Kirby LOVES The Honest Kitchen Dog Food! I love that it is healthy and nutritious for him!
When I discovered what went into commercial kibble I immediately stopped feeding it and started preparing homemade food. This can be time consuming and confusing. Does he need more of this or less of that? So I began searching for a healthy dog food I would feel comfortable feeding him on a daily basis. Finally I discovered The Honest Kitchen products and we haven't looked back!
This dog food is human grade all natural dehydrated food. It smells fresh, not stinky like commercial kibble. It's also simple to prepare. Just pour one cupful in a bowl, add one cup warm water or broth, and let hydrate for about five minutes.
Kirby enjoys Keen and Force. I usually add extras to his meal such as cottage cheese, cranberries, sardines, hamburger, or turkey. Sometimes I just crumble half of a Meaty Muffin into his meal and mix it in. He doesn't like it cold so I heat his food for 15 seconds in the microwave. He has just discovered Zeal which has chunks of white fish and devours it.
Since he only eats a cup a day - 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the evening - a 4 lb box goes a long way so it's economical too. When I receive the box I use the snack size baggies and place one cupful in each. I keep the individual bags in the original box in the back of my refrigerator top shelf. I just grab a bag and prepare his food for the day.
Has it made a difference? Absolutely! He's young and has lots of energy so nothing new there. His coat, however, has improved dramatically. He has a yorkie coat which means its only one layer like human hair. Not only is it noticeably growing in thicker all over, the fuzzy stuff on his chest and belly is filling out with hair!
The following is exerpted from The Honest Kitchen website which explains their food better than I ever could:
By using a gentle dehydration process, we are able to maintain the integrity of our core ingredients. Our fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of their ripeness then gently dried. Dehydration ensures that the enzymes, vitamins and nutrients are still intact, so our fruits and vegetables are actually considered raw. Our meats and eggs are dehydrated at a high enough temperature to kill any pathogenic bacteria that may be present which essentially means that these ingredients are considered 'cooked' during dehydration.
Dehydrated foods are highly nutritious, easy to prepare and store, and light-weight to ship. It also means that you don’t have to worry about feeding your pet any harsh preservatives. Essentially, our only preservative is the lack of water– how cool?
When it comes to sourcing ingredients and preparing our food, we fell back on the simple phrase that mothers and grandmothers are mouthing around the world right now, “You are what you eat.” The same holds true for pets. Human-grade, for us, is not just a marketing term. We believe that your pets deserve the same nourishing diets that you would feed your family.
All our products are safe for human consumption, a requirement for entry into the human food facility where our products are made. Each of our diets are carefully blended to encompass a broad array of amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes to help achieve and maintain optimum health. Production occurs in a FDA inspected human food facility right here in in the USA, alongside products such as breakfast cereals and beverage mixes for human consumption.
Learn more about the ways we control the quality of our raw ingredients and finished products.