by delivering it right to your door.
We all know that feeding your dog a healthier diet is going to be more expensive than feeding a poor quality kibble. However, it may actually save you money in the long run! Your dog’s health is directly related to his nutrition.
If you serve him a better quality food, he’s going to be healthier. The healthier he is, the less money you have to spend on veterinary care, supplements and other preventative measures.
The Farmer’s Dog realizes that preparing homemade food is difficult and time consuming. It takes a lot of research and time to learn about the proper nutrition for a canine and your dog’s specific nutritional needs. You need to work with an expert to make sure that you’re providing your dog with a complete balanced diet – something you don’t need to worry about with most commercial dog food products.
Research also shows that most homemade dog food recipes, even those recommended and created by veterinarians, are not nutritionally balanced. The Farmer’s Dog realizes that many pet owners who want to feed a homemade diet don’t have the time to prepare these meals.
They also realize that the pet owners who do cook for their pups are usually unknowingly providing their dog with an unbalanced diet. They’ve decided to do something about it, and I decided to see what this company has to offer.
The Farmer’s Dog Fresh Dog Food Delivery Service Review
The Farmer’s Dog Fresh Dog Food Delivery Service uses only human grade ingredients in their meals. They source their ingredients from restaurant suppliers, local farms and other human grade food suppliers. The ingredients are also USDA certified for human consumption.
If you choose to subscribe to this dog food delivery service, you will need to answer a short questionnaire about your dog. The food you receive will be customized based on your pet’s age, weight, activity level and allergy preferences. A quick questionnaire on the company’s website will ask all the questions needed to ensure your dog gets a balanced and nutritious diet that meets his needs.
My favorite thing about The Farmer’s Dog meals is that they are pre-portioned with very easy-to-follow instructions. As you can see in my video review above, you will receive vacuum sealed packages that contain enough food for your pup for 1 day. Simply feed half of the package in the morning and the other half in the evening.
I have two dogs, and received meals for both of them. We have a Labrador and a Beagle, so their daily nutritional needs are quite different. I like that the packages are labeled and easy to read. You can see that each package says the dog’s name very clearly and the date that the food was prepared.
The food comes to you frozen, and you just pop it in your freezer and take out a package to thaw 24-48 hours before serving. The recipes can be kept frozen for up to 4 months.
The Farmer’s Dog Fresh Dog Food is prepared fresh, frozen and shipped to you within days of being prepared.
Unlike most commercial diets, this food doesn’t sit in a warehouse for weeks or months before you purchase it. And, you don’t need to worry about running out of food, because your next shipment will arrive 2-9 days before the previous shipment runs out.
You can choose from beef, pork and turkey as the protein source in your dog’s meals. All the recipes are developed by a veterinary nutritionist to be complete and balanced according to AAFCO standards.
I was surprised to learn that with the purchase of your subscription you also get the help of a canine nutritionist that will help monitor your dog’s progress. If your dog is not getting enough calories or seems to be getting too many calories, the nutrition expert will help to tweak the recipes to meet your dog’s needs.
While this dog food offers exceptional nutritional contents and the convenience of being delivered right to your doorstep, it’s not affordable for pet owners on a budget. Depending on your dog’s size and the recipe that you choose, the price will vary greatly.
You can find exact pricing information for your dog’s food on the company’s website. The price for a small breed starts at just less than $3 per day. That means it would cost about $90 per month to feed your small breed. For a dog like our Labrador, it could cost upwards of $130 per month.
I always encourage dog owners to feed their dog the highest quality food they can afford. If you can afford The Farmer’s Dog, then this is an excellent option. However, I know it won’t fit into everyone’s budget.
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