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Is Spot and Tango worth it? Read on to find out.
If your furry friend has been eating grocery bought kibble or canned goods, maybe its time for you to consider fresh pet food which are refrigerated. Just like us, hoomans, our pooches need nutritious meals too! Stats point out that over half of canines over the age of 10 years old will develop some kind of cancer, with diet/intake often cited as the major contributor.
Heart, kidney, liver diseases are now widespread among pets too – and again, diet is the major contributing factor. Although fresh pet food is way more expensive than your typical kibble, choosing it is actually an investment as long as it:
- Has savory taste for your pup
- Grants your pet happiness & longevity
- Encourages correct weight, gives the right nutrients and caloric count
- Avoids allergies for those who are sensitive
- Is tailored according to your pet's needs
- Keeps your beloved fur-baby healthier thus no outstanding vet bills and gives him a higher quality of life
And if you and your beloved pet is looking for that fresh, tasty, healthy pet food delivery, look no further, try out Spot & Tango.
Spot & Tango is one of the new fresh pet food services that offers exciting meals which boasts of all natural ingredients and a personalized meal plan for your pet.
They claim their recipes benefit dogs in the following ways:
- Relieving allergies
- Improving digestion
- Supporting coat
- Managing weight
- Strengthening muscle
- Building immunity
- Reducing dander
- Alleviating arthritis
- Boosting energy
At a Glance
- $48/week & $51/week for personalized plans (price depends on the size of your dog – I have 2 dogs)
- Personalized meal plans according to your pet's age, weight & activity level
- Free shipping
- High quality, non GMO ingredients
- Meals are cooked weekly
- 100% human grade
- Locally sourced ingredient
- Recipes crafted by a Vet Nutritionist
- Super Tasty (according to my picky eaters)
- No measuring required (pre-portioned meals)
- Individually packed
Where is the Food Made?
Like with most fresh pet food companies out there, Spot & Tango is very careful in production of their products to ensure safety and quality.
This company is located in NYC, and their kitchens were inspected and approved by USDA/FDA.
All of their natural ingredients are cooked in small portions at low temperatures to lessen nutrient loss. Their facility operates in strict compliance with HACCP food safety protocols as well.
Furthermore, Spot & Tango employees are required to get the NYC Health Department's food handler's permit as the facility is inspected every week.
What Do They Offer?
As of this writing, Spot & Tango offers 3 dog food recipes, each with a different animal protein source as main ingredient.
You can choose between grain free or grain inclusive recipes, all made with just 12 ingredients with minerals & vitamins to ensure proper nutritional balance.
All recipes contains a blend of vegetables and fruits, such as peas, spinach, carrots, apples, and blueberries as natural key nutrient sources, hence minimizing the need for any synthetic supplements.
Spot & Tango Recalls
A dog food recall happens when there is an existing issue with a certain product, and it needs to be removed from production and store shelves immediately.
It can happen from something as simple as mislabeling, formulation issue, or as serious as contamination with pathogens.
Dog food recalls are so common with commercial pet foods since they are mass produced and ingredients are often outsourced.
Spot & Tango is very careful with their production and oversees their facilities every step of the way.
They prepare foods in small batches to ensure its quality. And to our knowledge, there has never been a recall on this product to date.
How to Order?
First go to their website and sign up. The process is fairly simple. After you provide your name, email, zip code and dog details, you can choose the meal plan you would like. They will also recommend which plan is best for your pet based on the details you have provided.
My Miniature Australian Shepherd Milo, who weighs 50 lbs, meal options ranged from $47.38 to $72.43, depending on which recipe I choose. I admit that math is not my strong suit, but I was able to do a quick calculation and determined that Spot & Tango determined my weekly cost based on 2 meals per day.
From the least expensive to the most expensive, the options are as follows: Turkey & Red Quinoa, Beef & Millet, and Lamb & Brown Rice. For review purposes, I picked 2 recipes: Beef and Turkey. Just to be clear, you can choose 1 recipe or all 3, all up to you.
After signing up, the company will contact you. Their communication skills is impressive. You will first get an email confirmation of your order, plus another email with your package tracking number when they are about to ship it and finally they will update you once your parcel had been delivered. Spot & Tango ships to all of the continental US ( Alaska and Hawaii excluded) via USPS, FedEx, and UPS.
It is crucial to note that Spot & Tango is a service based on subscription. It means that once you sign up with them, your credit card will be automatically be charged of the food you have chosen and it will be shipped to you once per month. You can pause or cancel your subscription just by emailing them. Reasons that you can use for the cancellation could be you will go on a trip, pet is ill and not eating, or simply you want to take a break.
The Arrival of Spot and Tango
My Spot & Tango pet food was delivered frozen in an environmental friendly packaging. My box came in safe and sound. The meals came vacuum sealed in a BPA-free pouches. For my 25 lbs dog, Sheba, one pouch is split between 2 meals.
The food from this company is completely fresh and no preservatives or whatsoever, so it must be stored in the refrigerator (up to 4 days) or freezer (up to 6 months). My parcel came in with storing instructions which I find very helpful.
It suggested that I should store all the food in the freezer and place 1 pouch in the refrigerator at night so it will be ready to be consumed the following day. Another thing that I like is how flat their pouches are. So convenient for storing purposes, simply stack them up.
Taste Testing with Sheba & Milo
When I opened their first pouch for meal time, my dogs looked up at me in a puzzled manner. The food looks wonderful, nothing like any canned food or kibble. You can really see the peas, quinoa, meat all chopped up and looking colorful.
Let me just emphasize that my bets are picky eaters, and I was expecting them to not eat this one. But lo and behold, they gobbled it all up, bowl licking good! The following day, they are actually wagging their tails as I took the pouch out from the fridge. No doubt, they are loving this already! Yay to healthier food choice!
It is advisable to change your pet's diet gradually, feeding 1/4 of the new food with 3/4 of old food for a few days then increase it to half-half and so on, until transition is finally completed. Personally, this step I skipped since my picky eaters are used to eat various foods, including human food as I cook food for them also from time to time.
And they are both doing fine and adjusting well, however if your pet is used to eat a certain type of food or a specific brand, it is wise to do transition slowly.
Without a doubt – this pet food is far from being cheap. However, if you are after your pet's health and the benefits he/she will get from fresh, unprocessed food but you don't have the time to cook it yourself then this may be for you. The price tag may be a bit steep but Spot & Tango doesn't skimp on anything. Their recipes are wonderful and made from GMO free, high quality ingredients. My dogs are fans already and their stomachs agree as well.
If the thought of spending too much on dog food has been bothering you, the company also offers a Topper Plan. For a way cheaper price you will get smaller portions of food to use as a “topper” on your pet's regular food. Just bear in mind that building a healthy system for your pet may be costly but it is a wise investment. Having a sick dog is way more expensive than any of the meal plans of Spot & Tango combined.
Say yes to a healthier pet today ‘coz I am glad I did!
Is spot and tango good for dogs?
Each recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for all life stages, which means it is appropriate to feed to both puppies and adult dogs. Spot & Tango food contains nothing artificial — no fillers, no additives, and no preservatives — so it arrives frozen.
What is fresh dog food?
As the name implies, fresh dog food is made fresh for your pooch, usually within a week of his dinnertime. This differs from most pre-packaged kibbles and canned varieties that are made months before they reach your pupper's bowl.
How much does spot and tango cost?
With the subscription to its meal service, Spot & Tango ships every 2, 4, 6, or 8-weeks depending on your dog's personalized plan. Customers are charged when meals are shipped, and prices range from $10 per week for toy-sized dogs to $90 per week for extra-large breeds.
Is spot and tango grain free?
Spot and Tango currently offers three dog food recipes, each featuring a unique source of real animal protein as the main ingredient. There are grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes available, all made with just 12 key ingredients and added vitamins and minerals to ensure nutritional balance.