Open Farm review: Is this ethically sourced dog food worth it?

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Laura Duerr
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The pumpkin in Open Farm Grass-fed Beef Rustic Stew supports dog digestive systems and muscle health by providing potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Open Farm Beef Rustic Stew dog food review

Have you ever wondered what exactly is in your dog’s food, even after looking at the ingredients? It can be challenging to find quality ingredients and balanced nutrition when sifting through the many dog food options available. Figuring out the origins of those ingredients can be even trickier.

Open Farm was founded by pet owners who wanted natural, nutritious dog food made with ethically sourced ingredients that are good for pets, as well as manufacturing transparency that’s reassuring to owners. Open Farm Grass-fed Beef Rustic Stew claims to offer the best possible traceable ingredients in a premium recipe that provides balanced nutrition and delicious flavor.

We wanted to see if Open Farm wet dog food was a healthy addition to our dog’s diet, so we incorporated it into their meals. Here’s what we learned.

How we tested Open Farm dog food

We fed our dog Open Farm Grass-fed Beef Rustic Stew both as a topper for their usual dry food and as a standalone meal over a period of two weeks. Open Farm dog food replaced our dog’s usual refrigerated fresh dog food. We followed Open Farm’s recommended steps to transition our dog onto a new food, which involved replacing 25% of the original pet food with Open Farm wet food, gradually increasing the ratio over 7 to 10 days.

What’s in Open Farm dog food?

Open Farm beef wet dog food contains humanely raised, grass-fed antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free beef. Extra nutritional benefit comes from locally sourced non-GMO pumpkin, carrots, chickpeas and more. It even includes superfoods like turmeric and coconut oil.

Open Farm dog food formulas contain low glycemic complex carbohydrates like garbanzo beans, lentils and sweet potatoes instead of grains, rice or potato. All ingredients in Open Farm dog food are human-food-grade. It’s formulated to meet AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult dog health.

Who makes Open Farm dog food?

Jacqueline Prehogan co-founded Open Farm with her husband and brother-in-law to create pet food that was nutritious, high-quality and made with sustainability and transparency in mind. Open Farm pet food is formulated in Toronto with a team of animal nutritionists and food manufacturing experts. Ingredients are sourced from audited sustainable and ethical farms. Fruit and vegetable ingredients are sourced in-state or from a state neighboring their Minnesota manufacturing facility.

Did our dog approve of Open Farm dog food? 

Our dog gobbled up their Open Farm wet food and would have happily eaten a second serving. Whether it was used as a meal topper or a balanced wet food meal, our dog was an immediate fan. Using Open Farm dog food as a meal topper helped the packs last longer while still providing its nutritional benefits. Changing our dog over to Open Farm dog food caused no upset stomach, digestive side effects or undesirable behavioral issues.

Open Farm dog food cost

Open Farm wet dog food costs $47.99 for twelve 12.5-ounce packs. Dogs should be fed one pack per twelve pounds of body weight daily. By subscribing to regular deliveries ranging from weekly to every 8 weeks, consumers can save 5%.

Where to buy Open Farm dog food

Open Farm dog food is exclusively available from Open Farm. Several other varieties of wet, freeze-dried and dry dog food are also available, as well as senior dog and puppy formulas. Open Farm also makes multiple varieties of cat food.

Open Farm dog food pros

Unlike some limited-ingredient or high-quality wet dog foods, Open Farm is shelf-stable, so it does not need to be kept refrigerated. Each individual carton of Open Farm dog food says where its ingredients came from, so you can be confident in exactly what you’re feeding your pet. It contains no artificial colors or preservatives, and the protein comes from animal sources. Open Farm dog foods work on rotational diets, so you can add variety to your dog’s diet without worrying about upsetting their stomachs. The packaging is resealable and recyclable for easy portioning and storage.

Open Farm dog food cons

Our dog loved Open Farm wet food — but our dog tends to love all wet food. The high-quality ingredients make this food a pricey option. Some pet owners found it made their dog gassy. It’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet. Some dogs adjust to new food more easily than others, even when following the instructions to transition to a new food.

Is Open Farm food worth it? 

For dog owners who want the best possible food for their pet — without the hassle of having to make it themselves — Open Farm wet dog food offers optimum nutrition and tasty flavors. Plus, its ethically sourced ingredients and production transparency provide peace of mind to owners while the carefully formulated food provides satisfaction to pets.

 

Laura Duerr is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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