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The Pets Table Review & Personal Experience

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Last Updated: June 26, 2024 | 7 min read | Leave a Comment

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The food crafters behind Hello Fresh, the popular human meal delivery service, jumped on the canine food train in late summer of 2023. Their goal? To offer fresh-frozen and air-dried human-grade dog chow that’s customized to your pup’s nutritional needs. After a short time on the market, The Pets Table is already getting a lot of buzz within the industry and among pup parents.

How does it compare to similar, well-established brands? And how much is The Pets Table? I’ll give you a nutrional analysis, recipe details, company information, and my personal experience with my dog tester to help you decide if The Pets Table is worth considering.

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The Pets Table Reviews

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Product Name: The Pets Table

Summary

I recommend The Pets Table if you prefer grain-free fresh food or want the option of air-dried food. They offer good subscription options; however, the pricing is a bit higher than some competitors. They get overall excellent customer reviews, but one downside is the inability to change delivery frequencies. 

Our team rates dog food based on several factors, including variety, nutritional value, pricing, customer feedback, customer support, and more.

Overall Score

4

Pros

  • 4 subscription options to fit your budget
  • Whole-food ingredients with no preservatives or fillers
  • Human-grade fresh meals (beef, chicken & turkey) and premium air-dried food (beef & chicken)
  • All recipes are free of wheat, soy, and corn
  • Can pause, skip, or cancel subscription anytime
  • 30-day money-back guarantee off your trial box
  • Made in the USA
  • Boxes and liners are recyclable

Cons

  • No grain-inclusive fresh options
  • Can’t change your delivery frequency
  • No information on their site about ingredient sourcing

Key Features

The Pets Table food and box.
  • All meals formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for all life stages, including the growth of large-size dogs (70 lbs. or more as an adult)
  • Customized portions based on your pup’s age, weight, ideal weight, and activity level
  • Board-certified veterinarian nutritionist on staff
  • Fresh food is made with human-grade ingredients in an FDA-monitored facility
  • Several subscription options for fresh and air-dried food
  • Get a $40 credit when you refer a friend and they sign up
  • The Pets Table is a brand of the well-established HelloFresh Group

The Pets Table Dog Food Reviews

I’ll break down this premium brand’s ingredients and nutritional analysis so you know the health benefits for your furry friend.

Fresh Food

The Pets Table lay flat fresh food.
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The Pets Table crafts its fresh-frozen food from whole-food ingredients. It qualifies as human-grade dog food because it uses human-grade ingredients and manufactures its food in FDA-monitored kitchens. As you can see, it contains no fillers or questionable ingredients. Salmon oil is a fantastic source of omega fatty acids to aid in skin, coat, and joint health. Yeast culture can improve digestion and boost the immune system.

I also like the “superfood” veggies and fruits and the inclusion of organ meats in the chicken and beef recipes. When compared to other popular fresh food brands, like The Farmer’s Dog and Ollie, The Pets Table’s recipes are higher in protein, fat, and calories and lower in fiber.

RecipeIngredientsCrude Protein (min)Crude Fat (min)Crude Fiber (max)kcal/12oz. pack
ChickenChicken, Chickpeas, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Spinach, Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Vitamins & Minerals,* Yeast Culture12%8.5%1%496
BeefBeef, Chickpeas, Eggs, Green Beans, Blueberries, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Beef Liver, Spinach, Sunflower Oil, Salmon Oil, Salt, Vitamins & Minerals,* Yeast Culture13%10%0.75%533
TurkeyTurkey, Chickpeas, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Carrots, Spinach, Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Vitamins & Minerals,* Yeast Culture11%8.5%1%461
*Vitamin E Supplement, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium Yeast, Potassium Iodide, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate

Air-Dried Dog Food

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The Pets Table air-dried dog food also features whole-food ingredients but isn’t considered human-grade. However, it’s minimally processed with low heat to preserve nutrients and flavor. Breaking down these air-dried recipes, they contain such beneficial ingredients as antioxidant-rich veggies and fruits and fish oil and flaxseed (for skin, coat, and joint health).

Bovine plasma is a highly digestible and nutritious protein source, and dried chicory root is a natural prebiotic that aids in digestion. Choline chloride sounds like a bad chemical, but it actually provides healthy support for fat metabolism, liver function, and nervous system function. Tricalcium phosphate is a natural mineral that’s a good source of calcium and phosphorus.

Each recipe does include a dairy product so this air-dried food may not be ideal for dogs with allergies. Also, although vegetable glycerin isn’t harmful to dogs, it has no nutritional value so it could be considered a filler. Compared to Sunday For Dogs, a similar air-dried brand, The Pets Table has lower protein and calories, so it’s a better option if your pup is prone to weight gain.

RecipeIngredientsCrude Protein (min)Crude Fat (min)Crude Fiber (max)kcal/cup
Chicken Chicken, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Fish Oil, Bovine Plasma, Whole Oats, Pearled Barley, Ground Flaxseed, Blueberries, Cranberries, Spinach, Dried Skim Milk Powder, Choline Chloride, Yeast Extract, Dried Chicory Root, Mixed Tocopherols, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vitamins & Minerals,* Rosemary Extract26%22.5%3%466
BeefBeef, Eggs, Carrots, Dried Apples, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Bovine Plasma, Fish Oil, Blueberries, Cranberries, Ground Flaxseed, Beef Liver, Chickpeas, Dried Skim Milk Powder, Spinach, Choline Chloride, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Dried Chicory Root, Mixed Tocopherols, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vitamins & Minerals,* Rosemary Extract25%25%2.5%494
* Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate

Treats

The Pups Table carries some treats that you can add to your regular delivery. They also offer both air-dried recipes as add-ons in a 48-oz sized bag.

  • Happy Bites Dog Treats: Air-dried chicken and sweet potato training treats that are only 3 calories each. These grain-free treats also feature blueberries and cranberries.
  • Snack Sticks Lamb Dog Treats: These dry treat sticks include lamb, barley flour, oat flour, and flax seed for a limited-ingredient, grain-inclusive option.

The Pets Table Cost

The Pets Table treats and nutritional info.

Prices are determined based on your dog’s daily calorie needs and the number of weeks’ worth of food we send you. According to their site, plans start as little as $1.38 per day. Each plan has a different price, but the recipes within each plan all cost the same. I recommend you get a quote so you’ll know exactly what the pricing is for your unique pup. Their profile quiz only takes a few minutes to complete, and you’re not required to make any commitment to see your quote.

  • Full Fresh starts at $2.84/day (5-lb dog)
  • Full Air-Dried starts at $1.78/day (5-lb dog)
  • Mixed Fresh & Air-Dried starts at $3.10/day (9-lb dog)
  • Half Fresh starts at around $2.30/day (9-lb dog)

Note: When I ran some random quotes to get a better idea of pricing, I found that the Mixed and Half Fresh plans weren’t available for dogs under 9 pounds.

The Pets Table lamb sticks and nutritional info.

My Personal Experience With The Pets Table

I received a two-week free trial of The Pets Table in exchange for an unbiased review. My little taste-tester, Tiny, has tried out many different fresh and air-dried brands, so he’s a pro at this. I’ll share my experience with you to give you an idea of how The Pets Table works and how Tiny and I rate it.

Getting Started

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I started out the process by completing The Pets Table’s online dog profile. It only took a few minutes. You include your pup’s age, breed, size (toy, small, medium, large), weight, activity level (inactive, active, highly active), and body condition (somewhat slim, just right, chunky). Unlike some other subscription services, The Pets Table doesn’t include any health conditions.

Choose Your Subscription

The Pets Table screenshot of quiz picking food type.

Once I completed the quiz, it was time to choose the subscription I wanted. I chose the mixed plan because I wanted Tiny to try out both the fresh and air-dried chow. I like that you have several options to fit this healthy dog food into your budget. For example, if you want to save some money, you can sign up for the half-fresh plan and add it to your pup’s less-expensive kibble.

Select Recipes

The Pets Table quiz pick recipe.

My next step was to select Tiny’s recipes. With the mixed plan, I had the option to choose one or two fresh recipes and one air-dried formula. I went with fresh and air-dried chicken and fresh turkey. I will note that many other fresh dog food subscription services have more recipes to choose from.

It’s a little disappointing that The Pups Table only has three — and that they’re all grain-free. The air-dried chicken recipe is the only grain-inclusive option. I prefer grain-inclusive food for Tiny, so that’s why I chose that formula as his air-dried pick.

To give you an idea of the cost, Tiny is an 11-year-old mixed breed who weighs 25 pounds, is fairly active, and is at an ideal weight. After my free trial, they gave me the option of having deliveries every 5 weeks for $33.60/week or every 3 weeks for $38.64/week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just a few questions pup owners often have when considering The Pets Table. Don’t see yours here? Ask us in our comments.

Has The Pets Table Been Recalled?

A pet food recall typically occurs when there’s a potential risk of contamination or another issue that causes the food to not meet quality standards. Recalls are issued either by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which governs pet food standards or voluntarily by the brand themselves. The Pets Table hasn’t had any food recalls to date, but it’s only been on the market since 2023.

Are You Supposed To Add Water To The Pets Table Air-Dried Food?

No. You don’t need to add water to this option. Their air-dried dog food retains enough moisture to make it palatable for your pup. It resembles a jerky-like texture that many dogs enjoy vs. hard kibble. It’s also more amendable than dehydrated dog food which can be super dry and crunchy.

How Long Does The Food Stay Fresh?

According to The Pets Table website:

  • Air-dried meals remain fresh for up to 6 months when stored in a dry and cool location and kept closed after opening.
  • Fresh meals are good for up to 6 months in the freezer and up to 7 days in the refrigerator. They also recommend defrosting meals in your refrigerator for at least 12 hours before serving them to your dog.

How Flexible Are Subscriptions?

The Pets Table is fairly flexible but not as much as similar delivery services. What can you change? Before each order is set for delivery, you can adjust your plan type, meal selections, billing, and shipping information. You can find the last day to make changes to your order listed on your account dashboard. You can also pause, skip, or cancel your subscription anytime before this deadline. What’s inflexible? Your delivery frequency.

Is The Pets Table Good For Dogs?

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I recommend The Pets Table if you prefer a largely grain-free premium diet for your fuzzy sidekick. However, if you want grain-inclusive food, their chicken air-dried recipe (either alone or coupled with their fresh food) is also a good option. Having researched and tested many other fresh and air-dried brands, The Pets Table doesn’t have a lot that makes this brand stand out among its competitors.

When it comes to pricing, The Pets Table’s fresh food is slightly higher than average compared to its major competitors, like The Farmers’s Dog and Nom Nom. If you want human-grade air-dried food, you may want to consider Sunday For Dogs.

If you’re still exploring other types of healthy dog food, be sure to read our reviews of the best dog food delivery services, including personalized fresh meals, all-natural kibble, and dehydrated dog food. You may also want to check out our article on the best dog foods for most diet types, ages, health issues, and more.

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