When Mr. N had acute pancreatitis a few years ago, I thought our life was never going to be the same. We do a lot of training and other activities and I rely heavily on food rewards. I wasn’t sure if we could continue to do the things he loved and I was terrified that anything I fed him was going to cause a relapse. So I consulted a nutritionist and she put together a mostly home-cooked dog food diet for him.
I barely cook for myself so cooking for Mr. N was a chore. I did it because I believed it was the best thing to do for his recovery but I would have loved an easier and more convenient option. At the time I don’t think such a thing existed but now you can have home-cooked food delivered to your house. I was told by our vet that a low-fat diet would work for Mr. N after he recovered from pancreatitis. As always, check with your vet before feeding a new food if your dog has special medical needs.
All of NomNomNow’s home-cooked dog food recipes are made with restaurant-quality ingredients and formulated by their Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, Dr. Justin Shmalberg. The food is then delivered straight to your door.
Ordering is quick and simple. They ask your dog’s size, target weight, birthday and activity level during the ordering process. Then NomNomNow uses that information to calculate the right amount of calories for your dog. Portion control is easy as everything comes in individualized packets. One for each meal. Human food should be so easy. During the first transition week, the packets have 25%, 50%, 75% labeled on them so you can mix them in with the food they’ve been eating to ease them in the right amounts.
All of their food is made to order. The deadline is Thursday to order for the next week or change the recipe (you can also set it to rotate different recipes automatically) and food is delivered the following week (delivery day depends on your location). A week’s supply of fresh food is sent in a box with ice packs. You also get emails when the food is shipped and delivered with tracking information. The price depends on the protein and size/calorie requirement of your dog. It’s not inexpensive but it’s like having a personal chef/nutritionist for your dog!
If your dog has dietary restrictions, new customers are encouraged to call the customer service team. They will consult Dr. Shmalberg for his professional opinion for free. He will then recommend a recipe or if there isn’t a suitable one, will provide information on what to look for elsewhere.
I ordered the Heartland Beef Mash recipe for Mr. N. However with the first order, NomNomNow sends out a trial packet of the different recipes so Mr. N got to try a variety. They are also currently working on a fish recipe.
- Heartland Beef Mash
- Tasty Turkey Fare
- Chicken Chow-Wow
- Porkalicious Potluck
- Egg & Veggie Medley
The second week you order, they also send extra portions of food for you to freeze in case of emergency. We had a particularly harsh winter (for Portland anyway) and didn’t get mail for almost a week so this would have been perfect to have on hand.
Have you considered feeding your dog home-cooked food? If you’re ready to introduce your dog to the wonders of home-cooked dog food, use “TLT50” for 50 percent (TLT50) for your first week’s order.