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.
How much to feed: complete dog diets (love, embark, force, zeal, thrive, keen and verve)
How much to feed: base-mix dog diet (preference--needs protein added)
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 n
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.