All of those things sounded very appealing to me. The Honest Kitchen sent me and Shiner a few sample boxes over their products to test out. We received their "Zeal" and "Love" dog foods. They also sent me a box of "Grace" for cats, which I regretfully can't review since I don't own a cat at the moment.
We tried The Honest Kitchen's Love dog food formula first. Love is a grain-free diet for dogs. The main protein and first ingredient in this food is dehydrated hormone-free beef. The list of ingredients on the box is pretty simple and straightforward. Some other ingredients in Love include sweet potatoes, dandelion greens, cranberries, and pumpkin just to name a few.
I'm a fan of grain free foods because Shiner is a very allergic dog. I usually feed her food with novel proteins like lamb. Also, dogs don't really require a lot of grains in their diet anyhow since they can cause gas and other digestive upset.
|Zeal from The Honest Kitchen on top of Shiner's kibble.|
The reason I was so excited to test out Zeal was because I have always wanted to try a dog food made with a fish protein and this one sounds perfect for Shiner's allergies. Unfortunately, the sample boxes I received were not enough to do a very thorough review. In order to see a difference in her overall health I would need to feed her this diet for approximately 6-8 weeks. The samples I received were a good taste test though.
I put the food from The Honest Kitchen on top of Shiner's regular dog food and mixed the two together. She loved both types of food! Of course, she loves just about anything if it's food. I thought that adding this tasty treat on top of her normal diet would cause her to inhale the food faster than she normally does, but I was mistaken there. Adding the food from The Honest Kitchen actually made her eat it slower. She licked at it first, and then some of it would get stuck in her bowl and she would scoot her bowl around trying to get it all out for a long time. So, big plus there as it helped with her food scarfing. Here's a video of her enjoying some Love for the first time.
If you're considering preparing your dog's own food, this is a great alternative in my opinion. It's really simple to prepare and the quality of the food is superb. Here's a little walk-through of how easy it was to get the food ready for Shiner to eat.
First, I measured out the food into a bowl. Here's what it looks like in its dry form. The Love formula doesn't really smell like anything. The Zeal however was pretty fishy smelling!
Next, I added the amount of water specified on the label. It seems easy enough to adjust the amount of water to your preference for a thicker or thinner consistency.
You have to let the food sit for 5 minutes after you mix it with water so that it can re-hydrate and thicken up a little bit. I put it on top of Shiner's normal kibble and then served.
|Image from TheHonestKitchen.com|
The food I buy Shiner now costs $25 for a 20 lb. bag. This food lasts her about 2-3 weeks. So I spend about $50 a month on dog food for her. If I were to switch over to feeding her Zeal from The Honest Kitchen and purchase a 10 lb. box, I figured that would end up costing me about $100 more per month to feed.
The price may sound extreme, but I don't think it's really all that bad for the product that is being offered. I just don't think it fits in with my family's budget. I'm sure the health benefits of feeding The Honest Kitchen dog food are tremendous though.
If you've been considering preparing your dog's own meals but are not sure if you have the time, I think The Honest Kitchen is a great way to go. This way you are getting all the nutrients your dog needs and don't need to buy any extra supplements. Sometimes I worry when people prepare their dog's own meals that the dog is missing out on important nutrients that are found in commercially made dog foods. Feeding The Honest Kitchen dog food would eliminate that problem. Also, I'm not really a fan of raw diets and wouldn't feed one to my own dog, but that's just a personal preference.
If you're interested in a raw diet or cooking meat for your dog, The Honest Kitchen also offers a food called "Preference" which is a protein free base for homemade dog foods. Basically, all you need to do is add your own protein which makes it pretty simple in my opinion. It's also grain-free. A 7 lb. box of Preference costs $54.99.
Shiner gives The Honest Kitchen products she tasted two paws up! I would also recommend this food to others. Although the price is a little scary at first, it's probably worth it in the end. If you're interested in switching your dog to a super high quality pet food or want to prepare their meals, you may want to check out The Honest Kitchen. You can visit their website here for more information.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. The Honest Kitchen sent me some of their products and I agreed to provide a fair and honest review of them. All opinions expressed here are my own.