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.