Food and Nutrition

  • What is Human Grade Pet Food, Really?

    August 25, 2010

    A number of pet food companies make claims that their products are ‘human quality’ or ‘table grade’, but these are not actually legally defined terms and only a product that is actually produced in a plant that produces human foods, may legally be labeled ‘human grade’.

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  • Six Ways to Feed our Dehydrated Foods

    July 1, 2010

    • A is for All Alone

    Feed Honest Kitchen food by itself as a complete meal (except preference, which you mix with meat). Just add water and it’s ready to go!

    • B is for Base–mix

    Use as a base for your own home-prepared ingredients. Lots of people love to make their pets’ food. Honest Kitchen recipes are an excellent starting point (with balanced calcium: phosphorus ratios) that you can mix with your own meat and other goodies. (Here are some of our suggestions!)

    • C is for Complementary

    Mix with kibble as a convenient, healthy whole food topping that provides more phyto-nutrients than cooked diets. Because our foods are gently dehydrated, they retain much more of the natural nutrition that conventional pet food production methods. If you aren’t ready to make the switch to 100% fresh or dehydrated food, try our recipes as toppers, so your pet can still enjoy some of the benefits of a whole food diet!

    • D is for Defrosting error

    Use as a stand-in when you forget to thaw your raw! Some of our customers feed raw food most of the time. But sometimes, schedules can be disrupted or plain old absent-mindedness can set in. Our foods are great to keep on hand as a stand-in for just such occasions!

    • E is for Emergencies

    Dehydrated foods are compact to store – you can keep our products in your emergency preparedness kit for up to 12 months and they’ll be easy to take if you ever have to leave home in a hurry.

    • F is for Fun outdoors

    Take on your travels, backpacking and camping – our foods are lightweight, and quick & easy to prepare for a tasty meal on the road. Each dry-measured cup of our food makes a whole pound of fresh food when rehydrated.

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  • What About Water?

    March 19, 2010

    Did you know that the water you offer your pet to drink, as well as that which you use for meal preparation, can have a profound effect on his long-term health?

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  • What Does Organic Mean?

    January 7, 2010

    The term ‘organic’ refers to ingredients that have been grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), or radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones and must be fed only organic feed, and raised in an environment that meets organic standards.

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  • Healthy Food Topper Ideas

    December 15, 2009

    Here are some ideas of healthy food options to add to your dog's food.

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  • Benefits of an All Natural Diet for Puppies

    December 15, 2009

    Wholesome, healthy food is a cornerstone of well-being for all living things, and there are numerous benefits of feeding a natural diet to your puppy. In many cases, getting off to the right start with good nutrition will set a pup up for a lifetime of great health.

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  • Mineral Madness

    November 25, 2009

    Minerals are some of the most important of all nutrients, and are needed to help maintain the correct composition of body fluids, proper formation of blood and bones, a healthy nervous system.

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  • What is Dehydrated Pet Food?

    November 12, 2009

    Our foods are made using a technique called dehydration. This is a slow, gentle method of very minimally processing the food, which removes the moisture from our raw ingredients. Dehydration takes several hours, and uses warm air to ‘blow away’ the moisture. This means that the food in your pet’s bowl is free of artificial preservatives – nutrients and enzymes intact.

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  • Pet Food Ingredients Guide

    November 10, 2009

    The following table can be used as a ‘clip-and-carry’ watch list to help you negotiate the shelves of your pet food store! Try to choose foods with ingredients that only appear in the ‘Good’ Column. Disregard products with lots of ingredients tagged ‘Bad’ and ‘Ugly’.

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  • The Importance of Enzymes for Cats and Dogs

    November 10, 2009

    Enzymes are present throughout our bodies and they are vital to keep each body system functioning healthily. Enzymes are produced within living cells to perform specific biochemical reactions.

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