The Honest Kitchen Love™ Dog Food Review
Recently, my papa and mama have been looking into raw food diets. This is because we have been having a lot of trouble with my kibble. I used to be on Blue Buffalo when I was a puppy. Everything was going well, but then my humans got a free sample of Orijen and fell in love with it. So then, give that Orijen is a better quality kibble, my humans decided to feed it to me. I was very excited and everything was going well. Well, a couple of months from then when I went to the vet, the vet told my parents that the high protein content in Orijen was making me a fat pug! That is when, I changed back to Blue Buffalo. Again, I was happy but the next visit to the vet was miserable. The vet told the humans that I had some tiny crystals in my tummy. She told my parents to switch to something different, maybe a come common brand. For a good two weeks, my parents switched to Nutro. I have had no adverse affects from Nutro, but my mama is a little worried about all the horrible reviews she keeps reading about it. In fact, she is quite worried about the horrendous reviews out there about MANY dog food brands, Chinese or not! A bunch of the American ones apparently are killing people’s dogs. I don’t know how much truth there is to it all, because really sometimes it might be the humans who are at fault. That being said, my mama has been in search of a good quality food for me that is free of some of the basic issues with dog food and can be trusted.
That brings us to The Honest Kitchen. The Honest Kitchen is all about having a healthy dog. What really attracted my mama to the company is that they are very bold. They applied for and were approved by the FDA to state on their bag that their food is “human grade”. This is really nice because my mama says what the mama can’t have can’t possibly be good for the pug!
The Honest Kitchen has human-grade dog food that is gently dehydrated to retain most of the nutrients and natural goodness in the fresh ingredients. You can simply add water and give it to your pets to create a very delicious and nourishing meal!
We have been trying their Love™ formula. The Honest Kitchen website states, “Love™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya.
Love is a higher-protein, higher-fat, natural human-grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food. Because Love is grain and gluten free, it’s great for dogs who have allergies to grains or gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also ideal for dogs with egg or poultry allergies.”
So far, I have been eating Love™ for ten days! I must say, I really enjoy it! My humans have been very, very slowly transitioning me to the new formula. Right now, I eat Love™ in the morning with some kibble. As a 16 pound pug, I mix 1/4 cup Love™ with 3/4 cup water. I then add about 2 tablespoons of the 1/4 cup kibble I was already having to it. This way, the humans have been able to get me to adjust to the new food. At night, they still feed me 1/4 of my kibble. Starting next week, I will be eating 1/4 cup Love™ with 3/4 cup water, and 2 tablespoons of my old kibble, twice a day. By the end of the month, the humans hope to fully transition me to the Love™ formula!
I would advise that you change your dog’s food depending on how soon you think your dog can adjust to it. Given that I have never had dehydrated raw food before and have always been on kibble, my humans are going an extremely slow route. Besides, they are trying to get rid of the old kibble!
So far, Love™ has been great for me. I am able to digest it with absolutely no problems. My mama noticed that since I have started to eat Love™, even if I miss my fish oil skin treatment for a day or two, I don’t get itchy. I think that means that Love™ is good for my allergies!
The other thing that I really love about the Love™ formula (get it?) is that I am able to get in TONS of water through this! I don’t have to have a trillion sips of water afterwards. My body feels completely and utterly hydrated!
Also, it is nice to know that I can just eat this one meal and get all the necessary nutrients! It is quite a wholesome meal.
My mom also thinks that Love™has really helped me with my fart problems. Although I think my humans need to accept me for who I am, they seem to be glad that this problem is gone!
The only negative is that, my humans are super lazy in the morning because they need to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to go to school. That being said, you have to mix Love™ with water and wait for 5 minutes before you can feed it. I am super impatient and so while my papa takes me out, my mama has to prepare the food. In the morning, I am in a hurry to peep and poop because I want to eat ASAP and so I usually return home before the five minutes of soaking the food is up and moan and whine until I am fed! So, if you have an impatient dog like me, you need to step up your game and prepare it ASAP so that your beloved pooch does not have to wait!
Also, it took a while for us to pour the food into my container. My mama thinks it would be nice if there was a ziplock bag of sorts this packed this stuff. Given that it is very expensive, mama does not want to drop any of it on to the floor while pouring it into my meal box!
Well, Liz at The Honest Kitchen has given me a couple of different recipes and treats to try and I will be trying them all for the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check my next reviews.
All in all, The Honest Kitchen is a kind and honest company that really cares about the well-being of your dog. My humans emailed them and told them that we are very concerned about me and want to try a new food, and have no idea how raw diets work, and they happily (and extremely generously, if you notice the price of their products) sent me full size samples to try and review. I am very grateful for that and will be paying full prize to eat their formulas from here on out!
Thanks Liz and The Honest Kitchen, for helping me pick the food that is best for me. 🙂
I was provided with free samples from the company for review. That being said, all the opinions expressed in this review are honest and express only my opinion.