Dog food meal delivery services provide in home delivery of dog food, snacks, and treats.  Similar to human food delivery services, providers typically offer different menu options from which pet owners can mix and match (though choices are not as extensive as meal delivery for people). Customers can order food according to the size of their dog and length of time they plan to use the product. They can also customize delivery options around their schedule. In addition to those services offering custom menus and recipes, we’ve also included online marketplaces that sell dog food from a selection of vendors.

Primarily, dog food delivery services are for people who don’t want to go through the hassle of buying dog food from the store every week or month. Since some of the better services offer freshly cooked and well balanced alternatives to traditional dog food, i.e. a mix of turkey, brown rice, carrots, and spinach, they are also for those dog owners who want to feed their pet a healthier, fresher, and tastier product. Lastly, some of these services are ideal for those who have dogs with special health requirements, or who want to employ a specialized diet such as raw or organic.

When comparing companies, it is important to look into a given provider’s range of options. As mentioned previously, though dog food services will not have the level of selection that human food delivery services do, they should still offer at least a few different options as the whole idea is changing up the pet’s diet in the first place. Also, make sure delivery options are flexible. The best companies allow you to pause delivery, change meal options, and easily cancel service with no fuss.

It’s important to verify the ingredients of any dog food delivery service you are planning to use. Make sure they are listed online, and also make sure the primary ingredient is what they advertise. Meaning that if the dish is called “Turkey Special,” the first ingredient is indeed turkey and not something like bone meal. Also, a large proportion of dog food delivery service complaints center around shipping issues.  Oftentimes, customers report food arriving a mess as the containers leaked or opened up in transit, or that the company employed a policy of leaving cold-packed food on the doorstep if no one was home. Research a given company’s customer reviews to see if this kind of thing is a pattern.


Top 10 Companies

#1
Our Partner
9.8 / 10
  • Get 50% off your first box of Ollie
  • Freshly made dog food with no fillers or chemicals
  • Can be customized for dogs with dietary restrictions
  • Partial plans available to owners who want to supplement regular food
  • Meat from humanely raised, hormone-free livestock
  • Minimal processing
#2
Our Partner
9.6 / 10
  • Formulated by a leader in veterinary nutrition
  • Freshly cooked every week
  • Beef, turkey, chicken, pork, and veggie recipes
  • Perfectly portioned meals
  • Free nutritional consultations
#3
Our Partner
9.0 / 10
  • Flexible scheduling and delivery
  • Resealable containers
  • Recipes designed by veterinary nutritionist
  • USDA-approved ingredients
  • AAFCO compliant
#4
Our Partner
8.8 / 10
  • Raw cat and dog food delivered to your door
  • Meat is sourced from the USA
  • Hormone- and antibiotic-free
  • Frozen and freeze-dried available
  • Grain-free, gluten-free and vegetarian diets available
  • Dog treats and chews 
#5
Our Partner
8.7 / 10
  • Zero hormones, antibiotics, grain or gluten, preservatives, and GMOs
  • Free shipping on most recurring monthly orders
  • 5-star rating from Dog Food Advisor
  • 25% off 12lb trial box
  • 100% satisfaction or your money back
  • Made in America
#6
Our Partner
8.7 / 10
  • Freshly prepared meals
  • Human-grade, USDA approved ingredients
  • Eight recipes to choose from
  • Custom feeding plans using whole foods
  • Free diet consultation
#7
Our Partner
8.6 / 10
  • Formulated by board-certified veterinary nutritionists
  • Meets AAFCO standards for a balanced diet
  • All ingredients are human-grade
  • No shelf-stabilizing ingredients or preservatives
  • Delivered in individual pre-portioned packets
#8
Our Partner
8.5 / 10
  • Primary meat ingredients are sourced from the USA
  • No added grains
  • 35% protein
  • Available in 5-pound and 30-pound bags
  • Turkey, salmon, lamb, and beef entrees for adult dogs
  • Chicken entrees for puppies
#9
8.0 / 10
  • Unprecedented flexibility and selection
  • 1000+ brands in stock
  • Free shipping on orders over $49
  • Choose auto shipping for discount
  • All types of foods, including specialized diets and med conditions
  • Gluten/GMO free and more
#10
7.9 / 10
  • Carries nearly 300 brands of some of the best quality pet food in the market
  • $5.99 flat fee shipping to 48 states 
  • Scheduled auto-shipping
  • Shipping on most items between 1 - 3 days
  • In addition to canned and dry, offers freeze-dried and prescription food
  • Donates thousands of pounds of high-end food to local shelters monthly
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How We Compare Dog Food Meal Delivery Services

Menu Options

30%

We've split the services we evaluate into two major types:

Original Recipes - These are the new breed of delivery companies that are much more akin to human meal delivery. Generally speaking, they offer varied and well balanced meals for your dog consisting of multiple ingredients. Like human dishes, these services provide dog food options that usually include one protein (beef, chicken, pork, or turkey), along with starch and vegetables. Although there are some raw food options available, most of the companies reviewed here offer cooked fresh food. The frequency of preparation depends on the individual company's shipping schedule, packaging process, and shipping constraints. Many companies portion their food into vacuum-sealed containers which are then frozen and delivered in insulated packaging.

Marketplaces - These are online stores that offer a multitude of dog food options from different providers. Types of food can include wet, dry, prescription, freeze-dried, special diets, human grade, dehydrated, and even treats and chewies. 

Recipe Examples

Most dog food meal delivery services offer two or three menu options (entrees); however, some of the providers we highlight have as many as eight. We've provided information on a maximum of the four most popular dishes for any given service. When available, we have also broken down the percentage of protein, fats, and carbs per menu item. Finally, we've made sure to verify the main ingredient for each recipe is, in fact, the main ingredient in reality. Meaning if the service offers a "beef & lentil" meal, the primary ingredient is actually beef and not grain or a mixture of anything else. 

AAFCO Compliant

The Association of American Feed Control Officials is a voluntary organization comprised of local, state, and federal entities that regulate the sale of animal food. AAFCO has no power to enforce its regulations, but dog food providers who are voluntarily compliant are meeting the highest possible standards for ingredients, preparation, and safety.


Services

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In terms of services, we are looking at what extra features the dog food meal delivery provides beyond the actual food and delivery itself. Some plans allow customers to customize diets according to their dog's target weight, breed, or age. Furthermore, there are services that offer specialized diets for dogs with particular health issues or allergies. Some providers offer live nutritional counseling as a facility included in their service. Customers get the benefit of one-on-one counseling with a specialist who can help them formulate a meal plan for their dog that takes particular issues and goals into consideration. 

Recipe Details

Dog food meal delivery services offer a various options that allow customers to tailor their pet's food to particular dietary restrictions in much the same fashion humans do. Some of the companies we profile also offer:

Gluten Free
Organic
Raw Foods
Freeze Dried
Fresh
GMO-Free
No Preservatives/Fillers


Pricing

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Dog food meal delivery services generally charge customers by the month. Additionally, most of the services we evaluated offered some kind of introductory discount or price. This is typically a percentage discount or credit for the first month of service. Many providers also offer free shipping, either for all orders or once you pass a certain minimum. Dog food delivery services try to keep cost at least somewhat competitive with traditional store-bought options--and a shipping fee will obviously drive up the price even further. Focusing on services that cook and deliver their own recipes, we compared price by looking at three common breeds and sizes of dogs for American families. Meal services generally ask the weight, age, and breed of the dog to calculate what the monthly portion will be (56 meals).

Price Range per Month, 9-16 lb Shih Tzu

We used a Shih Tzu to represent your average small dog. The toy breed originated in the Far East and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. The dog typically rates in the top 20 most popular breeds in the US, and at 9-16 pounds serves as a good example for how much a delivery service will cost if you own a comparably-sized animal.

Price Range per Month, 40-65 lb Basset Hound

To judge how much a service will cost for the average medium-sized dog, we used the Basset Hound. The breed originated in the 1800s in Great Britain. The scent hound was bred specifically for hunting, and at 40-65 pounds provides a good representation of your common medium-sized dog.

Price Range per Month, 65-90 lb German Shepherd

For a large breed we chose the ever-popular German Shepherd. Originating in the late 1800s in the country whose name it bears, the dog is the second most registered breed by the American Kennel Club. Because of its strength and intelligence, the German Shepherd is employed the world over for all types of work including as assistance dogs, or for the police and military. At 65-90 pounds, it is a perfect example of a large-sized dog.


Customer Experience

20%

Dog food meal delivery services are a relatively new, but growing phenomenon. Most companies are no more than two years old, making it a little difficult to judge reputation for customer experience and satisfaction. We've taken into consideration each company's BBB grade, as well as complaints and reviews on the site. We've also noted the Trustpilot score where applicable and our own customer reviews here at ConsumersAdvocate.org. With regard to independent review sites, we'd recommend perusing popular pet-centric websites to get the general feeling for any patterns of complaint. We've found the main issues customers experience include improper packaging, and disputes about billing and cancellation policies.  

BBB Rating

The Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization offering verified, unbiased information on more than 30 million North American companies and their business practices. A company’s grade with the BBB largely depends on responsiveness and a willingness to resolve complaints to the customer’s satisfaction. It is an excellent resource for consumers wanting to determine a business' reputability and commitment to customer service.

Trust Pilot Rating

Trustpilot is an online community featuring customer-provided reviews of over 170,000 businesses and their services. Just as with the BBB, not all businesses are registered with Trustpilot, but we consider it a good sign when a company is, as it shows it values feedback and is committed to good customer service.


What's important to know about Dog Food Meal Delivery Services?


How is the dog food delivered?

The method of dog food delivery will depend on the kind of food being delivered. Dry food (kibble) is generally packed, as with other regular delivery items, in simple cardboard boxes. On the other hand, prepackaged meals typically arrive in sealed trays either frozen or in cold, insulated boxes. The boxes and trays are typically recyclable.

How much does home-delivered dog food cost?

The cost of dog food delivery services can range widely depending on factors such as weight, breed, size, and stage of life. A dog with special needs, such as a grain-free diet, will likely incur additional costs as well. Furthermore, depending on the type of dog food–dry, wet, freeze-dried, human-grade, etc.–and its overall quality, the price will also fluctuate considerably.

What is the AAFCO?

The AAFCO is the Association of American Feed Control Officials, an association of governmental bodies that publishes guidelines on veterinary nutrition practices for pets and farm animals. It also publishes pet food labeling guidelines. Although AAFCO doesn't have any legislative or enforcement powers itself, its guidelines are sometimes incorporated into state, federal, and local laws. Dog food meal delivery companies that are AAFCO-compliant attest that they have met the minimum standards of the organization.

What are the health advantages of home-delivered dog food meals?

Home-delivered dog meals can be blended and portioned specifically for your dog. This makes it easier to accommodate allergies, specific nutritional issues, and caloric restrictions. Home-delivered dog food is also usually fresher than store-bought food, since it doesn't sit on a shelf for weeks or months. Many dog food meal delivery companies avoid fillers, mystery meats, flavorings, preservatives, and other additives.