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Dehydrated food

I've been wanting to switch our guys off kibble for some time now, and I think the time has come. I recently got a job at a premium feed store, and some of the employee perks include one free bag of food per month and an employee discount. To not switch over to a more expensive, higher quality food would not make sense.

After doing some looking, I think I have settled on a "just add water" style dehydrated mix. I know many of you love Honest Kitchen, and Sojo is made right in our backyard. I would love any info on these two brands, names and info on others, etc. I am also wondering if these tend to lead to beard staining. Nino is starting to get quite shaggy, and even wetted kibble dirties his beard. Thanks!

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I have tried a lot of different brand foods of all forms, including raw, canned, dehydrated, and moistened kibble. Honest Kitchen was the one that left Molly with the dirtiest face. She was a mess after trying it. Molly never really liked it so it didn't become a problem for me.
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When some of us were comparing Sojo's and THK a while back, someone called both companies asking about the use of ingredients from China. THK is completely US sourced ingredients. Sojo's said they "tried as much as possible" to use US sourced, but there were times that they used ingredients from China. Not sure whether this has changes, but it might be worth a call.
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When some of us were comparing Sojo's and THK a while back, someone called both companies asking about the use of ingredients from China. THK is completely US sourced ingredients. Sojo's said they "tried as much as possible" to use US sourced, but there were times that they used ingredients from China. Not sure whether this has changes, but it might be worth a call.
Good info to have; thanks! I'll make a call in the next couple days. In your experience with THK, has it made a mess of any of your dogs' beards? I'm not too concerned about wiping pieces out, but staining is a big time deal breaker.

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Good info to have; thanks! I'll make a call in the next couple days. In your experience with THK, has it made a mess of any of your dogs' beards? I'm not too concerned about wiping pieces out, but staining is a big time deal breaker.
We use HK and the food does stick to the dog's chin hairs but no staining at all. Some of the recipes are messier than others: the fish and coconut seems to be a little stickier.

It is not messy at all when I serve it frozen in a kong. The HK pours into a kong beautifully with a funnel spout like this one. It takes them a good half hour to eat a kong in this manner and gives us peace to eat our own breakfast.





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When I prepare THK I make it less soupy so it doesn't stick in my Hav's beard. I also wipe her face afterwards and haven't noticed any staining but she's black so it would be harder to see.
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THK was a big bowl of slop.
Try Bravo Homestype Complete. It's 100% raw freeze dried. It's expensive, as all freeze dried food is. But my dogs love it and it looks like real food. It comes in either pork, beef or turkey.
The majority is from the USA. Nothing from China. Here's a link for the pork.....
Freeze Dried Pork Dog Food | Bravo Raw Pet Food - Bravo Pet Food
You can click the red Country of Origin to see where everything comes from.
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THK was a big bowl of slop.
You added too much water if it was the consistency of slop. I like to prepare THK with a lot less water than the instructions on the box; it is still correct and healthy and Emmie loves it.

(Note that I mainly feed frozen raw, Darwin's, but when I'm away from home I feed THK or ZiwiPeak.)
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I guess I worded it wrong. It's just a powder that does not have consistency of real food. To me it's a big bowl of green slop.
This is what the bravo looks like right out of the package. I add my warm water and it still looks like that.
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