Working with Veterinarians
The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods, supplements and treats for dogs and cats. Our products are made using only ingredients from known and trusted sources in a human food facility—not a mystery pet-food plant—to maintain the highest possible quality standards.
Along with our nutritionally complete and balanced recipes, we also provide one fruit and vegetable base-mix. In our complete diets, we use only use one protein source to make meal selection easier for pets with protein sensitivities.
We currently work with two veterinarians as consultants for our products, materials and vet communications: Dr. Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ and Dr. Leilani Alvarez DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM.
Veterinary Feed Program
If you’d like your pet to test-drive some of our dehydrated pet food, we offer a free box to veterinarians and vet students. And then, if your pet gets hooked, we also offer a nifty discount for any future orders. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vets and vet techs are the type of ambassadors that we dream about at The Honest Kitchen. Learn more about the program and perks here.
I’m new to this food – could you send me literature and samples?
We’d be happy to! Please email 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 our meat-free base-mixes Preference, Kindly and Hale, meet AAFCO standards for All Life Stages or 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 limited-ingredient diets and diets with novel proteins, like Brave™, Marvel™, 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, and 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 in a laboratory).
Are your products vet reviewed or recommended?
Our recipes are used or recommended by more than one hundred holistic and conventional veterinarians nationwide. We also work with two independent veterinary consultants, Dr Leilani Alvarez & Dr. Patrick Mahaney. 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.