Tails – Tailored dog food delivered to your door – Read our honest review and get a 2 week free trial
Tails offers tailor made nutritionally balanced dog food. Designed around your dog and delivered by means of a subscription service.
My readers will know, I home cook for Willow about 50% of the time – See some recipes here. I would like it to be 100% of the time, but beacuse life gets in the way, kibble offers convenience. Tails tailored blends are kibble based. They do offer a full range of wet food, snacks and treats customers can also purchase.
Subscribers answer questions about their dogs health, weight, activity levels, ailments and preferences to allow Tails do the work on getting their specific blend. Likes or dislikes are also covered.This took 5 minutes. My one and only extremely picky comment back to Tails would be to offer PayPal/Apple pay rather than relying on card – for reasons that I the dog on my lap so it was frowned upon when I got up to get my card.
Once set up, customers should not need to re enter payment details so I’m being really picky here! (sorry Tails team).
Other information required is around other daily food. Treats, snacks, lefttovers that your dog may consume on an average day. This is due to Tails needing to assess what percentage of their daily calorie intake needs to come from their meals.
Post the 2-week trial, you will receive packs monthly. Cost is calculated upfront at registration point so no surprises. Willow’s blend will work out at £17.40 per month – and the size of her pack would be 3.3kg. Similarly, when I looked at what we buy her now (which is Lily’s) we are paying £46 per 7kg. I was really surprised that Tails works out cheaper.
Tails send you a 2-3 day window for delivery. It’s free delivery which is a benefit. Safe place’s can be specified at set up .
The box contained our tailor made food, an info leaflet and vouchers. I also ordered some dental chews as an addition. There was also a plastic scoop that has different sizes on it. You just set it up based on the guidance and it turns into the perfect sized scoop for your dog. My leaflet also told me that Willow would need circa 150 calories from other foods to make up her day (as a result of me telling them she gets quite a few treats)
So in a nutshell, the reason I wanted to try this 2 weeks’ free trial with Tails is it’s just too risky to buy any different kibble for Willow.
So a huge sigh of relief when she loved it and ate it well! Me and the husband rejoiced, we have a second kibble we know she will eat – happy days.
When selecting any pre made packed dog food, the simplest way to see how high qulaity it is, is by looking at these two following things.
1. Meat should be listed first (ingredients are in order of most used) If meat is not listed first, put it back. It will never be 100% as a result of all foods having water content, even a pack of pure meat will read about 70%.
2. Look for the word “complete” This means that that food is complete in offering all your dog’s nutritional needs. Food with “complimentary” on the pack (mainly treats) need to be in addition to other foods.
Both Tails to Lily’s are complete food. Tails also seems to be more than holding its own in terms of meat content.
Tails total meat 55%, Lily’s total meat 39%. *compared to my Lily’s Kitchen kibble of choice.
I decided to try and pause my Tails orders to see how easy it was. I located the right place within seconds. I’m not sure if Tails have gone out of their way to make this as easy as possible or if there has been a crackdown on subscription services in general, either way, I don’t have to panic that I’ll get a bill and a delivery of dog food when I don’t need.