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Our Food

What ingredients do you use, and what do you mean by "human grade"?

Our ingredients are thoughtfully sourced from local farms and human food suppliers in the US. We use only fresh, whole-food ingredients that meet USDA standards for human consumption. This means we never use feed-grade ingredients, meat meals, or anything artificial, ensuring your dog is getting only the highest quality, safest nutrients available. We believe in a minimal ingredient diet, which is why we put our ingredients on the FRONT of our packaging. We're not trying to hide anything or play tricks with paragraphs of ingredients. Everything we put in our food has a purpose for nourishing your pup. Read more about our simple, minimal ingredient recipes, here.

How are your recipes formulated? Do they meet AAFCO standards?

Our recipes were formulated by an industry leading veterinary nutritionist and evaluated by a team of veterinarians. Our recipes are complete and balanced for all life stages according to the nutritional levels established by AAFCO.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) publishes a comprehensive set of questions to ask when selecting a dog food. If you would like to delve a bit deeper, read Spot & Tango's answers, here.

Where and how are Spot & Tango’s original Fresh recipes made?

Our company started in our founder's kitchen, where he and his wife made home-cooked meals for their dogs. Those original recipes were perfected with the expertise of vets and veterinary nutritionists. Today, we're still preparing those original family recipes with the same love and commitment to quality (just in a bit larger of a kitchen!). Our Fresh recipes are prepared in a USDA / FDA inspected kitchen in New York. Each human-grade ingredient is gently cooked at a low temperature and in small batches to maximize nutrient bioavailability. Ingredients are cooked separately, mixed together, and then flash-frozen to lock in freshness just days before arriving at your door.

What is UnKibble?TM Where and how are Spot & Tango’s UnKibbleTM recipes made?

UnKibbleTM is a dry food for dogs that offers a crunchy texture and ‘scoopable’ convenience that many pet parents are accustomed to with kibbles. However, the similarities end there – full stop! Our UnKibbleTM recipes are prepared in a state-of-the-art facility in Wisconsin. A blend of USDA protein, starch, and fresh fruits and veggies is gently pasteurized at a low temperature through our Fresh DryTM process. This original Fresh DryTM technique retains the natural vitamins and minerals, colors, and aromas of each farm fresh ingredient. Unlike kibbles, which are extruded using high pressure and high heat, UnKibbleTM is gently dehydrated at a low temperature – bringing you the texture and convenience of a dry food for dogs without cutting any corners on ingredient integrity or taste!

Why is UnKibbleTM less expensive than Fresh?

Because UnKibbleTM is shelf-stable, we can store and transport it safely without the added costs of freezers, refrigerated trucks, dry ice, and protective insulated boxes. By passing those cost savings on to you, we're able to offer a lower priced product without making any compromises on ingredient integrity or quality!

Your Dog's Needs

Why should I feed Spot & Tango over another diet alternative?

Dogs can survive on commercial pet foods (just as we can get by eating junk food every day!). But, they live longer, healthier lives when nourished with real, fresh ingredients – just like us!

The truth is, most commercial pet foods are filled with cheap and potentially harmful ingredients like rendered meat “meals” or powdered meats. Oftentimes, these meats (which can contain roadkill, expired meat, and even euthanized pets!) would never be accepted for human food production. Even so-called "clean" kibbles that exclude meat meals are extruded at such high temperatures that the natural flavor and nutrients of the ingredients are destroyed. They then rely on synthetic vitamins, minerals, colors and spray-on flavors to mimic the smell and taste of real food.

Discouraged by these realities and the alarming rise in pet allergies, obesity, and cancer, we created a common sense alternative. Whether you opt for our Fresh or UnKibbleTM recipes, Spot & Tango always excludes the junk you'll commonly find in pet foods. It's made from only whole ingredients you'd eat yourself. Our meals are prepared with love, using gentle cooking methods to preserve nutrients and palatability.

Spot & Tango is enjoyed by all kinds of dogs from seniors, picky eaters, and sensitive stomachs to vibrant puppies! We've seen the powerful health benefits of feeding pets a fresh ingredient diet first-hand. Many of our customers notice boosted energy, shinier coat, healthier skin, smaller stools, and brighter eyes. That's why we're on a mission to make high quality dog food radically convenient for busy pet parents, like you. Check out what our customers have to say.

How do you know how much food my dog needs?

We worked closely with vets and veterinary nutritionists to develop our proprietary recommendation algorithm. We use a tailored approach to calculate your dog’s caloric needs – taking into account age, weight, activity level, breed, and any sensitivities. Take our quiz to see your dog's personalized plan. In your trial box, we'll provide detailed instructions for how much to feed your dog. Say goodbye to confusing feeding guidelines and guesswork! We make it easy with pre-portioned packs for our original Fresh recipes, and a customized portioning scoop for our UnKibbleTM recipes.

Every pet is unique, so please keep an eye on your dog's weight level & progress. Our knowledgeable team is always here to help adjust your dog's portions or delivery schedule as needed.

Should I be feeding Fresh or UnKibbleTM?

It's up to you! We offer two incredible choices that are both made from 100% fresh, human-grade ingredients. Our Fresh recipes are gently cooked and have a soft, wet texture. They come in pre-portioned, sealed packs for easy, stackable storage in your freezer. Our Fresh recipes are great for any dog, especially picky eaters, or senior dogs with brittle teeth. Our UnKibbleTM recipes are made with our unique Fresh DryTM process to have a crunchy texture. They come with a customized serving scoop, and can be stored in the pantry. Our UnKibbleTM meals are great for those who prefer to scoop and serve, have limited freezer space, or have a dog that prefers a crunchy texture. If you're having trouble deciding which one is right for your pup, our team is here to help – but you really can't go wrong!

I have a picky eater. What if my dog doesn't like the food?

If your dog doesn't love our food, we give you your money back - simple as that. If you would like a refund on your trial order, it must be requested before the end of your trial (i.e., by 5pm EST the day before your subscription renews).

Do I need to consult my vet to feed Spot & Tango?

Please do! While consulting with your vet is not required to switch dog foods, they will have your dog's full medical history and best understand their unique needs. Your vet will be comforted that Spot & Tango is nutritionally-balanced and formulated by a veterinary nutritionist. We don't currently offer prescription diets, but we're happy to work with you and your vet to see if Spot & Tango is the right fit.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) publishes a comprehensive set of questions to ask when selecting a dog food. If you or your vet would like to delve a bit deeper, read Spot & Tango's answers, here.

Why can't I just make dog food at home?

Many well-intentioned dog owners cook for their pups, and we're excited when people understand the benefits of a fresh food diet for dogs. That said, research has shown that over 95% of home-cooked dog food recipes do not meet the nutritional requirements for healthy dogs. Too few (or too many!) nutrients can result in serious complications. That's why Spot & Tango's recipes were formulated by veterinarians and animal nutritionists – so that you can sleep easy, knowing your pup is getting exactly what they need.

Your Subscription

How much does this cost?

UnKibbleTM plans start at $7/week, and Fresh plans start at $15/week. However, exact cost will depend on a variety of factors including age, weight, activity level, and more. To receive an accurate quote, please tell us a bit more about your pup by filling out our short quiz!.

How do shipments work? Where do you ship?

We currently offer free 2-day shipping to the 48 contiguous states via Fedex Ground. We ship meals on a recurring, but flexible basis to ensure you never run out of food or have too much! With Spot & Tango, plans are customized to meet your dog's needs and are conveniently portioned with you in mind. Our Fresh meals come in easy-serve pre-portioned packs, and our UnKibbleTM meals include a customized serving scoop – no more measuring or guesswork at mealtime!

You'll have the ability to adjust deliveries at any time on our customer portal. We'll also send you a reminder email 3 days in advance of upcoming shipments, and a confirmation email with tracking information once an order processes – no surprises here!

How should I store my dog's food?

Fresh: Please place meals in the freezer immediately upon receipt. Meals can be defrosted in the refrigerator overnight or in warm water just prior to serving. You can feed directly from the fridge (but if your dog is a picky eater, they'll go crazy for the aroma of a heated meal!). Our sealed packs can be stored in the freezer for up to 6-months. Once meals are defrosted, we recommend consuming within 4 days.

UnKibbleTM: Please store bags in a cool, dark place (like a pantry). Sealed bags can be stored for up to 12-months. However, we do not use any preservatives, so once a bag is opened, we recommend consuming within 3-4 weeks.

How can I manage my subscription or cancel my account?

When it comes to managing your subscription, you're in control! You can adjust portions, rush or delay a shipment, change recipes, and modify shipping or billing information any time online. You may cancel or pause your subscription online in the customer portal or by emailing info@spotandtango.com or texting (718) 514-6292. Each dog's meals are made-to-order, so all cancellation requests must be submitted by 5:00pm EST on the day before your order is scheduled to process. Any orders after this time cannot be canceled or modified. For further info, please see Spot & Tango’s Terms of Use.

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