I've talked about diets lower in processed food before. You've heard about how eating whole foods is better for you, healthier for weight management, and more nutritionally sound. the same goes for your pets. They're carnivorous in nature, dogs being descendant from wolves and cats from their obligate carnivore big cat relatives. While some folks jump right into raw feeding, others take a more step-by-step approach and opt to ease into a less kibble-based diet through the feeding of whole foods treats and toppers.
The Honest Kitchen is a company whose name truly indicates their mission. They actually even have permission from the FDA to label their foods as human-grade. If you know anything about the pet food industry and their collective non-apparent transparency over ingredients and sourcing, this is a very big deal. From cleanliness to production, the manufacturing facility used by The Honest Kitchen is held to the same strict standards as any human food production facility, because that's exactly what it is.
I agree with their feeding philosophy, wholeheartedly. Every living thing is a machine and real, minimally processed whole food is fuel. What goes in should optimally provide the most bioavailable nutrition possible per calorie and be diverse as to access as many vitamins and minerals as possible. The company has recently introduced a new treat to their already stellar line of balanced diets: Nice Mussels.
They sent a bag for us to try and the results were as expected...four dachshunds and two cats agreed that they were delicious! They're simply freeze-dried mussels from New Zealand. You don't get more whole foods than that - with no fillers or other added ingredients they were the perfect treat for everyone in the house, which is tough to do considering that they all have different food allergy issues. While we have fed fresh mussels in their homemade diets, having a shelf stable version was extremely convenient.
I used some of them to pose the dogs for this photo shoot in my handmade collars for our Etsy shop and full credit goes to The Honest Kitchen for the great shots I got bribing the dogs with these delicious treats. Adding a healthy source of Omega-3's like mussels can give your pet a shiny coat just like sweet Molly's. We are giving away a bag of these healthy treats to one lucky person on Facebook and Instagram. Go to either (or both!) to enter and win Nice Mussels, worth $12.99! Giveaway ends Saturday, 11/5/16 at 11:59pm.