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Hungry Bark Dog Food Review

Dog Food Nutrition May 20, 2020
Amy

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Hungry Bark Dog Food Review

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Hungry Bark is a premium subscription brand of dog food that provides custom nutrition plans for dogs in all life stages. What makes Hungry Bark different from other subscription services is they offer kibble, as well as supplements and add-ins, for your dog.

They believe that decades of science shows that kibble is the best recipe for providing your dog with essential nutrients as well as supporting healthy teeth.

Quick Summary

“My dog absolutely loved the food! I would subscribe to Hungry Bark dog food because it is worth saving 20% on quality dog food and have it delivered right to my front door “

How We Tested:

  • We were sent all four Hungry Bark recipes to test and review
  • We spent a week testing them on several dogs
  • We did not receive these products in exchange for a favorable review

Quick Picks (Flavors)

  • Superfoods with Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice – This recipe is made using Superfood ingredients paired with deboned chicken, turkey and whole grains like brown rice, barley and oats.
  • Superfoods with Turkey & Duck (Grain-Free) – This turkey and duck recipe is loaded with superfood ingredients including sweet potato, pumpkin, and ginger. Also included is legumes, Omega fatty acids, probiotics, and bioavailable trace minerals.
  • Superfoods with Lamb & Turkey (Grain-Free) – This lamb and turkey superfood-enriched grain-free kibble includes legumes for maximum digestive support. Probiotics are included for improved gut health, along with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and bioavailable trace minerals.
  • Superfoods with Salmon (Grain-Free) – This recipe is made with Superfoods, salmon, probiotics, trace minerals, and healthy fats. This recipe also includes a base of high-protein fresh salmon, loaded with Omegas 3 and 6.

Hungry Bark Dog Food – Top 4 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeProteinkcal/Cup
Superfoods with Chicken, Turkey & Brown RiceDry24.5%359 kcals /cup
Superfoods with Turkey & Duck (Grain-Free)Dry29%423 kcals /cup
Superfoods with Lamb & Turkey (Grain-Free)Dry29%418 kcals /cup
Superfoods with Salmon (Grain-Free)Dry29% 422 kcals /cup

Brand Score

Hungry Bark Dog Food
Brand
Overall Score
Pros
  • Can purchase with or without subscription
  • No fillers, GMO's or artificial flavors/colors
  • High quality protein sources used
Cons
  • Shipping is not free
  • Pricey for kibble
Pros
  • Can purchase with or without subscription
  • No fillers, GMO's or artificial flavors/colors
  • High quality protein sources used
Cons
  • Shipping is not free
  • Pricey for kibble
Ingredients
Pricing
Customization
Quality
Customer Reviews
Recall History
Recipe variety

About

Nick Molina created Hungry Bark after shopping for dog food became incredibly frustrating. Both his rescued dogs were very different, with different needs.

He wasn’t happy with the choices of dog food containing crude protein and unhealthy fillers so he began researching and consulting with experts. From there he began Hungry Bark and created custom nutrition plans made specifically for dogs.

In addition to creating super premium kibble for dogs, Hungry Bark is all about supporting initiatives and causes that support dogs in need. At the top of that list is the need to adopt from pet rescues.

But most impressive is their Round Up for Pups™ program on purchases, at the end of every sale. They do a 100% match of the donation and distribute the funds to some of the country’s top rescue organizations.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Each kibble recipe contains natural super-food ingredients from responsible sources. They only use cage-free poultry products, farm-raised animal products, and non-GMO vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

They test all incoming ingredients thoroughly when they arrive from suppliers and conduct quantifiable testing for fats, proteins and fiber. They also perform mycotoxin testing on all grains and pathogen testing from an ISO accredited 3rd party lab. After production, they test the finished product before any product is released for sale.

Hungry Bark is manufactured in the United States. Hungry Bark cooks its kibble with a slow cook process to retain more nutrients and flavors. They are compliant with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the kibble meets all standards and regulations.

How Does Hungry Bark Dog Food Work?

You have the option of buying Hungry Bark dog food by the bag or by signing up for a subscription which saves you %20 on the cost of the food. You can choose from the four kibble recipes offered as well as additional items like add-ins and supplements.

Hungry Bark Recipe Selection

If you are not sure what your dog needs and want to create a custom meal plan you can use the “get a custom plan” button . Here you will answer a few questions like breed, age, gender, activity level, weight status, allergies, and health concerns. From there you will be provided with a plan for a recommended recipe, supplements and add-ins based on your answers. Your meal plan will offer recommended calorie intake as well as how many cups of kibble to feed per day.

This screen will also allow you to select the quantity of bags, the size of the bag and the frequency of shipments if you choose the subscription service. Bags come in 4, 12 and 24 pound bags and you can order up to 10 bags. The subscription service offers deliveries from every 2 weeks up to every 8 weeks and you are able to make changes to your recipe selection in your account.

Hungry Bark Recipe Description

Once you place your order you will receive an email confirmation. Orders ship out the same day and are expected to arrive at your home anywhere between 2-8 days, depending on your location.

If you need to cancel your subscription you can do so on the settings section and manage subscriptions, under your account. You can also pause or skip orders under your account page when needed.

If your dog is not satisfied with Hungry Bark they will provide a full refund on any item within 30 days of purchase on your first try.

Unboxing

I received a bag of Superfoods with Lamb & Turkey (Grain-Free) kibble and four sample packs to review directly from Hungry Bark. Included with my order was a food scooper and a super cute bandanna for my dog to wear.

Hungry Bark Un-Boxing

The kibble bags are made from recycled materials and come with an Ever-Fresh Re-Seal lock so the food stays fresh. They also have an ultra-thick lining to prevent tears, chews, and pests.

Analysis/Review of Hungry Bark Dog Food Recipes

Superfoods with Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 24.5% Min
  • Fat – 14% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Ingredients

Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, Pearled Barley, Lentils, Oat Groats, Millet, Field Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Beet Pulp, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, L-Lysine, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Lecithin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Pumpkin, Ginger, Turmeric, Dried Spinach, Dried Carrots, Inulin, Dried Cranberry, Dried Blueberry, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Organic Dried Kelp, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Citric Acid (Preservative), Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium animalis Fermentation Product and Dried Lactobacillus reuteri Fermentation Product.


The first 3 ingredients in this recipe are the animal protein sources. Lets look at the top 6 ingredients in this chicken and turkey recipe by Hungry Bark.

  • Chicken is a good source of Omega 6 fatty acids which are good for the skin and coat, and has essential amino acids and glucosamine for healthy bones.
  • Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. It is low in calories but high in selenium and tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system.
  • Chicken and turkey meals are meat concentrates used as inexpensive ways to increase protein. Meals can contain nearly four times more protein than the fresh sources.
  • Brown rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate and provides beneficial minerals and B vitamins. Because dogs aren’t strict carnivores, brown rice or other grains can be a part of their diet.
  • Pearled barley is a grain and is an excellent source of select vitamins and minerals such as the B Vitamins, Manganese, and Phosphorus.

Superfoods with Turkey & Duck (Grain-Free)

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 29% Min
  • Fat – 17% Min
  • Fiber – 4.5% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Ingredients

Turkey, Duck, Turkey Meal, Duck Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Lentils, Fava Beans, Field Peas, Whitefish Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca Starch, Dried Sweet Potato, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lecithin, Coconut Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Monosodium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Apple Cider Vinegar, Choline Chloride, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Ginger, Turmeric, Dried Spinach, Dried Blueberry, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Organic Dried Kelp, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Citric Acid (Preservative), Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium animalis Fermentation Product and Dried Lactobacillus reuteri Fermentation Product.


This turkey recipe uses protein from turkey and duck sources which includes meal. Lets look at the top 6 ingredients listed.

  • Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. It is low in calories but high in selenium and tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system.
  • Duck is a great source of protein and naturally higher in fat. It contains antioxidants that help boost the immune system as well as B vitamins for good for bones and teeth.
  • Duck meal is a meat concentrates used as an inexpensive way to increase protein. Meals can contain nearly four times more protein than the fresh sources.
  • Garbanzo beans offer a great balance of protein and fiber while being low in fat and abundant in vitamins and minerals.
  • Lentils are low-calorie, high-fiber food that helps dogs feel full when eating and keeps blood levels from spiking after a meal. Lentils are a plant-based protein that could contribute to the protein levels in this food.
  • Fava beans are high in fiber, folate, iron (when eaten with a source of vitamin C), complex carbohydrates, and are also low in fat.

Superfoods with Lamb & Turkey (Grain-Free)

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 29% Min
  • Fat –17% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Ingredients

Lamb, Turkey, Lamb Meal, Turkey Meal, Whitefish Meal, Lentils, Garbanzo Beans, Fava Beans, Field Peas, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Sweet Potato, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Pea Protein, Lecithin, Coconut Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Choline Chloride, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, DL-Methionine, Chicory Root Extract, Potassium Chloride, Dried Pumpkin, Monosodium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Ginger, Turmeric, Dried Spinach, Dried Blueberry, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Organic Dried Kelp, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Citric Acid (Preservative), Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium animalis Fermentation Product and Dried Lactobacillus reuteri Fermentation Product


The first five ingredients contain animal protein from lamb and turkey, which includes lamb and turkey meal as well as whitefish meal. Here we reviewed the top 6 ingredients.

  • Lamb is packed with essential amino acids and is a good source of dietary fats. The red meat also offers up plenty of vitamins and minerals that support muscle development and healthy skin and coat.
  • Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. It is low in calories but high in selenium and tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system.
  • Lamb and turkey meal are meat concentrates used as inexpensive ways to increase protein. Meals can contain nearly four times more protein than the fresh sources.
  • Whitefish meal is an excellent source of natural, bio-appropriate amino acids, fats and certain minerals and vitamins. It is far more concentrated than fresh fish.
  • Lentils are low-calorie, high-fiber food that helps dogs feel full when eating and keeps blood levels from spiking after a meal. Lentils are a plant-based protein that could contribute to the protein levels in this food.

Superfoods with Salmon (Grain-Free)

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein –29% Min
  • Fat – 17% Min
  • Fiber – 4.5% Max
  • Moisture –10% Max

Ingredients

Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal, Lentils, Field Peas, Fava Beans, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Whitefish Meal, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Lecithin, Coconut Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Monosodium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Chicory Root Extract, Dried Kelp, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Ginger, Turmeric, Dried Spinach, Dried Blueberry, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Organic Dried Kelp, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Citric Acid (Preservative), Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium animalis Fermentation Product and Dried Lactobacillus reuteri Fermentation Product


Let’s take a look at the first 6 ingredients in this salmon recipe.

  • Salmon is a great source of protein with omega-3 fatty acids, which support the immune system, decrease inflammation, and can keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy.
  • Menhaden fish meal is an excellent source of natural, bio-appropriate amino acids, fats and certain minerals and vitamins. It is far more concentrated than fresh fish.
  • Lentils are low-calorie, high-fiber food that helps dogs feel full when eating and keeps blood levels from spiking after a meal. Lentils are a plant-based protein that could contribute to the protein levels in this food.
  • Field peas provide carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and small amounts of beneficial vitamins. They also contain lutein, an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health.
  • Fava beans are high in fiber, folate, iron (when eaten with a source of vitamin C), complex carbohydrates, and are also low in fat.
  • Canola oil contains an essential nutrient linoleic acid which can help to increase circulation, reduce joint tenderness, and maintain a healthy immune system.

Taste Test

Sampson tried all four flavors of Hungry Bark dog food recipes on a rotation and mixed with his current kibble. Hungry Bark recommends adding about 1/4 to 1/2 of your dog’s recommended portion size of their food to each meal while reducing the amount of your dog’s current food. You can gradually increase the amount over 7-10 days until your dog’s bowl is completely full of Hungry Bark food.

Hungry Bark’s Superfoods Lamb and Turkey

Opening the bag of Hungry Bark dog food was very easy because of an easy tear top. But even better is the Velcro-like closure on the bag for easy opening and closing. This makes meal time so quick and easy and it means there is no need to store the kibble in a container.

Normally kibble doesn’t get Sampson too excited but just opening the bag of Hungry Bark food and letting him smell it got his tail wagging. This happened every night at meal time and he didn’t seem to have a recipe preference. I should add my dog will eat just about anything but once he was done eating Hungry Bark dog food he seemed to wait near the bowl for more.

Sampson Eating Hungry Bark Superfoods Lamb and Turkey

The Downside of Hungry Bark Dog Food

Hungry Bark dog food is what I would consider a pricey kibble. A 4 pound bag starts around $20 and a 24 pound bag will cost you about $64. While that price maybe in the ball park of other high end dog kibble, it does also require a subscription. A one time purchase will cost you around $85 a bag.

Another downside is they do not offer free shipping until you spend $50, which is easy to do when buying their dog food.

Hungry Bark Monthly Cost Comparison

DOG FOOD BRANDDOG SIZEMONTHLY COST
Hungry Bark50 to 60 Pounds$ 95.00 to $ 107.00
Spot and Tango Unkibble 50 to 60 Pounds$ 87.90 to $ 97.50
Heed Foods50 To 60 Pounds$ 160.00 to $ 185.00
Crafted Kibble50 To 60 Pounds$ 43.00 to $ 53.00

Is Hungry Bark Good Dog Food?

Yes. It is a very good, high quality protein kibble. The recipes are formulated with a majority of protein from animal sources like turkey, lamb, duck, chicken, salmon and meals.

Hungry Bark’s recipes are free of GMO’s, preservatives, soy, corn, and artificial colors or flavors. They also offer 4 different recipes with grain and grain free options.

Would I Subscribe to Hungry Bark Dog Food?

Yes I would subscribe to Hungry Bark dog food because it is worth saving 20% on quality dog food and have it delivered right to my front door. In addition to that my dog absolutely loved the food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hungry Bark dog food cost?

Hungry bark offers 4 pound bags of kibble starting at $19.99. You can also get a 12 or 24 pound bag which can range from $44 to $64. They also offer protein mix-ins and supplement chews starting around $14.

Where can I buy Hungry Bark dog food?

You can buy Hungry Bark dog food by going to their website hungrybark.com. You have the option of a one time purchase or signing up for a subscription service.

Where is Hungry Bark located?

According to their website they are located and manufacture in the United States.

Is Hungry Bark dog food cooked or raw?

Hungry Bark dog food is kibble that is slow-cooked each recipe to ensure optimal nutrition from each ingredient.

Can Hungry Bark be heated up?

Hungry bark should be stored at room temperature and not be refrigerated. Heating up kibble is not necessary and can destroy valuable nutrients.

Amy

Amy Brown is a lifelong animal enthusiast who enjoys writing about dogs and rescuing them. She writes for various pet related websites, including her own, CatMania.net.
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