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In February, I had an opportunity to give The Honest Kitchen another try and I was thankful for the opportunity.  In my initial review, I got a great deal on the food at the Jones and Company Pets anniversary sale so I thought I would give it a try.  I was impressed with the Verve (although Blue wasn’t), but was turned off by the price.  There’s no way we could afford to feed three dogs on this food.

Why I haven’t switched to a raw food diet for dogs…

  • We don’t live near a butcher and I don’t feel comfortable feeding our dogs raw meat from the grocery store.  Although there are organic versions, we all know that “organic” became a buzz word a couple years ago like “cage free” and I don’t know if it really means that our dogs won’t be subjected to unsafe hormones.
  • Rodrigo (and we suspect Blue) is allergic to chicken so we’d have to feed them a diet of beef, which I don’t feel comfortable with; lamb is a hot food (see more information below) and a steady diet isn’t great our pack.  And what if I don’t get the ingredients right and I start feeding them an unbalanced diet?
  • And I just can’t get around the bones.  A veterinarian scared the hell out of me when I was writing an article about dogs and bones and I worry about broken teeth.  No worries about the chicken bones, their allergic.

When I first started hearing about the raw food diet for dogs, I thought we’d just toss our dogs a whole chicken, give them some veggies to snack on and then they’d poop less, develop shiny coats, weight will drop, and allergies will vanish.  Turns out that it’s not that simple.  I contacted my favorite holistic veterinarian, Dr. Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinarian, for help.  Read More about Raw Food Models tomorrow.

Why The Honest Kitchen?

What inspired me to give The Honest Kitchen another try was (1) free dog food and (2) Rodrigo had a week of diarrhea and a rash.  Most of our diet choices are made considering three dogs who won’t eat apart from each other, we need something that everyone can eat and THK may be that something.

The more I learn about dog health and dog nutrition, the more I want to provide our dogs with the best and it seems like the best can cost more money; it does with The Honest Kitchen.  But maybe we can swing this change.

Cool Foods and Hot Foods

More research in to different diets introduced me to the concept of Cool Foods and Hot Foods which I discuss on Wednesday.

What We’ll Try with Our Dogs?

Since Rodrigo and Blue have trouble with chicken the following seem like a good fit for our dogs.

Love Grain-Free Dog Food – 4 pounds, $47, 10 pounds $97, Activity Level- Active/Moderate dogs, Dehydrated hormone-free beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic coconut, parsley, dandelion greens, papaya, cranberries, pumpkin, honey and rosemary

Embark Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food – 4 pounds, $45, 10 pounds $86, Activity Level-Active/Moderate dogs, Dehydrated cage-free turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, organic coconut, apples, organic kelp, eggs, bananas, cranberries, rosemary

Zeal Gluten-Free Dog Food – 4 pounds, $52, 10 pounds $108, Activity Level-Moderate/Low dogs, Dehydrated white fish (line-caught Haddock, wild Whiting), sweet potatoes, eggs, organic coconut, alfalfa, apples, green beans, parsley, cabbage, bananas, wild Salmon, cranberries, garlic, rosemary

Keen Dehydrated Dog Food – 4 pounds, $30, 10 pounds $60, Activity Level-Moderate dogs, Cage-free turkey, organic oats, potatoes, organic flax, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa, organic kelp, apples, honey, garlic, rosemary

Preference Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food – 3 pounds, $30, 7 pounds $55, All activity levels, Alfalfa, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celery, apples, spinach, organic kelp, coconut, bananas, zucchini, honey

Our dogs love The Honest Kitchen and Blue is taking to it very well.  He didn’t like Verve* (Rodrigo and Sydney loved it) but has really taken too other flavors that we’ve tried so far.  Now that we’ve been feeding them The Honest Kitchen for the week, I think Blue’s dislike of Verve was due to preparation (user error) and not flavor.

*Verve Dog Food – 4 pounds, $34, 10 pounds $63, Activity Level-Moderate/Low,Dehydrated USDA beef, organic oats, organic rye, organic flaxseed, carrots, alfalfa, potatoes, eggs, spinach, apples, cranberries, chicory, parsley, rosemary

Continue to tune in this week to read about what I’m learning about a raw food diet for dogs and The Honest Kitchen.


I would love to hear your thoughts on the raw food diet for dogs, The Honest Kitchen, or any dog food tips/questions you have.

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