Anyone who knows me knows that I want nothing but the BEST for my 2 dogs Bella and Gracie. They are part of the family, and just as my husband and I eat a healthy, fresh food diet, that’s what I want for our girls!. I was recently given the opportunity to try NomNomNow, and The Farmers Dog fresh food for one week with our girls, in exchange, I would write an honest, comprehensive review comparison of our experience.
With the growing amount of education out there on fresh food, and the amazing benefits it provides to us, and our pets, I know there are many people who would love to feed their dog(s) homemade, fresh food, but shy away for many reasons. Maybe it’s because they believe it’s way too expensive, or maybe they just don’t have time to do the research it would take to make it complete and balanced? For these people, I say to you…there IS hope! You CAN feed your dog fresh food, and you don’t have to worry about anything but opening the package and pouring the fresh food into your dog’s bowl!
This article will provide an in-depth comparison of two of the top Dog Food Meal Delivery Services, based on 5 different criteria:
- The Food
- The Experience
- Veterinary Endorsement
The next sections will compare NomNomNow and The Farmers Dog in detail. This is aimed to help vest you with all the important information you need to pick the fresh dog food delivery service that best suits you and your dog’s needs.
NomNomNow is made using fresh, whole, restaurant-quality, ingredients that are never frozen. All meals are formulated by expert veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Justin Shmalberg, and are backed by their 30-day care-grade guarantee which states “We hold our ingredients, our staff, and our kitchen to the highest standards, employing rigorous testing that exceeds even restaurant standards. If you don’t see the difference a fresh food diet can make within 30 days, your next pet food is on us.”
They offer 5, human-grade varieties with 4 formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages including the growth of large size dogs, and 1 suited for adult dogs only. A huge plus for NomNomNow is that they also offer grain-free options and a lower protein recipe.
Here are the meals to choose from, along with their ingredient lists.
Heartland Beef Mash
Ingredients: Ground beef, russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, fish oil, sunflower oil, vinegar, citric acid (preservative), taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), sodium iodide.
Tasty Turkey Fare
Ingredients: Ground turkey, eggs, brown rice, carrots, spinach + same NomNom nutrient mix as above recipe.
Ingredients: Boneless chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, spinach, canola oil, sunflower oil + same NomNomNow nutrient mix as above recipe.
Ingredients: Ground pork, russet potatoes, green beans, zucchini, brown mushrooms, kale, canola oil + same NomNomNow nutrient mix as above recipe.
Egg & Veggie Medley
Featuring antioxidant-rich veggies and eggs, this lower-protein recipe is perfect for dogs with dietary restrictions.
Egg & Veggie Medley is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.
Ingredients: Eggs, firm tofu, teff, carrots, green beans, bamboo shoots, dried mulberries, coconut oil, chia seeds, vinegar, citric acid (natural preservative), taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), sodium iodide.
We ordered the Tasty Turkey Fare and the Chicken Chow-Wow for our dogs. I will tell you that the food looked exactly like it does in their photos! It was fresh, visually full of meat and vegetables, and was not frozen!
The meals were individually proportioned for each of my dogs, so all I had to do was cut open the bag and dump it into their bowl…that’s it!! I added a little water to the bag and swished it around a little to make sure I got it all and poured that into their bowl too! I feed twice a day, so I repeat the same process each time.
Looking ahead to days 3, 5 and 7, my dogs absolutely LOVE this food, and there have been no signs of stomach upset or loose stools. Energy levels have also remained active as usual.
The Farmers Dog
The Farmers Dog food is made with human grade, USDA ingredients, which can require some higher safety standards. Meals are made fresh, are vet-developed, and delivered within days of preparation.
They offer 3 fresh ingredient varieties, formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.
Turkey and Parsnip recipe
Ingredients: Turkey, parsnips, chickpeas, carrot, broccoli, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, sea salt, wild alaskan fish oil, organic kelp, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
Beef & Lentils recipe
Ingredients: Beef, lentils, sweet potato, beef liver, carrot, kale, sunflower seeds,dicalcium phosphate, sea salt, wild alaskan fish oil, organic kelp, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
Pork & Sweet potato recipe
Ingredients: Pork, sweet potato, potato, pork liver, green beans, cauliflower, dicalcium phosphate, sea salt, wild alaskan fish oil, organic kelp, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
The Farmers Dog food
We were sent a week’s worth of the Pork & Sweet potato recipe to try with our dogs. First, let me say that the food looked nothing like the photos they show on their website! They show a beautiful mix of meat and brightly colored vegetables when in reality, it looked like a brown paste or baby food.
The meals come in individualized, multi-meal packages. This means that you may have 2 to 4 meals, depending on your dog’s weight, out of each package. You can keep the opened package in the disposable, covered container that came with the food until it’s gone to keep any bacteria away from your own food. This can also be used to thaw the next package.
Jumping ahead to days 3, 5 and 7, my dogs definitely loved this food, and there have been no signs of stomach upset or loose stools. Energy levels have also remained active as usual.
“The Food” Winner
WHY? They offer 5 varieties to choose from, including a grain free, and a low protein option. I also felt that visually, you get what you are expecting by what you see on their website. I also feel more confident feeding NNN, knowing the meals are formulated by an expert vet nutritionist.
The sign-up process online for both companies was very simple and easy to navigate. You just go to their websites online, and at the top right of each of their main pages, click on “Start trial” for NomNomNow and “use your discount now” for The Farmers Dog. Then you will answer some basic questions about your dog like their breed, age, weight, and activity level. This will help them to customize the meals according to your dog’s specific needs. And lastly, you’ll choose the recipe you would like and the weekly price will be calculated for you. The price includes 2 meals for each day, and the food will be prepared fresh upon order.
The meals are then packed between cool packs in the shipping box to stay cold. This is great for working people that may not be home when food is delivered. The meals can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week, or, can be put in the freezer until needed.
Shipping is FREE for both NomNomNow and The Farmers Dog.
It took 10 days for the food to arrive after the online ordering process of NomNomNow, and It took 5 days for the food to arrive after the online ordering process of The Farmers Dog.
“The Experience” Winner
WHY? Although signing your dog(s) up for Dog Food Meal Delivery Service is easy using either of these companies websites, NomNomNow’s site at https://www.nomnomnow.com/ is far superior in my opinion. Not only is it exceptionally well done, they offer a wealth of information, including videos, that can answer any questions you may have about their food and dog nutrition.
Our NomNomNow order arrived in a box lined with padded Styrofoam. There was then a dry ice-cold pack on the bottom of the food and another one on top of the food, which was nice and chilled.
Included in our delivered order were 14 individually proportioned, Chicken Chow-Wow meals and 14 Porkalicious Potluck meals for our Dobe Gracie and Rottweiler Bella. They also included 1 small sample of each of the 5 recipes. I really love that their food comes in individual, tear-and-serve pouches. Also, that the pouches were rubber banded together into four, easy to lift packs out of the box. This was helpful since we had 28 pouches!
The Farmers Dog food arrived in a box within a Styrofoam insert. There were 2 plastic sleeves on top of the food that I’m guessing were once full of dry ice, but had melted by the time I received the order. Luckily, the food was still cool.
Included in our delivery were 5 proportioned pouches of their Pork and Sweet Potato recipe for my dog Gracie. They were not single serve meals in each pouch, but multi-meal packs. Also, included was a recyclable container with a lid, that you can put an opened, or thawed pouch in when in the refrigerator to separate from human food. Unfortunately, unlike NomNomNow’s easy tear-and-serve pouch, you have to use scissors to open theirs. Also, since the food is so close to the edge, you get food on the scissors, and usually your hands since they are multi-meal packs.
In addition, they included a nice insulated, reusable tote bag and fliers with personalized feeding instructions, and a transition guide to help you safely change your dog’s diet from their previous diet to fresh food.
WHY? My choice for the packaging winner was for a few different reasons. First, although they both shipped the food in a Styrofoam lined box, NomNomNow had a dry ice pack under the food and on top. When the Farmers Dog food arrived, the only 2 dry ice packs that were inside the box had already melted.
In addition, I felt the Farmers Dog pouches were messy and inconvenient with their multi-meal packs, giving NomNomNow an advantage with their individual, tear-and-serve pouches.
With many years of experience formulating healthy, fresh, home-cooked diets for pets across the country, NomNomNow is fortunate to have Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a practicing vet and clinical associate professor of integrative veterinary medicine as the source behind their perfectly portioned and nutritionally balanced meals.
The Farmers Dog only states that their meal plans are vet-developed, and there are no endorsements listed on their website.
“Veterinary Endorsement” Winner
WHY? NomNomNow has Dr. Justin Shmalberg on staff, highlighted on their website @ https://justinshmalberg.com/. The Farmers Dog only states that their food is vet-developed.
NomNomNow’s customer support was excellent from the very beginning. I received a phone call and an e-mail to make sure our delivery arrived as expected. I then received follow up e-mails and a phone call to make sure everything was going well, and that there were no issues with the food.
They also have very knowledgeable, and helpful nutrition specialists available if you have any questions at all. They are all very friendly, and obviously compassionate about helping you and your pet have the best experience possible! I love that unlike The Farmers Dog, they have a phone number listed on their website so you don’t have to wait for a return e-mail!
As far as delivery options, the customized meals will be delivered every 2 weeks unless you put a pause on them, or cancel your orders. They also make it easy to add multiple dogs to your profile if need be, and order all their food at the same time!
The Farmers Dog customer service was responsive in that they send follow up e-mails to confirm your order after it’s placed online. They also send follow up e-mails after you receive the food to make sure everything is ok and to make sure there are no problems with the food.
They offer a pop-up chat option on their website where you have to sign in using your Facebook or messenger sign in. Then, a message lets you know that they “typically reply within a day” to your questions. Quicker just to call if you’re in a hurry however they don’t list a phone number on their website, only an e-mail address!
On a positive note, The Farmers Dog has more flexible delivery options than NomNomNow. You can arrange for interval orders over a couple month period of time, for example, 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off, etc. This is especially helpful during vacation time.
The Farmers Dog
WHY? Both companies had excellent customer service as far as following up to orders, questions, etc. Where The Farmers Dog came out a step ahead of NomNomNow was with their delivery flexibility of 2 -12 weeks. With the ever-changing work/life challenges we all face, it’s nice to know we can still feed fresh food to our dogs, even if it’s only for 1 or 2 weeks out of the month! They also have your dogs name on each pouch for an added personal touch!
Pricing is based upon each individual dogs weight, and calories needed. After calculating both companies food from a 5-pound dog up to an 80-pound dog, NomNomNow runs about $23 up to $67 for one week (14) worth of meals. With your first order, you’ll get 50% off and a free bag of chicken jerky treats (a $9.99 value). Orders are auto-billed weekly and shipped out every two weeks. You can pause or cancel a subscription at any time.
The Farmers Dog’s pricing, again based on a 5-pound dog up to an 80-pound dog, runs about $13 up to $91 for a week’s worth of meals. They offer a 2-week taste trial where they will give you 20% off your first order. You will be charged when food is shipped. All orders following your first one can be ordered in intervals of between 2 to12 weeks. You can pause or cancel a subscription at any time.
WHY? Both companies pricing is competitive to the other, so I really can’t declare a winner in this category.
Final Summary: NomNomNow vs The Farmers Dog – Who Wins??
I have to give a lot of credit to both of these companies for their hard work in formulating these fresh food diets for our beloved pets. They have both gone above and beyond to provide what they feel is the very best to offer. With all the information I read through on both websites, in addition to experiencing each company as a consumer and pet parent, I have to make NomNomNow my TOP PICK and WINNER of my comprehensive review.
I feel they really put their heart into forming their company from the start by employing an expert vet nutritionist such as Dr. Shmalberg. This tells me as a consumer that it wasn’t about the money as much as it was about giving the pet owners a food they could feel confident feeding to their dogs. One that was a fresh, balanced and complete meal without the worries of fillers, additives, preservatives, carrageenan, propylene glycol, chemicals, corn syrup, food dyes, remains of dead animals, and artificial sweeteners, just to name a few.
And lastly, with quality comes success! They have a fantastic, educational website with teams of customer support and marketing doing a great job of keeping their products in the spotlight! As there is always being room for improvements, I feel NomNomNow is a company that is listening and wants to do right by their customers!
Great job NomNomNow!!