Disclosure: This post is sponsored by NomNomNow, and I am being compensated for sharing my experience with this food. At Daily Dog Tag, we only review products that we use ourselves. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I’ll earn a small fee at no additional cost to you. All opinions are mine. Photos by Alice G Patterson Photography.
Happy Thanksgiving! If my dogs could talk, I’m pretty sure that they would say they are thankful for NomNomNow.
I say it all the time, but I genuinely believe pets are family! My dogs mean the world to me, so I’m excited to be feeding them NomNomNow and hopeful that it will help them live longer, healthier lives. In case you don’t know, NomNomNow delivers fresh, gently cooked food for your dogs right to your door.
My NomNomNow order arrived on the day I expected it. Although it was over 80 degrees here, the food was still perfectly fresh and safely cool thanks to the insulated packaging and included ice packs.
Since I am a monthly subscriber, and I have three dogs, there was a lot of food. Each dog received 12 transition packets and 42 full meal pouches. In addition to the food, the box had three ice packs, a package of chicken jerky treats, samples of different flavors, an introduction pamphlet, and a stay cold liner. All of the packaging is recyclable.
The food will stay fresh for eight days in the refrigerator. So I put all the transition packets into the refrigerator as well as two complete meals for each dog. Then I put 14 meals for each pup into grocery bags and put them in the freezer. I decided that for me, it would be easiest to take one bag out at the beginning of each week.
I checked with the help desk at NomNomNow, and if I forget to defrost the food, I can thaw it in a bowl of warm water before giving it to my dogs.
Typically, a new subscriber can expect to receive transition packets that graduate in amounts of NomNomNow given to their dogs. You gradually replace the food you are currently feeding with NomNomNow to avoid digestive issues. Two days of 25 % NomNomNow and 75 % current food, diet, two days of 50 % NomNomNow, and 50 % regular diet, two days of 75% NomNomNow and 25% regular food, before transitioning to a full meal of NomNomNow.
However, all the packets I received were 50% transition packets. Nelly and Sophie have eaten high-quality kibble all of their lives, but even at 50% to start with, NomNomNow did not upset their digestive tracts.
I gave my dogs their transition packages mixed in with half their usual amount of kibble for three days.
I’ll never forget the expression of bewilderment and pure joy when my first child had that first piece of chocolate cake.
I sort of feel like Nelly experienced the same thing when she had her first bowl of Tasty Turkey Fare.
She loved it!
But I also think she’s a little disappointed in me for not giving her food this tasty her whole life.
Of course, Theo loves it! He is eating the Heartland Beef Hash.
I mentioned previously that Theo has hip dysplasia. He received six treatments of laser therapy from the vet, which helped him a lot! Theo is back to doing the things he loves, including playing tug of war, running around, and he can even jump up on the sofa.
While I give most of the credit for his increased mobility to laser therapy, I think his food is helping him too. I’ve noticed that all of my dogs seem to be moving better.
Unlike kibble, where you pretty much have to take the manufacturer’s word for what is in their product, you can visually identify most of the ingredients in NomNomNow.
Ground beef: Protein, vitamins & minerals for strong bones
Potatoes: Energy producing & potassium-packed
Carrots: Vitamin A – and more – for keeping eyes healthy
Peas: Fiber, Vitamin A, C, K & B6, and minerals galore
Egg: Exactly the protein, calcium, iron & zinc dogs need
NomNomNutrient Mix: Expertly formulated nutrition blend
Fish oil: Omega Fatty Acids for a healthy coat
Theo will eat any food item (and some non-food items!) He has never turned up his nose at anything edible, but I am wondering if he’ll be more discerning now.
She couldn’t wait to get her paws on it.
I can’t blame her; it is sourced in the USA and prepared in NomNomNow’s FDA approved kitchen.
The meals are perfectly portioned based on a veterinarian nutritionist’s recommendations and individually packaged. Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a pet food nutritionist, developed all the recipes.
Now that my dogs have entirely transitioned to NomNomNow, they won’t require an adjustment period if I change them to a different recipe. Although Sophie is happy on her vegetarian diet, I don’t know if I’m comfortable giving it to her exclusively for an extended period. (This is the only NomNomNow recipe not recommended for puppies.)
However, NomNomNow recommends rotating diets no more than every week.
After a couple of weeks, my dogs are still excited about NomNomNow. They look forward to mealtime more than ever.
So far, NomNomNow has met my expectations. Their customer service has been excellent, and more importantly, my dogs are thriving on it. With one kid in college and another going off to college next year, I don’t know if I can afford to keep feeding it to my dogs, but I know they want me to.
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in senior portraits, editorial, and commercial photography.