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Learn more about feeding our dehydrated pet food
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✓ How much to feed:
- complete dog diets
- base-mix dog diet
- complete cat diets
✓ How to make dehydrated pet food
✓ Storage and shelf life
✓ Tips for transitioning dogs
✓ Tips for transitioning cats
✓ Additional feeding resources
How much to feed: base-mix dog diet (preference - needs protein added)
Download a one page overview on feeding Preference
How to make dehydrated pet food
Hydrate the food with fresh, warm water (we recommend filtered water especially in areas where the municipal supply is fluoridated but it’s up to you). The food can be served after about five minutes (although we don’t always wait this long in the office!) Any leftover food should be treated like fresh food, and refrigerated up to 48 hours or discarded.
Storage & shelf life
Our dehydrated foods are naturally shelf stable and should be stored in a cool, dry place – out of sunlight. We don’t recommend refrigerating our food because this can introduce moisture. if you want to freeze the food, you should hydrate it first (some of our customers like to freeze in individual pre-made portions).
Our foods have a shelf life of twelve months, depending on the ambient temperature and humidity where you live. The date of manufacture is printed on the top of every box in a specially designed ‘tear out and keep’ card. Our treats also have a 12 month shelf life. Our herbal nutritional supplements have a shelf life of 24 months from the date of manufacture.
Tips for transitioning dogs to the honest kitchen food
For dogs making the change from a processed diet of kibble or canned food, our food should be introduced gradually, over a period of four to seven days depending on your dog’s sensitivity. If your dog or cat is already consuming a varied, raw or home cooked diet, our foods can usually be introduced more quickly, over one or two meals.
Start by adding just a small amount of the Honest Kitchen (with water added) into your dog’s current meals. Gradually increase the amount of the Honest Kitchen while decreasing the amount of your dog’s original diet. This will allow the natural ‘friendly’ gut flora in the intestines to get accustomed to the new diet and become more efficient at digesting the new food.
How much you start with will depend on the size of your pup and how sensitive they are to change. For some, ¼ of the Honest Kitchen and ¾ of the original diet may work well. For more sensitive dogs, start with a smaller amount. For more robust tummies, you may try ½ and ½. Feel free to adjust the amount and schedule to suit your pup’s individual needs.
Contact us if you have any questions during this time. We hope your pet thinks it’s one of the best dog foods they’ve ever had!
Read this article for more tips on how to transition your dog to honest kitchen food.
Tips for transitioning cats
Cats can be tricky customers! Some cats transition easily and love our food right away, and others end up in a battle of will with their owners – they’re creatures of habit and have quite particular opinions on things, after all!
We recommend hydrating very small amounts (pea-size portions) of Honest Kitchen food initially, and adding this to their current food. Then, gradually increase the Honest Kitchen food each day over a period of weeks (if needed). Cats have their preferences, and because they are such tactile creatures, you should play around with the water content – adding more if they enjoy soupy meals or using less water if the preference is a tacky consistency.
Cats are also led by their keen sense of smell, so including some savory foods like bits of meat, cottage cheese or egg can help during the transition. Contact us if you have any questions during this time!
Read this article for more tips for transitioning your cat to a new food.
Additional feeding resources
Did you know that you may add extra ingredients to any complete and balanced Honest Kitchen diet if you wish? This is not a requirement of our recipes (except for Preference which needs meat added) but you can consider putting additional meats, veggies and fruits in your dogs bowl to add some variety. By adding extras and switching between foods as much as possible, you are limiting your dogs potential to develop food allergies over time. Read more about adding extra foods to your pet's dehydrated diet.
Our foods are versatile and can fit within many different lifestyles! From emergencies to camping to simply complementing kibble, there are many ways to feed an Honest Kitchen diet. Read more about the six ways to feed our dehydrated foods.
Wait Times & Consistencies
Curious how long you should wait after you add water to your Honest Kitchen food? Ever wondered why some of our recipes look different with water added? Watch this short video and find out!