How A Pup Above Got Started?
A Pup Above was once known as Grocery Pup and has only been in existence since 2017. They are a fresh dog food subscription service born and bred in Austin, Texas. They began as an e-commerce business offering a la carte bags and shipping meal subscriptions nationwide.
Originally developed by Ruth Stedman and her husband, the company came to be after the couple adopted a dog named Lola in 2016. Demands for fresh dog foods and meals containing high-quality ingredients led them to consider culinary innovations in human food.
The recipes for the food where developed with a veterinarian-nutritionist to ensure the meals are completely balanced. These recipes are formulated with fresh, non-GMO and USDA ingredients, to deliver quality nutrition to support long-term health and wellness. They source ingredients for the recipes from around the USA to ensure that everything is human-grade and pesticide free.
Their recipe meals are cooked using a method called sous-vide to lock in the nutrients, taste, and the texture of meats, vegetables, and fruits. Once the recipe is prepared, it is portioned into BPA-free packages before cooking them in non-boiling water for over two hours.
How We Tested?
You may have come across many A Pup Above dog food reviews in your search and unfortunately anyone can gather information from other reviews and make their own. Or maybe the review is skewed because they received the product for free in exchange for a more influential outcome.
Just to put your mind at ease, this review isn’t sponsored or supported by A Pup Above in any way, shape or form.
We went through the ordering process explained in this review and paid with our own money. We also did not inform A Pup Above that we would be reviewing their food at any point.
Since our review of A Pup Above is completely independent, we did not feel pressured to please them in any way. Our goal is to provide you with a sense of what the actual consumer experience is like from beginning to end.
We provide real reviews because you deserve real tried and true opinions, along with pros and cons that can help you make a well-informed decision about whether the product in question is something your own dog will enjoy or benefit from, and whether you will benefit in any way.
To get started, we ordered dog food from A Pup Above, making sure to test all the recipes that they offer to date. A real dog ate the food and provided us with immediate, trustworthy feedback.
Why You Should Trust Our Review of A Pup Above?
We actually “tested” this dog food on one of our own dogs. We did not copy or sum up information from other websites or pet parents’ experiences, and we did not re-post A Pup Above’s claims. We also wanted to see and smell the food for ourselves, as well as witness how our dog responds to this food compared to what he normally eats.
Because my dog is constantly trying different foods and transitions quickly, without issues, he was the dog used for this review. His name is Sampson and he is a 6 year old shepherd/pit bull mix who eats anything and everything, but mostly eats kibble. Sampson doesn’t have any health concerns, conditions, or special needs but could stand to lose 5 to 10 pounds.
After placing an order with A Pup Above and receiving it, Sampson spent the next 12 days eating only A Pup Above dog food.
During the trial period, we watched for changes in Sampson’s health and behavior. Since he eats kibble most of the time we monitored his poop schedule, weight and over all excitement for meal time.
Who This Review Is For?
With so many dog food reviews out there for every-day pet owners, we decided to go further. Standard pet owners just want a little encouragement in order to decide if a pet food is safe, palatable, and nutritious enough for the average dog to eat.
This review is different. We wrote it with committed pet parents in mind. The people, who like us, only want the very best for their furry family members. People who want convenience and quality and are willing to spend a few extra dollars doing so.
We started by going to A Pup Above’s website to see what they have to offer. According to their website they currently offer four dog food recipes with the option of purchasing a sampler pack. supplements.
They do not have customer reviews on their website but the pictures of the food looked appetizing, as far as dog food is concerned. The site also offers a page called “learn” which offers articles about nutrition, wellness training and behavior for your dog.
With a nice website, great marketing and informative articles it’s hard not to be convinced they offer good dog food, but that is not enough for us.
We went ahead and chose all four recipes for Sampson. A Pup Above does not require you set up a profile for your dog but does offer a food amount calculator to determine how much food you will need based on your dog’s weight. You can also choose between the full plan of the 50/50 mix plan, which is great as a meal topper.
A Pup Above allows you to make a one time purchase or you can sign up for a subscription for deliveries every 2 on up to 8 weeks, depending on your preference. The subscription option will save you 25% on your orders.
We chose the sampler pack that offers all four recipe flavors and then paid. We were notified via email when the order is processed, another when shipped which provided a tracking number.
If you decided to subscribe, after your first order you will receive shipments every two weeks on up to eight, depending on what you selected. For example, you will receive 7 pounds of food every two weeks for a full plan or every four weeks for a 50/50 mix plan, which arrive fresh, and packed in dry ice to keep it cool.
Managing your account with A Pup Above is easy and you can adjust your subscription and delivery schedule as needed.
A Pup Above was delivered five days after I placed my order. It was packed in a, insulated, recyclable box with dry ice that kept the food nearly frozen during transport. I purchased the sampler pack of food, which included all four recipe flavors.
The food comes neatly packaged in BPA-free, 100% recyclable bags and each bag contained three 16 ounce packages of food. Each bag is clearly labeled with the recipe name and ingredients in clear lettering. Once opening the bag you can see ingredients through the packaging of each 16 ounce portion, as well as a use by date. The instructions recommend placing 3 packages into the refrigerator to thaw overnight and to use defrosted food within a weeks time.
What Does Sampson Think About A Pup Above?
I started my dog Sampson on the Turkey Pawella recipe and rotated in the other flavors for the first four days. As I have mentioned before, he is not picky about food but I could see his excitement upon smelling this food. Each night at meal time, he knew he was getting something good no matter the recipe flavor. I can say without a doubt, he loved them all.
Each package was portioned into one pound but that doesn’t mean its one meal. According to A Pup Above’s Daily Feeding Instructions on the bag, Sampson needs 28 ounces a day or about 1 and 3/4 packages.
Upon serving the food, I noticed the packaging must be cut open with a knife or scissors which does get a little messy. Once opened, the food did smell similar to human food and the ingredients are clearly identifiable once you get it in the bowl.
My dog waited eagerly for me to put the bowl down so he could devour the food.
During the twelve day trial of A Pup Above, Sampson’s weight seemed to stay the same. He did not have any adverse reactions to any of the recipes and came to recognize the packaging at meal time.
I did notice a change in Sampson’s poop schedule and that is there was a little less of it around the yard. He did want to get outside to run laps and “go” immediately after dinnertime while on the A Pup Above dog food.
What We Liked:
- They offer grain free recipes
- Made with human grade ingredients
- No subscription needed to buy
- Are now offering their food in specialty pet stores.
- Free shipping in the Continental US
- Formulated by veterinary nutritionists
- Delivered right to your door step
What We Did Not Like:
- Expensive when compared to store bought dog food
- Only offer four dog food recipe choices to choose from
- Food must be stored in the freezer or refrigerator
- Recipes are not pre-portioned for your dog
How Much Does A Pup Above Dog Food Cost?
The cost depends on your dog’s weight and is you opt for the full or 50/50 plan. For a 60 pound dog like mine, you can expect to pay $52.49 every 2 weeks for 2 pounds of food per day. If I was to choose the 50/50 plan I would pay the same for 4 weeks of food at a pound of food per day.
The best way to find out how much A Pup Above might cost you is to check out their Food Amount Calculator located on each recipe page. After choosing your dog’s weight, you can choose different plan and delivery schedule to get an idea of what you would pay.
A Pup Above’s Returns & Warranty
A Pup Above offers a Happiness Guarantee which means they offer a money back guarantee on their foods for first time orders. They will refund you your money if you or your pup are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, by contacting customer service.
Is A Pup Above A Good Choice?
Yes. Their recipes are made with human grade ingredients that meet the nutritional requirements established by the AAFCO. Every recipe is formulated with USDA ingredients including non-GMO produce and made in human food facilities.
A Pup Above uses the sous-vide cooking method which includes 72% more protein than other fresh dog food recipes. This process not only enhances the flavor, and eliminates bacteria, but it preserves the nutritional value of the ingredients.
If you are not ready to commit to a subscription, you are able to do a one-time order or find a local pet supplier that carries A Pup Above by entering your zip code via their website. They do offer discounts for subscriptions, as well as different delivery and meal plans.
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