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Fresh vs. Frozen: Our Honest Review Of Two Popular Dog Food Options

As a pet parent, I only want the best for my dogs. I spend time ensuring they get enough exercise and mental stimulation. I invest in trainers to make sure they are happy, calm, and well-regulated. I even make sure that their beds and winter sweaters are top quality (Their clothes are nicer than mine, to be honest). But what about what I was feeding them? 

After feeding them kibble for a few years, I wanted to know if there were other options that were healthier for them. I kept seeing ads for fresh pet food brands tailored to your dog’s needs and, I’ll admit, I was intrigued. These brands promised the world - more energy, healthier coat, better digestion - so I decided to try a few of them out, despite the hefty price tag. But when they arrived, they were just frozen packs of food that I was supposed to throw in the freezer. So much for “fresh.”

Now, I’ll gladly indulge in a frozen pizza every now and then, but if that’s what I was eating everyday I would definitely not be very healthy. While the frozen dog food options were a bit more nutritious than frozen pizza, I still didn’t love the idea of feeding that to my dogs everyday. I may as well stick with the kibble and save tons of money, I thought.

But then I came across ChefPaw. This first-of-its-kind dog food maker allows you to feed your dog fresh, healthy food quickly and easily. This countertop cooker takes up just 9”x12” and is so simple to use. You just add whole ingredients to the ChefPaw, turn it on, and in 40 minutes, you’ve got 6 pounds of fresh food for your dog ready to go! This certainly sounded like a better option than kibble and the frozen delivery services.

“But how will I know what to make and ensure I’m including all the nutrients my dogs need?” you might be asking yourself. I had the same question. That’s where the ChefPaw app comes in. The free app offers preset recipes, nutrition analysis, and a recipe generator to pair with the all-in-one unit that weighs, mixes, and cooks your dog’s food for you. The app will even automatically customize the recipes for your dog’s needs once you upload their profile into the app! It sounded too good to be true. 

Now, theChefPaw isn’t cheap - at first, that is. The unit costs around $649 - which honestly wasn’t much more than a month of the “fresh” delivery services for my two large dogs. I was willing to spend more than I had been on kibble but I was a bit concerned that it would become cost prohibitive when the ongoing food costs were taken into consideration. But there’s a price calculator on the ChefPaw website that allows you to compare the cost of your current food with what you’ll spend with ChefPaw. Much to my surprise, by using ChefPaw, I would actually save hundreds of dollars each year even when compared with the kibble I was buying! I was shocked. Better nutrition at a lower price? I was sold. So I ordered a ChefPaw of my own and waited impatiently for it to arrive.

To make my first batch of food with ChefPaw, I just tossed in the ingredients and turned the machine on. Forty minutes later, I had 6 pounds of food that my pups were salivating over. Plus, in the app you can create separate profiles for each of your dogs to store their favorite recipes and notes on their unique dietary needs! I could tell that this Beef and Rice recipe would be stored as a favorite right away.

I’ve been using ChefPaw for 3 months now and I see a huge difference in my dogs’ digestion and energy levels. Their poops are much healthier, their coats are softer and shinier. The fact that I’m actually saving money by feeding her so well is incredible. If you have a dog (or dogs) who have been eating kibble and you’re ready for a healthier alternative, get ChefPaw. You won’t be disappointed, and your dogs will be even happier than they already are!


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