Spot & Tango is a New York-based dog food subscription service. The company launched in 2018, inspired by home-cooked meals the founder and his wife made for their own dogs. Spot & Tango diets are formulated by animal nutritionists and veterinarians and meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requirements. Each recipe has undergone extensive testing at New Jersey Feed Lab and Midwest Laboratories to ensure every meal’s nutrient balance is accurate.
Spot & Tango’s website includes photos of the different diet types offered and an online portal that allows you to create your dog’s meal plan. The website also has a page dedicated to answering the series of questions the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) recommends asking manufacturers when selecting pet food.
Spot & Tango produces two types of food: Unkibble dried pellets and Fresh Recipes gently-cooked pouches. Both food types contain whole fruits and vegetables as dietary fiber sources, which feed beneficial intestinal bacteria and help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Ingredients for Spot & Tango diets are sourced from suppliers in the United States.
Unkibble is made by mixing ingredients and drying them at a low temperature instead of using high heat that can destroy nutrients. The Unkibble line comes in the following flavors:
- Duck & Salmon
- Beef & Barley
- Chicken & Brown Rice
Unkibble recipes also contain fish oil, which may help improve osteoarthritis, skin health, and immune function in senior dogs.
Measured portion sizes
When you sign up for Spot & Tango, your dog’s energy needs are estimated using their online calculator, which considers your dog’s breed, neuter or spay status, activity level, body weight, and body condition to estimate daily portion sizes.
Unkibble is packaged in a multi-serving resealable bag with a personalized scoop to measure out a single serving size for your dog.
While the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) believes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe for animal consumption, only non-GMO ingredients are used in Spot & Tango diets.
The term human-grade is not officially regulated in pet food manufacturing; however, Spot & Tango follows several manufacturing guidelines to ensure their food is safe enough for human consumption. Note that we are not suggesting you replace your T-bone steak!
- USDA inspection — Spot & Tango’s manufacturing facility is audited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was awarded a Safe Quality Food (SQF) level-3 certification. This means that many safety and quality controls are in place, including a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. Additionally, Spot & Tango uses USDA-certified meat products.
- Bacterial testing — Although the temperatures used to produce Spot & Tango diets are high enough to eliminate any harmful bacteria you might find in a raw diet, each food batch is tested for common bacterial contaminants—including E. coli and Salmonella—before packaging.
- Safe shipping — Gently-cooked meals are flash-frozen and packed on dry ice to maintain freshness and safety during shipping.
Pros and Cons of Spot & Tango Food
- Diets are complete and balanced. All meals meet AAFCO requirements and are formulated with the expertise of animal health professionals.
- Delivery-to-door subscription service ensures you will never run out of food for your pooch. The online portal allows you to adjust delivery frequency or pause deliveries at any time.
- Meals are measured out using a scoop personalized for your dog’s daily energy needs. This will help ensure your dog does not over-eat and stays fit and trim.
- The service offers a risk-free trial, so if your dog does not like the food, it can be returned for a refund.
- Since meals are portioned using a custom scoop size, the consumer must calculate a conversion to the normal household cup if they lose their scoop.
- Recipes differ in caloric density, so portion sizes are different for the beef recipe vs. the chicken recipe, for example.
- Meals may be more expensive than comparable brands.
Information as of 6/30/22
Note: In September 2022, in an email to customers, Spot and Tango announced the recall of four batches of its UnKibble Dog Food product line due to samples testing positive for Salmonella bacteria.