These 8 Dog Food Delivery Services Are Recommended By Vets

Many pet owners (myself included) see their dogs as cherished family members; we care for them daily and love them endlessly. And if having Fido’s food delivered straight to your door sounds like the ultimate caretaking convenience, that’s because it is. Not only do dog food delivery services provide your pup’s meals regularly, but many offer them pre-portioned and fresh, healthy ingredients.

To find the best dog food delivery service for your particular pup, though, you’ll need to take their unique needs into account. “Nutrition is not a ‘one size fits all dogs’ approach,” says Dr. Tori Countner, DVM, of Balanced Pet Vet in Los Angeles. “Lifestyle, breed, age, current illnesses, environment, microbiome and owners all play a role in nutrition.” A consultation with your dog’s veterinarian is always a good idea before switching foods, and many pet food delivery services will also work with you to create a personalized plan for your pooch.

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing a specific dog food delivery service, you’ll want to do your research. Countner recommends looking into the ingredients and where the food is made, as well as how the recipes are formulated.

“When considering a dog food delivery service, be sure to look if there is a current veterinarian or vet nutritionist on staff,” recommends Countner. “By having a veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist on staff, they are ensuring that pet food is well-balanced, since dogs’ and cats’ needs are different than humans.”

Of course, the other major factor to take into account is price. While you can buy a month’s supply of dog kibble for around $30, dog food delivery services often cost more. Of course, there’s no denying that you’re paying a premium for the fresh ingredients, careful handling and convenience of doorstep delivery—a trade-off that’s worth it for many.

With all these factors to consider, plus the number of options on the market, picking the right place to order dog food online might seem a little complicated. Below, our veterinarian friend breaks it down with recommendations for some of the best fresh dog food delivery services around.

Best Fresh Dog Food Delivery Service

Nom Nom 

The dog food delivery service that comes highly recommended by both vets we talked to is Nom Nom, which offers balanced, fresh pre-portioned meals for both dogs and cats. “Nom Nom is my personal favorite dog food delivery service,” says Dr. Erica Irish, DVM, a veterinary advisor for Woof Whiskers. “Their diets are formulated by a board-certified veterinary nutritionist. Nom Nom’s packaging is also really great compared to the competition. They easily peel open and have minimal plastic waste.” 

Countner also speaks highly of the brand, thanks to its high-quality ingredients and qualified staff. Nom Nom employs veterinary nutrition expert Dr. Justin Shmalberg to formulate its recipes according to nutritional guidelines established by Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), so you can feel good feeding this food to your pet. 

Nom Nom currently offers four dog recipes—Beef Mash, Chicken Cuisine, Pork Potluck and Turkey Fare—and you can select from several delivery frequencies, including every week, every two weeks or every four weeks. The brands pre-portioned meals are catered to your pets unique dietary needs and have been shown to improve energy in the first week and increase stamina after the first three months.

Dr. Irish also notes that it’s one of the more affordable options, costing around $32/week for a 25-pound dog. Plus, if you don’t know which recipe your pet will like best, you can try samples with no subscription necessary.


Most Convenient Packaging

Ollie

Another popular dog food delivery service that gets the stamp of approval from Dr. Irish is Ollie, which she says offers nutritionally sound dog food developed by canine nutritionists. There are four human-grade recipes to choose from, including beef, turkey, chicken and lamb. And while they’re also made with fresh ingredients, Dr. Irish says the meals are more ground up and uniform than other brands: “From a human perspective, Ollie looks less appealing visually, whereas Nom Nom and The Farmer’s Dog you can see more of the real vegetables mixed in.”

When it comes to food quality, that’s where Ollie stands out. The brand’s hormone-free chicken and beef are sourced from high-quality farms in the United States and there’s absolutely no fillers, artificial flavorings or preservatives.

However, one area where Ollie stands out from the pack (no pun intended) is its packaging. The food ships in plastic containers with peel-back lids for easy opening, and you’ll get both a reusable “leftover tray” for fridge storage and a scoop to help you portion out your dog’s meals. Ollie says its average price is $6 per day, and when I input my own dog’s information, her recommended plan cost just under $50 per week.


Best Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery Service

The Farmer’s Dog

“Human-grade” dog foods are another popular option among owners who want the best for their pups. But human-grade doesn’t necessarily mean it’s edible for humans: the differences have to do with the handling of the food, not the ingredients themselves. According to Tufts University, human-grade dog food must be stored, handled, processed and transported according to the same regulations used for human food.

Similar to a human diet, pets thrive better with fresh food like chicken, beef and turkey. With pet cancer, diabetes and obesity on a steady incline, there has been a positive link between fresh pet food versus the processed kind. If you want to go this route, The Farmer’s Dog offers fresh human-grade food that’s nutritionally similar to Nom Nom. The plans take your dog’s breed, age, activity level, weight and sensitivities into account and provide you with pre-portioned meals. 

“The Farmer’s Dog is great, but packaging is a little more difficult to work with,” says Dr. Irish. “You need scissors to open it, then you have to squeeze it out of the bag, so it can just be a little messy.”

The brand’s site is a little sparse on nutritional info and pricing, so to get a better idea of what The Farmer’s Dog offers, I put in my golden retriever’s details—she’s one year old, 50 pounds and active—and the brand recommended its beef, turkey and pork recipes, which would cost around $140 for two weeks. (This cost will vary depending on the size/caloric needs of your dog.) Plans start at as low as $2 a day with free shipping and you can receive a rough estimate of the cost by filling out a short questionnaire.


Best Raw Dog Food Delivery Service

We Feed Raw

Raw diets, which involve feeding your dog raw meats, organs and bone, have become increasingly popular in recent years, but they’re fairly controversial and not recommended by all vets. Dr. Irish warns there’s an increased risk of illness—most notably caused by salmonella and E.coli—for both you and your pet.

However, according to Dr. Countner, some dogs do well on this style of diet and if you want to feed raw, delivery services offer safely prepared meals to minimize your own handling of raw meat. “There are some great raw foods on the market that are well balanced, safely prepared with minimal pathogen risk and that dogs love,” says Countner.

We Feed Raw is one of the best raw diet delivery services today, offering meal plans that consist of 80{bd1a3fb8a267bf65dee3fa7bd5bef83d11dd7659b283768a0375222e95be74bd} muscle meat, 10{bd1a3fb8a267bf65dee3fa7bd5bef83d11dd7659b283768a0375222e95be74bd} organ meat and 10{bd1a3fb8a267bf65dee3fa7bd5bef83d11dd7659b283768a0375222e95be74bd} edible bone, as well as a vitamin and mineral mix. Their recipes are formulated by an animal nutritionist, and they use USDA human-grade meats from farms in the USA. There’s no preservatives, artificial flavors, added antibiotics or hormones with We Feed Raw. The brand also offers meal plans, bulk patties, treats and bones. Plus, all ingredients are subject to high-pressure processing, which neutralizes pathogenic bacteria. 

That said, raw diets are even pricier: For my 50-pound dog, We Feed Raw’s basic plan starts at just under $10 per day. There are two-week and four-week plan options based on your needs.


Best Dog Food for Health Needs

Chi Dog

While most dog food delivery services base their recommendations off your dog’s age, breed, weight and so on, the vet-owned company Chi Dog takes it a step further, customizing meal plans based on your furry friend’s specific health needs. Of course, you should always consult with a veterinarian before switching your dog’s diet, especially if they have medical issues. 

“I trust and like Chi Dog delivery service,” says Dr. Countner. “They use human-grade ingredients, organic when possible, and have veterinarians on staff to continually keep up to date on pet nutrition.”

There are five menus to choose from—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water—all formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO. As you might have guessed from their names, the recipes are based on Eastern Medicine philosophies, and they’re marketed toward dogs with a variety of health concerns, including common issues such as obesity, anxiety and allergies. There are no preservatives, but instead the meals are supplemented with vitamin E to maintain freshness. The brand is incredibly transparent about its ingredients and nutritional analysis, and prices start at around $3.30 per day.


Best Delivery Service for Dog Kibble

Chewy

If you’re happy with your dog’s current kibble or wet food diet, you can still get the convenience of delivery thanks to Chewy.com. This online pet retailer sells dog and cat food from top brands like Purina, Blue Buffalo, Iams and more, and you can use the AutoShip feature to have pet supplies delivered on a customized recurring schedule. Plus, many products are available for discounted prices when you sign up for AutoShip, helping to save you money each month.

Additionally, Chewy is known for its superb customer service—they go above and beyond to ensure you’re happy with your purchase, allowing you to return items for up to a year.


Best Ready-To-Serve Meals

PetPlate

This vet-recommended dog food delivery service takes away the hassle of sourcing, cooking and measuring so you can spend more quality-time with your dog. Dr. Renee Streeter, DVM, DACVN, Veterinary Nutritionist, is the mastermind behind developing PetPlate’s perfect meals. Streeter has created recipes and delivered balanced meals for dogs of any breed making PetPlate an ideal choice for pet owners.

Made with high-quality, human-grade and whole ingredients, your pet will enjoy food that is no different from yours—except they will be eating it from a bowl on the ground. Meal options include Barkin’ Beef, Chompin’ Chicken, Tail Waggin’ Turkey and Lip Lickin’ Lamb.

When it comes time to order, all you have to do is share your pup’s unique characteristics and you’ll get a timely meal plan catered to fit their nutritional needs and preferences. PetPlate offers a 100{bd1a3fb8a267bf65dee3fa7bd5bef83d11dd7659b283768a0375222e95be74bd} money-back guarantee on your first order if you’re not satisfied—a great option since they don’t offer samples at this time. Meal plans start at just $2.50 a day and include free shipping.


Best Dry Food

Spot & Tango

If you’re not looking to ditch the kibble, but still want a better option for your pup, try Spot & Tango’s UnKibble. Unlike traditional kibble, this UnKibble is made without meat meals or powdered “mystery meats,” and it’s available in three flavors: Duck & Salmon, Beef & Barley and Chicken & Brown Rice.

Like others on this list, Spot & Tango also offers ready-to-serve meals made with no artificial additives, preservatives or fillers. The brand’s fresh recipes are made from only 12 GMO- and hormone-free ingredients, and each one is complete and balanced for puppies and adults according to AAFCO’s nutritional standards. Recipes include Turkey & Red Quinoa, Beef & Millet and Lamb & Brown Rice.

When you’re ready to start, you fill out a quick questionnaire about your pup and you’ll receive a personalized meal plan for your dog. Starting at $1/day for UnKibble plans and $2/day for FreshPlans, Spot & Tango offers an affordable and high-quality way to feed your pets. Plus, there’s two week risk-free trial with your first package if any issues arise.