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.
NomNomNow Home-Cooked Dog Food Recipes
- 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.
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April 26, 2017 3:29 pm
Wow what a great service and product to provide pet and their pet owners. I think the food we give our furry family members definitely impacts their quality of life. I’d love to have the night off cooking for humans! LOL Is this service pricey? Or is it pretty reasonable? I don’t have a pet currently but I’m sure that’s a question many would love to know. Thanks for sharing! I’ll share as well.
April 26, 2017 10:42 pm
It is definitely on the expensive side. You’re paying for the expertise, convenience and not having to do it yourself! I do try to put prices normally but it’s hard in this case because it depends on the protein/activity level/size of dog.
April 26, 2017 9:03 pm
We are trying out NomNomNow too! Just got the delivery today, so we’ll be starting ASAP. It’s a bit different on the East Coast, so it was fun to read about your experience with the meals.
April 26, 2017 10:43 pm
Oh in terms of delivery times or what else?
April 27, 2017 9:49 am
Currently, we get a month of food upfront and have to freeze some of it.
April 27, 2017 8:22 am
Nom Nom sounds like a much easier alternative to home cooking for your dog. I am sure my dogs would love it.
April 28, 2017 4:07 pm
I have been reading about this quite a bit and it sounds great! I try to cook for Ruby, but usually fail. This is such a great alternative!
April 29, 2017 2:39 pm
This looks very good. I’m glad to see such products emerging. Home-cooking can get exhausting in a way, particularly trying to always have the right ingredient mix. I did home-cook for a long time but I’d definitely use something like this at least for a change.
May 6, 2017 12:20 pm
It seems like they’ve thought of everything to make life easy. I definitely would like to do more home cooked food for these guys, but it is hard! There’s just not enough hours in the day. This sounds like an interesting alternative, and the food looks so good!
May 15, 2017 7:20 am
It does indeed require both time and effort to make balanced homemade dog food that is nutritious and on par with the commercial brands. But I think it certainly is worth the effort when your dog is a special needs dog – so it’s great to see and hear about NomNomNow and I have to say the food looks delish.