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We Test Honest Kitchen Dog Food

4 Comments 31 March 2011

We Test Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Lately we’ve been ordering Waylon’s Sojos Complete in 8 lb. bags online in order to save a few dollars (esp. since shipping is free). But we have been looking for a gluten-free dog food that’s just as healthy that uses a different protein source. Because Sojos does not offer any other grain-free foods that include a meat that Waylon can eat because of his allergies, we were very excited to find Honest Kitchen’s Thrive which includes free-range chicken, organic fair-trade quinoa and sweet potatoes.

Here of some of the things we like about this food:

  • Like Sojos it’s dehydrated so much easier to travel with than raw pet food
  • The ingredients are healthy, natural, and protein-focused
  • Unlike Sojos which must be mixed with water and sit for 1 hr., Honest Kitchen’s Thrive must sit for only 5-10 min. after being mixed with water

One of the downsides that we’ve seen so far is that it essentially has us feeding Waylon double the amount of food, so 4 cups per day, while on Sojos he was having just over 2. This is common to see across different dog food brands, but in this case will probably mean that we won’t be saving any money on this food vs. the Sojos. And it does seem to require ample mixing, as Way seemed to inhale some of the food dust while eating it, I guess I did not mix it well enough, or may have to add more water.

But the good news is that it’s gluten-free, and because dogs can develop an allergy to a protein after eating it for years, it will be good to be able to mix it up! I may retest it in the future and contact the company to learn about what precautions they take to prevent gluten contamination.

- who has written 101 posts on Gluten Free Fox.

When Kristen and Taylor created The Gluten-Free Search Engine years ago, they never dreamed that just a few years later they would be sharing their lives with a beautiful, gluten-allergic dog named Waylon. Not too long after adopting their new "dog child," they headed closer to home and found themselves in the mountains of North Carolina. It was here that Kristen realized her lifelong dream of creating healthier, gluten-free beauty products and launched Gluten Free Beauty. Having shared her finds for the safest and best natural, g/f beauty products via her first-ever website, NaturallyDahling.com, she is thrilled now to be putting out products that she can enjoy and that she knows are safer than alternatives!

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  1. Annette Frey says:

    Yay for another gf food to test free of gluten. What do you think of the consistency of it vs. Sojo’s?

    • Yeah, I might add in some g/f oats or something crunchy so he gets to chew something. He pretty much just lapped up the Sojos too though–even the big turkey bites. So his poop was a little unprocessed sometimes. I wonder if he’ll get more nutrients this way?

  2. Susan Sheehan says:

    I use HK dog food and have for 1.5 years. My Airedale Connor was given up by his first owner due to ill health. They said he had the runs constantly and had the vet bills to prove it. I switched to HK and Connor is healthy and happy and has never had the runs!

    The food is mostly organic, healthy, filled with nutrition. Both Connor and I love it. He eats a cup in the morning and another one at night. I mix in things with it, lately chopped zucchini that I have an abundance of in my garden. He loves to eat that by doing this it keeps the calories down but fills him up!

    I’m glad you liked HK. I love that both my dog and I are GF!


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