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PetPlate Dog Food Review

Dog Food May 29, 2019
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PetPlate Dog Food Review

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PetPlate Dog Food delivers high-quality, human-grade pet food straight to your doorstep. These fresh food recipes can be selected through a subscription plan that takes into account your dog’s weight and age. Their meals currently feature four different flavors and are made from natural ingredients. According to the Petplate website, their mission is  “that all pets deserve real food that nourishes the body, mind and soul”.

Quick Summary

What I really liked about PetPlate is they allow you combine different recipes in your box, which is great if your dog is picky. They also offer a topper plan, for people who want the best and maybe can not afford full meals.

How We Tested:

  • We purchased all 4 of the PetPlate Dog Food recipes
  • We spent a weeks testing them on several 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 turkey 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.

How PetPlate Ranks

Rating:

  • Ingredients: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pricing:  4 out of 5 stars
  • Customization:  4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:  5 out of 5 stars
  • Overall Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

Pros:

  • Meals are pre-portioned and in recyclable containers
  • Four different meal flavors 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 or body type

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 Petplate was born.

Web tried to quick start his company on the popular show Shark Tank. The Sharks were quite impressed with Webb’s background but some had issues with the business, and its low subscription model. Petplate would leave the show without a deal.

Since appearing on Shark Tank, Petplate has grown from a few subscriptions in the New York area, to now shipping hundreds of boxes each week throughout the country.

Each meal comes full of healthy foods like broccoli, squash, carrots, peas, and a blend of vitamins and minerals while being formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. PetPlate is also grain and gluten-free to aid in allergy relief.

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. Petplate purchases their ingredients from human food suppliers in the U.S.

The meals are flash frozen to preserve the nutrients, then taken to one of several distribution centers across the country where they are shipped directly to the customer’s door. Your dogs meals arrive in a frozen, insulated box with dry ice and layer of insulation that’s 100 percent compostable.

Getting Started

In 3 easy steps, you can get started with a 14-day meal plan that has been specifically designed for your dog by industry professionals. When you become a Pet Plate customer you first answer a few questions to customize your plan. They will ask for your dog’s age, weight and eating preferences and then they recommend the right plan.

Petplate Dog Food Review

The cost of PetPlate will depend on your dog’s size and how much food they need. You can opt for a plan to serve your dog 100% PetPlate or to use it as a topper for their dry food.

Petplate Dog Food Review

You will receive a confirmation email once your account is set up and then another when your order ships. The meal plan you select will arrive in frozen in pre-portioned plastic and labelled containers. The box is packed with dry ice and in an insulated liner to keep the food cold. You can store the containers in your freezer (for 18 months), and keep food to serve your dog in the refrigerator to defrost up to one week.

You will receive automatic shipments of your dog’s pre-portioned containers according the shipment schedule associated with their meal plan. You can always pause or skip an order if you will be away. PetPlate also guarantees customers 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. Each container has a day’s worth of food with serving instruction clearly listed. The 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 Petplate foods.

Other fresh dog food companies tend to use packets for individual meals, but PetPlate uses recyclable containers with a resealable lid. The containers are also microwave friendly, in case your dog is picky about eating cold food.

Analysis/Review

Barkin Beef

Ingredients

Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beef liver, carrots, apples, green peas, pumpkin, dicalcium phosphate, safflower oil, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, salt, proprietary supplement blend (vitamin E, ferrous fumarate, zinc oxide, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate, magnesium oxide, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, vitamin D3)

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 7.9%
  • Fat 5.5%
  • Fiber 0.9%
  • Moisture 74.4%

We started with the Barkin Beef  meal for this review. This recipe uses beef ingredients including beef, and beef liver. Out of the 4 recipes Petplate offers, this one is the highest in fat. However, high fat content can help with healthy skin and coats.

The carbohydrate ingredients in this recipe are sweet potato, potato, carrot, apples, peas, and pumpkin.

Apples are not usually seen in dog food recipes which makes them a unique ingredient in this recipe. They do provide carbohydrates in the form of sugar, as well as fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Other ingredients such as safflower oil and salmon oil are energy sources and fatty acids your dog needs. These oils can help your dog maintain healthy skin and coat.

Tail Waggin’ Turkey

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)

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 8.1%
  • Fat 4.5%
  • Fiber 0.9%
  • Moisture 66.8%

This turkey recipe has the highest proportion of animal based protein, of the four recipes PetPlate offers. The protein is sourced from ground turkey and turkey liver. Turkey liver, is a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A.

The recipe also includes a mix of carrots, apples, and pumpkin which provides a modest sum of carbohydrates and fiber. Here again we see apples which provide carbohydrates in the form of sugar, as well as fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Salmon oil is added for additional energy source and can help with your dogs coat and skin.

Chompin' Chicken

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)

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 7.1%
  • Fat 3.2%
  • Fiber 0.8%
  • Moisture 79.9%

This chicken recipe is PetPlate’s most popular and has a great nutrient profile. Protein comes from ground chicken and chicken liver. 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. Vitamin A plays an important role in supporting eye health, and all dogs need high quantities of protein to remain healthy.

The second ingredient is sweet potatoes making this recipe high in carbs. Other carbohydrates included are broccoli, butternut squash, and apples. Apples seem to be a common theme in PetPlate’s recipes providing your dog with fiber.

Other ingredients such as safflower oil and salmon oil are included to provide Omega’s 3 & 6 and are a crucial ingredient for a healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Lip Lickin' Lamb

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)

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 6.4%
  • Fat 3.5%
  • Fiber 1.1%
  • Moisture 75.5%

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 maybe beneficial for dogs who need to be on a lower protein diet. Protein comes from ground lamb and lamb liver which provides protein, fat and vitamin A.

Carbohydrates come from sweet potatoes, apples, and broccoli. All providing fiber, vitamins and minerals.

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.

Salmon oil is also added for healthy skin and coat.

Taste Test

Since receiving the PetPlate 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. It is not always easy for me to get a picture for the purpose of this review because he literally inhales the food too fast. Needless to say he loves Petplate and doesn’t seem to have a recipe preference.

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PetPlate taste test

The first few meals I did add 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. While they are convenient, my dogs mouth is too big to try and eat out of the small size container. But they are great for storage purposes!

The Downside of Petplate Dog Food

PetPlate does not give dog owners the opportunity to list any potential allergies, medical conditions or breed specifications in the initial questionnaire.

Petplate 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.

PetPlate Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Here are some common questions people are asking about PetPlate Dog Food.

How Much Does Pet Plate Cost?

The PetPlate cost varies considerably depending on your dog’s size, as might be expected. However, there is only a five dollar difference between the plan for a tiny dog and the plan for a dog up to 30 pounds. After that, things start to really increase in cost, though.

All plans are tailor-made and customized for every dog. Therefore, there is no standard price for the subscription model, as it depends on a few factors, like your dogs age, size, weight, etc.

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

What are the Benefits of Feeding My Dog Petplate?

Petplate food is made in a USDA facility with human-grade ingredients. These veterinarian designed meals are balanced with a proprietary vitamin and mineral blend that’s often missing with most dog food diets.

The containers are pre-portioned based on your dog’s profile and they offer a money back guarantee.

Is PetPlate Organic?

Currently, Petplate meals are not entirely organic, but the meats do come from USDA farms.

What is the Topper Plan?

The topper plans are perfect for pet parents who want more flexibility or want to mix their dog’s PetPlate with another type of food. Each topper plan delivery includes up to 10 customized containers. You can also customize your shipment schedule to deliver anywhere between one and eight weeks.

How Long Does the Food Last After Delivery?

Pet Plate is a fresh food so it must be refrigerated or frozen. Your containers will arrive frozen and you can allow them to defrost in the fridge or defrost them in the microwave.

Once a container is defrosted it should be kept in the fridge and used within 7 days. You can keep up to a week’s worth of food in the fridge at a time, the rest should be stored in the freezer. You can keep the containers in the freezer for up to 12 months.

Conclusion

What I really liked about PetPlate is they allow you combine different recipes in your box, which is great if your dog is picky. They also offer a topper plan, for people who want the best and maybe can not afford full meals.

What stands out most about Petplate, when comparing it to other fresh dog food delivery companies, is the packaging.

The containers are so convenient to use and are recyclable. 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, PetPlate is for you.

For more information visit:

https://www.petplate.com

 

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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