how we walk our talk
Did you know The Honest Kitchen has a letter of No Objection from the FDA, to label our foods Human Grade? Our entire supply chain and production process have been reviewed by the FDA on two separate occasions, to earn us this distinction. Human Grade means ‘food grade’, ‘edible’, or fit for human consumption. For us, it’s a line in the sand about the quality and integrity of the finished products we send out the door.
We blend our healthy pet food in a human food facility that makes things like breakfast cereal and bakery mixes. So, we abide by the same strict standards for safety, cleanliness, record-keeping and overall quality as the place that whips up your favourite cookie dough.
Is all pet food human-grade?
Some companies use a few ‘human grade’ ingredients, but their processing may not take place in a human food facility, so their products lose their legal human grade status. Old-fashioned pet food is ‘feed grade’, which means it might include not-so-tasty by-products, chemicals, fillers and other ingredients that have been condemned as unfit for human consumption (like dying, diseased, disabled or deceased animals). We wouldn’t choose that for our human family, and we don’t think our animal friends deserve it either.
Dehydrated pet food 101
Preserving food by dehydration is one of the oldest and most efficient methods of food processing. We've taken this time-tested method and used it to create a healthier type of pet food with more nutritional bang for your hard earned buck.
Our dehydration process gently removes the moisture from our whole food ingredients, but still maintains all of the nice vitamins and minerals that we get by using real fruits, veggies and lean meats.
Check out our green beans to the left - before and after dehydration. They are still green, maintaining all the valuable phytonutrients important for pet health!
Dehydrated compared to other pet foods
Honesty starts at the source
We source our ingredients from around the world and we’ve worked with many of the same suppliers since we first began in 2002. It’s important to us to have long-standing relationships with producers we know and trust, so we can throw a brick through their window if something’s not quite right, and buy them a pint when everything’s as beautiful as they’ve promised. We never use any ingredients at all from China. Also, we’ve never actually had to throw a brick through any of our suppliers’ windows.
The health benefits speak - and roll over - for themselves
When we eat well, we feel well. And the same goes for our pets. Itching, scratching, appetite woes, upset tummies and more, can all be linked to problems with food. Switching away from highly processed pet food to minimally processed, vibrant whole foods from The Honest Kitchen may be just what the doctor — or veterinarian — ordered.
higher energy levels
We’ve noticed we have loads more energy when we pack a homemade soup or cold pressed juice for lunch, instead of grabbing something greasy from a food truck. It’s true for pups and kitties too when they eat minimally processed, whole foods. 79% of pets enjoyed increased energy levels after switching to our foods!
healthy body weight
Just like people, pets can end up at an unhealthy body weight when they eat too many refined carbohydrates, salt or processed ingredients. Clean single-source proteins and balanced healthy fats in our recipes make for a lean, keen racing-machine physique in practically no time. 60% of pets with weight problems saw in improvement after switching to our foods.
silkier coat and skin
Goodness going in equals a vibrant, outward glow. The skin and coat (and even the state of the ears) are one of the best ways to get a glimpse of your pup or kitty’s inner health. Since food’s a key pillar of total health and wellbeing, lackluster fur and irritated ears might mean a change in diet’s called for. 78% of skin and coat problems improved when pets changed to our wholesome fare.
Tummy troubles can be a rather frustrating (and slightly embarrassing) pet health issue. Stopped up, soft-serve or smelly bottom-fumes can be signs that something in the food isn’t agreeing with them. Healthy whole food goodness, antioxidants, soluble fiber, (and a strict absence of cheap fillers and tough-to-digest by-products) can help get the tail end back on the straight and narrow. 80% of pet’s digestive problems improved or resolved when their owners chose our healthy fare instead of old-fashioned kibble and cans.