Fully customizable meal, made to order, and personalized nutrition designed just for your pup. Whether you want convenient packaging, something special, or a therapeutic diet, Custom Meals are for you.
If you'd like to have a custom diet developed for your pup, in the instructions, request the questionnaire be sent to you so we can assess, as nutritionists, the dietary needs of your dog then design a unique formulation. Any recent lab work, vet consults, and your input all help us construct meals your dog will love and flourish on. We can integrate therapeutic herbs (being trained herbalists) into the diet, use a traditional Chinese approach, work hand-in-hand with your vet, and more. We build what's needed for your pup. We also package your meals in the perfect size pouch to the correct portion size.
Our meals use the proteins most suited to your dog's needs. However, we always use high-end human-grade ingredients from known trustworthy sources. They range from USDA Select beef, lamb, pork, venison, rabbit, duck, wild-caught Alaska salmon, organ meat like kidney, beef heart, liver, and even other exotic meats if required. Our base fruit and vegetable ingredients are all organic, which can include blueberries, kale, pomegranate, coconut oil, squash, and raw organic honey. The amount and type of proteins and plant-matter vary depending on nutritional goals, the season, and availability to ensure the freshest, best ingredients.
Raw is the healthiest choice, but it’s not always the best solution in every case. There are a number of reasons why raw may not work. If your OBGYN advised against it (pregnancy), have immune-compromised animals, or maybe feeding raw is just a bridge too far for you at this point, here's your option.
We use the same human-grade formulation from our raw meals with our gently cooked meals. Think medium-rare without the sear. The texture is firmer. We carefully heat the ingredients just to the point that it kills 99.9% of the bacteria, but at a low enough temperature to not damage heat-sensitive nutrients. The meals are cooked in resealable, vacuum-sealed BPA-free bags to lock in the flavor and nutrients.
Nutritionally rich. Highly digestible. Delicious. Convenient.
More detail on the Custom Meal options:
FF Designs and creates diet: this means we do an in-depth analysis, creating a background on your pet’s health to design a diet best suited for the pup starting with sending you a detailed questionnaire.
FF Designs a formula around my choices: we will design at least a minimally complete meal (a meal that meets the minimum guidelines for the major AAFCO components) based on the choices you select. We may add ingredients to accomplish this. Make sure to add any ingredient restrictions to the Instruction field. If there are issues designing the meal, we will contact you.
I’ll create my own formula: you select what you want in the food and we’ll make it as you describe. If we see an issue we'll contact you.
Make it like Only Dog: use the Only Dog formula with the changes you select. This selection means we’ll base what you select off of our standard formula —we'll make the changes you want and we’ll do the rest to make a complete meal. Select the temperature (raw or cooked), the protein, and any special instructions in the Instruction field eg no kale.
Regular: our normal grind size
Fine: this makes the food close to a pate. As an alternative, we can do a double grind which is somewhere between our regular grind and the fine grind. Select Fine grind and then add 'double grind' in the Instruction field.
Chunky: we use a large grinding plate, with holes about 1” in size. It’s chunky, approximately 60% are large chunks. We usually grind the organs at the regular grind then mix with the meat chunks. Having a whole heart in the food isn’t what most people want. Proteins with bone cannot be made chunky (large bone chunks can puncture the packaging and create a choking hazard).
Regular with Chunks: this is what most people select. It’s the best of both worlds. About 20% are chunks, 80% regular grind.
Bites are hand-cut into bite-sized pieces and can be somewhat customized to be larger for larger animals (the bite size for an 8lb cat is different than a 20lb dog). Request different sizes in the Instruction section. Bites are not complete meals, a single protein for all 5lbs (no mixing multiple proteins), and are meant as a topper or additive to a complete meal.
Daily Portion Size: the number you put here, 4oz to 80oz, is how we will portion your 5lbs. 4oz will mean you get (20) 4oz packages. 10oz would mean you'll receive (8) 10oz packages.
Additional Information, Instructions, or Requests: This is the catch-all. If you don't want an ingredient, say, e.g., kale, 'remove kale' can be put in this field. Other instructions can be added here too, like don't use eggshell calcium carbonate but instead use lab created calcium carbonate. Or any other instruction or clarity you'd like to share so we make the perfect meal for your pup. This includes items not listed eg special cuts of meat or herbals -- we will bill you for any add'l cost.
Multiple proteins selected in a single 5lb batch: we will blend the proteins together with approximately equal portions of each protein. Three proteins are the max. If you select chunky with the batch, but one of the proteins has bone but others don't, we'll do a regular grind for the protein with bone and chunky for the non-bone proteins.
More on shipping: www.fetchingfoods.com/shipping-a-necessary-evil/
Why human grade food is important: http://www.fetchingfoods.com/human-grade-food-why/
Why dogs need plants in their diet: http://www.fetchingfoods.com/why-dogs-need-plants-in-their-diet/