Have you ever thought about what you are feeding your dog?
Dry and wet dog food has dominated the market for decades.
But the rise of human grade cooked meals has given dog parents another option to consider for their pooch.
Companies use restaurant quality ingredients in recipes that are fine-tuned by veterinarian experts to ensure your dog gets a balanced and healthy diet.
While most dog owners will have a fairly good idea of the best dog food brands, dog food delivery is a new phenomenon. Yet it can be difficult to decide which dog food delivery service is best for you.
The helloBARK! team have been looking into the best options available right now.
Pet Plate are one of the leading companies offering dog parents home cooked dog meals, which are delivered right to your doorstep.
Our researchers have paid particular attention to the variety of recipes, the price point, the ability to deliver the meals in good condition and the customer reviews.
So let’s get down to business and learn more about what Pet Plate can bring to your dog.
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What service does Pet Plate provide?
Pet Plate aim to deliver your dog “drool-worthy” meals.
They have freshly-cooked, vet-designed meals, which are made with real ingredients in a human-grade kitchen.
Pet Plate use USDA-certified meat to ensure your dog is getting the highest quality protein in his diet.
Combined with fresh produce and their proprietary supplement blend, Pet Plate aim to deliver a meal worthy of your fur baby.
While the marketing material on their website sounds encouraging, we prefer to examine the ingredients used and the customer testimonials to shape our review of Pet Plate.
How Pet Plate works
The idea behind Pet Plate is pretty simple.
You are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire to help Pet Plate learn more about your dog.
Customers input information such as age, breed, weight and activity level to allow Pet Plate to customise your canine’s meal.
Once you’ve submitted your dog’s details, you will have the choice of recipe.
Let’s look at the different meals Pet Plate have created to keep your dog’s belly happy.
Pet Plate have four different recipe options, which allow for some variety.
Chompin’ Chicken – Chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli, chicken liver, apples, butternut squash, dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, parsley, proprietary supplement blend (vitamin E, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, potassium iodide, vitamin D3).
Tail Waggin’ Turkey – Turkey, sweet potatoes, potatoes, turkey liver, apples, carrots, peas, pumpkin, salmon oil, dicalcium phosphate, salt, proprietary supplement blend (vitamin E, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, vitamin D3).
Barkin’ Beef – 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).
Lip Lickin’ Lamb – Lamb, sweet potatoes, quinoa, lamb liver, apples, broccoli, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, parsley, proprietary supplement blend (vitamin E, choline bitartrate, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, vitamin D3).
The meals are created by veterinarian nutritionist Dr Renee Streeter.
Pet Plate’s website lists a number of benefits to their meals, including improved digestion, healthier weight, healthier coat, more energy and clean dishes.
While other companies we have reviewed tend to use packets to store individual meals, Pet Plate have opted to use containers with a resealable lid.
These containers are microwave friendly, which is a good feature for those with dogs who prefer their food to be lukewarm or hot.
The other benefit is that you can store any leftover food in the container, although Pet Plate seem pretty confident that your dog will leave an empty bowl.
Each container has a day’s worth of food with serving instruction clearly listed.
You will receive a total of 28 meals in seven containers, which equates to two weeks of meals.
Price and delivery
Pet Plate will deliver your meals in a recyclable box packed with insulation and ice to ensure your meals arrive in excellent condition.
The company will send out a replacement order if your meals arrive at room temperature.
We like how Pet Plate provide more information about pricing than some of their other competitors.
Pet Plate’s website gives a clear breakdown of the pricing, which depends on your dog’s size:
-Small Dogs: $2.50-$4.75
-Medium Dogs: $6-$8
-Large Dogs: $9-$13
-Extra large Dogs: $16-$19
While some other dog food delivery companies allow customers to customise the frequency of deliveries, Pet Plate send out the meals every two weeks.
However, Pet Plate do allow customers to pause, cancel, or skip a delivery at any time before their weekly 23:00 (eastern time) cutoff.
What are customers saying?
Pet Plate’s website has a section full of reviews from satisfied customers, which includes Greta, who revealed her dogs “love Pet Plate even more” than her cooking.
But don’t worry, the helloBARK! team have scoured the internet to find some reviews of this dog food delivery service.
While Pet Plate display a five-star rating on their website, Top Dog Tips gave the service 4.5/5 due to the company’s pricing policy.
Whoof Whiskers revealed that Pet Plate don’t offer samples, which could be a deterrent for those with picky dogs and a tight budget.
Pet Plate don’t give dog owners the chance to list any potential allergies in their initial questionnaire, although you do have four recipes to select from.
We were also disappointed that Pet Plate don’t offer potential customers the chance to try samples.
You can get a $20 trial box which includes enough meals to feed your pooch for two weeks.
Is this the best dog food delivery service?
While we do consider Pet Plate to be a good option for dog parents, we feel there are better options out there.
We were disappointed at the inability to try samples because dogs can be just as picky as humans.
You can see our updated dog food delivery guide via the link below.
Anything else to consider?
We always recommend having a discussion with your dog’s veterinarian before transitioning your pet to a different meal.
While Pet Plate do provide instructions in your first delivery on how to do a smooth transition, there is no substitute for talking to your vet to make sure you are prepared for every eventuality.
Pet Plate do offer an interesting piece of advice on their website for dog owners: You should clean your dog’s bowl at least once a day to make sure there’s no bacteria in there that could make your pup sick.
Pet Plate conclusion – our final thoughts
So we have reached the end of our Pet Plate review.
There are a lot of things to like about the service Pet Plate provide.
However, we feel there are a number of areas that they could work on to get them to that five-star rating.