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Are Dehydrated Foods Good for Dogs? The Pros & Cons
Are Dehydrated Foods Good for Dogs? The Pros & Cons
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

It's no secret that diet and nutrition are key to your dog's ongoing health and wellness — but how can you know whether your dog's food is right for them?...

coconut oil
How Much Coconut Oil To Give Your Dog + 5 Ways To Try It
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

Many people tout the benefits of coconut oil for their own health and well-being, claiming it does everything from reducing inflammation to improving cognition. But what about coconut oil for...

Best Fruits & Vegetables To Feed Your Dog and Which To Avoid
Best Fruits & Vegetables To Feed Your Dog and Which To Avoid
The Honest Kitchen

Spring and summer bring many fresh fruits and vegetables into your kitchen. You may feel tempted to feed some of these to your dog as a healthy treat — but...

When To Change Your Cat’s Food: 4 Easy Tips for Switching Cat Food
When To Change Your Cat’s Food: 4 Easy Tips for Switching Cat Food
The Honest Kitchen

  Cats can be finicky eaters, so it can be tempting to keep your feline friend on the same food indefinitely. After all, who wants to deal with the hassle...

Top Tips for Choosing the Best Cat Food
Top Tips for Choosing the Best Cat Food
The Honest Kitchen

What is the best food for your cat? Every cat needs something different depending on age, activity level, health issues, and other factors. To make matters even trickier, cats have...

Best Vitamins and Supplements for a Healthy Dog
Best Vitamins and Supplements for a Healthy Dog
The Honest Kitchen

Many commercially produced dog foods fortify their recipes with added nutrients to ensure your pup gets the nutrients they need. These pet foods, including The Honest Kitchen’s, are formulated to...

8 Healthy Treat Options for Dogs
8 Healthy Treat Options for Dogs
The Honest Kitchen

Even the most health-conscious dog parent wants to reward their pet for good behavior — or simply boost their mood with a treat. However, not all dog treats are created...

6 Diet Recommendations for Indoor Cats
6 Diet Recommendations for Indoor Cats
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

  As you tend to the needs of your indoor cat, you need to make sure your cat’s diet is up to par. Whether you choose dry food or wet...

grain free
Grain Free and Cats: Is Grain Free Food Bad for Cats?
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

Cat owners who are looking more closely at their cat's diet and researching healthy choices will likely come across information about grain free cat diets, as well as some strong...

High-Moisture Diets: Benefits of Adding Water to Your Dog’s or Cat’s Food
High-Moisture Diets: Benefits of Adding Water to Your Dog’s or Cat’s Food
The Honest Kitchen

Today's dog and cat foods are often served up kibble-style, which often uses extreme heat and pressure to pack pet food into hard round pellets. And while this kind of...

Cat drinking goat's milk
Cats and Goat Milk: Everything You Need to Know
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

We’ve all seen movies where someone gives a cat a bowl of cow's milk or cream. Although this is classic imagery, cow's milk actually isn’t the best food for most...

cat sensitive stomach
Why Your Cat Has a Sensitive Stomach [According to Veterinarians]
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

If you’re like many cat owners, when your cat develops a sensitive stomach, you start checking the ingredients list on their food or scrutinizing the human food you gave them....

What Popular Nut Butters Can Your Dog Safely Eat? [+ Some Nutty Treats]
What Popular Nut Butters Can Your Dog Safely Eat? [+ Some Nutty Treats]
Pam Hair

Most of us like peanut butter. And what happens when people, especially kids, like a food? They share it with their dogs. And thankfully, most dogs enjoy peanut butter almost...

dog yogurt
Dogs and Yogurt: Can They Have It? And How Much?
Liz Palika

Yogurt has gone a long way from being an edgy health food! Today, you will find yogurts in the fridge in most households. When you consider the fact that yogurts...

Dog Food Serving Size: How Much To Feed Your Dog
Dog Food Serving Size: How Much To Feed Your Dog
Liz Palika

Your pet means the world to you and you want to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Therefore, it’s wise to learn more about dog food serving size and how...

dog banana
Can Dogs Eat Bananas? Yes, In Moderation
Amy Tokic

If you are a dog parent, you have quickly learned that certain fruits and vegetables - such as onions, garlic, mushrooms, avocados, and grapes - are toxic and dangerous for...

Home Remedies For Preventing and Treating Hot Spots On Your Dog
Home Remedies For Preventing and Treating Hot Spots On Your Dog
Dr. Leilani Alvarez

You may be dealing with hot spots on dogs (or moist dermatitis) in your home and wondering what to do about it. You’ve come to the right place to learn...

dog avocado
Can Dogs Eat Avocado? Benefits and Risks
Amy Tokic

If you have been keeping an eye on healthy food trends, you could not have missed the hype around avocados. Today, this fruit is one of the most appreciated for...

dog carrot
Can Dogs Eat Carrots? [+Benefits and Ways To Feed Your Pup]
Amy Tokic

When we think of carrots, we think of extremely healthy, delicious, and nutritious vegetables that can truly enrich most dishes. But can dogs eat carrots? The good news is that...

What To Feed Kittens [+ Helpful Timeline and Food Examples]
What To Feed Kittens [+ Helpful Timeline and Food Examples]
Liz Palika

Choosing the right foods for kittens is essential for promoting healthy growth and development. Kittens should have a different diet from adult and senior cats because they have specific nutritional...

Goat Milk Product For Cats
Goat Milk For Dogs: What You Need To Know
Liz Palika

If you want to keep your dog healthy, then goat’s milk could be a fantastic way to ensure that they’re getting the nutrients they need to thrive. Around the globe,...

dog blueberries
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? Health Benefits and What To Know
Amy Tokic

If you love munching on a handful of blueberries, you may be wondering if your dog can partake in this delicious superfood. The short answer is yes, dogs can eat...

dog apples
Can Dogs Eat Apples? A Helpful Overview
Amy Tokic

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog can safely eat apples, we’re here to tell you that the answer is yes! Dogs can eat apples. This crunchy, delicious fruit is...

dog grapes
Can Dogs Eat Grapes? What You Need to Know
Kate Walker

The short answer: No, don’t ever feed your dog grapes, whether they’re fresh or dried (like raisins, currants, or sultanas). Grapes are toxic for dogs, capable of causing kidney failure,...

dog oranges
Can Dogs Eat Oranges? Yes, But In Moderation
Amy Tokic

The short answer: Yes, dogs can eat oranges. This citrus fruit isn’t toxic to dogs, and most dogs can eat a slice or two without experiencing issues. Like any human...

Gluten and grain allergies in dogs
Can Dogs Eat Gluten?
Lucy Postins

In recent years, gluten has become a “red flag” ingredient in foods (for both people and pets), but what’s all the fuss about? Let’s dive into what gluten is, where...

dog watermelon
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon? Yes! But Not All Of It
Amy Tokic

Nothing says summer like a slice of sweet, juicy watermelon — but is it safe for your dog to eat? We’ve got good news: Yes, dogs can eat watermelon, as...

dog strawberry
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries? Are They Good For Them?
Amy Tokic

Strawberries are considered a good healthy snack for dogs to consume. You should feel free, if your dog enjoys their taste, to safely add these berries to meals or hand...

Elimination Diets For Dogs and Cats: A Helpful Guide To Food Allergy Identification in Pets
Elimination Diets For Dogs and Cats: A Helpful Guide To Food Allergy Identification in Pets
Lucy Postins

Most of us know people who have to be careful about what they eat. A friend’s son doesn’t tolerate cow’s milk, while a co-worker can’t be anywhere near a peanut....

Quinoa is an ancient grain used in pet food
Ancient Grains For Dogs: Are They Actually Good For Them?
Lucy Postins

As consumers increasingly avoid processed foods and seek out healthier, whole foods to eat, what’s old is new again. Ancient grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and chia seeds are finding their...

Should Your Dog Eat Sugar? Reasons Why Popular Sweeteners Can Be Bad For Your Pooch
Should Your Dog Eat Sugar? Reasons Why Popular Sweeteners Can Be Bad For Your Pooch
Liz Palika

Dogs have a sweet tooth just like we do. Although they don’t have as many taste buds as humans, they can taste sweetness — and become addicted to sugary foods...

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Benefits and How Much Is Too Much
Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Benefits and How Much Is Too Much
Amy Tokic

Yep, they sure can! Adding cinnamon to food, whether it’s in a meal or in a treat, is perfectly safe for your pooch — as long as it’s the right...

8 Rawhide Alternatives That Are Safe For Your Dog
8 Rawhide Alternatives That Are Safe For Your Dog
Ben Kerns

Chews aren’t just a fun treat for your favorite canines, they’re a necessity. Dogs, especially puppies, have an innate need to gnaw and nibble on a regular basis. Chewing strengthens...

Superfoods for Dogs: Which Ones Are Good and Bad?
Superfoods for Dogs: Which Ones Are Good and Bad?
Amber Kingsley

The term "superfood" may have you envisioning having breakfast with Batman, or perhaps a snack with Spiderman. But these marvelous foods are, by definition, packed with nutrients that are beneficial...

dog pumpkin
The Perks of Feeding your Dog Pumpkin
Ben Kerns

Pumpkin is an incredibly nutritious treat for dogs and is a wonderful ingredient for many diets. It boasts a wealth of health benefits, tastes delicious, and dogs love it! You...

The Benefits of a High-Protein Diet for Dogs
The Benefits of a High-Protein Diet for Dogs
Ben Kerns

A dog’s nutritional needs vary depending on a lot of factors, from age to size or even the amount of energy. Choosing the right amount of protein is integral to...

Cat with food looking out of window
Healthy and Appealing Cat Food Toppers
Liz Palika

Cats can be finicky eaters, but the nutritional benefits of toppers are well worth the training effort. Some will only eat one trusted food; while others may be open to...

5 Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs
5 Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs
Amy Tokic

What can’t bone broth do? Bone broth is for more than just warming you up—it's considered a superfood, and it has super benefits for your dog. Nutrient-packed and easy to...

Dr. Laurie Coger on Protein Quality in Pet Food
Dr. Laurie Coger on Protein Quality in Pet Food
Laurie Coger

My name is Dr. Laurie Coger, and welcome to my first blog for The Honest Kitchen! Before I share today’s thoughts with you, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Dr....

sensitive stomach food
What Food is Best For a Dog With a Sensitive Stomach? Q&A with Dr. Leilani Alvarez, DVM
Diana Bocco

A sensitive stomach can cause your dog many problems—from lack of appetite to nausea to vomiting. Because dogs with a sensitive stomach often experience discomfort when eating, many will eventually...

dog herb
4 Herbs You Should Be Using For Your Dog
Diana Bocco

Herbs can be a great addition to your dog’s health and wellness plan. They can be especially useful for small issues or as part of a first-aid kit. While there...

Taurine in Dog Food
Taurine in Dog Food
Lucy Postins

The amino acid Taurine is vital for heart health and is naturally present in meat and fish, especially organs. The Honest Kitchen’s recipes are naturally high in the amino acid,...

limited ingredient diet
Q&A with Dr. Leilani Alvarez on Limited Ingredient Dog Food
Diana Bocco

Limited ingredient diets have been used for years to determine allergies. While limited ingredient recipes were originally created to deal with specific food intolerances and allergies, many pet owners are...

dog pumpkin
6 Reasons Pumpkin is Great for Your Dog
Ben Kerns

With fall upon us, there’s one thing that’s beginning to pop up at grocery stores and farmer’s markets everywhere—pumpkins! Did you know that these delicious veggies are great for things...

sustainable dog food
Creating or Purchasing Sustainable Dog Food
Shannon Enete

Sustainability is becoming a common keyword. More and more people are becoming environmentally conscious and proactive about their beliefs, supporting local farmers, buying organic, and seeking more ways to incorporate...

dog food
Should You Supplement Your Dog Food?
Holly Zynda

Your dog is part of the family. As such, he deserves to enjoy quality, delicious food. Most traditional kibble brands lack the nutrients dogs need to grow and thrive. In...

dog probiotic
Why Your Dog Should Take Probiotics
Hope Gately

Probiotics are all the rage with humans. But what about the benefit these microorganisms can bring for our canine companion? It may seem silly at first, but giving your dog...

Essential Fatty Acids for Cats and Dogs
Essential Fatty Acids for Cats and Dogs
Lucy Postins

Fats are broken down into two main groups: mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated. Fatty acids are specific types of polyunsaturated fats. The two main groups of fatty acids are the omega-3's and...