Even if lockdown restrictions are starting to ease near you after months of coronavirus quarantining, many will still choose to rely on grocery deliveries and other food delivery services in order to minimize taking trips to the store and stay on the safe side. If you are a dog owner, this list of the best dog food delivery options should help you find a high-quality service that's customized for your pet's particular needs that can be shipped directly to your door.
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But as a dog parent, which one to choose? We've been updating this list regularly, and we're not just talking about a pet parent getting dry kibble delivered from pet food companies. These dog food delivery services are tailored to your pup's dietary needs. For example, do they need a raw diet? Grain-free food? Wet food? Dry food? Do you need food for a puppy or adult dog? Do you want to serve Fido homemade dog food? Does he like sweet potato? Is brown rice ok? Should there be fish oil in the food? These are all factors that these services can address. If you're struggling to find food that fits your fur baby's needs, we're going to break it down for you. And we implore you to look carefully, as many of them, including Spot and Tango and NomNomNow, have big first-time order discounts — you can get as much as 30% off your total cart. That's a lot of dog meals!
- Spot and Tango: Fresh dog food delivery, small-batch and ready to serve
- Nom Nom: Fresh, preportioned food for dogs and cats
- Pet Plate: Ready-to-serve food for dogs
- Chewy: Autoshipping and unbeatable customer service
- The Farmer's Dog: Human-grade food, tailored to your individual dog
- Smalls: Freshly cooked food for cats
- PetFlow: Autoshipping your pet's favorite foods
- Ollie: Meal plans with food tailored to the individual dogs
- BarkBox: Monthly themed collections of toys and treats for your dog
- Super Chewer: BarkBox for dogs that are tough on toys
- Bully Bundles: Monthly delivery of low-odor bully sticks
- PupJoy: Healthy treats and toys delivered each month
- BoxDog: Custom and curated boxes of handmade dog treats, dog gear and toys
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Spot and Tango
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For pet parents who are all about farm-to-table food and the health and well-being of their dog, Spot and Tango might be a perfect food pick. The human-grade dog food is made from locally farmed fresh ingredients in New York, in small batches with no artificial additives, preservatives or fillers in the food. The fresh dog food delivery recipes are formulated by veterinary nutritionists and come in preportioned packages (determined by your dog's age, weight and lifestyle) that are vacuum-sealed for freshness. The dog food arrives frozen and just needs to be defrosted before serving. You'll get 50% off your first order of dog food and have a two-week trial period to test whether this meal delivery service works for you. If you decide to cancel in that time period, you'll get your money back.
Frequency and pricing: Weekly delivery; $2 per meal and up, depending on your dog's age, weight and breed. You can snag 50% off your first box with promo code CNET50.
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Fresh, preportioned meals
It's pretty universally accepted that fresh food is better for you than processed food and many pet owners believe the same holds true for pet food. If you prefer to feed your furry friends fresh-made meals, Nom Nom is the closest you can get to homemade food. The company sends you perfectly portioned, fresh pet food made from restaurant-quality ingredients and tailored to your pet's size, age and weight. It currently offers four recipes for dogs and two for cats, as well as supplements and treats.
Frequency and pricing: Weekly, biweekly or monthly deliveries; $96 to $328 per month for dogs, depending on dog size, and $245 to $256 per month for cats. Save 20% on your first order.
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Balance is a key part of any diet — including your dog's diet! That's why Pet Plate offers balanced dog food recipes with all the right nutrients for a good diet, designed by vets. The company uses USDA meat and fresh food to create precooked, preportioned meals for feeding your dog, so all pet parents have to do is open the container and plate up the food for their dog. There are four different fresh recipes available — chicken, beef, turkey and lamb — and you can even heat the food up in the microwave if your dog is fussy about cold food.
Frequency and pricing: Weekly deliveries; $2.50 to $19 per day, depending on your dog's health, age, weight and breed. Save 30% off your first order at checkout.
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Best customer service
Chewy is essentially the Amazon of pet products. This online retailer carries a huge variety of food and other supplies for all types of animals, from cats and dogs to reptiles and horses, and when you opt into auto-shipments of your go-to pet food, you'll save 5% to 10% on select brands. So no more worrying about running out of kibble — or potty pads or tick medicine or whatever. Plus, Chewy is known for its top-notch customer service, which is available 24/7.
Frequency and pricing: Choose your own frequency; pricing depends on what products you order. Take 30% off the first time you order.
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The Farmer's Dog
Dogs have unique nutritional needs — you wouldn't feed a Chihuahua the same amount of dog food you would a Newfoundland. That's why The Farmer's Dog creates a personalized profile and diet for your dog based on breed, age, activity level, ideal weight and sensitivities, and it makes adjustments to your dog food plan as needed. The Farmer's Dog uses human-grade food ingredients (such as chia seeds and fish oil) to create easy, ready-to-serve meals — all you have to do is open the package and let your pooch dig into the dog food.
Frequency and pricing: Choose your ideal frequency of food delivery anywhere between every two and 12 weeks; $16 to $90 per week based on dog size. Farmer's Dog is offering 50% off your first purchase, too.
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Freshly cooked food for cats
Cats deserve fresh, quality food, too! If you're a proud feline owner, you might like Smalls, which is one of the few pet food delivery services catering solely to the kitties out there. Smalls uses fresh, high-quality ingredients that are lightly cooked to create all-natural, grain-free cat food. It might as well be homemade food. The company even coaches you through transitioning your cat to its meals and offers a full refund if your cat sticks up its nose at the food (as cats are apt to do).
Frequency and pricing: Choose your frequency anywhere between weekly and every six weeks; $2 to $3.50 per cat, per day.
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Autoshipping your pet's favorite foods
Like Chewy, PetFlow is an online marketplace dedicated to all things pets, not just food. It caters to cat and dog "pet parents," and you can choose to have products automatically shipped to you on a recurring schedule so that you never run low on food, treats or other supplies. Get all your favorite brands of dry food, canned food and other pet products. Plus, for every order shipped, PetFlow donates a bowl of food to animal shelters, so it's a purchase you can feel good about.
Frequency and pricing: Choose your ideal frequency anywhere from every two to 16 weeks; price depends on the products you choose. Try it for 25% off your first order.
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Meal plans tailored to individual dogs
Ollie is another popular option for fresh dog food meals that are catered to your dog's diet and individual needs. It'll provide you with a portion recommendation based on your pup's age, weight and so on, and you'll get deliveries of its four vet-formulated recipes made with fresh, human-grade meat, vegetables and supplements. Oh, and it offers healthy dog treats, too!
Frequency and pricing: Biweekly or monthly; $9 to $42 per week. Receive 50% off your first box.
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Monthly themed collections of toys and treats for your dog
Like to treat your dog? This monthly themed collection of toys and treats is a fun surprise for both of you. In each box, you'll get two toys, two full-size bags of treats and a chew, all made in the US or Canada. None of the treats contain wheat, corn or soy, and if your dog has food allergies, you can choose a box that's free of turkey, chicken and beef. Further customization is available if you chat with a customer service rep. If your dog is tough on toys, you might want to upgrade to the Super Chewer option below, but in either case, another fun bonus is that the company will send your buddy a birthday present — because you truly cannot spoil your dog too much.
Special Deal: Double your first box for free when your order a multi-month subscription.
Frequency and pricing: Monthly delivery; $22 to $29 per month, depending on length of subscription.
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BarkBox for dogs that are tough on toys
For dogs that really go to town on bully sticks, bones and toys, the Super Chewer BarkBox is a great way to treat them to fun surprises each month. You get two toys designed by BarkBox to be superdurable and interesting for your dog (no fluffy stuffing to worry about), two long-lasting chews and two full-size bags of treats each month. As with the regular box, there's always a fun theme (like Knights of the Hound Table) and you can choose an allergy-friendly option if need be. With the Super Chewer subscription, if your dog does manage to destroy a toy, BarkBox will send you a free replacement at no charge, no questions asked.
Frequency and pricing: Monthly delivery; $29 to $39 per month, depending on length of subscription.
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Monthly delivery of low-odor bully sticks
Bully sticks are a favorite among many dog owners, as they keep pups busy for hours and are easier to digest than rawhide. Bully Bundles will make sure you always have extra bully sticks on hand, as it sends you a monthly delivery of 100% beef sticks, and because its product is fresh and cooked for longer, the sticks don't smell as bad as other popular products. You can choose between 6- and 12-inch bully sticks, as well as how many you want each month — anywhere from six to 60.
Frequency and pricing: Monthly; $15 to $100, depending on the size and quantity.
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Healthy treats and toys delivered each month
Dogs are pretty much synonymous with joy, so it's only appropriate that this subscription box is called PupJoy. It'll send you monthly healthy treats, chews and toys for your furry friend and you can even customize your product selection if your dog has food sensitivities, is a "power chewer" or only wants toys.
Frequency and pricing: Monthly; $29 and up, depending on customization.
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Quarterly custom boxes of handmade dog treats, gear and toys
Think of BoxDog as a subscription of fun treats and accessories for your four-legged pal. The boxes, which come every three months, contain four bins of curated, handmade dog snacks (cookies, chews and more), one vegan skincare item and two items of your choosing from a list of dog gear, gadgets and toys. Choose from a selection of squeaky rubber or plush toys, warm dog jackets or stylish bandanas.
Frequency and pricing: Boxes come quarterly and start at $39.99 each but you can add an extra toy or piece of dog apparel for just $10 per box.
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This post was written by Camryn Rabideau for CNET's sister site Chowhound. It was originally published last year and has been updated with new information.
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