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Just Food For Dogs focuses on quality through research, which is apparent given the hefty team of 11 veterinarians on staff. However, they are outperformed by The Farmer’s Dog in terms of convenience and meal plan customization.
JustFoodForDogs is one of the original fresh dog food delivery companies who has a laser focus on nutrition and quality. While the company wasn’t backed by as many huge investors like competitors NomNomNow and The Farmer’s Dog, JustFoodForDogs never lost sight of what’s most important: quality dog food through research.
Apart from their excellent selection of recipes – which we’ll dive more into later – what we absolutely love about this company is their team of eleven veterinarians on staff. This impressive team works to formulate each recipe by ensuring the food meets all AAFCO guidelines for your dog’s nutritional needs.
In addition, it’s obvious that JustFoodForDogs is in business to improve the health of dogs – even if it means turning less profit – because of the DIY recipes they offer. Available for $19.95, you can order a tailored nutrient blend which is used to add to the DIY recipes you create. Each blend makes up to 30lbs of dog food. So if you’re interested in cooking up the food yourself, this is an excellent option.
Now let’s dive into our experience with Just Food For Dogs before we analyze each recipe.
Delivery and Unboxing
One of the interesting things about JustFoodForDogs is that they have multiple brick and mortar kitchens across the US where they cook and sell food. If you live close to one of these, you can actually have your dog food delivered by one of their company vehicles and packed with gel ice packs.
If you’re like me and live far away from their kitchens, standard delivery is available all across the US through standard courier services. These boxes are packed with dry ice and insulation to ensure they stay frozen much longer.
As with all fresh dog food delivery companies, you are encouraged to freeze the bulk of it as soon as you receive it, leaving only enough in the refrigerator for one or two days at a time. Every time you feed a pack from the fridge, take one out of the freezer and place it in the fridge and it will be thawed and ready for the next feeding.
Before we dive into each recipe, I wanted to point out that the Just Food For Dogs ingredients list appears longer at first than most fresh dog foods. But that’s because they list out their vitamin/mineral mix while most other companies simply list “supplement mix”. So this is actually a big plus in our book that they are this transparent.
Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni
The turkey recipe is one of their more average offerings in terms of protein, fat, and carb levels. Overall this is a solid nutritional breakdown, however pasta can sometimes be a bit more difficult to digest than rice.
Ingredients: USDA Certified Ground Turkey, Whole Wheat Macaroni, Broccoli, Zucchini, USDA Certified Turkey Liver, Carrots, Cranberries, Premium EPA/DHA, Natural Calcium, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Sodium Chloride, Vitamin E (as a-tocopheral succinate), Taurine, Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Bisglycinate Chelate, Riboflavin, Natural Kelp (for iodine), Manganese Gluconate Dihydrate, Vitamin B1 (as thiamine mononitrate), Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Chicken & White Rice
The chicken recipe is very similar to the turkey in terms of nutrition breakdown. Typically fresh chicken recipes are pretty high in protein, since it is one of the cheaper sources of protein, but this one is about average.
Ingredients: USDA Certified Chicken Thigh, Long Grain White Rice, Spinach, Carrots, Apples, USDA Certified Chicken Gizzards, USDA Certified Chicken Liver, Premium EPA/DHA, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Natural Calcium, Sodium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Natural Kelp (for iodine), Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate, Vitamin E (as a-tocopherol succinate), Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate, Copper Bisglycinate Chelate, Vitamin B3 (as cholecalciferol), Vitamin B5 (as calcium d-pantothenate), Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Lamb & Brown Rice
The lamb recipe has the lowest amount of protein and supplements that void with more healthy fats. This can be beneficial to dogs with sensitive stomachs, as too much protein can sometimes be hard to digest.
Ingredients: USDA Certified Lean Ground Lamb, Long Grain Brown Rice, Spinach, Cauliflower, Carrots, USDA Certified Lamb Liver, Blueberries, Safflower Oil, Premium EPA/DHA, Natural Calcium, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, L-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Natural Kelp (for iodine), Sodium Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E (as a-tocopherol succinate), Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate, Zinc Oxide, Selenium Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin D3 (as colecalciferol), Riboflavin
Beef & Russet Potato
Surprisingly the beef recipe has the highest amount of fat, considering they use “lean” ground beef. This could be a good option for dogs that are underweight or struggle to gain weight.
Ingredients: USDA Certified Lean Ground Beef, Russet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, USDA Certified Beef Liver, Green Peas, Apples, Safflower Oil, Premium EPA/DHA, Natural Calcium, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate, Taurine, Zinc Oxide, Natural Kelp (for iodine), Vitamin E (as a-tocopherol succinate), Manganese Bisglicisnate Chelate, Riboflavin, D-Biotin, Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), Vitamin B1 (as thiamine hydrochloride), Selenium
Fish & Sweet Potato
The fish recipe has the lowest fat levels by far and equal levels of protein and carbs. We really like that Just Food For Dogs offers a fish recipe; a great option for those with poultry or red meat allergies.
Ingredients: Wild Caught Pacific Cod, Sweet Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, Green Beans, Broccoli, Safflower Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Natural Calcium, Sodium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Vitamin E (as a-tocopherol succinate), Zinc Oxide, Iron Glycinate Chelate, Vitamin B5 (as calcium d-pantothenate), Copper Citrate, Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), Riboflavin, Manganese Citrate, Natural Kelp (for iodine), D-Biotiin, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Venison & Squash
The venison recipe has the most protein of all of their formulas.
Ingredients: USDA Certified Ground Venison, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries, Safflower Oil, Premium EPA/DHA, Natural Calcium, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Sodium Chloride, Vitamin E (as a-tocopheral succinate), Taurine, Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Bisglycinate Chelate, Riboflavin, Natural Kelp (for iodine), Manganese Gluconate Dihydrate, Vitamin B1 (as thiamine mononitrate), Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Placing your first order is pretty straight forward. Simply find which recipe you want for your dog and select either 18oz or 72oz packages (29 Calories per ounce), depending on the size of your dog. They have a feeding calculator to help with this, but unfortunately they do not offer tailored sizes. This isn’t a huge drawback, but competitors such as NomNomNow and the Farmer’s Dog tailor specially-sized packages depending on your dog’s breed and weight (however it does result in more packaging waste, so Just Food For Dogs is more sustainable).
Just Food For Dogs is a solid choice for pet parents looking to improve the quality of their pup’s food. They focus on quality through research, which is what you ultimately want in a dog food manufacturer. However orders are not tailored specifically to your dog, resulting in you using calculators to determine how much to feed, which is a negative in our book.