Puppo Dog Food Review by Fellow Pet Parent
One of the biggest factors in ensuring your pup is healthy and happy is feeding them a nutritious and balanced diet.
But this can be a challenge if you have a picky eater or pup with food sensitivities. And as they age, their dietary requirements can change. Finding the best dog food isn’t always as simple as heading to the nearest pet supply store. Knowing what’s right for your dog can be complicated.
There are quite a few online dog food delivery companies catering to pet parents who want to feed their dog nutritious, high-quality food. But they probably don’t offer personalized dog food, like Puppo.
Puppo’s nutritionist-formulated, personalized kibble is more nutritional than the typical food found in pet supply stores, and they offer the simplest solution for dogs with food sensitivities, allergies, and any other health or wellness consideration.
Puppo delivers complete, balanced nutrition specifically designed for the unique dietary considerations and wellness goals of each pet. The company offers all natural, custom dog food with no artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives, as well as no meat by-products, corn, wheat, or soy.
Depending on your dog’s unique requirements (and preferences), there are countless ways to personalize their kibble. With a wide variety of ingredients to include (or omit) like beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, salmon, lentils, potatoes, brown rice, spinach, sweet potato, duck, and more, Puppo can create a delicious blend that your dog will love. Plus, their nutrition experts know how to combine the right foods, with the perfect amount of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and more to support your dog’s optimal health. This is essential to consider no matter your dogs age. Whether you’re buying for food for puppies, adult dogs, or senior, Puppo formulates the best dog food for their very specific dietary needs.
And it’s a no-brainer for pet parents. Based on answers to a quiz about their dog, Puppo is able to design dog-specific kibble.
I’ve reviewed 5 possible combinations (examples pulled from Puppo’s site) to give you a better idea of how Puppo approaches some of the common dietary needs of dogs, based on information pet parents provide about their own pet when ordering custom dog food from Puppo.
Of course, your pet’s unique formula would be tailor-made to meet their needs. And bonus, it will feature your dog’s cute photo and name on the bag!
Luna’s Secret Formula for High Protein
The amount of protein in your pet’s food is essential. If a pet’s protein needs aren’t met, they can’t maintain lean muscle and tend to be overweight. Sometimes overweight pets are not being fed too many calories, but rather the source of their calories is heavier in carbohydrates than protein. (Meat is the first ingredient in all of Puppo’s formulas.)
Depending on the age and activity level of your pet, protein needs will vary. Working dogs (i.e., hunting, herding, sled, search and rescue dogs, etc.) require more protein than a dog who doesn’t get much exercise. Pregnant and lactating animals also need a much higher level of protein to meet their bodies’ needs.
And too much or too little protein in a diet can cause problems over time. So the right balance is important.
Based on the information that Luna’s parent provided, Puppo created a grain-free (beef, potato, and spinach) kibble blend that provides a healthy amount of protein per day, plus omega fatty acids, calcium, and zinc for optimum health. Her custom dog food is targeted to build strong bones and support healthy digestion by eliminating grain—an ingredient probably known to upset Luna’s system.
Rupert’s Secret Formula for a Growing Body
Finding the right food for puppies is really important; their primary source of DHA is from their mother’s milk. It promotes the healthy development of their brain, eyes, and heart. DHA has also been found to support a healthy nervous system.
And omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of a healthy metabolism. However, they aren’t produced by the body, so they must be part of a healthy diet.
Ruppert’s parent let Puppo know that he is a growing pup, so his kibble formula has plenty of DHA, omega fatty acids, along with plenty of protein (turkey and duck) to support his healthy development.
These are just a few things to consider when buying food for puppies. Luckily, Puppo’s nutritionists will know what’s important to consider, which is a big relief to new pet parents trying to figure it all out.
Simon’s Secret Formula for Joint Support and Healthy Skin
Joint pain tends to be a common problem in dogs—especially for larger breeds and older pups. They begin to slow down and have trouble climbing stairs, standing up, and jumping.
One way to help support healthy joints is through a diet rich in omega-3. It can reduce some joint stiffness, inflammation, and tenderness, as well as promote joint lubrication.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for pet health. In addition to supporting healthy joints, they can help pets with issues like flea allergy dermatitis, auto-immune issues, to name a few other conditions.
Simon’s personalized dog food is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin to support healthy joints. It also includes omega-6 fatty acids and zinc to promote healthy skin.
Zinc plays a critical role in the maintenance of a healthy coat and skin. A deficiency may show up in a variety of ways including, a dull coat, and crusty areas around the mouth, eyes, and ears.
Boo Secret’s Formula for Weight Loss, Healthy Skin, and Digestion
Animals can’t make essential nutrients, like linoleic acid on their own and must get from their food.
Dogs that don’t get enough linoleic acid can develop a number of health problems like poor skin and dull coat, abnormal growth, and weakened immune systems.
Boo’s kibble formula ensures that he gets the right amount of linoleic acid (and zinc)—both are important for healthy skin.
Plus, it includes sweet potatoes, which are great for digestive health because they’re high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat—an excellent choice for managing Boo’s weight.
Sadie’s Secret Formula for Healthy Digestion
Finding the best dog food for sensitivities is challenging. That’s a big reason personalized dog food is ideal in promoting healthy nutrition for these pups.
Some dogs are allergic or intolerant to certain foods, or even both. They can cause not only digestive problems like vomiting and diarrhea, but also skin issues, and even behavioral issues. So, it’s critical to know exactly what ingredients are in the food your dog is eating.
For pups like Sadie, a restricted diet may be required. Often, if a dog is sensitive to one food then, they will likely have sensitivities to a few.
Sadie’s custom dog food was formulated to support healthy digestion by cutting out grain (which she reacts to) and adding lentils.
Lentils are a great source of iron and a plant-based protein. They are also low-calorie and have a high-fiber content that helps dogs feel fuller.
For dogs with diabetes, they are an excellent choice for keeping blood levels from spiking too sharply after a meal.
How Does Puppo Create the Right Blend for Your Dog?
There is a quick, user-friendly quiz to begin your order. Depending on details like your dog’s age, weight, activity levels, lifestyle, health concerns, wellness goals, food preferences and intolerances, Puppo will design the healthiest blend for them. And their quiz makes it a no-brainer for you. Puppo does all of the analyzing of your pet’s data to deliver the most nutritious custom dog food.
And because this profile stays on file, all future orders are automatically fulfilled (though no subscription is required). If your dog’s needs (or taste buds) change, their kibble formula can easily be adjusted. Plus, you can always chat with a team of pet nutrition experts about changes in your dog’s habits, taste preferences, and health to ensure your pup has the best dog food for every stage of their life.
What if Your Dog Doesn’t Like Their Special Puppo Blend
There’s no commitment or long-term subscription required in order to purchase Puppo’s personalized dog food. And if your dog doesn’t like their kibble, they offer a no-hassle return policy.
And Puppo provides expert nutrition advice with professionals on call who can help in making adjustments to kibble formulas.
The company is easy to get ahold of. They offer live chat with their nutrition experts. And they are active on Facebook and Instagram, fielding questions, concerns, and feedback. They also clearly list an email address on their website to reach their customer service.
How Much Does Puppo Kibble Cost?
Puppo makes recommended serving sizes based on the information you provide in the quiz. Because these serving sizes vary based on a dog’s size, lifestyle, and other variables, it’s tough to calculate precisely. But roughly speaking, a twenty-pound dog can dine for under $2 a day. Of course, bigger dogs will cost more.
Are Puppo’s Ingredients Really Healthy and Nutritious?
All Puppo recipes are FDA approved and formulated by their pet nutrition experts to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for life stages.
This is important to note because dog food manufacturers aren't required to get FDA approval before selling — they're only required to label their products properly, and labeling rules can vary by state. A nutritionally incomplete diet can result in serious nutrient deficiencies over time.
Why Choose Puppo Over the Other Dog Food Options on the Market?
Companies like NomNomNow and Farmer’s Dog offer fresh, high-quality ingredients, and deliver meals to your door. However, these aren’t meals tailor-made for your specific pet’s profile like Puppo’s personalized dog food. They don’t take into account the dietary needs of your dog. They are also significantly more expensive and require bulky refrigeration space.
Store bought food is, of course, another option, but it’s not tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs. It can be a crap shoot and time intensive to research the ingredients listed on the label. Puppo takes the guesswork out to ensure you get the healthiest option, and best dog food for your pup.
Quick Overview of Puppo’s Perks
- Puppo creates the healthiest blend for your dog’s specific needs.
- They formulate blends that can target issues—like sensitive digestion, skin issues, aging joints, weight concerns, and more.
- They deliver to your door, free of charge, every month.
- Their pet nutrition experts are always available to answer your questions and follow up after your first order to make sure your dog is adjusting to the new diet.
- There are loads of reviews from customers who rave about picky dogs loving their Puppo kibble and also their dog’s coat getting softer
- All Puppo recipes are FDA approved and meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
- With a wide variety of ingredients to include (or omit) like beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, salmon, lentils, potatoes, brown rice, spinach, sweet potato, duck, and more, Puppo can create a delicious blend that your dog will love.
- Puppo is made in North Carolina and sources its ingredients from farmers in the U.S.A., with the exception of a few ingredients, like lamb, sourced from farmers in New Zealand and Australia.
- Lastly, their customer service / nutritionist team gets high marks from consumers who get the impression that Puppo actually cares about their dog.
To Sum It Up
Not all dog food is created equal. With so many being nutritionally imbalanced, unsuitable for dogs with food sensitivities, or inconvenient to store, Puppo’s personalized dog food is ideal. It’s the best dog food option for anyone wanting to take the guesswork out of optimal nutrition for their dog.