Spot & Tango Dog Food Review

April 24, 2020

We received a sample for this Spot & Tango dog food review. This post contains affiliate links and we may be compensated if you make a purchase. All opinions are our own.

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Spot & Tango Dog Food Review

Do you know what’s in your dog’s food? We had no real idea until we read the ingredient label on the back of our “premium” dog food.  We were shocked by the sheer number of ingredients, 39 to be exact.  We thought we were feeding our dog food that was good for her, but after experiencing Spot & Tango we were wrong.  (Sorry Daisy!)   Spot & Tango creates personalized meal plans for dogs, based on their dietary needs, makes them fresh every week using locally sourced ingredients with no additives, and ships them directly to your door.  We reviewed Spot & Tango and share our experience below.

Quality and Safety

Spot & Tango’s customized dog meals are formulated by a team of leading vets and ACVN Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.  Recipes include a minimal number of ingredients and contain only real, fresh, human-grade foods like lean meats, high-quality carbohydrates, fresh fruits and veggies. All ingredients are locally sourced from farms and suppliers in the US, are all-natural, and human-grade.  You won’t find any artificial additives, preservatives, fillers, or antibiotics, and meals are also free of soy, gluten, and wheat.  Best of all, every product from Spot & Tango has a “clean label” with the ingredient list on the front of the package, so you know exactly what’s in your dog’s bowl.

Fresh and UnKibble

With Spot & Tango you now have two choices for your pup, Fresh and UnKibble, both are 100% fresh and made with human-grade ingredients with nothing artificial.  For this review, we tried the Fresh meals.

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Spot & Tango Fresh Dog Food

  • 100% human-grade fresh ingredients
  • Cooked in small batches
  • Soft texture
  • Pre-portioned packs
  • Store in fridge and freezer
  • 3 flavors (beef, turkey, and lamb)

 

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Spot & Tango UnKibble™ Dog Food

  • 100% human-grade fresh ingredients
  • Made with unique Fresh Dry™ process
    • Fresh, whole food ingredients are combined, then chilled so that the water can be extracted in a unique low-pressure environment. This creates a minimally processed, shelf-stable food with only human-grade ingredients and no artificial additives or fillers.
  • Crunchy texture
  • Customized serving scoop
  • Store in pantry
  • 3 flavors (chicken, duck, and beef)

 

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Price

Food for a 30 lb healthy adult dog Spot & Tango starts at $2.93/day for UnKibble and $5.27/day for full Fresh meals. The fresh meal “topper plan”, which is a half portion, is $2.85/day. The price is calculated based on each pet’s breed, age, weight, activity level, unique health goals, and the recipe(s) selected.  Delivery is always free and if you are not happy with your 2-week trial period you can get a full refund.

Spot & Tango Review: Ordering Process

To get started with Spot & Tango Fresh and UnKibble you must first answer a couple questions about your pet so that Spot & Tango can tailor your pet’s food to their individual needs. We list the steps below for the Fresh food.

Step 1 – Get Started

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Step 2 – Your Name and Email

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Step 3 – Dog’s Name

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Step 4 – Location

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Step 5 – Gender

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Step 6 – Spayed/Neutered

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Step 7 – Breed

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Step 8 – Age

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Step 9 – Body Type

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Step 10 – Activity

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Step 11 – Health Conditions

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Step 12 – Recipe Selections (costs are included)

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Final Steps:

Next, you can select full or “topper” portions.  The topper portion is essentially half of the full portion and is intended to supplement your current dog food.  Then fill in your name and shipping information. You will end up on a page that lists your meal plan and total cost for 2 weeks minus any discounts (you can find a special offer on the Spot & Tango Meal Finds page and below).  You simply enter in your payment details and submit your order.

Coupon:

Save 20% off your first order of Spot & Tango with this coupon link

Spot & Tango Review: Our Order

Our Daisy is an 8 1/2-year-old female St. Berdoodle (St. Bernard Poodle mix) that is at an ideal weight of 100lbs and has been on a higher-end kibble her whole life. For our Spot & Tango review, we selected the fresh Lamb & Brown Rice for our girl. We liked the high protein and fiber percentage in this recipe and Daisy’s kibble has been a lamb mix, so we thought for this Spot & Tango dog food review it made sense.  Check out the ingredients below.  They sound more like a fancy rice bowl than dog food!

Ingredients include: lamb, brown rice, spinach, carrots, peas, blueberries, eggs, parsley, apple cider vinegar, safflower oil, vegetable stock, vitamins and minerals (calcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, magnesium, kelp, potassium, vitamin E, zinc, iron, manganese, vitamin D3, copper, selenium, folic acid, iodine, vitamin B12)

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We would love to try out Spot & Tango’s UnKibble next as it has a lower price point with all of the healthy, fresh ingredients that are good for our pup.  With a 100lb dog, the Fresh recipes are too expensive for us to continue with long-term.

Spot & Tango Review: Unboxing

When your order arrives open and unpack the box. You should put 2 packs in the fridge to defrost and the rest in the freezer.  Want to know what your Spot & Tango box will look like when it arrives? Watch the unboxing video below.

Packaging

Spot & Tango comes in two boxes with a green foam layer to keep food cold and safe during transit.  Both the inner and outer box can be curbside recycled.  The green foam is 100% biodegradable corn starch and can be dissolved in your sink. (What?  Why doesn’t every company that ships cold items use this?)

Storage

You can store your meals in the freezer for up to 6 months and in the fridge for up to 4 days.  Spot & Tango recommends putting all meals in the freezer except 2 or 3 when your order arrives.  We moved meals from the freezer to the fridge 1-2 days before we needed them to give them a chance to thaw. If you forget, no worries, just put the frozen packs in warm water or the microwave on 50% power for 2 min to thaw before serving.  For our Daisy, the meals took up a large portion of our freezer and this may be an issue for some.  We recommend that you plan ahead and be sure that you have ample space in your freezer prior to ordering.

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What to Expect

Spot & Tango says you should expect:

  • Starting Out:  More excitement around mealtime; loose or runny stool is normal and will resolve itself through the transition period
  • First 7 Days:  Fresher breath and higher energy levels; stool should be firmer and less frequent
  • First 30 Days:  Improved energy, shinier coat, better digestion, weight loss, and/or allergy relief

Spot & Tango Review: Getting Started

Week 1 – Transition Week

Daisy has been on a kibble diet so Week 1 meals, breakfast and dinner, included a portion of Spot & Tango and a portion of kibble.  Transitioning is very important as dogs have sensitive stomachs and new food should always be introduced slowly to avoid issues.  Spot & Tango recommends feeding your pup 25% of Spot & Tango on Days 1 and 2, 50% on days 3 through 5, 75% on days 6 and 7, and then 100% moving forward.  They even give you a super cute package clip for you to use during this time.

Daisy loved her Spot & Tango and couldn’t wait to gobble it down!  She ate her kibble too, of course, but always ate her Spot & Tango first.  During this first week, we noticed more excitement during mealtime and didn’t find that Daisy had any issues with runny stool during this transition.  One thing we noticed is that you have to cut open the packages with scissors.  It would be great if there was a tear or if you could peel open the package to make it even easier to feed your pup.

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Week 2 – 100% Spot & Tango

During Daisy’s second week eating Spot & Tango she was clearly getting used to her new dog food and showed no signs of missing her kibble.  We didn’t see a noticeable increase in energy, but her stool was becoming harder making it easier to pick up. Yay!

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Bottom Line

Spot & Tango dog food is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, that your pup is sure to enjoy. The personalized meals give your pup exactly what they need and nothing they don’t and the pre-portioned packages make mealtime simple.  Head on over to the Spot & Tango site to sign up today.  Your pups will thank you!

Enjoy!

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