So we got back on the "raw" bandwagon this year with I and Love and You. While we admit that feeding freeze dried raw is not the same as "real" raw feeding, it is a huge step up from commercial kibbles. And right now, this is as good as it gets for us and our feeding routine. So we tried the turkey and chicken formulas from I and Love and You, and we loved the turkey formula. The chicken formula was a bit too fibrous for us, although it may work well for those dogs who are either seniors or overweight (or both). After we ran out of this fantastic new brand that we were so excited is GMO free (!) we decided to go back to a dehydrated food we have loved in years past called The Honest Kitchen. We chose the Embark formula because it has the most protein (29%). This food has a higher ratio of protein and costs less per pound than I and Love and You.
Both brands are made with all human grade, non-GMO ingredients. I and Love and You is a raw, freeze dried diet and Honest Kitchen is a gently cooked (steamed at 165F) and dehydrated whole food diet. Both are a great alternative to kibble and a wonderful way to conveniently supplement a truly raw diet.
The Honest Kitchen uses regular potatoes as the starch, while I and Love and You uses sweet potatoes in their turkey formula, which I think are more nutritious. So besides one being freeze dried raw and the other dehydrated, the main differences between the two brands are: cost, protein, and the starch. The Honest Kitchen wins two out of three. Although, there could be an advantage to the freeze dried raw in terms of maintaining protein structure, enzymes and pre/probiotics. Most likely there is, so that may account for the price difference because the freeze dried raw is arguably the least processed and therefore maintains the highest nutritional value. But, I'm not a scientist!
As with I and Love and You, you simply add water to Embark and let it set. The Honest Kitchen food is more finely ground, so it takes a lot less time to rehydrate, and that means less drool to clean up since Sophie is a major drooler!
We also bought Perfect Form (in my quest for perfectly formed dog poop) which contains papaya leaf, plantain, slippery elm, organic pumpkin seed, pectin, papain and fennel. And it definitely helps. I noticed a difference right away. My best result with this dog food came when I added our Probiotic Enzyme Blend.
If you are thinking about upgrading your dog's diet, but are not ready to go totally raw, consider a dehydrated diet for your pups!
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