In this article, we will review Hungry Bark, a dog “superfood” company that builds a customized nutrition plan for your pooch.
With a background in dog rescue and having two pups myself, I know how important it is to have your pet on a healthy and nutritional diet for their overall health and to avoid health issues and illnesses. I believe that kidney, skin, diabetes, obesity, and many other issues can potentially be managed and avoided through a proper diet that - especially one that is specific to your dog.
Hungry Bark’s mission is to provide your pet with healthy superfoods, rich in nutrition, that supports them at all stages and ages of their life. With personalized superfood kibble, vitamins, and protein topper choices, Hungry Bark aims to extend your pup’s health and keep them around longer. In this article we’ll review their offerings and help you decide if they are right for your dog’s long-term wellness. And we’ll talk about what my pups thought about their custom meal from Hungry Bark (thanks to the company for supplying us with some free samples that we could use in the Hungry Bark review!)
What Did My Dogs Think of Hungry Bark?
If you watched the unboxing video for Hungry Bark, you will see that Blast basically inhales his new kibble and Ollie is a huge fan! I chose to have them try the Superfoods with Salmon kibble because of Ollie’s skin issues. The salmon kibble has high-protein fresh salmon, and is loaded with Omegas 3 and 6, which helps nourish your dog's coat. While Hungry Bark did not send a supplement for us to try, I would love to try their Happy Heart - Skin + Coat & Heart Health for Ollie as well as their Chill Chew supplement for Blast. Additionally, we got to use the beef protein mix- in and the dogs love it. They even did some convincing and coerced my 3-year-old daughter into giving them extra breakfast.. Luckily I caught them in the act!
Meet Ollie & Blast
Our dogs Ollie and Blast were our first babies and are two peas in a pod. In the first few years of them being a part of our family, we were trying to find the right diet for them to keep them happy and healthy. With Ollie’s skin condition we were constantly trying new food and donating what didn’t work to our local rescue that I volunteered for. Ollie is very stubborn with eating and we really couldn’t get answers on what diet would work best for him. So if you have a finicky eater with a medical condition, I feel your pain - finding the right customized nutrition, that they will eat, can be so challenging. Ultimately we found that giving them dog food with salmon oil was the most beneficial for his skin and coat and could help with dog shedding and atopic dermatitis in dogs. Not all dog food is treated equally and even if they have similar ingredients, it is important to find a food that has high quality and sustainably sourced ingredients for your pups. So one of the reasons I was excited to do this Hungry Bark review was to see if their customized meal plans and subscriptions would work with my picky eater. And, as you can see from the video, Ollie really enjoyed it!
How Does Hungry Bark Work?
Hungry Bark has a quick and simple quiz that you take to determine the best kibble, supplement, and protein mix-in for your pup. Analyzing your pet’s age, breed, weight, health, and goals helps Hungry Bark curate the ideal meal plan that will keep your dog happy and healthy. Their superfood and sustainably sourced healthy dog foods are based on your dog's unique needs to help them live a long life and possibly avoid dietary health issues.
Once Hungry Bark decides what food is best for your pup, you can either buy a la cart or save 20% by setting up a subscription that can be paused, skipped, or canceled at any time. I like the subscription savings, because I think that if you find a custom meal plan that works for you and your pet, it’s really nice to be able to have the right amount of food show up every month - and it saves you money.
Why Hungry Bark?
If you read my past review of Finn Vitamins you probably know all about my issues with Ollie’s skin. Along with going to a specialist vet to treat his atopic dermatitis, we looked into what food would be best for him. Ultimately we switched Ollie’s dog kibble to a grain-free food and something that had fish as the main ingredient. As a pet owner, you want to make sure that your dog's food doesn’t have unnecessary fillers and unhealthy ingredients that can be bad for their gut health which can cause skin issues.Hungry Bark checks all of the boxes for me in terms of high-quality ingredients without any artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. Additionally, all of their ingredients are sustainably sourced; cage-free poultry products, farm-raised animal products, and non-GMO vegetables, fruits, and herbs. (YES! That part has me the most excited)
Nutrition facts & Offerings
Hungry Bark prides themselves in including superfood ingredients that are sustainably sourced and will keep your pups happy and healthy. Below are their kibble offerings and their ingredients.
Hungry Bark also addresses other areas of your pet’s health by offering and recommending dog vitamins and supplements based on your dog's specific needs. Hungry Bark helps you target your pup's particular needs with; anxiety, digestion, heart, skin/ coat, and hips/joints, through healthy chewable supplement treats that your dog will be begging for every day!
The last piece of Hungry Barks recipe is adding the protein mix-in that is 100% real freeze-dried beef, chicken, or salmon. The Mix-in aims to provide additional nutritional support, especially for dogs who are underweight, active, or need more protein in their current diet. The mix-in can be used with your pup's current food and does not need to be paired with Hungry Bark’s kibble but it can be!
What does Hungry Bark Cost - and how does it compare to high-quality kibble from Jinx and Heed Foods?
A strong commitment to premium ingredients that are sustainably sourced. This includes cage-free poultry products, farm-raised animal products, and non-GMO vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
Heed Food’s ingredients are mainly sourced from North America, and they say that over 99.9% of our ingredients are non-China sourced.
Jinx follows strict selection criteria, and only works with accredited suppliers with a commitment to best-in-class quality and safety standards. Jinx also regularly audits its food to confirm the kibble’s nutritional value, quality, traceability and sustainability.
$31.98 - $37.98 for 8 lbs
$31.49 for 5 lbs
$40.15 for 10 lbs
Price & Quality Comparison of Dog Vitamins: Hungry Bark vs Novana Blue vs Finn
A+ quality/ easy to give
B quality/ easy to give
A+ quality/ easy to give
$18.99 per month for a dog that is up to 25 lbs
$19.97 per month for a dog up to 30 lbs
19.88 per month for a dog that is up to 25 lbs
Transitioning your dog to new food
The company says that its food has over 66 billion probiotic microorganisms, making it easier for your dog to transition to Hungry Bark. To help your dog adjust comfortably to Hungry Bark they suggest the following (under the feeding guidelines tab on this page):
Add a small amount of Hungry Bark (1/4 to 1/2 of your dog’s recommended portion size) to each meal while reducing the amount of your dog’s current food. Gradually increase the amount over 7-10 days until your dog’s bowl is completely full with Hungry Bark. Continue feeding by following our portion guidelines shown on the bag.
Here are a few important things to note while transitioning your dog’s food:⠀
• Make the transition slowly to avoid an upset stomach.⠀
• Dogs with allergies or sensitive stomachs may need a longer transition time.
• The proof is in the keep an eye out for any abnormalities.
What Do Fur Parents Think?
Final Thoughts on Hungry Bark’s healthy dog food
Hungry Bark is a fantastic option for high quality and healthy dog kibble that is sustainably sourced and at a great price point. Their kibble, dog supplements and protein toppers are all made with impressive ingredients with high safety and quality check standards. I will say that if this kibble is out of your price range, a great option is to buy the protein mix-in to add to your dog’s current food to give them the extra boost for their health. I believe that if you invest in your pet’s diet it can certainly be a preventative measure for health issues and save you money down the road on vet bills.
I'd encourage you to give Hungry Bark a shot and if your pup doesn’t enjoy their kibble, supplements, or mix-ins they will give you your money back no questions asked! My dogs definitely give Hungry bark a positive review, and you should give them a try if you are looking for high-quality, customized meals for your fur buddies.