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We have two amazing dogs- Knox [he is a 7 year old German Shepherd/Terrier mix] and April [she is a one year old German Shepherd/Catahoula mix]. Our pups are not just “dogs” they’re absolute family. So of course, their health matters a great deal to us. I’m a dietitian and my husband is a doctor after all- so we know the importance of nutrition + health! Unfortunately, real food for dogs is looked at as kind of an “elite” or “exclusive” or “fancy” thing. When really, whole foods for dogs is just as important as whole foods are for humans and there is a way to make it easy.
We stumbled upon The Farmer’s Dog and it completely changed our life. The Farmer’s Dog is a service that delivers balanced, freshly made pet food with simple recipes, guided by science, and truly driven by love! Meals provided are vet-developed, which we find AMAZING! But before we go into the Farmer’s dog – some more background first! We had always known we really wanted to look into better nutrition for our pups but didn’t know where to begin and often ignored the idea because it seemed like “one extra thing” or just “too much work”.
HOW IT WORKS. Then, The Farmer’s Dog came along. How it works? You take a quiz on their website so they can learn more about your pup and all the specifics [it was so fun]! Then, you pick which kind of meat you would like them to use and that’s it! All ingredients are specific to YOUR dog’s needs- right down to their calorie and protein needs. Easy ready-to-serve meals are pre-made and pre-portioned. Just open and pour. TALK ABOUT THE HAPPIEST DIETITIAN EVER! I loved this. It took the stress off me. I may know what humans need nutrition wise but dog wise- I know zippo, so homemade dog food has always felt overwhelming to take on on my own. Ingredients are Human-grade USDA aka less processing, natural nutrients, and higher safety standards. Things we believe every pet deserves. The other great part- Your food is delivered to you within days of cooking. Never deep frozen. Never stored on a shelf for months aka you don’t have to worry about mold of food doing bad!
THEIR STORY. Farmer’s Dog is amazing for all dogs but ESPECIALLY those with food allergies! That is actually how The Farmer’s dog started. I had the amazing opportunity to speak with the folks at The Farmer’s Dog on the phone and their mission/how the company started. So now, I will share it with you! The owner’s pup had an issue with allergies- he was constantly biting himself losing fur and often seemed in distress. Their vet had recommended a high end food product (kangaroo meat etc) and it helped symptoms but overall, was not a solution. The dog was still itching, scratching, biting himself and losing hair. The owner of the company looked closer at the dog food and the number of ingredients [as we all know] was insane. Are these brown little burnt looking balls really the best for our pups? He thought no! He started making homemade dog food for his pup and saw more of an improvement [no more biting/fur grew back!!] than he did with the fancy brands of dry dog food from the store! Then, The Farmer’s Dog was born!
OUR EXPERIENCE. First off, Knox is a GREAT eater and will have anything but he has GERD [so he sometimes throws up foam early in the morning from too much acid build up- meal timing is important for him to avoid this]. April is a very picky eater and when we adopted her she was VERY thin. We often pour her [dry] food and she will walk away. When we started The Farmer’s Dog, from DAY ONE I can’t tell you how much they both loved it. April gobbled it down every. single. day and was SO exciting every time she saw me opening the package. Knox’s GERD issues completely resolved. They both maintained their weight well and their poop was exactly as it should be [much improved from the dry dog food]!! I won’t go into details, but we noticed a big difference.
POST FARMER’S DOG. After two weeks of The Farmer’s Dog. We had figured, well we really need to get rid of our two gigantic bags of dry dog food [The Science Diet]. So lets do that and then we will go back to homemade dog food. ALL OUR PROBLEMS [which aren’t even really problems but even the healthiest dog – we think – should have homemade dog food, you don’t need a health condition as a reason! It’s all about prevention! Same with nutrition for humans. You want to prevent so that you hopefully don’t have to “treat” in the future] but yes, all of our problems came back. April wouldn’t eat her dry food [same as problem prior] and Knox was throwing up some mornings from acid reflux. We even tried adding blueberries, carrots, peanut butter to their food to try and compensate [just to get rid of the dry food] and it didn’t work!
COST. If we had a small dog, we would 100% use the Farmer’s Dog but we have two large dogs and for us it’s too pricey at the moment. The great part about their company is they also have a DIY program. We have been using the vet-developed plans and making the food at home ourselves. They also have nutrient packs that you can purchase through them to ensure your dog is getting everything they need! Recent research found 95% of recipes online to be lacking in crucial nutrients for dogs. Serious complications from nutrient deficiencies (and, more commonly, overdosing) could arise if a recipe hasn’t been properly calibrated. The Farmer’s Dog provides recipes formulated by their veterinary nutritionists. Here is the link: https://www.thefarmersdog.com/diy.
We are SO excited to offer you 50% off your first order, especially towards a cause we love SO MUCH!! Cheers to happier + healthier pups, that we consider family!
Photo’s of Knox + April with The Farmer’s Dog: