Why Human-Grade Safety Standards Matter for Fresh Dog Food

Your dog’s food should look like food—but appearance alone isn’t a true indicator of the health and safety standards it was made to. Here’s why we make our food to Human-Grade standards, and why it’s the key thing to look for in your dog’s food.

“An online pet food company that makes feeding real food to dogs really easy.”

“Researchers concluded that fresh diets do demonstrate a number of pet health benefits.”

“It is never deep frozen, and it never sits on a shelf. All you do is open the pack and pour.”

What’s So Great About “Human-Grade”?

The number of fresh pet food options available is growing (yay!), but many are still being made to pet food standards—meaning they can still be made with the same extreme processing and ingredients used in the cheapest kibble (boo!). 


We make all of our recipes to Human-Grade safety standards, the same strict safety standards the food that we humans eat is held to.


While some pet foods claim to use Human-Grade ingredients, they’ll typically still be harshly processed to pet food standards. We use Human-Grade ingredients AND cook them in strictly inspected Human-Grade kitchens. So you can be confident of the quality and safety of the final product going into your dog’s bowl.

What’s In Our Fresh, Human-Grade Dog Food

Meat

Green Vegetables

Whole muscle and organ meat make up the majority of all our recipes. Because our food is fresh, it can provide essential nutrients and hydration, while being high in protein, calorically dense, and more digestible than the highly processed “meal” powders and starchy fillers often used in kibble and canned food.

Including fresh vegetables in a dog’s diet can provide health-boosting antioxidants. We use only whole, healthy vegetables—not past-their-prime scraps rendered into unidentifiable pellets.

Real dog food may look really different to kibbles and canned options, but all of our recipes are formulated by board-certified veterinary nutritionists to be complete and balanced, made to Human-Grade standards, using mostly fresh, whole ingredients. Choose your dog’s preferred protein, from turkey, chicken, beef and more—and we’ll deliver it to your door, pre-portioned for their needs.

Fiber-Rich Foods

Supplemental Nutrients

Using fresh, whole vegetables also provides fiber, a key component of a dog’s diet—it helps maintain digestive health and a healthy gut, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and leaves your dog feeling full for longer.

To ensure our fresh recipes are nutritionally complete and balanced, we add high-quality supplemental nutrients, like fish oil. It’s Human-Grade, filled with Omega-3s, and really tasty!

Meat

Whole muscle and organ meat make up the majority of all our recipes. Because our food is fresh, it can provide essential nutrients and hydration, while being high in protein, calorically dense, and more digestible than the highly processed “meal” powders and starchy fillers often used in kibble and canned food.

Green Vegetables

Including fresh vegetables in a dog’s diet can provide health-boosting antioxidants. We use only whole, healthy vegetables—not past-their-prime scraps rendered into unidentifiable pellets.

Fiber-Rich Foods

Using fresh, whole vegetables also provides fiber, a key component of a dog’s diet—it helps maintain digestive health and a healthy gut, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and leaves your dog feeling full for longer.

Supplemental Nutrients

To ensure our fresh recipes are nutritionally complete and balanced, we add high-quality supplemental nutrients, like fish oil. It’s Human-Grade, filled with Omega-3s, and really tasty!

How Your Plan Works

Build Your Plan

Start Feeding Fresh

Watch Your Dog Thrive

Tell us a little about your dog in our fun questionnaire, and we’ll create a personalized fresh food plan to meet their unique needs.

We’ll cook and ship your first box, which’ll contain enough fresh food for you and your dog to get a taste of this healthy new habit.

Fresh boxes arrive automatically whenever you’re running low. Edit your plan anytime, and enjoy the lifelong benefits for your best friend.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the recipes and ingredients?

The Farmer’s Dog creates a variety of human-grade recipes that are simple in nature using different proteins and vegetables to account for dietary restrictions. 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.

Every recipe has clean USDA proteins, mixed with simple whole foods, and balanced with vitamins and minerals. That’s it. 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. All of our ingredients are human-grade and sourced from reputable food suppliers, local farms, and other human food purveyors that meet USDA standards.

You can find the specific ingredient lists for the meal plan we recommend on the “Your Plan” section of our meal plan questionnaire.

What does the Farmer's Dog cost?

Every dog is different, and your exact plan and price options will depend on your dog(s) and their food needs, factoring in age, weight, activity, recipe choice, and more. Plans start at about $2/day, and delivery options mostly range from 1 week to 3 months of food and include free shipping. Because we deliver the food right to your door, your dollars are going towards the highest quality ingredients, and not to the mark-ups of a big retail store.

To see your exact pricing options, simply fill out our our short questionnaire.

How do you determine my dogʼs portions?

We work closely with our vet nutritionists to figure out the optimal calorie needs for different combinations of breed, age, activity level, and sensitivities. Certain dogs can metabolize faster than others, so some plans may need further adjusting.

Is your food suitable for puppies?

Yes! We have recipe options suitable for every life stage, and we’ll recommend a plan that’s just right for your dog’s age – you can enter your dog’s exact age on our dog profile questionnaire.

Do I need to refrigerate the food?

Yes! Since our food is truly fresh and we donʼt use any preservatives, itʼs essential that you treat it like real food (because it is!). Keep the food at a safe temperature in a refrigerator or freezer. Your box will also include an easy guide on how to store and feed the food properly (it’s very simple!).

Do I need to cook the food?

No need, our food is pre-portioned and ready-to-serve! You can serve it directly from the fridge or add a touch of hot water if your dog prefers warm food.

How do shipments work? Do you ship nationwide?

We currently ship to the 48 contiguous states. With our meal plans, customers receive deliveries of freshly prepared food on a recurring and flexible basis. Plans are customized to fit your dog’s needs and come in convenient serving packs to make feeding easy. Your pup’s food arrives in refrigerated and environmentally friendly boxes that keep the food safe. We perfectly time deliveries to make sure you never run out of food and you will have the ability to adjust deliveries at any time online.

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