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Honest Kitchen was a fail for Miller... any tips?
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I am definitely trying to switch Miller to an ‘osteosarcoma’ happy diet – (high protein, high fat, low carb…) I order samples of Honest Kitchen and he didn’t like any of them – I’ve had a hard time getting him to eat anything post-amp… I’ve had minimal luck with various canned food…..

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How long has it been since Miller’s amp? If he’s still on pain meds he may be picky about anything he eats. We recommend you wait until he is off all medication before judging whether or not he’ll eat certain foods. Then consider checking out Jerry’s list of recommended grain free dog foods.

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we had the same issue. Sweetpea is 6 weeks post amp and we started her on a grain free diet a few days postop and she was none too thrilled. She refused can food (which she never did before) and so I went and bought chicken breast in a can and mixed it were her dry food and we had success – good luck:)

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What kind of foods did your dog eat beforehand? I think a lot of times if a dog is used to eating certain foods (especially conventional ones like Purina, etc) anything that tastes “healthier” might be distasteful. It’s kind of like if you’re used to eating McDonalds all of your life and then you’re forced to instantly switch to a vegan diet, it’s going to appear bland. As with any new food, introducing it slowly and gradually is often successful.

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I switched Dakota and Evelyn to Honest Kitchen after amputation, though not immediately. In fact, my motivation was Dakota’s gradual refusal of almost any food. I don’t ever feed him HK alone, though. I mix it with raw ground beef, chicken gizzards and livers, ground turkey, all kinds of stuff. I also mix it with a very high quality kibble that I found, Nature’s Logic. (It has millet in it but I had to read about millet and carbs and sugars to understand that it is a very low carb hit.)

Try mixing the HK with a canned food or cooked meat that your dog already likes. If you want to switch to raw meats at some point, you can. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to. But most people use HK as part of their dog’s diet and not the entire diet.

Not all HK forumulas are created equally. I generally use Thrive because it is high in protein, very low in carbs and more affordable than the other recipes that are high protein. Dakota can’t stand Thrive on its own. He consents to eat it with enough goodies in it. He really loves Embark. I haven’t tried the more expensive ones because he will eat these and I’m not going to completely break the bank. Evelyn, of course, will eat the cardboard box the food comes in. But she’s a bulldog.

(For what it’s worth, HK seems to be on sale for 20% right now. I bought 2 boxes yesterday at my local Whole Pets, and I am on the regular delivery program from Pet Flow because their price is pretty good.) 

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Yep, Dakota’s right, we feed it as part of Wyatt Ray ‘s diet, not the entire thing.  A link to the 20% off coupon is here in our Nutrition blog  (right sidebar) if you want to give it another try.

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Chico didn’t like the Honest Kitchen either.  And it comes highly recommended from the Labrador Chat board where I am also a member.  My cats don’t like the cat formulas, either.

I’m looking into Earthborn Holistic as his next grain free food.  It’s not low carb, though, too many potatoes for that.  I’m not sure I like potatoes but I thought I’d give it a try.

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We had success with Honest Kitchen tonight! His normal food is Fromm’s Whitefish and Potato dry food (in fact his syblings are on that too) – though Miller has always been a picky guy… I typically mix Natural Balance canned food in white the Fromms to get him to eat…. Tonight I purchased prescription Royal Canin Digestive Low Fat canned – HK Love – and Fromm’s dry food – and he FINALLY ate a full meal… My intentions are to get him (and his syblings) on a great grain free dry food and a good canned food – mixed with HK Embrace… I’m taking suggestions for the dry and canned food laughing

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Huh, I thought I posted this too.  With Miller being picky, you could try the raw goats milk that Additional makes.  I’ve never seen a dog refuse that.  You just put a couple tablespoons over his food.

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Huh, I thought I posted this too.  With Miller being picky, you could try the raw goats milk that Additional makes.  I’ve never seen a dog refuse that.  You just put a couple tablespoons over his food.

I just looked it up – I may get some to have on hand – I never know what his mood for food is gonna be from one day to the next…

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Miller & his Mommy (Heather)
DOB 3/17/2006-Severe hip displasia, Luxating patella, panosteitis.. NOW THIS!
Diagnosed: 11/11/2009 at 3yrs old with Osteosarcoma ~ Became Tripawd: 7/10/2012 - Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma

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