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Best Fresh Dog Food Ireland 2024

Copper with one of his favourite Butternut Box recipes (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

Last Updated on July 11, 2024 by Kieran Beckles

Are you ready to make a change to your dog’s diet to benefit their health and wellbeing?

Finding the right dog food is an important part of dog ownership, especially if you have a fussy eater like my Alaskan Klee Kai Skye and Copper.

I’ve experienced firsthand the stress that comes with owning a dog who has a sensitive tummy but won’t eat their food.

Wham Bam Lamb recipe
Copper with one of his favourite Butternut Box recipes (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

The result is a lot of expensive trips to the vet or the emergency vet, depending on where you live in the Republic of Ireland.

Having lived in both England and Ireland, I’ve been able to feed some fresh dog food brands to my dogs and see what some of the popular options are.

Copper and Tails (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive into fresh dog food options available in Ireland, examining the pros and cons of the different brands.

(Cut to the chase: We recommend Butternut Box and you can save 50% on your first box and 50% on your second box by clicking here).

Butternut Box

Our Butternut Box delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)
Our Butternut Box delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

My top pick for fellow Irish dog owners would be Butternut Box. They’re a brand I first encountered at my lowest point in 2019.

Skye was having regular issues with her tummy, and I couldn’t get her to eat her dry food. I’d find a kibble brand, but she’d lose interest, and we’d have to pick a new option and start the transition process again.

How Butternut Box recipes fit neatly in your freezer drawer (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

I read about Butternut Box (who coincidentally have an Irish co-founder) and signed up. At the time, they had just three options on the menu. Copper and Skye loved their food, and within a few weeks, I could see the difference.

It was hardly surprising seeing as Butternut Box’s meals contain at least 60% meat and fresh fruit/vegetables. Their recipes are cooked at low temperatures to ensure the ingredients retain their nutritional integrity before being frozen and shipped to your door. It’s really convenient.

Prepping Butternut Box (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

At the time of writing, Butternut Box offers 10 different recipes, so they’re perfect for fussy eaters. There are a lot of different flavours to keep them excited at mealtime.

They’ve got an eco-friendly approach thanks to their environmentally-friendly deliveries and recyclable packaging (although the meal pouches aren’t which is one criticism).

Butternut Box has a stellar reputation amongst dog owners, with an average score of 4.9 stars based upon nearly 30,000 reviews on Trustpilot.

Forthglade

Skye and her Forthglade food (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)
Skye and her Forthglade food (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

Forthglade are another potential option for Irish dog owners. They offer a range of complete meals that come in a dry food or wet food format.

Unlike some kibble or gravy that you find at your local supermarket or pet store, Forthglade uses real ingredients in its recipes.

Forthglade’s recipes are balanced and complete, so you can still feel good that your dog is receiving all the necessary protein, nutrients and vitamins required to keep them happy and fuelled in their day-to-day life.

Skye and her Forthglade food (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)
Skye and her Forthglade food (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

Their Amazon page explains that their food is “bursting with goodness and made using natural ingredients, with added vitamins, minerals & botanicals, gently steamed to retain as much natural flavour and goodness as possible”.

Just like Butternut Box, Forthglade offer grain-free recipes in the event that your dog has an allergy to grain.

It’s a little bit more complicated to order their food because you’ll have to place an order through Amazon and wait for the delivery to arrive.

Tails

Tails provide another option for Irish dog owners who want to make a change to their dog’s diet. They offer customized dog food that is balanced and complete meals.

While they’re different from Butternut Box in the sense that they don’t offer fresh meals, their dry dog food and wet dog food is healthier than some traditional dog food brands.

I decided to include Tails because they also offer the ability to get personalized food for your dog. So they’ll tailor your dog’s meals to meet your specific needs, whether you’ve got a puppy, adult dog with allergies or senior dog who needs to to shed some pounds.

Tails dry dog food
The Tails bag (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

They provide a customized scooper to ensure you get the meal portions just right.

Tails are a well-established dog food company, so you can feel good that your dog is eating food made by a reputable dog food brand.

You can check out our in-depth Butternut Box vs Tails comparison article here.

Things To Consider

Our Butternut Box delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)
Our Butternut Box delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

When looking at the different options for fresh dog food in Ireland, there are some things I kept in mind. I wanted to share my thought process so you can understand my criteria when it comes to deciding the best fresh dog food in Ireland. Let’s take a quick look.

• Ingredients – I only like to feed fresh meals to Skye and Copper that clearly display the ingredients on the label. So it should be labels that are clear and concise with ingredients you’re able to recognize, especially seeing as most companies claim to be feeding human-grade, real ingredients.

Butternut Box beef recipe (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

• Customized – Like I mentioned in the section above, I prefer going for fresh dog meals that have the capability of being tailored to meet Copper and Skye’s needs. Therefore, I’d suggest signing up to a dog food delivery company who offers this feature.

• Vet Approved – You want peace of mind that your dog is eating a diet that is balanced and complete, formulated by experts such as veterinarians or pet nutritionists.

Prepping Butternut Box (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

• Convenience of Delivery – What I love about dog food delivery companies is the sheer convenience of having my dogs’ meals shipped direct to my door. It removes the hassle of having to go to the local supermarket to collect pet food if I’ve run out. Usually, you’re left with limited, low-quality options, too.

• Sustainable Approach – I like to see a dog food company adopt an environmentally friendly or sustainable approach to their business. Whether it’s recyclable packaging, eco-friendly deliveries or giving back to charities.

Butternut Box fits nicely in one freezer drawer (Photo: Life With Klee Kai)

• Price – While you should be prepared to pay more for your dog’s fresh meals than kibble or gravy bought at your local Dunnes Stores, Super Value or Tesco, it shouldn’t be excessive. The cost of living crisis has tightened margins, so you want to get fair value for your investment.

Wrapping Up

Copper and his Butternut Box meals (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)
Copper and his Butternut Box meals (Photo: lifewithkleekai.com)

There are so many options available in Ireland, with a lot of dog food brands making claims about their ingredients and recipes. Frankly, it can be overwhelming.

Based on my experience feeding Copper and Skye their meals for over five years, I would recommend Butternut Box.

They’ve recently expanded to Ireland so I’m thrilled Irish dog owners will get to experience their food – I loved it so much I used to bring a cooler pack of Butternut Box on the ferry from England to Ireland to ensure my dogs had balanced and complete meals during my trips home to Galway.

While I believe all the brands in this article will benefit your dog, Butternut Box is my top pick based on my experience with their tasty food.

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