Home delivery subscription pet food: as paw-some as it seems?

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Subscription-based services have increased in popularity over the past several years. You can sign up for a bevy of things from workout classes to razors to wine, and you’ve likely even seen ads for subscription fresh pet food services. Like human food delivery services such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron, you sign up for a plan, answer some questions about your pet, and these fresh pet foods are delivered in bulk to your home in large temperature-controlled boxes.

Is fresh food something you should consider for your pets?

Fresh foods are an amazing option for pets, but it is important to make sure your pet is getting a complete nutritional profile before making the switch. This can be difficult to determine with the computerized algorithms that big subscription pet foods rely on to decide what to send their furry consumers. An incomplete diet can cause dogs and cats to become deficient in the correct amounts of important minerals and vitamins, antioxidants, or the right fatty acid balance for skeletal, organ and immune health.

Common mistakes include feeding meat only, not including enough fiber, offering the wrong vitamin/mineral mix, and skipping pet-specific supplements such as Omegas, probiotics, digestive enzymes, hip/joint, and bladder care.

How do I determine my pet’s nutritional needs?

At Leo&Lucky’s, we are always more than happy to take the time with you via phone (941-776-0770), email (parrish@leoandluckys.com) or in person to discuss your pets’ nutritional needs and create a customized rotational diet plan to make sure they are getting the complete nutritional profile they require. This is a service we provide free of charge. We also offer more in-depth one-on-one Nutritional Consultations with Rachel, our pet nutrition expert, which can be scheduled by calling or emailing the contact information above.

How can I get fresh foods delivered, while shopping local?

If you are interested in feeding fresh foods to your pet, we carry and highly recommend Open Farm foods. We can deliver them on a schedule if you’d like, but you’re not locked into a subscription service at Leo&Lucky’s. Give us a call at 941-776-0770 to set up home delivery for any of the products in our store, or pop in any time to buy as much or as little as you want to save that valuable freezer space!

More about Open Farm foods

We thoroughly vetted Open Farm to ensure it is food that we would be proud to offer and feed to our own pets. Open Farm uses only human grade ingredients that are:

  • 100% Certified Humane and Global Animal Partnership certified (meats)
  • Ocean Wise certified (seafoods)
  • Non-GMO (fruits and veggies)
  • Gently cooked using a sous vide technique to retain taste and nutrition
  • Traceable – the source of every ingredient on the pouch can be traced
  • Only up to 5% carbs (home delivery subscription competitors range from 6.5%-11%)
  • Pea-, lentil-, and potato-free (unlike home delivery subscription competitors)

Thank you for supporting your local, independent pet store right here in Parrish.

Nicole Apostle is the marketing director at Leo&Lucky's.

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