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Pet Plate Dog Food Review

Dog Food June 22, 2020
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Pet Plate Dog Food Review

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Pet Plate Dog Food delivers high-quality, human-grade pet food right to your doorstep. These fresh food recipes can be selected through a subscription plan that takes into account your dog’s weight, activity levels and age.

Their meals currently feature four different recipes and are made from natural ingredients. According to the Pet Plate website, the founders mission is to “create healthy, fresh-cooked food for pups everywhere”.

Quick Summary

What I really liked about Pet Plate is they allow you combine different recipes in your subscription order, which is great if your dog is picky or has health issues.

Get 30% off your first box of Pet Plate

How We Tested:

  • We purchased all 4 of the Pet Plate Dog Food recipes
  • We spent 14 days testing them on our dogs
  • We did not receive these product in exchange for a favorable review, they were purchased with our own money

Quick Picks (Flavors)

Barkin’ Beef: This is made with beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beef liver, carrots, apples, green peas, and pumpkin. Other add-ins include: dicalcium phosphate, safflower oil, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, salt, proprietary supplement blend.

Tail Waggin Turkey: This recipe has turkey, sweet potatoes, potatoes, turkey liver, apples, carrots, green peas, and pumpkin. Other items in this recipe are salmon oil, dicalcium phosphate, salt, proprietary supplement blend.

Chompin Chicken: This recipe is made with chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli, chicken liver, apples, and butternut squash. Also included are dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, parsley, proprietary supplement blend.

Lip Licken’ Lamb: This recipe is made with Lamb, sweet potatoes, quinoa, lamb liver, apples, and broccoli. Additional ingredients include: dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, parsley, proprietary supplement blend.

Pet Plate Dog Food – Top 4 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeProteinkcal/oz
Barkin BeefFresh7.9%41 Kcal/oz
Tail Waggin’ TurkeyFresh8.1%38 Kcal/oz
Chompin’ ChickenFresh7.1%38 Kcal/oz
Lip Lickin’ LambFresh6.4%40 Kcal/oz

Brand Score

Pet Plate Dog Food
Brand
Pet Plate
Overall Score
Pros
  • Meals are pre-portioned and in recyclable containers
  • Four different meal recipes available
  • You can mix and match all 4 recipes
  • Flexible subscription options
Cons
  • Price on the high side as compared to other fresh dog foods
  • Containers take up a lot of space in the freezer/fridge
  • Profile does not ask about health issues
Pros
  • Meals are pre-portioned and in recyclable containers
  • Four different meal recipes available
  • You can mix and match all 4 recipes
  • Flexible subscription options
Cons
  • Price on the high side as compared to other fresh dog foods
  • Containers take up a lot of space in the freezer/fridge
  • Profile does not ask about health issues
Ingredients
Pricing
Customization
Quality
Customer Reviews
Recall History
Recipe variety

About

After graduating with a Physics degree from MIT, Reynaldo Webb went on to work as a business consultant for a pet food company where he discovered the substandard ingredients and processes used to make mass-market pet food.

With his dog Winston in mind, Webb set out to work on a healthier dog food options and Pet Plate was born.

Webb began working with Dr. Renee Streeter, DVM, DACVN, Veterinary Nutritionist to formulate meals that are not only nutritionally balanced and highly palatable to dogs but also safe, fresh, and healthy. The recipes were created from human grade, high quality ingredients and vitamins and minerals for all life stages.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Pet Plate’s meals are made at a USDA-inspected facility in upstate New York, and follows the same food safety protocols used by Whole Foods. Pet Plate purchases their ingredients from human food suppliers in the U.S.

Each meal is full of healthy foods formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. Every batch is tested for safety and flash-frozen to lock in freshness.

Pet Plate’s recipes are kettle-cooked in a human-grade kitchen using USDA meat, fruits, and vegetables along with a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals. Each batch is tested for safety. Pet Plate dog foods contain no rendered meats, by-products and no corn, gluten, or artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors.

Getting Started

You can get started with a 14 day subscription to Pet Plate by answering a few questions to customize your dog’s plan. They will ask for your dog’s breed, age, activity level, weight and food preferences and then they recommend the right plan.

The cost of Pet Plate will depend on your dog’s size and how much food they need. You can opt for a plan to serve your dog 100% Pet Plate or to use it as a topper for their dry food. You will also receive 50% off your first shipment is you select the full plan.

My dog Sam’s Meal Plan

You will receive a confirmation email once your account is set up and another when your order ships. The meal plan you select will arrive in frozen in pre-portioned plastic and labelled containers.

You can also change your dogs meal preferences or pause shipments through your account if done so by the weekly cut off.

You will receive automatic shipments of your dog’s pre-portioned containers according the shipment schedule associated with their meal plan.

Pet Plate also guarantees that if your dog’s bowl is not licked clean, you will receive 100% of your money back.

Unboxing

I received 28 (16 ounce) containers of food, which included all four recipes and equates to two weeks of meals for my dog. Each container has a day’s worth of food with serving instruction clearly listed on the back. The box is packed with dry ice and in an insulated liner to keep the food very cold. Pet Plate also states you can store the containers in your freezer (for 18 months), and keep food to serve your dog in the refrigerator to defrost.

The recyclable, pre-portioned containers will last for 7 to 10 days in the fridge with the lids closed. Once the meals are open they should last for 3 to 4 more days.

Also included was helpful note cards that explain basic feeding tips, transitioning and how to store Pet Plate foods.

The containers are also microwave friendly, in case your dog is picky about eating cold food.

Analysis/Review

Barkin Beef

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 7.9% Min
  • Fat – 5.5% Min
  • Fiber – 0.9% Max
  • Moisture – 74.4% Max

Ingredients

Ground beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beef liver, carrots, apples, green peas, pumpkin, dicalcium phosphate, natural flavor, safflower oil, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, salt, vitamins and minerals (taurine, vitamin E, ferrous fumarate, zinc oxide, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate, magnesium oxide, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, vitamin D3)


We started with the Barkin Beef meal for this review.  Out of the 4 recipes Pet Plate offers, this one is the highest in fat. However, high fat content can help with healthy skin and coats. Let’s look at the top 5 ingredients in this recipe.

  • Beef is a healthy protein for dogs being high in protein, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamins B12, B3 and B6.
  • Sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system due to high dietary fiber content. They are also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like B6, C, and A.
  • Potatoes are primarily a source of complex carbohydrates.They do contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and many other nutrients that dogs need.
  • Beef liver is a good source Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Chromium and Copper.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

Tail Waggin’ Turkey

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 8.1% Min
  • Fat – 4.5% Min
  • Fiber – 0.9% Max
  • Moisture – 66.8% Max

Ingredients

Ground turkey, brown rice, turkey liver, carrots, apples, pumpkin, natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, salt, vitamins and minerals (taurine, vitamin E, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, copper gluconate, sodium selenite, manganese gluconate, potassium iodide, vitamin D3)


This turkey recipe has the highest proportion of animal based protein, of the four recipes Pet Plate offers. The protein is sourced from ground turkey and turkey liver.Let’s analyze the first 5 ingredients.

  • 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.
  • Brown rice is full of natural fiber, which helps a dog’s digestion. It is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins D, B and minerals.
  • Turkey liver is a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C.

Chompin' Chicken

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 7.1% Min
  • Fat – 3.2% Min
  • Fiber – 0.8% Max
  • Moisture – 79.9% Max

Ingredients

Ground chicken, sweet potatoes, chicken liver, broccoli, butternut squash, apples, natural flavor, safflower oil, dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, parsley, vitamins and minerals (taurine, vitamin E, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, copper gluconate, sodium selenite, manganese gluconate, potassium iodide, vitamin D3)


This chicken recipe is Pet Plate’s most popular and has a great nutrient profile. Let’s take a closer look at the first 5 ingredients.

  • 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.
  • Sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system due to high dietary fiber content. They are also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like B6, C, and A.
  • Chicken liver is high in protein, fat and vitamin A and its high fat content makes it a good choice for young, growing dogs and underweight dogs.
  • Broccoli is packed with a lot of vitamin C and healthy fiber but has been known to cause abdominal pain in large quantities.
  • Butternut squash is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. It helps support your dog’s vision, immune system, colon, muscles, and more.

Lip Lickin' Lamb

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 6.4% Min
  • Fat – 3.5% Min
  • Fiber – 1.1% Max
  • Moisture – 75.5% Max

Ingredients

Ground lamb, sweet potatoes, quinoa, lamb liver, apples, broccoli, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, parsley, vitamins and minerals (taurine, vitamin E, choline bitartrate, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, vitamin D3)


The lamb recipe has the lowest protein levels of the four recipes. While it is still above AAFCO minimum protein standards it is low for dog food in general. This may be beneficial for dogs who need to be on a lower protein diet. Let’s look at the top 5 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.
  • Sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system due to high dietary fiber content. They are also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like B6, C, and A.
  • Quinoa is not something you see in dog food often. It is packed with protein, calcium, and other nutrients but maybe difficult for some dogs to digest.
  • Lamb liver is a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A.
  • Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C.

Taste Test

Since receiving the Pet Plate meals a few weeks ago, Sampson has tried all four flavors. He goes nuts as soon as he sees the white container in my hand.

When I opened the containers it was easy to identify the ingredients. Vegetables like carrots, squash and potatoes can clearly be seen mixed in. The food also has a pleasant “human food” smell and not at all like traditional wet dog food.

Petplate Dog Food Review
My dog trying all 4 Pet Plate recipes

The containers are great because they are pre-portioned to meet your dog’s dietary needs. For the first few days, Pet Plate food should make up ¼ of each meal. This transitioning could take 7-14 days.

The first week of meals I did add Pet Plate to his kibble and increased the amount daily. I heated the food container in the microwave for about one minute before serving it to him.

I also removed the food from the containers at dinner time. While they are convenient for storage, my dogs mouth is too big to try and eat out of the small size container.

In the end, my dog loved all 4 Pet Plate recipes. He did in fact lick the bowl clean after each meal and did not seem to have a preference.

The Downside of Pet Plate Dog Food

Pet Plate does not give dog owners the opportunity to list any potential allergies, medical conditions or breed specifications in the initial questionnaire. This may require a bit of research on a dog owners part when choosing a recipe for your dog’s plan.

Pet Plate is not a budget friendly dog food and does not offer potential customers samples packages. In comparison to other fresh dog food delivery companies, it is slightly more expensive.

Pet Plate Dog Food Monthly Cost Comparison

DOG FOOD BRANDDOG SIZEMONTHLY COST
Pet Plate50 to 65 Pounds$ 180.00 to $ 224.00
Nom Nom50 To 80 Pounds$ 224.00 to $ 280.00
Ollie45 To 75 Pounds$ 210.00 to $ 260.00
The Farmers Dog50 To 65 Pounds$ 205.00 to $ 240.00
Grocery Pup50 To 65 Pounds$ 260.00 to $ 280.00
Spot and Tango50 to 60 Pounds$ 252.00 to $ 275.00

Is Pet Plate Good Dog Food?

Pet Plate dog food offers fresh human grade ingredients with no corn, gluten, or artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. All the ingredients are recognizable and the cooking process they use means nutrients are preserved. There is no doubt Pet Plate is a nutritious, balanced, high-quality, and human-grade diet for your dog.

They also take in to account your dogs weight, age and activity level before pre-portioning meals.

Would I Subscribe to Pet Plate Dog Food?

I would subscribe to Pet Plate and was happy with the food overall. What I really liked about Pet Plate is they allow you combine different recipes in your subscription order, which is great if your dog is picky or has health issues. They also offer a topper plan, for people who want the best and maybe can not afford full meals.

For me, when comparing it to other fresh dog food delivery companies, the packaging is easy. There is no fighting tear back tabs or cutting with scissors at meal time and the containers are great for storage and are recyclable. However, they do take up a lot of space in the freezer, so they may not be ideal for people with limited space.

So if you are looking for a dog food delivery service that provides fresh meals made with high-quality ingredients, convenient packaging and don’t mind the higher price tag, Pet Plate may be for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Pet Plate Cost?

Meals start at just under $3 a day for a small dog.

In addition, you can choose from different subscription options like weekly, monthly, or yearly, which is also factored in to pricing.

Small dog - $18 - 33 weekly or $2.50 - $4.75 a day
Medium dog: $40 - $56 weekly or $6 - $8 a day
Large dog: $63 - $91 weekly or $9 - $13 a day
X-large dog: $112 - $133 weekly or $16 - $19 a day

Where can I buy Pet Plate Dog Food?

Pet Plate dog food is only available through their website, petplate.com with a subscription.

Where is Pet Plate located?

Pet Plate's headquarters are located in New York City, NY.

Is Pet Plate dog food cooked or raw?

Pet Plate dog food is kettle-cooked in a human-grade kitchen using USDA meat, fruits, and vegetables along with a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals.

Cat Pet Plate dog food be heated up?

Pet Plate dog food can be warmed up if your dog prefers it that way. However, heating fresh pet food too much can destroy valuable nutrients in the food. Immersing the food in hot water or adding some warm water to the food is a better option.

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.
3 Comments
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    Penny Mayfield

    Thanks---that was so informative.

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    Amanda Foytik

    I cancelled Pet Plate because it was mush, not like the pictures show. Also it really stinks. Neither of my dogs are eager to eat it.

    • Amy

      Amy

      Hi Amanda Sorry to hear Pet Plate didn't work for you and your dogs. There are a lot of other great pet food delivery services depending on your wants/needs. If you want something chunky and made with human ingredients, check out Nom Nom - https://pupjunkies.com/nom-nom-dog-food-review. Another option, that is one of my personal favorites (and my dogs) is Raised Right - https://pupjunkies.com/raised-right-dog-food-review.

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