The Filling Station Pet Supplies is proud to carry Sojos in Portland, Oregon. Sojos complete and balanced foods combine the easy prep and shelf-stable convenience of kibble with the unsurpassed nutrition offered in real, raw food. The only thing missing is water. When you add it back, the abundance of flavor and natural nutrients spring back to life.
Using a dehydrated base mix is convenient, easy, and very expensive. I stocked up on both The Honest Kitchen and Sojos (freeze-dried) when a local pet store went out of business. I then bought several cases of The Honest Kitchen when they offered a BOGO (buy one, get one free) sale on Kindly which was my favorite of their base mixes. When I ran out of all of the food, I was ready to begin making my base mix (which consists of organic vegetables, fruits, and supplements) and calculate the right ratio of meat, organ meat, and bone.
When food is dehydrated, heat is used to evaporate the water from the ingredients. Although it's low heat, allowing many of the nutrients to remain intact, the food is still being cooked and the cellular structure of the food is being altered.
With freeze-dried dog food, frozen food is put in a vacuum chamber in which the ice is evaporated. The temperature remains below freezing and the nutrients remain intact. This is why I think freeze-dried dog food is superior to dehydrated. But both are miles better than commercial dry dog food.
No worries, the folks of THK sent several boxes of The Honest Kitchen, and I was able to see that I was paying for the convenience and quality. And with a higher quality diet, I would be paying for fewer vet appointments and prescriptions. I wasn't 100% convinced or impressed with the food. But then a fellow dog parent and THK customer shared how she feeds the food to her dog (more like a smoothy than instant oatmeal), and I was willing to give it another try.
I'm not a fan of The Honest Kitchen line of whole grain food. I don't believe dogs need grains in their diet, and I also found the recipes to be too rich for my dogs; a meal was too heavy on the digestive system, even for Sydney and Zoey, two dogs with an iron stomach.
In 2017, I made the decision to no longer purchase The Honest Kitchen food, base mixes, or treats for my dogs. It was a disappointment because this is a brand that I supported and promoted for years, however, it ceased to be a good fit for my pack.
I was introduced to Sojos, a freeze-dried food, a year after I learned about The Honest Kitchen. At the anniversary sale, I spoke with a representative who told me about the food, and I bought a HUGE bag of their turkey recipe (I didn't know about Rodrigo's allergies at the time). What I liked about Sojos is that it was more affordable than The Honest Kitchen and the packages were larger, which was appealing to someone raising several dogs.
What I didn't like about Sojos was how long it took to hydrate my dogs' food. Keep in mind that this was the beginning of my dog nutrition journey and I was transitioning from a person who poured kibble into a bowl to someone who was trying to provide better nutrition. Today, I start my dogs' foods (mixing in a digestive supplement or hydrated Olewo carrots), get ready for work, then come back and feed them. It's easy, and I laugh that I was so put out about waiting 15 minutes (or however long it was) to hydrate Sojos.
The only critique that I have is that Sojos isn't transparent on their website about where they source their ingredients (or at least this was the case when this blog post was originally published). I wasn't able to find a page on their site that lists sourcing information, which is important to me, especially because there was a time when Sojos sourced ingredients (one or two of the vegetables) from China. This practice has ceased, however, after they were purchased by WellPet, I scratched them off the list of foods that I would feed my dogs (more below).
The ingredients in their food are minimal and impressive. Although Sojos informs consumers that their diets are complete and balanced to meet AAFCO standards, they don't offer sourcing information about their ingredients.
I think it's amazing when a small company is purchased by a giant. They now have resources and funds to provide their customers with more options; better options. I wonder if the acquisition is what allowed Sojos to expand the protein options in their food.
I look for food that doesn't have grains, white potatoes, or an abundance of synthetic vitamins. Because of Rodrigo's history of GI issues, I've become a Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist, literally. This doesn't mean that I will be offering nutrition consultations; it just means that I know more about how dog food is made and the ingredients than the average pet owner.
I look for a brand that is transparent about their sourcing. While I don't mind calling a brand to ask them about where they source their ingredients and make their food, I would prefer to see current information on their website. With stories of pet food recalls due to pentobarbital and the concern of raw brands using 3D/4D meats in their food, it always surprises me when brands aren't more forthcoming.
And, finally, the food I choose depends on my budget. I'm raising four dogs that weigh between 60 and 75 pounds. I can go through a box or bag of dehydrated dog food quickly. While I want to give my dogs the best, I find that it's more affordable if I make their food than buy premade dog food.
If you're concerned about budget, I recommend contacting the brand that you're interested in feeding and talking to them about how long a box will last. Find other dog lovers who feed the foods to get an idea of how long a bag or box will last so that you can see if the food fits in your budget.
In the past, I have fed NRG dehydrated dog food because they offered proteins that I wasn't able to source elsewhere. For example, there are warnings about feeding raw salmon, so I choose to often feed dehydrated salmon; especially when I forget to thaw out food for the dogs. Today, I'll buy it when I can get it on special because it's a bit outside of my budget.
I feed Vital Essentials Raw to my cat because he wasn't interested in eating raw. When I finally got him to quit his kibble habit, I began feeding Cosmo wet food along with freeze-dried raw. I chose Vital Essentials because it's a solid brand and my cat and dogs love their food. Today, Cosmo eats some raw with his wet food, but I still add freeze-dried pet food from Vital Essentials.
The issue I have with The Honest Kitchen is that they add potatoes to their food. The lectins in potatoes and beans can block the absorption of key nutrients, including taurine, which may lead to heart issues.
I also have struggled with the freeze dried vs dehydrated and/or just plain regular, but healthy human food. I left THK as on multiple occasions, and from multiple boxes I found ground up blue plastic in the mix. I went to ground organic tirkey, cooked with veggies untill my dog started getting sensitivity to turkey & chicken. Now Im back to kibble for a bit adding a little meat & veggied to the mix. Just thought someone should know.
Our Malamute, Sasha, has had diarrhea and problems with what we think are food sensitivities since she was born. We feed her The Honest Kitchen Grain-Free Fruit & Veggie Dehydrated Dog Base Mix. Once she started on that food, she has literally had no problems whatsoever. We have tried other Foods by slowly introducing them into the diet and pretty much everything gives her bad diarrhea. My daughter was dog sitting a dog who had severe rashes and was losing his hair and they started him on this food and the rash went away and the dog has been healthy ever since. This food is truly amazing! It is time-consuming and definitely more expensive to feed her but it is worth it!
I would love to get the base mix a lesser price because 1 box only lasts about 12 days. I have two dogs that weigh 57 and 45 lbs. The little one just turned 1 year old so she still has more growing and I have the feeling the food bill will go up too.
As a pet nutritionist, I am looking for direction. My 10 pound Yorkie has Bladder Stone issues and her vet wants her to go on Commercial dog food (Royal Canin SO). I have cooked homemade food for for most of her life (She is almost 4) as I just do not love the idea of feeding commercial dog food. I am looking for an alternative to the Royal Canin that I can use and came across THK and wondered if this is something that may be a possibility for her condition. They feel that she will need to be on the RX food for the rest of her life as a preventative. Any thoughts or suggestions
My dog is not a begger by any means. She eats what she gets and has had the same food for a long time. I bought a sample of this when I was moving until I could get her regular food and she went NUTS. She literally turned around on our walk and pulled me back to the house she loved it so much. Needless to say, we're buying again.
Sojos Complete Beef is Veterinarian recommended, wholesome and all natural. Featuring fresh raw beef as the main ingredient, along with sweet potatoes, cranberries, and flaxseeds, this food provides a nutrient boost for your dog. It is easy to prepare, each ingredient is gently freeze-dried, but comes back to life with delicious flavors, wonderful textures and nutrition when re-hydrated. Freeze-dried foods are rich in naturally-occurring nutrients and enzymes, as the ingredients are not exposed to harsh processing. With Sojos, you only need to add water, soak the food and watch your dog enjoy. Sojos uses NO GMOS, Artificial Preservatives, Colors or Flavors. It is all natural and delicious. Proudly Made in Minnesota, USA.
Sojos Complete Beef provides dogs with a nutritious meat that is complete and balanced. It is Vet recommended and contains fresh raw beef as the main ingredient, along with sweet potatoes, cranberries, and flaxseeds, this food provides a nutrient boost for your dog. It is easy to prepare, each ingredient is gently freeze-dried, but comes back to life with delicious flavors, wonderful textures and nutrition when re-hydrated. Freeze-dried foods are rich in naturally-occurring nutrients and enzymes, as the ingredients are not exposed to harsh processing. With Sojos, you only need to add water, soak the food and watch your dog enjoy. Sojos uses NO GMOS, Artificial Preservatives, Colors or Flavors. It is all natural and delicious. Proudly Made in Minnesota, USA. 59ce067264