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I am planning on changing my boys' diets to the farmer's dog products. My research has shown the products to be excellent. They have a 4.9 - 5.0 average rating everywhere I look. They use human grade food and fresh ingredients. They say the formulas were developed by vets and pet nutrition experts. I already ordered the trial package and should receive it soon. So, if anyone has had experience with the Farmer's Dog products, I would love to hear about it.
Thanks in advance,
Joe, Franklin and little Rosco in New Hampshire.
25 November 2021
I'd like to hear how it works out. I looked into it for both of my dogs. One of the formulas looks like it would be good for a dog with cancer (higher protein and fat, low carbs). It's pretty much what I am making right now and although I am making it for much less than they charge, it is SO much work and my dogs are Labs..... they have huge appetites and I am pretty much cooking at least once a week. Sometimes twice with two different recipes. My non-cancer dog is a bit overweight so she doesn't need more proteins and fats. She needs more veggies.
Just a quick update. I received my trial shipment of the farmer's dog products. They came frozen in well packaged bags with my dogs' names on the bags as well as the correct feeding portion for each of my boys. They have an introduction schedule for the first week to get the dog's used to the food without any issues. So far so good.
The food looks high quality as it should. They use only human grade food in their products which I like. And the ingredients are simple and provide balanced nutrition. Here's an example of the Beef ingredients: "Beef, Sweet Potato, Lentils, Carrot, Beef Liver, Water, Kale, Sunflower Seeds, Fish Oil" followed by all of the added vitamins and minerals. As you can see just real ingredients no by-products or meal.
Is it expensive? It depends. I fed my boys top shelf name brand canned food. The average cost per day was app. $5.50. or app. $165.00 for 30 days. That was for good but processed food, not fresh. The cost of the Farmer's Dog products is ap. $185.00 per month for my two boys. So not enough of a difference to prevent me from ordering their products. They currently have 4 recipes to offer, Beef, Pork, Chicken and Turkey.
One other thing when setting up the initial order, they have a list of issues that they consider when formulating your dog's food. Like Cancer, hip and joint issues, etc. What they didn't consider is formulations for Tripawds. I spoke with a team member, and she will be bringing up this issue in their next meeting.
Anyway, I'm currently in the introduction week so my boys are getting 50% canned food and 50% Farmer's dog up from 75% canned food and 25% Farmer's dog. So far there hasn't been any digestive issues, stools are firm. And now for the big question, do they like the food? Yes, they do. After 4 days every time I feed the boys, I get back empty bowls and my little guy can be picky. Bottom line is I think the new fresh food will work out nicely. I'll provide another update when they've been on the food full time for a little while.
Joe, Franklin and little Rosco in New Hampshire.
Wow that's a pretty sweet arrangement. I'm so glad they are enjoying the food!
My only hesitation about using this company would be that on their website, they aren't clear if a veterinary nutritionist is involved in their recipes. They offer zero information on the site about what exactly is in the food. That makes me nervous. Did they include the formulas and nutritional breakdown in your menu items?
Hi, I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season.
First, I want everyone to know that I don't work for nor am I associated in any way with the company "The Farmer's Dog". I just wanted to see if there was better food available for my dogs than what I had been feeding them when I stumbled across a "The Farmer's Dog" Dog food advertisement.
There was a question in the last response about if there were veterinary nutritionists involved in making the formulas:
"All of our ingredients are human-grade and sourced from reputable food suppliers, local farms, and other human food purveyors that meet USDA standards. We never use feed-grade ingredients, and we don’t process our ingredients to be shelf-stable, ensuring your dog is getting the highest quality, most natural nutrients available.
The Farmer’s Dog creates recipes that are simple in nature. Every recipe uses clean USDA proteins, mixed with simple produce, and balanced with vitamins and minerals. That’s it. Our board-certified veterinary nutritionists carefully formulate each recipe to be 100% complete and balanced according to AAFCO standards, and we use all human-grade ingredients and processes to do so."
So yes, board certified veterinary nutritionists are involved with the recipes. Here's a listing of ingredients for my Franklin's Beef recipe:
Hi Joseph! Hoppy 2022 to you and Franklin and Rosco! Yes, we can only go up from here in the coming months right?!
I love that you came back to update, thank you so much! It's super helpful. Because of your inquiry here I've been having some email exchanges with The Farmer's Dog and feel good about what they are making. I'll do an update in Tripawds News really soon! Stay tuned.
3 August 2019
I will add my 2 cents worth.. for many years I have looked and tried pet foods that I researched and found to be "high quality" and very good foods.
Many years ago I joined the group Truth About Pet Food... I also read a book (which was a bit biased toward one particular brand): "Big Kibble: The Hidden Dangers of the Pet Food Industry and How to Do Better by Our Dogs"
The book and just the research I have done not only for my dog(s) but also when I was battling Fuzz's cancer was something that resounded with me that the pet food industry is overwhelmingly garbage and poison! So for the past 3 years I have donated to the Truth site to get what is called "the list" a breakdown of what is deemed the very best and top notch pet foods for both cats and dogs.
For the past 2 years The Farmers Dog has made the list. I tried a trial of it in 2020 and it is fresh cooked with human grade ingredients, supplements and manufacturing- it is then flash frozen and arrives quickly with dry ice and still very much rock hard. When thawed in fridge it should be used within a couple days. Because I have a 93 lb lab I use the food to top dress his regular kibble ( Open Farm) which I discovered and switched too ( also use for cats) from the list as well.
I tried another food source which is not on the list ( Ollie) which is very similar to Farmer's Dog and a few dollars cheaper- I actually rotate a couple times per year between the two to add the cooked food to dry kibble. There is one more that I may add in rotation ( Just food for dogs)
In terms of supplementing my cat food- the brand Caru and Open Farm each have human grade wet food that I use. There are many foods from lists that are mainly raw or freeze dried with the cooked (like farmers dog and caru/open farm).
The biggest obstacle for all pet parents is what price are you willing to pay for what is truly deemed "good" food. That is where the issue lies.. it is very expensive and most can't afford to seemingly pay more for pet food than what they spend on their own groceries. Consider checking out the Truth about Pet Food site/lists... very informative!!!
That is so nice of you to share! I'm so glad you found food that works for all your critters. Thank you for the scoop. Here's the Truth About Pet Food website.