The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Ingredients

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The Honest Kitchen manufactures roughly 71 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore The Honest Kitchen ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that The Honest Kitchen uses roughly 161 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For The Honest Kitchen, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. oats
  3. rolled oats
  4. chicken liver
  5. carrot

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in The Honest Kitchen is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is oats, followed by rolled oats, chicken liver, and carrot.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

The Honest Kitchen does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 71 The Honest Kitchen dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, The Honest Kitchen does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including The Honest Kitchen have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 161 The Honest Kitchen ingredients. According to our data, The Honest Kitchen does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 1 controversial ingredient inside The Honest Kitchen products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dried garlic
4 Recipes

Dried garlic in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.

The following recipes contain dried garlic:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the The Honest Kitchen ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Ingredient Lists

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Brave (Minimalist)
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Fish Recipe
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Brave (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Fish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated whitefish
dried organic coconut
dried chickpea
dehydrated pumpkin
dehydrated celery

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Dehydrated
Whole Grain Fish & Oat Recipe For Dogs
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Dehydrated Whole Grain Fish & Oat Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated whitefish
organic barley
organic oats
dehydrated egg
organic flaxseed

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Hope (Minimalist)
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Beef Recipe
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Hope (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Beef Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated beef
dried chickpea
dehydrated sweet potato
dehydrated parsnip
dehydrated celery

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Thrive (Minimalist)
Limited Ingredient Chicken Recipe
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Thrive (Minimalist) Limited Ingredient Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
organic quinoa
dehydrated sweet potato
dehydrated spinach
dried parsley

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Marvel (Minimalist)
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Turkey Recipe
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Marvel (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated turkey
dehydrated parsnip
dehydrated navy bean
dehydrated organic coconut
dehydrated pumpkin

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Spruce (Minimalist)
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Duck Recipe
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Spruce (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Duck Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated duck
dehydrated sweet potato
dried navy bean
organic flaxseed
dehydrated egg

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Zeal (Epicurean)
Grain Free Fish Recipe
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Zeal (Epicurean) Grain Free Fish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated whitefish
dehydrated sweet potato
dehydrated egg
dehydrated pumpkin
dried organic coconut

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Love
Grain Free Beef Recipe
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Love Grain Free Beef Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated beef
dehydrated sweet potato
dehydrated potato
dehydrated organic flaxseed
dehydrated organic coconut

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Embark
Grain Free Turkey Recipe
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Embark Grain Free Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated turkey
organic flaxseed
dehydrated potato
dehydrated spinach
dehydrated carrot

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Keen
Whole Grain Turkey Recipe
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Keen Whole Grain Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated turkey
organic oats
dehydrated potato
organic flaxseed
dehydrated carrot

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Verve
Whole Grain Beef Recipe
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Verve Whole Grain Beef Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated beef
organic oats
organic barley
organic flaxseed
dehydrated potato

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Revel
Whole Grain Chicken Recipe
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Revel Whole Grain Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
organic barley
dehydrated potato
organic flaxseed
organic oats

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Force
Grain Free Chicken Recipe
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Force Grain Free Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
organic flaxseed
dehydrated potato
dehydrated sweet potato
dried apple

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Whole Food Clusters
Whole Grain Beef & Oat Recipe For Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Whole Grain Beef & Oat Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
oats
barley
turkey
beef liver

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Whole Food Clusters
Whole Grain Chicken & Oat Recipe For Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Whole Grain Chicken & Oat Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
oats
barley
chicken liver
carrot

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Whole Food Clusters
Grain Free Chicken Recipe For Puppies
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Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Chicken Recipe For Puppies
First Five Ingredients
chicken
potato
lentil
pea
chicken liver

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Whole Food Clusters
Grain Free Chicken Recipe For Small Breed Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Chicken Recipe For Small Breed Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
potato
pea
lentil
chicken liver

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Whole Food Clusters
Whole Grain Chicken & Oat Recipe For Puppies
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Whole Food Clusters Whole Grain Chicken & Oat Recipe For Puppies
First Five Ingredients
chicken
oats
barley
chicken liver
carrot

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Whole Food Clusters
Whole Grain Chicken & Oat Recipe For Small Breed Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Whole Grain Chicken & Oat Recipe For Small Breed Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
oats
barley
chicken liver
carrot

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Whole Food Clusters
Grain Free Chicken Recipe For Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Chicken Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
potato
pea
chicken liver
lentil

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Whole Food Clusters
Grain Free Turkey Recipe For Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Turkey Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
potato
pea
lentil
carrot

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Whole Food Clusters
Grain Free Beef Recipe For Dogs
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Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Beef Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
potato
pea
beef liver
lentil

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Butcher Block
Beef, Cheddar & Farm Veggies Pate For Dogs
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Butcher Block Beef, Cheddar & Farm Veggies Pate For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef bone broth
beef liver
cheddar cheese
carrot

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Butcher Block
Chicken & Super Greens Pate For Dogs
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Butcher Block Chicken & Super Greens Pate For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken bone broth
chicken liver
broccoli
carrot

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One Pot Stews
Simmered Salmon & Chicken Stew For Dogs
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One Pot Stews Simmered Salmon & Chicken Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken
fish bone broth
water
brown rice

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One Pot Stews
Roasted Beef Stew For Dogs
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One Pot Stews Roasted Beef Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef bone broth
kale
sweet potato
carrot

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One Pot Stews
Slow Cooked Chicken Stew For Dogs
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One Pot Stews Slow Cooked Chicken Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken bone broth
sweet potato
spinach
apple

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Butcher Block
Turkey & Autumn Veggies Pate For Dogs
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Butcher Block Turkey & Autumn Veggies Pate For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey bone broth
turkey liver
spinach
apple

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Base Mix
Whole Grain Veggie & Fruit Recipe
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Base Mix Whole Grain Veggie & Fruit Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic oats
organic flaxseed
organic barley
organic quinoa
dehydrated pumpkin

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Proper Toppers
Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Chicken Recipe
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Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
dried apple
dehydrated pumpkin
dehydrated kale
dried blueberry

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Proper Toppers
Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Fish Recipe
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Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Fish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated whitefish
dehydrated salmon
dehydrated egg
dried apple
dehydrated pumpkin

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Base Mix (Kindly)
Grain Free Veggie, Nut & Seed
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Base Mix (Kindly) Grain Free Veggie, Nut & Seed
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated carrot
organic flaxseed
dehydrated parsnip
dehydrated pea
dried organic coconut

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Proper Toppers
Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Turkey Recipe
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Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated turkey
dried apple
dehydrated pumpkin
dehydrated chard
dried blueberry

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Base Mix (Preference)
Grain Free Fruit & Veggie
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Base Mix (Preference) Grain Free Fruit & Veggie
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated sweet potato
dehydrated pea
dehydrated cabbage
dried organic coconut
dried apple

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Proper Toppers
Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Beef Recipe
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Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Beef Recipe
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated beef
dehydrated egg
dehydrated pumpkin
dried apple
dehydrated kale

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Bone Broth Pour Overs
Beef Stew
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Bone Broth Pour Overs Beef Stew
First Five Ingredients
beef bone broth
beef
carrot
butternut squash
tapioca

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Meal Booster
99% Beef Recipe
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Meal Booster 99% Beef Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
water sufficient for processing
agar-agar

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Meal Booster
99% Chicken Recipe
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Meal Booster 99% Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water sufficient for processing
agar-agar

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Meal Booster
99% Fish Salmon & Pollock Recipe
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Meal Booster 99% Fish Salmon & Pollock Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
pollock
water sufficient for processing
agar-agar

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Pumpkin Pour Overs
Salmon & Pumpkin Stew
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Pumpkin Pour Overs Salmon & Pumpkin Stew
First Five Ingredients
turkey bone broth
salmon
pumpkin
apple
butternut squash

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Pumpkin Pour Overs
Turkey & Pumpkin Stew
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Pumpkin Pour Overs Turkey & Pumpkin Stew
First Five Ingredients
turkey bone broth
turkey
pumpkin
apple
butternut squash

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Superfood Pour Overs
Chicken Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli
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Superfood Pour Overs Chicken Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli
First Five Ingredients
chicken bone broth
chicken
spinach
kale
broccoli

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Bone Broth Pour Overs
Chicken Stew
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Bone Broth Pour Overs Chicken Stew
First Five Ingredients
chicken bone broth
chicken
carrot
butternut squash
tapioca

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Bone Broth Pour Overs
Turkey & Salmon Stew
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Bone Broth Pour Overs Turkey & Salmon Stew
First Five Ingredients
turkey bone broth
turkey
carrot
butternut squash
tapioca

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Pumpkin Pour Overs
Chicken & Pumpkin Stew
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Pumpkin Pour Overs Chicken & Pumpkin Stew
First Five Ingredients
chicken bone broth
chicken
pumpkin
apple
butternut squash

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Superfood Pour Overs
Lamb & Beef Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli
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Superfood Pour Overs Lamb & Beef Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli
First Five Ingredients
beef bone broth
lamb
beef
spinach
kale

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Superfood Pour Overs
Turkey Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli
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Superfood Pour Overs Turkey Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli
First Five Ingredients
turkey bone broth
turkey
spinach
kale
broccoli

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Ocean Chews (Beams)
Crispy Cod Fish Skins
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Ocean Chews (Beams) Crispy Cod Fish Skins
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated cod skin

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Daily Boosters
Beef Bone Broth
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Daily Boosters Beef Bone Broth
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated beef broth
dehydrated beef
dehydrated pumpkin
dried parsley
turmeric

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Purely One (Wishes)
100% White Fish Filets
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Purely One (Wishes) 100% White Fish Filets
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated whitefish

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Ocean Chews (Beams)
Hearty Wolffish Skins
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Ocean Chews (Beams) Hearty Wolffish Skins
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated wolffish skin

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Surf & Turf Meaty Littles
Beef & Salmon Recipe
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Surf & Turf Meaty Littles Beef & Salmon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
chickpea
salmon
coconut glycerin
apple cider vinegar

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Crunchy Fish Sammies
Cod, Apples & Carrots
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Crunchy Fish Sammies Cod, Apples & Carrots
First Five Ingredients
cod
apple
carrot

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Crunchy Fish Sammies
Cod, Pears & Blueberries
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Crunchy Fish Sammies Cod, Pears & Blueberries
First Five Ingredients
cod
pear
blueberry

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Gourmet Barbecue Liver Chips
Beef Liver & Cheddar Recipe
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Gourmet Barbecue Liver Chips Beef Liver & Cheddar Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef liver
chickpea
cheddar cheese
sea salt

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Gourmet Barbecue Liver Chips
Chicken Liver & Cheddar Recipe
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Gourmet Barbecue Liver Chips Chicken Liver & Cheddar Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chickpea
cheddar cheese
sea salt

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Surf & Turf Meaty Littles
Chicken & Salmon Recipe
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Surf & Turf Meaty Littles Chicken & Salmon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chickpea
salmon
coconut glycerin
apple cider vinegar

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Bone Broth Bites
Roasted With Beef Bone Broth, Sweet Potatoes & Parsley
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Bone Broth Bites Roasted With Beef Bone Broth, Sweet Potatoes & Parsley
First Five Ingredients
beef bone broth
chickpea
tapioca
carrot
honey

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Bone Broth Bites
Roasted With Chicken Bone Broth, Carrots & Parsley
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Bone Broth Bites Roasted With Chicken Bone Broth, Carrots & Parsley
First Five Ingredients
chicken bone broth
chickpea
tapioca
carrot
honey

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Bone Broth Bites
Roasted With Turkey Bone Broth, Pumpkin & Parsley
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Bone Broth Bites Roasted With Turkey Bone Broth, Pumpkin & Parsley
First Five Ingredients
turkey bone broth
chickpea
tapioca
carrot
honey

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Goat's Milk N' Cookies
Blueberries & Vanilla Recipe
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Goat's Milk N' Cookies Blueberries & Vanilla Recipe
First Five Ingredients
goat milk
barley
rolled oats
tapioca
honey

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Goat's Milk N' Cookies
Peanut Butter & Honey Recipe
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Goat's Milk N' Cookies Peanut Butter & Honey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
goat milk
barley
rolled oats
tapioca
peanut butter

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Goat's Milk N' Cookies
Pumpkin & Cinnamon Recipe
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Goat's Milk N' Cookies Pumpkin & Cinnamon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
goat milk
barley
rolled oats
tapioca
honey

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Jerky Harvest Mini Bars
Beef Recipe
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Jerky Harvest Mini Bars Beef Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
oats
carrot
apple
coconut glycerin

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Jerky Harvest Mini Bars
Chicken Recipe
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Jerky Harvest Mini Bars Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
oats
apple
carrot
coconut glycerin

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Parmesan Pecks
Beef, Parmesan & Blueberry Recipe
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Parmesan Pecks Beef, Parmesan & Blueberry Recipe
First Five Ingredients
barley
beef
rolled oats
ground flaxseed
blueberry

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Parmesan Pecks
Chicken, Parmesan & Cranberry Recipe
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Parmesan Pecks Chicken, Parmesan & Cranberry Recipe
First Five Ingredients
barley
chicken
rolled oats
ground flaxseed
cranberry

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Parmesan Pecks
Duck, Parmesan & Cherry Recipe
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Parmesan Pecks Duck, Parmesan & Cherry Recipe
First Five Ingredients
barley
duck
rolled oats
ground flaxseed
cherry

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Superfood Cod Crisps
Cod & Blueberries
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Superfood Cod Crisps Cod & Blueberries
First Five Ingredients
cod
blueberry

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Superfood Cod Crisps
Cod & Strawberries
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Superfood Cod Crisps Cod & Strawberries
First Five Ingredients
cod
strawberry

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Purely One (Nice Mussels)
100% New Zealand Mussels
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Purely One (Nice Mussels) 100% New Zealand Mussels
First Five Ingredients
green mussel