Best Food For Pets

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We know that we can’t be the only ones who are obsessed with health food for our pets.

That’s why we started this blog—to share our research and findings on healthy, fresh foods for your dog.

In addition to our own reviews, we’ll be featuring guest posts from veterinarians and pet owners who have found success in feeding their pets fresher food.

The information here is based on our own trial and error, as well as countless hours of research done by members of our team. We hope you find it useful!

Best Food For Pets

Best Fresh Dog Food

Fresh dog foods are vet-designed, super-healthy meals that are custom-made for your dog’s age, weight, breed, activity level and allergies… and then delivered refrigerated… direct to your door.

To get started, you’ll answer a few questions about your dog to create a custom feeding profile.

Next, you’ll set up a delivery schedule. And soon, fresh-made pet food arrives at your home, packed in dry ice.

What Makes Them Superior
to Other Dog Foods?

Compared to other pet diets…

Fresh dog foods are gently cooked at lower temperatures. So, they avoid the damage to delicate vitamins and nutrients during processing.1

And unlike dry kibble, which contains just 10% water…

Fresh dog foods have a natural moisture content of about 75%… more like the healthy human food found in your home refrigerator.

Even better… most are designed by board-certified veterinary nutritionists.

Fresh Dog Food vs Kibble
Fresh dog food vs dry kibble (Photo credit: Nom Nom)

On the page below…

We’ll share The Dog Food Advisor’s best fresh dog food brands… and we’ll show you which ones are safe for the age and breed size of your particular dog.

And we’ll answer the 6 most frequently asked questions we get about choosing and feeding fresh dog food.


Editors Choice Best Fresh Dog Food

The Best Fresh Dog Food Brands

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s best fresh dog foods for April 2022.



Ollie Fresh Dog Food Turkey

Ollie Fresh

Rating: 

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey breast, kale, lentils, carrots, coconut oil
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All Life Stages
  • Best for: Adults and puppies (including large breeds)
  • Other recipes: Chicken, Beef, Lamb

Ollie Turkey derives the majority of its meat protein from fresh turkey. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 39% protein, 25% fat and 28% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

vet-designed meal that’s optimized for your dog’s age, weight, breed, activity level and allergies. Made with 100% human-grade ingredients.

An exceptional fresh food. Recommended with confidence.

Sample buyer review… “I got Bella when she was 8 weeks old she never wanted regular dog food. She was such a picky eater and she loves varieties, so I started cooking for her but was always afraid she’s not getting the nutrients her little body needs. I came across Ollie and saw it was homemade food with all the nutrients and a variety of different menus. I decided to try it and she loves it. It was a blessing for me also in that it saved me a lot of time and stress in deciding what I should cook for her.”

Read more buyer reviews at MyOllie.com


Nom Nom Fresh Turkey Fare

Nom Nom Fresh Dog Food

Rating: 

Turkey Fare is one of 4 fresh recipes rated in our review of the Nom Nom product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Ground turkey, brown rice, eggs, carrots, spinach
  • Type: With grain (brown rice)
  • Profile: All Life Stages
  • Best for: Adults and puppies (including large breeds)
  • Other recipes: Beef, Chicken, Pork

Turkey Fare gets the majority of its meat protein from fresh ground turkey. Dry matter label analysis reveals the formula contains 36% protein, 18% fat and 38% estimated carbs… with a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

We also note zinc gluconate and 3 other chelated minerals, costly nutrients typically found only in better quality pet foods.

An affordable fresh option. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “Tula gets so excited when it’s mealtime. She no longer has skin issues, her coat looks wonderful and her stools are the best they’ve ever been. I can’t imagine ever feeding her anything but Nom Nom!”

Read more buyer reviews at NomNomNow.com


Open Farm Gently Cooked Fresh
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, carrots, kale, butternut squash, apples
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Adult dogs only
  • Other recipes: Beef, Turkey, Surf and Turf

The food derives most of its animal protein from fresh chicken. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 46% protein, 29% fat and 17% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

Each of its 4 recipes contains no wheat, corn, potatoes, peas or legumes.

Because of their slightly lower fat-to-protein ratios, we prefer the Homestead Turkey and Harvest Chicken over the other two recipes. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “Love the quality and that ingredients are sourced on their website! I love knowing where my dogs’ food is coming from. Open Farm to me means open information and opening the door to real, high quality foods.”

Read more buyer reviews at OpenFarmPet.com


Raised Right Fresh Dog Food Review

Raised Right Fresh Dog Food

Rating: 

Adult beef is one of 11 fresh recipes covered in our review of the Raised Right product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, beef heart, carrots, beef liver, cranberries
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance or Growth (depends on recipe)
  • Best for: Adult (5 recipes), puppy including large breeds (3 recipes)
  • Other recipes: Turkey, Chicken, Pork

The Adult Beef formula derives the majority of its animal protein from fresh beef. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 61% protein, 24% fat and 8% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.

The brand’s overall protein content of 61% along with its low fat-to-protein ratio together confirm the food contains an abundance of high quality, low fat meat.

One of the best fresh dog foods on the market. Widest recipe selection, too. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “I have 2 rescues. Since I’ve been giving them Raised Right, they are now at a healthy weight & the intermittent GI problems that they were experiencing have completely disappeared. As stated, best dog food ever!!!!”


Spot and Tango Fresh Human-Grade Dog Food

Spot and Tango Fresh

Rating: 

Beef and Millet is one of 3 fresh recipes analyzed in our review of the Spot and Tango product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, millet, spinach, carrots, peas
  • Type: With grain (millet)
  • Profile: All Life Stages
  • Best for: Adults and puppies (including large breeds)
  • Other recipes: Turkey, Lamb

Beef and Millet derives the lions share of its meat protein from fresh beef. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 39% protein, 19% fat and 33% estimated carbs… evaluated a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

The formula is gluten-free and contains no genetically modified ingredients.

A top-level, grain-inclusive, fresh dog food. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “We adopted a rescue dog who was struggling to gain weight. After trying different types of dry food we found Spot and Tango. She now gets excited for mealtime and has maintained a healthy weight. Her coat is so shiny and the change to her health is visible We are so thrilled with the quality of this product and will be lifelong customers.”

Fresh dog food recipes

It’s a fact, feeding your pup a diet of 100%  human grade dog food is easy, cost effective, and WAY better for them than a traditional doggie diet of processed kibble! My easy homemade dog food recipe combines lean ground sirloin, wholesome brown rice, fresh vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and tender herbs for a healthy, vibrant alternative to traditional dog food that has given our 11 year old dog a new lease on life!  

**It is important to note that dog’s can have food allergies too!!! The top 5 (in order) foods that dogs can be allergic to are beef, dairy, wheat, chicken, & egg. If you notice your dog having any issues after ingesting these ingredients you should contact your veterinarian.***

Meat || Lean ground beef, ground chicken, ground white or dark meat turkey, & ground pork are all great options. Just be sure to make sure that any meat you feed your animals is free of seasonings when purchasing! Dog’s living with a kidney disease diagnosis need meals that are lower in phosphorus – so for us a lean ground beef like ground sirloin is best the way to go! 

Grains || Brown rice has all of the fiber from the hull of the rice grain still intact and it’s easily digestible, which makes it a great ingredient for homemade dog food! If you are limiting phosphorus in your dog’s food due to kidney disease you can use white rice instead. Other grains like oats, quinoa, and even whole grain pasta are also easily digestible options. Gluten grains can be included in a dog’s diet too, however it is important to note that gluten is one of the top 5 dog allergens. In our personal experience with Hooch over the years, gluten has been a real problem that causes him extreme gastrointestinal discomfort, so we avoid it. 

Eggs || Eggs are one of the top 5 allergens for dogs and the yolks are very high in phosphorus -which you want to limit in dog’s with kidney disease. But, eggs are also one of the highest quality forms of protein you can feed your pet! Ultimately, a hard-boiled egg is Hooch’s favorite thing on the planet so, with our vet’s approval, we opted to leave them in his food. 

Vegetables || My dogs both really LOVE fresh shredded carrots and fennel, so if I have either of those on hand I use them, but there are LOADS of other great dog-friendly veggies too! Frozen veggie blends that contain peas, corn, carrots, and green beans are a wonderful choice that our dogs love! Cooked sweet potatoes are a great addition to bulk up their meals too, just never feed your dog raw sweet potato as it can cause serious blockages! Canned 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin pie fillingis another great addition to your dog’s daily meal. A tablespoon or two mixed in at each feeding really ups their fiber intake and can work wonders for your dog’s digestive system!  

Herbs || Lots of fresh and dried herbs are great for dogs! The curly, not flat-leaf, variety of parsley is great for preventative kidney health. It’s cleansing for the organs (which will help prevent disease). However, for a dog with an actual kidney disease diagnosis, you may want to limit their intake of parsley altogether. Herbs like cilantro, thyme, or basil are delicious options for your pup that are loaded with health benefits too!

Oil || You will want to drizzle a few tablespoons of oil that is high in Omega 3’s into each batch of dog food you make. I usually just stick with olive oil or safflower oil because I typically have them on hand and they are affordable. There are great Omega oil blends available on the market too that contain Omega’s 3,6, & 9 but they tend to be a bit pricier. 

Hydration is VERY important for dog’s with kidney disease.

Dog’s with kidney disease are in need of hydrating fluids wherever they can get them! The benefit of feeding food that is saturated instead of dry is that the kidneys won’t have to work as hard to perform their normal function in the body.

There are lots of ways to add more liquid to your pup’s meals. Obviously, a bit of water mixed in is one option, but we prefer hydrating with a liquid that adds nutritional value as well.

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