Overview

Shawn Buckley, JustFoodForDogs’ founder, launched the company in 2010 after concluding that the pet food industry was broken. He assembled a team of veterinarians and pet food specialists to develop healthy, nutritionally balanced recipes for dogs and opened the pet industry’s first open-to-the-public kitchens. The company now has eleven kitchens, including six in southern California, one in northern California, one in Seattle, one in Chicago, and two in NYC. 

JustFoodForDogs cooks its recipes fresh from FDA-certified-for-human-consumption ingredients, and the meals are frozen to retain as many nutrients as possible. The company also conducts extensive research into pet nutrition to ensure its top-quality food. Dog parents can pick the meals up at the company’s kitchens and pantries, certain pet food retailers, and meals also can be delivered directly to owners’ homes. 

Ingredients and Recipes

JustFoodForDogs’ on staff and external nutrition team consists of 13 veterinarians, including a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, a board-certified veterinary toxicologist, and a board-certified veterinary dermatologist. The recipes are all balanced and formulated to hit peak nutritional needs for your pet, without any of the unnecessary, and all of the highest quality ingredients. They offer eight daily recipes and six veterinary support recipes, as well as limited time/seasonal offerings.

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The daily and vet support diets include the following:

Daily Recipes

  • Chicken & White Rice — The chicken and white rice meal is the most popular diet and contains chicken thighs, livers, and gizzards, and U.S.-harvested whole rice, spinach, carrots, and apples.
  • Beef & Russet Potato — This wholesome, fully balanced meal contains beef, beef liver, russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and an assortment of nutritious fruits and vegetables.
  • Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni — This nutritious meal is the most cost-effective diet, containing turkey, turkey liver, California-sourced whole wheat macaroni, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, and cranberries.
  • Fish & Sweet Potato — The fish and sweet potato diet is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs or those who need a novel protein. Ingredients include wild-caught Alaska cod, sweet and russet potatoes, green beans, and broccoli.
  • Lamb & Brown Rice — This diet is excellent for older dogs or those with smaller appetites. Ingredients include ground lamb, long-grain brown rice, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, and blueberries.
  • Venison & Squash — The venison and squash diet is high in protein and contains ground venison, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cranberries.
  • Large Breed Support — Large breed dogs require different nutrients to keep them healthy. This diet has a higher insoluble-to-soluble fiber ratio to promote healthy digestion and is fortified with glucosamine and chondroitin to support healthy joints. Ingredients include ground beef, long-grain brown rice, carrots, and green beans.
  • Tofu & Quinoa Studies demonstrate that dogs can thrive on a balanced, plant-based diet. JustFoodForDogs consulted with leading experts in vegan pet nutrition to formulate their tofu and quinoa recipe.
  • Balanced Remedy — This simple recipe is designed to support a dog’s gastrointestinal health and contains ground turkey breast and rice.
  • Joint & Skin Support — Formulated to support a dog’s skin and joints, this diet contains pork tenderloin, quinoa, kale, carrots, apples, and type II collagen.
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Veterinary Support Recipes

  • Renal Support Low Protein — This highly palatable diet is low in protein and restricts phosphorus to help maintain optimal kidney health. Ingredients include ground lamb, sushi and brown rice, cauliflower, spinach, blueberries, and carrots.
  • Critical Care Support — Critical care support is a high-calorie, nutrient-dense, highly palatable diet with ground beef, chicken thighs, chicken liver, beef liver, beef fat, and rice.
  • Hepatic Support Low Fat — This diet is formulated to support a dog’s liver health and contains wild-caught Alaska cod, sweet potatoes, long-grain white rice, eggs, broccoli, and zucchini.
  • Metabolic Support — This diet contains great taste with optimal low glycemic nutrition. Ingredients include turkey breast, oats, acorn squash, chicken egg whites, and ground beef.


Features

JustFoodForDogs offers helpful features to ensure your dog receives quality nutrition. They include:

  • Open kitchens — Dog parents can visit a JustFoodForDogs location to watch experts make their dog’s food.
  • Expert guidance — Certified nutrition consultants are available to advise on what diet is best for your dog.
    • Nutritional excellence –  JustFoodForDogs claims to be the #1 vet-recommended fresh food brand and is supported by nine years of clinical research with independent universities.
  • Feeding calculator — JustFoodForDogs provides a feeding calculator to help you accurately determine how much to feed your dog.


Pros

  • Veterinary nutrition team — Every JustFoodForDogs recipe is formulated by veterinarians, including board-certified experts.
  • High-quality ingredients — All ingredients are FDA-certified for human consumption.
  • Numerous options — JustFoodForDogs offers 14 recipes to ensure you can find a meal that suits your dog’s needs.
  • Education — Certified nutrition consultants are available to educate you about your dog’s nutritional needs.
  • Convenience — If you have a JustFoodForDogs location in your area, you can visit their open kitchen, but if not, you can have the meals shipped to your door.


Cons

  • Prescription — Some veterinary support diets require a veterinary prescription.
  • Thawing process — You must thaw the food before serving it to your dog.
  • Expense — While JustFoodForDogs is more expensive than other kibble brands, they are more affordable than other fresh food brands.


Conclusion

JustFoodForDogs is a fantastic option for pup parents looking to treat their four-legged friend to a tasty, high-quality, nutritious diet. The company’s highly qualified nutritional experts will help you determine what diet is best for your dog and ensure you know how to transition their diet to avoid gastrointestinal upset.

Information as of 6/30/22