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Nom Nom Dog Food Review | Our Experience with the Fresh Dog Food Subscription Service

February 17, 2021 2 Comments

Nom Nom Dog Food Review | Our Experience with the Fresh Dog Food Subscription Service

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In 2019, Mike and I (Steph) came across Nom Nom fresh dog food. Now, it is a regular part of our dachshund Django's diet. It's impossible to resist feeding Django Nom Nom when he literally does a little dance every time we open a Nom Nom sleeve and pour it into his dinner bowl.

Do we only feed Django Nom Nom? Nope. We like to feed Django a variety of high quality dog foods—Nom Nom being one of them. Django's most common meal is a mix of high-quality dry dog food with nutrition-dense, freshly made dog food (aka Nom Nom).

In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide an honest review and comprehensive overview of Nom Nom fresh dog food. All opinions are our own and based on our own personal experience feeding our sausage dog Django.

DJANGO PROMO CODE:
Use this link to take 50% off your first Nom Nom box. For full disclosure, the typical new customer Nom Nom discount is 20% off. Given DJANGO Dog Blog's reach and popularity, Nom Nom gave us the larger 50% off discount to share with our dog loving audience. We're not sure how long we'll be able to offer a 50% off Nom Nom promo code, but definitely enjoy it while it lasts :)

What is Nom Nom?

Nom Nom is a fresh dog food subscription delivery service that ships made-to-order meals straight to your door. It uses whole food ingredients that come from U.S. growers and suppliers. Its ingredients are also sustainably sourced. Each human-grade ingredient is gently cooked to preserve its nutrients.

A subscription service? Yes. When you order your first Nom Nom box, you are signing up for a monthly subscription. After your two-week trial, your subscription will automatically be renewed. Your credit card will be charged at 9:59 a.m. PT on the day of your "deadline to make changes.” If you do not want to sign up for a monthly subscription, simply cancel all future deliveries (more on this below) after placing your first Nom Nom order.

Nom Nom has four dog food recipes: Beef Mash, Chicken Cuisine, Pork Potluck, and Turkey Fare. They are prepared in small batches in USDA-regulated kitchen facilities in Nashville, Tennessee, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Each meal is pre-portioned using an algorithm developed by Dr. Justin Shmalberg, who is a practicing veterinarian and one of less than 100 board-certified veterinary nutritionists in the United States. It is boosted with the NomNomNutrient Mix that contains a custom mixture of vitamins, iron, iodine, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, choline, and taurine.

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WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS DOES NOM NOM OFFER?

In addition to fresh dog food, Nom Nom offers the following products:

  • Variety packs. The Variety Pack for Dogs has all four recipes in 150-gram bags and a free sample of beef and chicken jerky treats.
  • Dog Treats. Beef and chicken jerky treats are available. As of early 2021, dog treats are $13 for a 2 oz bag and $20 for a 4 oz bag.
  • Supplements. Full-spectrum and GI-targeted probiotics can boost or rebalance your dog’s gut and immune system. As of early 2021, a 30-day supply costs $40 and includes free shipping.
  • Gut health kit. Microbiome testing provides a comprehensive analysis of the different bacteria living in your dog’s gut. It can help you track his progress if you change his food or medicine. It can also help you understand his abnormally fluctuating weight or behavioral changes. As of this article's publication, it costs $90 and includes free shipping. Some pet insurance companies (e.g. Healthy Paws, PetFirst, and Trupanion) consider it a diagnostic test and will cover the costs.

Nom Nom Unboxing

DJANGO Dog Blog Nom Nom Dog Food Review | Our Experience with the Fresh Dog Food Subscription Service

Each Nom Nom box is shipped out and delivered within 1 to 2 business days. Given the highly perishable nature of the product, shipping is always extremely fast. We've never had a delay with one of our shipments. The inside flap of each box contains a feeding guide which explains how much Nom Nom your pet should be getting with each meal.

Nom Nom places dry ice within its packaging to keep the dog food sleeves frozen throughout transit. For full disclosure, there was one instance where we received a Nom Nom box and two dog food sleeves were thawed and room temperature upon arrival. Since all pre-portioned sleeves are supposed to arrive rock hard frozen, I did not want to feed them to Django. I immediately contacted Nom Nom customer service and they issued a partial refund for the problem. Did the instance bother me? No, because Nom Nom customer service was easy to reach, incredibly understanding, and ready to do whatever it took to correct the situation.

Mike and I have built DJANGO gear company to be environmentally philanthropic and are happy to report that all Nom Nom packaging is environmentally friendly and/or recyclable. Nom Nom's cardboard boxes are recyclable and reusable. Its brown liners are made from renewable plant-based components and paper, and its silver liners and hdpe#2 plastic meal bags are also both recyclable.

Recipes, Quality of Ingredients, and Nutritional Content

Nom Nom Fresh Dog Food Recipes

RECIPES AND GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

Nom Nom currently offers four dog food recipes: Beef Mash, Chicken Cuisine, Pork Potluck, and Turkey Fare. You can choose between a "Full Portion Plan" (i.e. your dog only eats Nom Nom) or a "Half Portion Plan". Nom Nom’s meals meet or exceed standards set by AAFCO's Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles. They are made with high-quality animal protein, whole vegetables and fruits, omega-3 rich oils and fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.

Here are the ingredient list and guaranteed analysis for each Nom Nom fresh dog food recipe:

BEEF MASH

Ingredients: Ground beef, russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, fish oil, natural flavor, sunflower oil, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 10% min, Crude Fat: 5% min, Crude Fiber: 1% max, Moisture: 73% max

CHICKEN CUISINE

Ingredients: Diced chicken, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, sunflower oil, canola oil, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, fish oil, natural flavor, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 8.5% min, Crude Fat: 6% min, Crude Fiber: 1% max, Moisture: 77% max

PORK POTLUCK

Ingredients: Ground pork, russet potatoes, green beans, squash, kale, brown mushrooms, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, fish oil, natural flavor, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 8% min, Crude Fat: 5% min, Crude Fiber: 2% max, Moisture: 75% max

TURKEY FARE

Ingredients: Ground turkey, brown rice, eggs, carrots, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, fish oil, natural flavor, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide. 

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 11% min, Crude Fat: 5% min, Crude Fiber: 1% max, Moisture: 70% max 

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QUALITY OF INGREDIENTS

All Nom Nom ingredients sourced are restaurant-quality and sustainably-sourced whole foods that come from U.S. growers and suppliers. Nom Nom examines every ingredient and rigorously tests it for safety and quality. Each ingredient is lightly cooked, which releases proteins and carbohydrates. Then it is mixed with precision in small batches.

Nom Nom also does not use organ meat because it has “vitamins and minerals that can be unpredictable.” Because Nom Nom never uses artificial preservatives, chemicals, or flavorings, keep 7 days worth of fresh dog food in the fridge and put the rest in the freezer. Nom Noms bags are vacuum sealed and will remain fresh for up to 6 months.

Has there ever been a Nom Nom recall?

As of February 2021, Nom Nom's fresh dog food has never been recalled.

How to order Nom Nom

It is very easy to order your first Nom Nom box. Here's how to do it:

  • Step 1: Visit Nom Nom’s website via this 50% off promo link so your discount is automatically applied at checkout. Click “50% off first order,” then select “Get Started.”
  • Step 2: Create your dog’s profile (name, breed, weight, age, body condition, and dietary restrictions).
  • Step 3: Pick your dog’s recipes: Beef Mash, Chicken Cuisine, Pork Potluck, or Turkey Fare. You can choose between a 'Full Portion' or 'Half Portion' plan. You also can automatically rotate between recipes each delivery at no additional charge. Weekly and biweekly customers can choose two different recipes to be delivered with each order. Monthly customers are eligible to receive four different recipes in each delivery. There is an additional $5 flat fee per order.
  • Step 4: You can also add another dog to your profile. With more than one dog, you automatically qualify for a multi-pet discount (approximately $10 per week).
  • Step 5: Then enter your name, email address, and shipping address. The Nom Nom trial box includes seven half-portion meals that should be mixed with your dog’s current kibble or raw food. If he is already eating fresh food, you can skip the transition meals by updating his profile.  

How much does Nom Nom cost?

Nom Nom’s cost depends on your dog's age, breed, and weight. We priced out five scenarios based on different sized dog breeds: a 6 lb Chihuahua, a 14 lb Dachshund, a 25 lb French bulldog, a 50 lb standard poodle, and a 110 lb Rottweiler. After your initial box (which will be 50% off with our coupon), here is what you can expect to pay by the day, week, month, and year:

PRICING ESTIMATES FOR DIFFERENT BREEDS (FEBRUARY 2021)

Since Nom Nom dog food pricing is largely dependent on dog breed and size, we including cost estimates for five different types of pups: Chihuahua, 6 lbs; Daschund, 14 lbs (what our little guy Django weighs); French Bulldog, 25 lbs; Poodle, 50 lbs, Rottweiler, 110 lbs. Each dog used for our pricing analysis is assumed to be 6 years old, in good shape (not underweight or overweight), and without health issues.

Nom Nom Dog Food Cost for Full Portion and Half Portion Subscriptions
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Nom Nom Cost Breakdown By Day, Week, Month, and Year

Full Portion


Half Portion

Breed*

Day

Weekly

Monthly

Yearly 

Day

Weekly

Monthly 

Yearly

Chihuahua (6 lbs)

$2.69

$18.79

$75.16

$901.92

$1.98

$13.84

$55.36

$664.32

Dachshund (14 lbs)

$3.96

$27.67

$110.68

$1,328.16

$2.93

$20.50

$82

$984

French bulldog (25 lbs)

$5.33

$37.28 

$149.12

$1,789.44

$3.35

$23.45 

$93.80

$1,125.60

Standard poodle (50 lbs)

$7.79

$54.53

$218.12

$2,617.44

$4.62

$32.33

$129.32

$1,551.84

Rottweiler (110 lbs)

$14.87

$104.15

$416.60

$4,999.20

$7.27

$50.83

$203.32

$2,439.84

Shipping is free across the 48 contiguous states. You can choose to have Nom Nom delivered every week, every 2 weeks, or every 4 weeks. You also can reschedule, change recipes, or cancel before the "order deadline" by going to the Plan page of your Nom Nom Account.

Go to Nom Nom’s website to calculate the cost of a meal plan for your dog.

HOW DO I CANCEL MY NOM NOM ACCOUNT?

To cancel your Nom Nom subscription, email care@nomnomnow.com or call 415-991-0669 (Mon-Fri: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. PT/Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. PT) within 10 days of the 30th day of feeding. Nom Nom will give you a full refund for your first 30 days of fresh dog food.

IS IT WORTH IT? ONE FINAL THOUGHT.

Mike and I have tried almost every fresh dog food subscription service. Nom Nom is one of our favorites. We will keep adding the beef, chicken, pork, and turkey recipes to Django's dinner bowl as long as he keeps drooling over them.

The downside of Nom Nom for us? The daily cost of feeding Django Nom Nom is greater than the cost of feeding him dry dog food. Nom Nom’s individually packaged meals are incredibly convenient – no scooping, measuring, or prep work required. They are made with whole cuts of meat, healthful whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and beneficial oils and nutrients. That demands a higher price than dry dog food that has a shelf life of 12 to 18 months.

If you want to save money, order half portions and mix them with a high quality, all-natural dog food. We do this with Django to significantly extend the lifespan of each Nom Nom box. The best part? Django is just happy to be getting fresh dog food in his dinner bowl

Have any questions about our experience with Nom Nom? Want to share your experience with Nom Nom or another fresh dog food subscription service? Please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

Additional Resources





2 Responses

DJANGO
DJANGO

April 15, 2021

@WENDY PETERSON It’s nice to hear from you! I agree that the selection of dry dog food options on the market is incredibly overwhelming. It’s difficult to know where to start. Since your standard poodle is only 10 weeks old, I would consult your breeder (if you haven’t already) and see what the breeder was feeding your puppy before you got her. You can also ask what the breeder feeds her adult standard poodles. Another great resource is your vet. You’re probably going to have a few standard vet visits coming up given the age of your puppy — this is a great time to ask about ideal nutrition for a puppy and adult standard poodle

Regarding high quality dry dog food, we put together a list of the top ranked dry dog foods on the market today. Below is the link (copy and paste it in a new browser bar). Hopefully this is a great resource for you. As you’ll see, we accounted for several factors when deciding what dry dog food to include in our rankings — quality of ingredients, nutritional content, customer reviews, and customer satisfaction over time.

DJANGO: THE BEST ORGANIC, ALL-NATURAL, AND GRAIN FREE DOG FOODS:
https://djangobrand.com/blogs/news/the-best-organic-all-natural-and-grain-free-dog-foods

We are currently feeding Django half dry dog food and half fresh dog food (Nom Nom, The Farmer’s Dog). Right now Django is eating Blue Buffalo’s Life Protection Formula. We’re also big fans of Organix. The small breed recipe we give Django is one of the few 100% USDA organic dry dog foods on the market. Django does well digestively with both of these dry dog foods.

We also do a few other toppers on occasion. We often boil plain organic chicken for Django. Occasionally we add half an organic egg to his bowl. Django’s obsessed with strawberries, so I sometimes chop up some tiny pieces and throw them on top of his breakfast or dinner bowl.

I hope this helps! Congrats on the new puppy :)

Wendy Peterson
Wendy Peterson

April 14, 2021

Hi, What high quality dry food do you feed your pups? It is overwhelming reading about them all. I have a 10 week old Standard poodle. She will end up around 40lbs. I would like to do both Luke you have been doing.
Thank you so much and I appreciate the information.
Wendy

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