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I am excited to let my dogs try NomNom, a fresh food subscription delivery for dogs. I am sure my dogs will love it (and I think I’m going to earn some extra “favorite human” points with them for giving them the good stuff.)
I’ve raised my dogs with a modified “no people food” mindset that the vet drilled into my mom (and me) when I was a kid. However, common sense and researching dog nutrition helped me realize that many veggies are beneficial for my dogs. I always check to make sure a new food is not toxic to dogs.
A Purdue study found that when dogs were fed a diet that had 10% fresh vegetables, at least three times a week, they were significantly less likely to develop bladder cancer. Extrapolation from that study makes me think that I should give my dogs plenty of fresh vegetables. When I chop vegetables for dinner, I make sure to give my dogs some (in addition to what falls on the floor.) But, there are nights when we don’t cook, and sometimes we skip the vegetables.
There are a lot of dog foods out there, but I wanted to try NomNomNow in particular, for a few reasons.
First of all, NomNomNow only uses preservative-free, natural ingredients in an FDA-approved kitchen (that’s what the kitchens for human restaurants have to be!) All ingredients are sourced in the United States, which is important to me. Because NomNomNow owns the kitchen, they have complete control of it.
Secondly, NomNom delivers gently cooked human-grade food right to the door. My dogs will get meals that were packaged individually for them. Another bonus is all the packaging is recyclable.
Having spent the last 30 years as the person primarily responsible for meals for our family, cooking for my dogs on a regular basis holds little appeal for me. But, I love my dogs, and I want them to live long, healthy lives.
Thirdly, after years of being healthy, Theo was just diagnosed with hip dysplasia. My husband has rheumatoid arthritis, and there is a definite correlation between what he eats and how he feels. I am hoping that Theo will feel better when he eats fresh food.
Recently I sat down and went through the ordering process.
Ordering NomNomNow was easy. I answered a few questions about my dogs (breed, age, current weight as well as target weight, and activity level) as well as any concerns. I’m happy to say that all of my dogs are a healthy weight, but Nelly has both seasonal and food allergies.
NomNom offers four different recipes developed by a vet, Dr. Justin Shmalberg, one of the top pet-nutritionists in the United States.
After reading the different recipes and ingredients, I chose one for each of my dogs to have.
I chose the Heartland Beef for Theo because I know that beef is a low-inflammatory food for humans. I assume anti-inflammatory ingredients are the same for both dogs and people; after all, glucosamine is good for humans, dogs, and horses.
Sophie will be trying the Egg and Veggie Medley. (Update: this option is no longer available.)
I chose Tasty Turkey Fare for Nelly. Shortly after placing my order, I received this email about Nelly.
We are very excited to be serving Theo, Nelly, and Sophie fresh and healthy food soon!
We wanted to reach out and check Nelly’s weight to ensure we are sending the correct amount of calories for a growing 5-month-old puppy. Nelly’s current weight is listed the same as her target adult weight. Is she expected to grow more than 10 lbs? Is Nelly’s current weight 10 lbs?
We also noticed that Nelly is allergic to grains, and she is currently set up to receive our Tasty Turkey Fare. Our turkey recipe contains brown rice, and I just wanted to make sure that Nelly will be OK with that. If not, we can easily change it to a different recipe.
Please do let us know before our weekly deadline of 12 pm PST Thursday if you would like us to adjust Nelly’s weight and recipe selection, we’d be happy to update her profile for you!
We look forward to hearing from you and excited to serve your little one soon!
It turns out that I forgot to change the year on Nelly’s information, so I wrongly represented her as a 5-month-old puppy, instead of the ten-year-old dog she is.
She’s cute, but she’s a senior dog, not a puppy! However, most of the recipes are suitable for puppies, adult dogs, and older dogs. The only formula not recommended for puppies is the Egg & Veggie Medley.
I appreciate Fauchon’s tact in trying to figure out the right amount of food for Nelly. I decided to stick with the Tasty Turkey Fare because rice hasn’t been an issue for Nelly in the past.
When I showed my husband what I ordered for the dogs, he commented that they might have to share it with him.
What Happens Next?
In about a week, I’ll be receiving a month’s worth of food for my dogs. Each dog will be getting transition meals to minimize gastric distress. The standard is six meals over three days (2 at 25%, two at 50%, and two at 75% before they are on the full portions. However, you can request an extended transition period by contacting customer support.
The food arrives fresh (not frozen.) You can keep it in the refrigerator for eight days after delivery. Because I’m a monthly subscriber, I’ll be freezing a lot of the food when it arrives.
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in senior portraits, editorial, and commercial photography.