My Pet Plate Review: My Experience Will Surprise You

Filed in Dog Health by on October 24, 2020

Text stating 'My Pet Plate Review' with unopened containerAre you thinking of signing up for Pet Plate? Then, read this Pet Plate review because I am about to share the good AND the bad.

Hi, I’m Todd and run this blog. I’m the proud owner of two adult dogs: a Maltese (age 12) and a Toy Poodle (age 13). Today I’d like to share my thoughts and opinions on Pet Plate and what I really think about this product and why to consider their dog food delivery service. They’re one of my 9 best choices for fresh dog food.

If you’re thinking of signing up for Pet Plate, continue reading because I’m about to share my experience with their service.

Just so you know, I may collect a small commission if you sign up, but I only recommend products I find trustworthy.

Why I chose Pet Plate?

As someone who inherited my dogs through my wife, I previously thought all dog food was the same. In fact, I didn’t even know there was dry and wet food or even what the word kibble meant.

I’ve always been into nutrition and healthy eating and soon learned that dogs are affected by what they eat just like us humans. As someone who wants to give my dogs the healthiest and best life possible, I was interested in what type of dog food diets are available. I found a number of studies on the health benefits of fresh dog food, which I mention later in this blog post.

However, I don’t have the time to cook fresh dog food due to my job and my personal life (nor the cooking skills). While researching fresh dog food, I discovered Pet Plate’s meal delivery service through their online ads. I signed up with my own funds using their first-time customer coupon.

Limited-time Deal: Get 60% off your first box of meals and a free bag of treats

What Is Pet Plate?

Essentially, Pet Plate is a meal delivery service that provides real food cooked fresh for your dog.

They create personalized and nutritious meals that are delivered to your door.

In my opinion, it’s for owners with discretionary income who want to provide very nutritious food to their pets, but don’t have the time to prepare fresh food on their own.

Here are some things I really liked about Pet Plate:

  • All-Natural Ingredients
  • Developed by a Vet Nutritionist
  • Meals Cooked in a USDA Facility
  • Personalized Food For The Needs of Your Pup
  • Four Different Recipes to Pick and Choose
  • Meals in Resealable Containers
  • Flexible Subscription Plans
  • 100% Guarantee

Here are some things I didn’t like:

  • No sample-sizes of their meals
  • The food may not agree with dogs who have sensitive stomachs.
  • The actual meals do not look as appetizing as the photos on their website.

Founder, Renaldo Webb, who worked as a pet food consultant, developed Pet Plate after he grew to dislike what he saw in commercial dog food.

After seeing the inferior ingredients and processes to mass-market dog food, he began searching for a healthy alternative for his own dog.

As a result, Pet Plate was born.

My Surprising Results

Unopened Pet Plate Box upon deliveryI initially ordered Pet Plate for my toy poodle and chose all 4 of their meals to try out.

Pet Plate recommended 320 calories per day under their Full Meal Plan.

My cost came out to $4.02 per day (less with a coupon), which consisted of 21 x 8 oz containers every 3 weeks for $84.48 a box.

However, after speaking with customer service, they were able to offer a combined plan for both of my dogs.

Note: there is also an option to “Add more pups” where you can place another individual order and receive a discount on multiple dogs (15%).

However, I was told by customer service that the combined plans are typically more cost-effective long term and they usually help save storage space.

Under this combined plan, my total cost came out to $3.16 per day for each dog and I received 14 x 16 oz containers every two weeks for $88.65 a box.

Keep in mind that you will need to contact them for the combined plan option.

Pet Plate has your pup slowly transition into their meal plans by starting with a small amount and increasing over time.

As expected, both my dogs loved the meals, plus I warmed up each meal to bring out the flavors.

BUT to be perfectly honest with my readers, I did have one problem: my Maltese who has a sensitive stomach was getting loose stools even at the minimum starting level.

Granted, stomach issues are common when switching to a new dog food.

Spoiler Alert: In the end, I chose not to continue with Pet Plate’s full meal plan due to my Maltese’s stomach issues. I was able to use the remaining food as a topper. However, I still stand behind their product based on the excellent reviews by owners, plus their 100% money back guarantee.

In fact, many customers have noticed health benefits with Pet Plate, including less allergies, shinier coat, better digestion and increased appetite for their dogs.

To persuade you to still consider Pet Plate, here are some great results from real people found on Twitter and Instagram:

Positive Comment on Twitter Regarding Pet Plate

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Here’s my food journey story: I was never too keen on kibble. My mom bought several different brands and though I liked one better than the others I never willingly gobbled it up. I also refused to eat out of a bowl, so my mom poured my kibble directly on the ground for me, leaving kibble everywhere. Then she signed me up for @petplate and everything changed! I not only ate out of a (paper) bowl but I licked my plate clean for the very first time in my life! You can even see all the kibble I haven’t touched strewn about. I can not thank you enough, Pet Plate! . . . . #petplate #freshdogfood #freshfoodfordogs #freshdietfordogs #dogfreshfood #dogfood #dogfooddelivery #papillonsofinstagram #papillonpuppies #papillonlove #papillons #papillonstagram #papillon #papillondog #papillonpuppy #puppyfood #freshpuppyfood

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Another positive comment on Twitter on PetPlate

Here is a summary of a post that I am currently getting permission to use on my website:

  • On Instagram, a person reported that her dog gained healthy weight and that there was a big difference in its fur.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does This Cost?

Pet Plate’s full meal plans cost as low as $2.50/day, but your cost will depend on your dog’s age, activity, weight and more.

For example, for a 95 pound dog, their plan costs on average $12.85-$13.48 per day.

For a 14 pound, spayed female who receives typical daily exercise, the plan is around $4/day, although it is less with an initial order discount.

To find out the exact amount, you can fill out a pup profile on their site.

If you select the topper-only portion, the rate is approximately $2.50/day, but you receive less food.

Limited-time Deal: Get 60% off your first box of meals and a free bag of treats

What Is The Sign-up Process?

Pet Plate will recommend a meal plan for your dog depending on the information that you provide during sign-up.

Here are the steps to sign-up:

1. Provide details on your dog

You will provide the following:

  • Their name
  • Boy or girl
  • Whether spayed or not
  • Breed
  • Birth date
  • Actual weight
  • Ideal weight
  • How active your dog is
  • Waistline (very thin, underweight, etc.)

2. Choose your meals

Bowl of Chompin’ Chicken by Pet PlatePet Plate lets you choose some or all of the following meals:

  • Barkin’ Beef: Barkin’ Beef is made mostly of ground beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beef liver, carrots, apples, green peas, pumpkin, and a variety of healthy fats.
  • Lip Lickin’ Lamb: Great for dogs with protein sensitivities, or who have itchy skin or dull coats. The recipe is derived mainly from ground lamb, sweet potatoes, quinoa, lamb liver, apples, broccoli, and salmon oil.
  • Tail Waggin’ Turkey: Suited for dogs who love Thanksgiving food but without the calories. This turkey-based meal is made mainly of ground turkey, brown rice, turkey liver, carrots, apples, pumpkin, and salmon oil.
  • Chompin’ Chicken: Perfect for pups with sensitive tummies or dogs needing to lose weight. Chicken lovers will delight in the main ingredients which include ground chicken, sweet potatoes, chicken liver, broccoli, butternut squash, apples, and healthy fats. 

You can change these selections later on depending on how your dog likes each one.

Meals that you can choose with Pet Plate

3. Pick meal plan

On this screen, you select either the Full Meal Plan or Topper Plan.

While the Full Meal Plan is meant to be a full meal replacement, the Topper Plan is meant to be mixed with their current food.

Pet Plate recommends how many calories to feed your dog, along with the estimated cost per day.

Choice between meal plans for Pet Plate for the full meal plan or topper plan

4. Checkout screen

Here you will provide shipping and payment details.

The subscription will automatically renew unless you cancel.

How Is It Delivered?

Opened box of Pet Plate with meal containers in dry iceFrozen Pet Plate meals are delivered to your door in pre-portioned, recyclable, containers containing dry ice.

Meals are always fresh and delivery is free to all 48 contiguous U.S. states.

The food stays fresh for 5 days in the refrigerator and 12 months when stored in the freezer.

The full meal plan is 28 meals and shipped every 2 weeks (2 meals per day).

If you go with the meal topper plan you will receive 28 meals every four weeks.

Consumers can easily skip, pause, and cancel their meal deliveries via the Pet Plate website at any time.

With freshly cooked meals that are customized and delivered to your front door, Pet Plate certainly is convenient.

Does They Offer A Guarantee?

They offer a 100% guarantee that your dog will love Pet Plate or you will receive a refund.

This offer is good on your first delivery of meals – which is enough to determine if your dog loves the meals.

Does This Have Proven Benefits?

benefits of fresh dog foodManufacturers are beginning to add natural ingredients to their dog food recipes. Some people wonder how fresh dog food became so popular.

In the past, owners were actually discouraged from feeding real food to their dogs. They began to turn to dry dog food – mainly out of convenience and cheap manufacturing costs.

However, this heat-based process destroys a large amount of beneficial nutrients and requires re-fortification of nutrients.

Owners later were made aware of the benefits of fresh, nutritious meals for their dog’s health.


A well-regarded Purdue University study found that by simply adding fresh vegetables to kibble, dogs were healthier and much less likely to develop bladder cancer (source).  

Another study found that fresh dog food had a higher digestibility and also led to lower blood triglyceride levels .

We already know that fresh food prevents certain diseases in humans, so I believe it is only a matter of time before more studies reveal these same benefits for dogs.

As far as how much benefit, that is to be determined. 

My Verdict

Pet Plate offers a high-quality and individualized meal delivery service that will save you time. While every dog’s experience will be different, Pet Plate may really benefit the health of your pup.

As explained, Pet Plate didn’t agree with my Maltese’s stomach (although it was fine for my toy poodle). However, other dog owners have seen good benefits such as increased digestion, a shinier coat, better appetite, and fewer allergies.

Keep in mind that Pet Plate offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. As a result, if you are on the fence, their guarantee may help push you over the edge and sign up. If you have the extra funds for Pet Plate, I highly recommend it. As always, speak to your vet before feeding anything new to your dog.

Well, I hoped you enjoyed my Pet Plate review. Feel free to comment below with any questions or concerns.

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  1. Susan Rodgers says:

    I am considering changing from Farmer’s to another fresh food.
    My pup is allergic to all proteins, except turkey, lamb, fish. I am not sure how to see all that is in your food . Peas are not an option for a carb. Due to being allergic to peas.

  2. Gina says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering what you feed your maltese with the sensitive stomach. Our maltipoo also has a very sensitive stomach and had been fine on petplate up until recently she suddenly is reacting to it. Trying to find healthy options for her that she can tolerate if you’d be willing to share 🙂 Thanks!

    • Todd says:

      We’ve fed her Wellness Complete for Small Breeds for a long time. She was slowly introduced it to avoid issues.

    • Mary says:

      I am having a similar problem, something changed and my dog is have large stools, and loose stools. They have changed something, the potatoes are larger. Very frustrating. Cannot get a response.

  3. Bruce E. Adams says:

    I started feeding my 8 year old Lhasa Apso rescue Pet Plate about 4 months ago. I was feeding him the best nutritionally balanced diet I could buy. It was dry food. I decided to make the change and the results have been amazing. Obie has gastric issues. He belches regularly. This has almost disappeared. His coat has gotten shinier. He seems to have more energy, too. My favorite part is watching him lick his stainless bowl clean. He spends an extra couple of minutes at each meal to make sure none of the flavor gets left behind and actually gets the bowl rotating in the holder. I always know when he is finished. Thank y’all much. Keep up the wonderful work for our buddies that can teach us so much about unconditional love. God Bless.

  4. Jackie Luchetti says:

    My dog isn’t crazy about the turkey or chicken.

  5. Christine Slemmer says:

    I am currently feeding My Ollie as a topper. My Boston has allergy issues, allergic to chicken, beef, fish and green beans along with other things. The product does has salmon oil, betting it is not a lot but wondering.

    • Todd says:

      I would contact the company directly. Yes, I do show salmon oil in all of their meals besides the chicken one and that one has green beans. I will be creating some more articles over the next month on additional fresh food delivery companies, so I can let you know if I find something more suitable.

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