How My Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare Transformed How I Feed My Dog

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A few years ago, my friend welcomed an amazing new friend into her life: Jenny, a super sweet, absolutely adorable Pit mix who brought light and happiness into everyone’s life! Everyone loved this sweet pup, and my own beagle Jax, got along so well with Jenny that we even joked about holding a little doggie wedding.

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So I was almost as devastated as my friend when Jenny succumbed to illness brought on by contaminated kibble last year. While it was later recalled, it was too late for Jenny. She was so healthy, an active 5-year-old dog with puppy energy, and there was no reason to think she didn’t have a long, healthy future. My friend is still devastated, even a year later.

Naturally, Jenny’s sudden death really freaked me out. Could it happen to Jax? I genuinely didn’t know that so many of the household kibble brands could be so unhealthy — after all, they are formulated for dogs. I was truly disgusted to learn that many kibble brands are made in part from expired grocery store meat, gross scraps, and could even contain styrofoam, plastic, or rotting animal carcasses! I would never eat any of that — why would I give that to my best four-footed friend?

In a scramble, I called my vet for advice on how to transition Jax to a kibble-free diet. I wondered aloud if I should just cook his food myself. That way, I would know exactly what Jax was eating. The vet told me that I had good intentions in trying to make my own meals for Jax, but she warned me that I’d likely miss the proper nutritional balance, and it would take so long to prepare that I would just give up and turn back to kibble anyway. She pointed me to Spot And Tango’s dog food delivery service, which develops formulas dogs need to thrive.

Spot And Tango’s food is free of the many common kibble ingredients that can pose long-term harm to dogs (gluten, wheat, corn, soy, preservatives, and growth hormones, to name more than a few). It’s developed by veterinary nutritionists who know the proper ratios of protein, fiber, and fat best for Jax’s health. Behind the science is safety: All the turkey, lamb, and beef that Spot And Tango uses is USDA certified. I want Jax to eat the same quality food I eat, and Spot And Tango achieves that for me.

Spot And Tango offers convenient, regular delivery right to my door. Jax’s feeding plan was customized based on his unique profile including breed, weight, activity level, and age. This means convenient, no-hassle feeding for me and always-fresh meals for Jax.  Every two weeks, Spot And Tango sends me a box of vacuum-sealed, pre-portioned meals. Each one stays super fresh without the use of dangerous preservatives, and I can even freeze an extra meal or two (if there are ever any leftovers). If there’s ever a time when I don’t need a delivery, I can just log into my account and pause with a simple click.

Most important of all was taste. What if Jax just didn’t like Spot And Tango food? I decided to make a slow introduction using Spot And Tango‘s trial option, which included 2 weeks worth of food. I chose the variety pack which included three different recipes: Turkey & Red Quinoa, Beef & Millet, and Lamb & Brown Rice. Jax loved them all! Spot And Tango shipped it for free with an option to receive a 100% refund if Jax and I weren’t satisfied. That never proved to be an issue, as Jax ate each one faster than any of the mediocre kibble I’d been feeding him for years.

I didn’t just prevent a kibble-related tragedy and a ton of heartbreak when I switched to Spot And Tango. I added tremendous quality to Jax’s life, and a new lease on life just by switching his diet to a people-worthy food, and Spot And Tango made it as convenient as could be. They might just be man’s best friend.

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23 thoughts on “How My Best Friend’s Worst Nightmare Transformed How I Feed My Dog

  • September 13, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    I had the same problem with my two Irish Setters and came to find out it was the dye in the food I was giving them which was Benefill if that’s how you spell it. I’m not sure if the food you feed your dog has a dye or not but it usually starts with the food. Could also just be allergies.

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    • January 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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      Benefull is one of the worst dog foods on the market.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    I wouldn’t feed my dog these grains

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  • March 12, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    My little Yorkie hates dogfood, when she does eat it, her skin turns red and she scratches pitifully. She’s almost 4 yrs and feeding her is an ongoing problem. Can you help and what’s the cost?

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    • March 24, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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      He has an allergy to an ingredient in the kibble. Ok, I know this is going to be weird for you, but I feed my 2 Dobermans raw predator/prey diet (a wolf diet basically). You adjust it to your dog. These are the rules: 80% muscle, 10% organs, 5% bone, and an absolute requirement of 5% liver. This goes into each dinner. You base it on body weight, taking those percentages and applying them. This gives better dental health due to bones, the coat shines and shedding decreases, the dog gains more healthy muscle mass, gets down to the breed’s weight standard, and overall is healthier with more energy. This will be cheap since you have a Yorkie. There are many sites you can go to for raw food parts, but finding local is much better!

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      • May 5, 2019 at 12:12 am
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        What about vitamins and minerals?

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    • May 6, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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      My Maltese is also a very finicky eater…please let me know if you find a solution!

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    • September 13, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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      I had the same problem with my two Irish Setters and came to find out it was the dye in the food I was giving them which was Benefill if that’s how you spell it. I’m not sure if the food you feed your dog has a dye or not but it usually starts with the food. Could also just be allergies.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    I have 4 little chichulahs they are over weight do you have food to help them lose weight

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    • December 14, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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      I am pretty sure that they will ask you how much your dog weighs and their ideal weight.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    My choc lab has stopped eating dog food. She was previously on Blue Buffalo. I don’t know what to do. This has been going on months and I have been feeding her chicken and beef. She usually has to be hand fed. She is almost 10. What am 8 doing wrong or is something wrong with her? At wits end. It makes feeding her a core, so hard.

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    • March 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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      You should probably vet your dog and rule out medical then seek nutritionist vet because you cant just feed meat you must incorporate vitamins minerals veggies etc… good luck

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    • May 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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      Hope your lab is still doing ok. I would suggest getting bloodwork done. Check kidney levels.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    My schnauzer is 12 yrs.old and has been a diabetic for nearly 3 yrs. I give him veterinary diets food from the vet. It is pretty expensive but anyway anything to try to keep him as healthy under the circumstances. Does your com make food especially for diabetic dogs thank you

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  • February 13, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    My dog has allergies and she’s also allergic to beef I feed her salmon food but lately she’s been scratching a lot I don’t know what it could be i check her but don’t see anything on her skin!

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    • March 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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      Try and give her an over the counter allergy meds I do this for my bulldog who has severe allergies

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      • April 10, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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        Where do you get them Michelle? How do you know the proper amount? I’ve been looking for help for over a year, nothing works. My poor little Yorkie has 2 huge bald spots, lots of scratching and biting.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 4:52 am
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    Do you make it for cats?

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  • January 24, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    What is the best for my new puppy? She’s a Chihuahua dash hound mix

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  • December 29, 2018 at 10:39 am
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    Question? I know of some dogs 🐶 that are Vegetarian or Vegan; so do you make some things for them to by chance?

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    • April 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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      doggos are not vegetarian…they are carnivores in nature

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