Food and Nutrition
If your dog has never tried our foods before, we recommend starting out slowly. Over a period of 1 to 2 weeks or so, start by adding just a small amount of the Honest Kitchen (with water added) into your dog’s current meals. Gradually increase the amount of the Honest Kitchen while decreasing the amount of your dog’s original diet.
It is actually advised for you to add in extra meats, veggies and fruits because if you keep any dog one food for a long period of time they can develop allergies. Also some dogs have trouble absorbing the nutrients from a specific ingredient where they may have no trouble absorbing it from another ingredient. For this reason, we suggest adding extras and switching between foods as much as possible.
Cats are notoriously finicky creatures of habit and it can be very challenging to persuade them to try something new. Here are a few tried-and-tested tips for transitioning your picky kitty to a new diet.
Perusing your pet food store can be a daunting venture if you enter unsure of what you want to leave with. The shelves seem overloaded lately, with niche and specialty diets for various ailments, specific breeds, activity levels and more. There seems to be something for everyone with diets tailored to the finest detail. A juvenile Chihuahua with diabetes and an exceptionally small mouth can now find something just for her, it seems!
You are at your local pet food store, comparing the labels of one food after another, trying to make sense of it all. When comparing nutrient values, you likely will have only the Guaranteed Analysis, as listed on the package, to go by. This is true whether you are comparing foods for cats, dogs, dry kibble or canned, dehydrated or freeze dried. This Guaranteed Analysis is mandated by federal and state regulations, requiring that a proper list of certain nutrient values be listed on the product package.
Gluten is a generic term, that’s used to describe the proteins found in wheat and other cereal grains, which are classified into two groups, called prolamines and glutelins. Gluten has become a ‘red flag’ ingredient in many foods (for both people and pets) in the past few years, but what’s all the fuss about?
Sharing a moderate amount of holiday leftovers with your pet can be a great way keep her included in the festivities. Here are some seasonal holiday ingredients that can be added safely (or amended and then added) to your dog’s usual fare, to make her feel special and part of the family when everyone else is enjoying a feast.
When your veterinarian recommends a prescription diet for your pet, it is because your pet has a health condition that requires dietary modification. Your veterinarian has your pet’s best interest in mind and is trying to help you take better care of your pet.
Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, and for many people, there is a lot to learn about what to feed a puppy. There is a great deal you can do to promote your new family member’s optimal long-term health by introducing good nutrition from the start.
Introducing your cat or dog to a different type of food can be a slightly daunting proposition, especially if he or she has a sensitive tummy. A gradual transition is ideal, because it allows the animal’s gut flora or ‘good bacteria’ to build up for the new food.