This list was updated June 9th 2021
Offering your dog freshly cooked dog food offers many different benefits – from better digestibility to more diversity of the microbiome, to even a potential reduction in cancer rates. As more research is done, the science behind choosing a fresh food diet for your dog seems to be increasing. And though home-cooking and home-preparing your dog’s food allows for the most customization and personalization to your dog’s unique nutritional needs – some people may not have the time, or ability to cook for their dogs. And for those individuals choosing a fresh food manufactured diet can be a great option – still getting all those benefits – but without doing as much of the work.
The great thing is over the last decade the diversity of options in the fresh food market has greatly expanded. Many companies have grown to the point to where they have multiple veterinarians on staff, have large manufacturing facilities, and ship all across the USA.
So what gently cooked dog food brands are on the market today?
What do we know about these brands?
Brands are listed in alphabetical order. The composition of diets was calculated based on guaranteed analysis (with an Ash value of 1% if not listed) unless calculated/analysis values were provided by the company.
All Provide lightly cooked dog food uses human-grade ingredients to create balanced diets for dogs without synthetic supplements or additives. All Provide dog food offers three different gently cooked diets for dogs – chicken, turkey, and beef. Each recipe contains a single protein, and all are formulated for “all life stages” meaning they are complete…Keep reading
Chi Dog Food offers five different gently cooked diets for dogs based off Chinese food therapy. Dr. Susan Bohrer and Dr. Berg partnered to found Chi Dog in order to provide pet parents access to all the benefits of the nutritional therapy of Eastern Medicine. Each recipe is geared towards a particular dog’s element, seeking…Keep reading
Evermore dog food offers four different gently cooked diets for dogs, two of these recipes are grain-free and two are grain-inclusive. All recipes contain one source of meat and eggs. The Evermore dog food recipes that are grain-free are very low in carbohydrates, high in fat, and high in protein (less than 10% carbs, greater…Keep reading
The Farmer’s Dog was founded in 2014 after the founder discovered how beneficial fresh food diets were for helping his own dog Jada with her gastrointestinal issues. But the operation started small – with long-nights in the kitchen by the founders and hand-packed orders, since then the company has grown to employ over 100 people,…Keep reading
Founded in 2006, freshpet is one of the largest gently cooked dog food brands on the market, with over 20 different recipes of different compositions, and with different ingredients – including novel proteins, and single-protein recipes. Freshpet can be found in most large retailers – from Walmart to Petco, even local grocers, making it the…Keep reading
JustFoodForDogs was first founded in 2010 after the founder saw a need in the pet food industry for better regulation and transparency within the industry. After over a decade within the pet food space, JustFoodForDogs has accomplished many “firsts” for the fresh pet food space – doing the first AAFCO feeding trials on a gently…Keep reading
Kabo was founded in 2019 when two twin brothers, Vino and VJ’s dog named Kabo, fell ill to stomach cancer. Like every dog parent, they began searching for answers, realizing that many of her health issues could’ve been mitigated through diet and exercise. Since then Kabo has worked with a team of nutritionists and specialists…Keep reading
My Perfect Pet Dog Food was created right after the 2006/2007 melamine pet food recalls where the founder’s dog passed away due to a lack of quality control within the dog food industry. Shaken to the core, they created Pet Plate in order to offer pet parents a fresh, whole food option for our dogs.…Keep reading
Nom Nom is a relatively new pet food company founded in 2015, and since then they have carved out a space as one of the most popular fresh food options. Nom Nom has a passion for seeking to provide the best nutrition for dogs by combining restaurant grade ingredients and partnering with board certified veterinary…Keep reading
Ollie Dog Food offers six different gently cooked diets for dogs, all recipes are grain-free and are single protein recipes (chicken, beef, lamb, and turkey). Recipes have been formulated to be complete and balanced for both adult dogs and puppies – including giant breed puppies. The composition of the recipes by Ollie are highly variable…Keep reading
Open Farm offers a range of product options from gently cooked and raw to kibble and freeze dried. Founded in 2014, Open Farm is a relatively new pet food company that has carved out a space within the industry by focusing on ethically and humanely raised meats, transparency, and environmentally conscious. Each ingredient can be…Keep reading
Pet plate is a relatively new company in the pet industry, founded in 2016, it has since become a well-known brand within the fresh pet food space. PetPlate has placed a priority on the science of nutrition and has consulted with Dr. Renee Streeter (DVM, DACVN, Veterinary Nutritionist) to formulate and consult with the creation…Keep reading
PURE is a fresh dog food company that was founded out of the need for providing a highly digestible and nutritious food for dogs. Each recipe is hand-crafted in a commercial kitchen using the same ingredients as found in Los Angles local restaurants, frozen, and shipped directly to your door. Pure Dog Food offers five…Keep reading
Raised Right Dog Food offers both puppy and adult single-protein, low carbohydrate dog food recipes – beef, turkey, chicken, and pork. All recipes are high in protein and fat, and restricted in carbohydrates (greater than 40% protein and fat, less than 10% carbohydrates on a caloric basis). Company prides itself at sourcing only whole food…Keep reading
Founded in 2018 Spot & Tango is relatively new to the fresh dog food space, however they have carved out a niche in the fact that they have both a dry “unkibble” and fresh food option. Perfect for those who need to switch between diets for travel, camping or convenience. The quality and care of…Keep reading
Smallbatch dog food partners with local farmers and ranchers within the USA to bring quality ingredients, with USDA certified meats and organic produce whenever possible. Though the company was founded in 2005, their lightly cooked line was only recently added in 2020, previously they focused on raw food nutrition with a focus on the use…Keep reading