Health & Wellness
October 1, 2022
They're your best friend. Your "pick me up" when you're feeling down. Your "get up and go" even if you're more inclined to just sleep in or skip that after work walk.
Many studies have been done about the benefits of owning pets. From longer life expectancy, to a healthier lifestyle, and better mental health. As a pet owner it probably comes as no surprise that dogs are the most common household pet and registered emotional support animals. Their ability to learn and communicate makes a canine companion perfect for all kinds of situations. It's estimated that over 76 million dogs have pet parents in the USA.
But while we take our own dietary needs seriously, endeavoring to create balanced meals and take vitamins and minerals, are we taking our dog's health and diet seriously enough? Just as each person has different dietary needs based on lifestyle, allergies, age and genetics, a dog's dietary needs also vary.
With the vast amount of dog food brands on the market, how do you discern which provides high-quality dog food? Are raw foods and human grade food good for them? And if you've got a picky eater on your hands, how do you figure out which dog food they'll actually eat?
Homemade dog food sounds like a good solution, but if you're like us, you don't have the time or knowledge to make a healthy, balanced, fresh meal every day.
Fresh dog food, from a dog food delivery service, may just be the perfect solution.
These words are my personal experience and opinions, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Kibble, or dried dog food, has become the most common type of food for dogs. Being dried out it's easier to store (as well as ship) and is less expensive because it can be mass produced. It's also uniform, meaning each piece contains the same nutritional value. But is it really good for your dog?
Prior to the mid 1800's, most household dogs lived mainly outside and consumed table scraps and raw meat. Then, around 1860, processed dog treats were developed and marketed as a healthier option for dogs. It was through aggressive marketing the treats became popular and became a standard in dog nutrition. In the 1920's wet food was canned and sold in stores for dogs. Its convenience is what made it so popular. And in the mid-1950's dried dog food was developed and quickly outsold wet dog food as it was a more affordable dog food (due to the high cost of tin and meat during and after WWII).
Regardless of affordability or marketing, dried dog food only contains about 5-10% moisture, due to the high temperatures they're cooked at. It also contains a higher percentage of high-carbohydrate ingredients and a lower composition of nutrients. It's the high carb intake that can lead to weight gain in pets. Pet owners also report that dogs who only consume dry food tend to have more food allergies and more regular visits to the vet for health issues.
Moisture is actually really important for digestion. The stomach has to convert that dry food into something soft to be easily digested. To do this the stomach uses moisture from other parts of the body. When food is already wet it requires less energy and resources (from other parts of the body) to digest. It also provides the body with a source of water/moisture. It's one of the reasons dogs who only consume dry kibble drink a lot of water.
Both cats and dogs, ancestrally, are carnivorous animals. Their diets were made of raw animal life which naturally contained moisture, 60-75% moisture. This allowed them to maintain a healthy weight and have more energy.
As dogs and cats have come to be seen as more of a member of the family than just a pet, many pet owners have taken a closer look at what their pets are ingesting. This caused a shift to include canned dog food in their pet's diet, which reintroduced more moisture into the dog's diet.
In more recent years more pet parents have shifted away from processed food altogether, opting for raw dog food, to more closely resemble a dog's diet in the wild. Fresh meals with real food that properly address a dog's nutritional needs are becoming a standard.
Finding fresh dog food can be difficult as most pet supply stores still tend to focus on traditional dog food. Some people have opted to try to make raw food at home, however, this can present challenges in creating consistent food that meets a dog's health needs.
Nom Nom meals are created by a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to ensure the quality of every meal.
Their team also employs scientists, veterinarians, and pet nutritionists to conduct research and development into pet health.
Meal plans are specifically designed for your individual dog's needs. So you're never buying too much or too little. And as your dog's needs change, so too can your meal plans. Meal plans start around $20/week.
If you don't see the benefits for your pet within 30 days of your first purchase you can contact the Nom Nom team to request a refund.
Nom Nom was started in 2014 by Zach Phillips, Nate Phillips, Alex Jarrell, and Wenzhe Gao. Their head office is in Nashville, Tennessee.
Customized portions based on your pet.
Flexible subscriptions so you're in control of when food is delivered. Every week or up to once per month, you decide.
Discounts are also available if you're ordering for multiple dogs.
Nom Nom is a dog food brand that delivers ready to serve meals for your pet, right to your door.
Ingredients are cooked separately and then blended together. This not only helps maintain the ingredients' nutritional value and digestibility, but ensures that every batch is balanced between meat, carbohydrates, and vegetables. Their recipes are created by a veterinary nutritionist, so you can guarantee that it's properly balanced to meet your pup's dietary needs.
Because every dog is different and has different dietary needs, the team at Nom Nom wants to ensure that they're delivering the right meal for your pet and in the right quantity. That's why they'll ask you a few questions to get to know your pet, including your dog's age, dog's breed, and their current weight. Then they'll put together personalized plans, package each meal in the exact quantity your dog needs, and ship it right to your door. It's a convenient meal delivery service, for your dog.
After switching to the fresh food from Nom Nom, people have noticed the following healthy changes in their pets:
Each recipe is designed by a whole team of pet health experts, including their in-house board-certified veterinary nutritionists. This ensures that they exceed AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. Nom Nom meals are human-grade dog food. This means human-grade meat, vegetables, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. No surprises. No artificial ingredients. Just healthy and fresh food for your dog.
Nom Nom currently offers 4 different recipes:
Main Ingredients: Beef, Potatoes, Eggs, Carrots, and Peas.
Main Ingredients: Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, and Spinach.
Main Ingredients: Pork, Green Beans, Potatoes, Squash, Kale, and Mushrooms.
Main Ingredients: Turkey, Brown Rice, Carrots, Eggs, and Spinach.
Each recipe also includes essential vitamins and minerals and contains between 72-77% moisture.
Check out all the ingredients for each recipe and learn more about their nutritional values.
More than just food, Nom Nom has also developed Probiotics to help with immunity and digestion. It's available in Full Spectrum and GI Targeted for dogs, and Full Spectrum for cats.
To help you better understand your pet's health, the Microbiome Kit can get a read on your dog, or cat's, gut health.
"If you want to feed your dog high-quality and fresh human-grade food, Nom Nom is a great option for dog food delivery. Most recipes can be found here, and the service is top-notch." - Kaley O.
"Blackie's stomach had always been sensitive to food. This meant many trips to the vet before we found Nom Nom. We know he'll always eat what he's given, so we don't have to worry about him getting stomach aches." - Janet
"When it comes to the delivery of fresh dog food, Nom Nom is one of the best options for a healthy dog. Reasonable portion sizes, a wide selection of delicious recipes, premium ingredients, and affordable prices are all features of this product. I have high hopes that it will benefit their overall health as well as their longevity." - Ashley
“Having the portioned food, the individual servings, is great. It helps control his weight, and it doesn’t let me mess up.” — Susan on her dog, Harold
Tula gets so excited when it's mealtime. She no longer has skin issues, her coat looks wonderful and her stools are the best they've ever been. I can't imagine ever feeding her anything but Nom Nom!
Katsu has always had a bit of a sensitive stomach when it comes to food. This resulted in many vet visits until we found Nom Nom! We know that she will always eat her food and never worry about her getting tummy aches!
Mya has suffered from colitis & IBS for many years, and she's also the pickiest with food. Since being on Nom Nom she is eating much better & has perfect poop!!!
A 100% meat-based diet is not recommended for animals. This type of diet is unbalanced because it does not contain many of the nutrients found in plant-based carbohydrates and vegetables. Nom Nom dog food contains a minimum 7-10% protein and 4-6% fat.
We'll help you determine how much food to give your dog based on their age, breed, current and ideal weight, and their level of activity. Your dog's meals are then customized and prepackaged in the right servings to ensure they are eating a healthy amount of food with each meal.
All Nom Nom meals are slow cooked to remove any potential harmful bacteria from the food, and make them safe to ship. Slow cooking also ensures the nutrients from each ingredient remain in the food.
Nom Nom has two kitchens. One is Nashiville, Tennessee, the other in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nom Nom meals are fresh food and should be stored in the fridge (for use the same day) or in the freezer. Because the packages are properly sealed and contain human grade dog food, they are safe to store in your fridge with your people's food.
Nom Nom currently only offers 4 different types of meals. Based on your dog's information the team can consult their veterinary nutrition team to see if one of the meals will work for your dog. However, if your dog has specific dietary or medical needs based on a veterinarian's diagnosis, it's best to talk with your veterinarian before switching to Nom Nom dog food.
It's no secret that dogs love human food. So why not give them human-grade food, specifically formulated for their needs (and created by veterinary nutritionists)? Because your dog's food should be quality-made pet food.
With the personalized plans and dog food subscription services from Nom Nom, you can ensure that you always have fresh pet food, without having to drive to the pet store every week. And in just the right amount. Because your puppy needs a different amount of food than your adult dog.
It's real food that will help give your dog more energy, help them maintain a healthy weight, and help them live healthy lives. Whether your dog is a picky eater or will lick up anything they find on the ground, they'll love the fresh dog food made by the science-backed team at Nom Nom. It's a fresh dog food delivery service, made better.