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Working with the veterinarian community

Working with Veterinarians

The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods, herbal supplements, teas and treats for dogs and cats. Our products are made in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards, using only ingredients from known and trusted sources. We produce nutritionally complete & balanced recipes as well as one fruit and vegetable base-mix. In our complete diets, we just use one protein source (meat or fish) which makes it easier to select the right recipe for pets with protein sensitivities.

If you are a veterinarian and would like to know more about resources we have available for you, please contact us. Resources include:

  • Free box to try on your pets at home
  • Complimentary samples and literature for your practice
  • We can also host a ‘lunch & learn’ depending on the area you’re in

If you are a vet student and would like to hear more about our program discounts, please email vets@thehonestkitchen.com.

Common Questions


I’m new to this food – could you send me literature and samples?
We’d be happy to! Please contact us and we’ll send it our just as soon as we can.
Do your foods meet AAFCO standards?
All our diets, with the exception of Preference, a meat-free base mix, meet AAFCO standards. Three of our dog foods are suitable for All Life Stages, and all other diets are for Adult Maintenance.
Can you tell me about your manufacturing facility?
Our foods are made in a human food facility in Illinois. We have always produced our 100% human grade pet food in a ‘people food’ facility (never a pet food plant). We’ve hand-picked this state of the art facility to ensure our foods are products with the strictest protocols.
Can I sell your foods in my practice?
Yes! Please contact us about becoming a reseller here.
Do you have any hypoallergenic diets?
We don’t make hypoallergenic diets, but we do produce two limited-ingredient diets, Thrive™ and Zeal™. We also highly recommend Nutriscan, a revolutionary food sensitivity testing system.
Who develops your recipes?
Our research and development takes place in the fully equipped ‘test kitchen’ of our San Diego office. Our pet food recipes are created by our founder, Lucy Postins. She has been working in the pet food industry for more than fifteen years and has a background (and Bachelor’s degree) in Equine Studies, including nutrition, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics.
How do you make sure your recipes are nutritionally balanced?
Our recipes are formulated to meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles, and we use USDA nutrient data as well as nutritional information from our individual suppliers, to calculate the nutrient profile of each new recipe. We then send that recipe to an independent laboratory for analysis, to ensure the calculations are accurate, for an array of different nutrients.
Are your recipes tested in any way?
When a new recipe has been formulated, we get product feedback from several holistic veterinarians and nutritionists, and our foods undergo informal, home-based palatability testing in a family setting with our own dogs and those of select customers. We conduct annual blood-work on our own pets to ensure the nutritional adequacy of each recipe for maintaining total health, and to confirm that all standard blood-work values remain within optimal ranges, for animals who consume our foods long term. Many of our staff’s own dogs have been eating Honest Kitchen products for their entire lives. A couple of years ago we conducted an informal at-home feeding trial with 17 dogs under veterinary supervision. Our company doesn’t conduct formal laboratory / kennel based animal testing, but we are talking to a couple of universities at this time about doing some further trials with patients’ pets in their own homes (as opposed to in a laboratory).
Are your products vet reviewed or recommended?
Our recipes are used or recommended by more than one hundred holistic and conventional vets nationwide, and We also work with an independent veterinary consultant, Dr Leilani Alvarez who’s based at a veterinary hospital in NYC. Later this year, we plan to conduct an independent nutritional review of our products through a board certified veterinary nutritionist, based at a university hospital.
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staff favorites
  1. michael

    michael

    Sully is crazy about Zeal and not a drop remains in his bowl when he's done.

  2. vanessa

    vanessa

    Perfect Form works wonders on Bebe & Brutus’ sensitive tummies.

  3. Liana

    liana

    My cat, Alo, will do anything for Wishes treats. And so does my dog, Molly!