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Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food

Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food



Honest Kitchen Dog

Leerburg is proud to be an authorized reseller of the Honest Kitchen's Dehydrated Raw Dog Food! We use Honest Kitchen in our kennel in conjunction with our home-made raw diet.

Ed and Cindy use the Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw dog food exclusively when traveling with their dogs.

**Questions and Answers about Honest Kitchen Food!**

**Any questions regarding this food or the transition process from commercial food to raw diet can be directed to Cindy.

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Introducing a unique new approach to canine nutrition: Delicious, nutritious, wholesome, colorful meals, ready to prepare and serve at home.
"PEOPLE FOOD FOR DOGS!"

Honest Kitchen Dog Food

The Types of Honest Kitchen Dog Food:

1 - EMBARK (Turkey - Grain Free) - Most Popular
Ideal for active adult dogs, puppies, pregnancy and lactation.

2 - FORCE (Chicken - Grain Free)
Ideal for moderately active adult dogs including those that are intolerant of grains.

3 - KEEN (Turkey - Low Gluten)
Keen is formulated for an adult maintenance diet.

4 - PREFERENCE (Meat Free - All Vegetables)
A grain-free, gluten-free foundation diet for use with added raw meat, meaty bones, or cooked meat.

5 - VERVE (Beef - With Grains)
Ideal for moderately to less active adult dogs and seniors or when switching off of kibble.

6 - THRIVE (Chicken - Low Carbohydrates)
Ideal for sensitive, active adult dogs, puppies, pregnancy and lactation.

7 - Zeal (Fish, Grain Free)
Ideal for sensitive, adult maintenance, and moderate activity levels.

8 - Love (Beef, Grain Free)
Ideal for Puppies and active adult dogs, particularly those with food sensitivities to grains, gluten, eggs and those who need a low carbohydrate diet

Honest Kitchen Treats & Supplements:

1 - Ice Pups Treats

2 - Perfect Form Supplement
Helps suppoert the normal functioning of your pet's digestive tract.

3 - Lithe Tea
Helps support normal joint health, flexion and movement.

4 - Sparkle Nutritional Pet Supplement
Supplies essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients that support healthy skin and coat.

5 - Invigor Nutritional Pet Supplement
Helps support normal, healthy function and immune system activity.

6 - Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk


Frequently Asked Questions and Other Helpful Hints

Why Leerburg Sells this Food

Introducing Your Pet to Dehydrated Food ~ how to make the switch successful

Feeding Guidelines ~ how much is recommended for your dog

Food Facts

Advantages of Dehydration

Helpful Hints ~ on feeding the dehydrated food

More Useful Notes

At a Glance Recipe Guide

Hydration Amounts ~ how much water to add

Cost per day too feed Honest Kitchen


Why Leerburg Sells This Food

After owning and feeding dogs for over 45 years we here at Leerburg feel that the most important decision you can make on the health of your dog is what you intend to feed the dog.

We strongly believe in feeding an all-natural diet, and in our opinion Honest Kitchen is the best all-natural commercial food on the market. If there was a better food available we would sell it. The facts listed below explain why we feel so strongly about the Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Food.

"Fast Food" has never been viewed as a healthy option day after day, for human beings. Sadly, many major pet food conglomerates claim that a "fast food" diet of kibble and canned products, should form the only source of nutrition for our pets. Most also insist that their "fast food" should not be supplemented with real food at all, for fear of "unbalancing" what they have cooked up.

Many manufacturers have even promoted the idea that "people food" is bad for dogs. At the Honest Kitchen, they take a different view. They believe a selection of fresh wholesome, human-grade ingredients is far better than the cooked mixture of by-products, fillers and other processed ingredients that is being served to many unfortunate pets, day after day.

The Honest Kitchen All-natural Dehydrated Dog Foods meet all the nutritional requirements established by AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials), and are tested in an ISO accredited laboratory to validate their nutritional content. The dehydrated dog food can be feed alone, if desired. We also encourage the addition of other fresh foods, raw meat and bones, or cooked meats (never cooked bones), if you wish.

The dehydrated raw ingredients are clearly recognizable as real foods. There is no longer a need to have to trust the label to tell you what is in your dog's food. Now you can choose the products, where what you see is what you get. All grains in Honest Kitchen food are certified organic. The meats are hormone, antibiotic free and the fruits and vegetables are guaranteed non GMO. Honest Kitchen's Quinoa is certified fair-trade.

The difference you will see in your dog is clear after just a few weeks of feeding a minimally processed diet. You will see brighter eyes, better skin and coat quality, higher energy levels, and reduced incidence of chronic food-allergy related problems, such as itching, scratching, foot chewing and debris buildup in the ears.

All of the meats used are USDA approved, US Origin. Our fruits and vegetables are guaranteed non-GMP and our grains, kelp and flax are certified organic.

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Honest Kitchen Dog
FOOD FACTS

~ Storage ~ Hydration ~ Feeding ~ Health ~

Dehydrated foods should be stored in a cool, dry place. Our products have a shelf life of 12 months or more, depending upon ambient temperature and humidity. The containers should be closed tightly between meals.

One cup of dehydrated food will make about 1 lb of fresh food. A 4 lb size holds about 17 cups and makes about 17 lbs of fresh food. A 10 lb size holds about 40 dry cups and makes about 40 lbs of fresh food.

After re-hydration, a process that takes just five minutes, these foods should be consumed right away. Any left over food should be treated like fresh food, and refrigerated or discarded.

All foods, except Preference can be fed as a stand-alone diet. Additional foods can be added to the suggested serving sizes if desired. We suggest adding about half a cup of home-prepared ingredients for each dry-measured cup of food. For convenience, all our feeding guidelines are based on dry-measured cups.

The most obvious visual difference between Honest Kitchen's dehydrated food and canned or extruded foods, is the vibrant colors that remain intact, through the gentle process of dehydration. Numerous studies have highlighted the importance of the bright pigments that exist in fresh fruits and vegetables. These vivid substances are potent phytonutrients - antioxidants, which are highly beneficial for total health and well-being. The enzyme content of dehydrated food is also much higher than conventional pet food.

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Advantages of Dehydration

~ Nutrients ~ Enzymes ~ Raw ~ Human Grade ~

Dehydration, or drying, is one of the oldest and gentlest methods of food preservation. Food dehydration works by removing only the water. All other nutrients remain - and become highly concentrated. Dried foods are highly nutritious, easy to prepare and store, and light-weight to ship.

The removal of moisture prevents enzymatic activity (which can lead to browning and decomposition of foods) and also prevents the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds. Dehydration does not destroy or kill the food enzymes, as occurs in cooking and freezing or high pressure processing such as extrusion. Enzyme activity in dehydrated foods is simply suspended until the food is re-hydrated.

The raw fruit and vegetable ingredients are harvested at the peak of their ripeness, cleaned and trimmed and then gently dried. Once re-hydrated, dried foods resemble fresh food in terms of appearance, palatability and nutritional value.

The food dehydration process takes place at moderate temperatures (below 104 degrees F) so the ingredients are still considered raw. The only exceptions are the meat and egg ingredients, which dehydrated at a higher temperature (above 120 degrees F) to kill any pathogenic bacteria that may be present. This is required to maintain their human-edible status and allow the meats into the human-food manufacturing facility where our products are made.

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Introducing your Pet to Dehydrated Foods

These foods can be fed alone, or as an accompaniment to a raw food or other home-prepared diet. Dehydrated raw food is considerably different from conventional cooked or processed foods and you pet should be given sufficient time to adjust.

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Hydration Amounts

The Honest Kitchen's dehydrated foods must be hydrated with warm water, before serving. Each box of food will make just over 4 times its weight in fresh food, when hydrated.

Our foods hydrate as follows:

4oz ........Holds about 1 cup of dry food...............Makes about 1 lb fresh food

4lbs........Holds about 16-17 cups of dry food........Makes about 16-17 lbs fresh food

10 lbs.....Holds about 40- 43 cups of dry food.......Makes about 40-43 lbs fresh food


Feeding Guidelines

The following daily amounts (DRY quantity) should be adjusted to suit your individual dog's requirements, which vary according to age, breed and level of daily activity.

Up to 10 lbs.................................... 1/2 Cup

Up to 30 lbs.................................... 1 Cup

Up to 50 lbs.................................... 2 Cups

Up to 70 lbs.................................... 2 1/4 Cups

Up to 90 lbs.................................... 2 3/4 Cups

A full standard US Measuring Cup of dehydrated food (which is 8 oz by volume or 4 oz by weight) will hydrate to make about 1lb of fresh food.

Half to one cup of extra meat or other ingredients may be mixed in with each cup of food, once hydrated. Please contact us if you would like guidance in deciding what to add, we are happy to help.


Helpful Hints

Adding Extras

All our foods are formulated to meet the AAFCO Nutrient profiles and can be feed as stand-alone diets without any extra ingredients needed to make them 'complete'. Extra ingredients can also be added if you wish, according to your own dog's preferences, rotated every few days for variety and chosen from what you have available or are eating yourself. We advocate and encourage daily variety! Many of our customers like to switch between our three foods for even more variation. The water used to cook your own vegetables is ideal for re-hydrating the food, it is packed with vitamins!

All three foods contain meat, and have balanced Calcium:Phosphorus ratios to allow extra meat to be mixed in if you wish.

We suggest about 1/2 cup of extra meat, raw meaty bones or other extras, for each dry-measured cup of food.

Some ingredients such as root vegetables are better steamed than raw. Fruits and vegetables should generally be diced or pulped to break down the cellulose and make them easier to digest. Choose fresh organic produce if available. We don't recommend adding onions, grapes, raisins, or chocolate; these are bad for dogs!

Digestive Upset

This may occur in more sensitive dogs when a new food is introduced, as the digestive system adapts. Soaking the food for longer or even cooking it, can help for the first few weeks. Any variations in added ingredients should also be more gradual. Some dogs are intolerant of some ingredients. It may be helpful to keep a note book of what you add to each meal to determine if an ingredient intolerance (food allergy) is present. One of our other recipes may suit your dog better than your initial choice.

If feeding raw meat with these foods, be sure to buy only from reputable sources and handle the raw meat properly to avoid contamination.

If desired, raw meat and bones can be doused with grapefruit seed extract before serving.

Drinking Water

Filtered or bottled water is preferable if the tap water in your area is questionable. As with a fresh raw diet, dogs who eat these foods may drink less water than those fed a commercial kibble, because part of their daily fluid requirement is being met with the water used to re-hydrate the ingredients.

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More Useful Notes

Preparation in Advance

This is helpful if time is short or someone else is caring for your dog. Our foods may be re-hydrated in larger batches ahead of time, with or without additional meat mixed in. Remember to refrigerate the re-hydrated food and use within three to four days. Alternatively, freeze in individual portions and defrost as required.

Another option is to re-hydrate a quantity of food with slightly less water than usual, and combine with some ground meat (no bones for this one) and an egg to bind the mixture. Some grated cheese, pate or other treats can be mixed in if you wish. Shape into individual 'cakes' and bake on a greased tray at 350F for 30 minutes or until firm and browned. Be sure to cool before serving! The cakes can then be refrigerated or frozen for future use and are perfect for hiking, travel or boarding at a kennel that does not accept raw foods. Smaller bite sized 'cookies' of this mix also make good treats. Honey or molasses, liver, cream cheese or other ingredients can also be added - let your imagination run wild!

Bones

Meaty Bones are a great addition to a home-prepared diet for many dogs, and must always be fed raw. The molecular structure is altered when bones are cooked, so they cannot be properly digested and may splinter, causing a serious potential health risk.

We recommend introducing bones under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian. Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than humans and are usually able to digest various raw bones and cartilage such as chicken necks and wing tips, with ease. Some people are more comfortable grinding the bones first, rather than feeding them whole. The size of your dog and his familiarity with bones may determine this. Adding raw bones to the diet can help to form harder, more compact stools, as well as maintain peak dental health. Recreational bones are an excellent treat two or three times per week. Raw beef marrow (soup) bones make great recreational bones and will delight most dogs. These are not actually consumed, but gnawed on to remove any attached meat and the marrow within. Both raw meaty bones and recreational bones will help to maintain clean, white sparkling teeth and pink healthy gums.

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At a Glance Recipe Guide

  preference verve love force
Ingredients        
  Grain-free vegetable and fruit base-mix Beef, grains, vegetables, and fruits Beef, grain-free, vegetables and fruits Free-range chicken, grain-free, vegetables and fruits
Nutrients        
Calories per cup 333 441 514 446
% Protein 12 22.5 31 21
% Fat 6 8.5 18.5 15
% Fiber 10 5.8 7 6.5
% Sodium .62-.66 .19-.24 .32-.35 .24-.42
% Magnesium .2-.26 .15-.17 .13-.18 .09-.12
Lifestage        
Puppies/nursing    
Adults
Less active/senior  
Highly Active    
Made without...        
Grain  
Gluten  
Chicken  
Poultry  
Eggs  
Beef    
Fish
Flaxseed      
White potatoes      
Alfalfa      
Other        
Price $ $ $$$$ $$$
Balanced diet
For picky eaters    

 

  embark thrive keen zeal
Ingredients        
  Cage-free turkey, grain-free, vegetables and fruits Free-range chicken, gluten-free, quinoa and vegetables Cage-free turkey, organic oats, vegetables and fruits Wild-caught fish, grain-free, vegetables and fruits
Nutrients        
Calories per cup 488 516 470 437
% Protein 29 26 21 35.5
% Fat 18 19 15.5 8.5
% Fiber 9.6 6.3 5 5.8
% Sodium .4-.52 .21-.34 .17-.24 .11-.18
% Magnesium .18-.21 .17-.19 .15-.17 .12-.19
Lifestage        
Puppies/nursing    
Adults
Less active/senior    
Highly Active    
Made without...        
Grain    
Gluten  
Chicken  
Poultry      
Eggs    
Beef
Fish  
Flaxseed    
White potatoes    
Alfalfa    
Other        
Price $$$ $$ $ $$$$
Balanced diet
For picky eaters    

= with added meat ▲= complete and balanced diet
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Cost per day to feed Honest Kitchen

keen cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $57.99 40 approx. $1.45
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $0.72
30 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $1.45
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $2.90
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $3.62
verve cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $62.99 40 approx. $1.57
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $0.79
30 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $1.57
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $3.15
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $3.94
thrive cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $68.99 40 approx. $1.75
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $0.87
30 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $1.75
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $3.50
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $4.37
force cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $79.9 40 approx. $2.00
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $1.00
30 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $2.00
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $4.00
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $5.00
preference cost/7 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $54.99 28 approx. $1.37
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/4 cup 0.25 approx. $0.34
30 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $0.69
50 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $1.37
70 lbs 1 1/8 cups 1.25 approx. $1.55
embark cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $85.99 40 approx. $2.15
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $1.07
30 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $2.15
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $4.30
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $5.37
love cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $96.99 40 $2.42
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $1.21
30 lbs 1 cup

1.0

approx. $2.42
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $4.85
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $6.06
zeal cost/10 lbs hydrates to (lbs) cost/cup
  approx. $107.99 40 approx. $2.07
weight of pet cups to feed per day
(dry measure)
lbs to feed per day
(hydrated quantity)
cost/day
10 lbs 1/2 cup 0.5 approx. $1.35
30 lbs 1 cup 1.0 approx. $2.70
50 lbs 2 cups 2.0 approx. $5.40
70 lbs 2 1/2 cups 2.5 approx. $6.75


September 1, 2009

My dogs love this food, and it is really easy to prepare. I am so glad I found this site.

Sharon




July 7, 2009

Hi Cindy,

After I watched Ed's video on the Force diet, I decided to try it. I have always thought that feeding a raw diet was the best idea, but my earlier experiments had not been successful. My two antique (13 yo) dogs -rescue poodle and Jack Russell love the Force and we have had no problems with soft stools, much less diarrhea, which had been problems with earlier experiments. Thank you so much for all of your practical, down-to-earth advice, as well as the wonderful web site. I don't know if you realize how very many lives you have touched, but thanks again.

Robin
Fort Worth, Texas




November 10, 2008

Hello: I switched my cavalier to your product and a raw diet last summer after he nearly died from digesting rat poison. Now, he is healthier than ever!

Thank you thank you and God Bless,
Susan
Rutland, VT




May 27, 2008

Wow!!!! Amazing product. My dog looks forward to each meal. Honest Kitchen has made her very happy. Her skin allergies have dramatically improved. Thank you so much!!!!

Monica




Just an update, Mauser is doing well with the FORCE food. I just placed my 2nd order for two more large containers. Thanks for all your help with this. His skin rashes have disappeared and his coat is looking great and his eyes no longer are runny. I think he was having issues with the grain as you suggested.

Thanks again!
Rob




Great site! Loaded with information. Looking forward to my 3rd Leerburg video. My GSD (Murdoq) loves the Embark and I noticed a difference in his coat shortly after introducing it.

Viyae

Q. My question concerns Honest Kitchen Preference - what is your opinion on alfalfa? Preference seems to contain alot of alfalfa and I have heard good things and bad things about alfalfa use in dogs. Is the high amount of alfalfa that is in Preference ok to feed on a daily basis?
Thank you!
   
A. We contacted the manufacturer to get more information on the Preference dog food.

They said that the Preference has 12% Alfalfa and Sweet Potato content each, which is higher than the other dehydrated dog food Honest Kitchen carries. The reasoning is because Preference is an additive, meaning you are using it along with real meats on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. For example with Preference you would use 1 cup dehydrated food and 1 cup added meats whereas with Embark you would use 2 cups dehydrated food and no additional meats. You’re not feeding as much of the Preference as you would the other dehydrated foods so the actual ingredient content per serving is going to be about the same.

The Alfalfa used in Honest Kitchen’s Preference is an all-natural, organic, alfalfa as well.

I hope this helps.

 

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