If you read my previous post on dog food and what I am looking for when I choose a food for my Siberian Huskies, I mentioned that I believe that the best way to feed your dog is a raw or homemade diet. Feeding raw or homemade, you can avoid all the additives and artificial ingredients that dry dog food contains. However, many people do not have the time or feel comfortable making their own dog food. Some people may also not like the idea of handling or feeding their dog raw meat. When The Simple Food Project approached me and told me about how they are giving a solution to both of those issues, I knew it was something I had to try out with my huskies and share with my readers.
What I liked about The Simple Food Project: Helping owners find the best diet suitable for their dog is one of my passions. Just like in our own human food, the pet industry is filled with foods that are heavily processed and filled with artificial ingredients that are completely unnecessary and harmful for dogs. Eating simpler and healthier foods is not only good for you, but for your dog too. The Simple Food Project uses fresh whole food ingredients in their recipes. One of the first things I really liked about their dog food is that all of the ingredients are fresh foods you could find in a grocery store. All of their vitamins and minerals come from these natural sources and meet the AAFCO requirements for adult dog food. There is not a need to add in extra synthetic vitamins. I am a big believer in giving your dog variety in their diet. The Simple Food Project offers three different recipes that provide that variety. You can read about their recipes and why that variety is important on the Simple Food Project website: recipes and variety.
How did the huskies like The Simple Food Project? When it comes to dog food, one of the most important things after the nutrition and ingredients, is will your dog eat it happily. Siberian Huskies are one of the dog breeds known for being picky eaters. Their metabolisms are different from most other dogs due to their original purpose as long distance sled dogs. If they do not favor a food, they are perfectly fine not eating and they will continue to not eat to even dangerous lengths. When Gracie was a young dog, a vet told me that she would not starve herself and if I do not add anything or change her food, she would eventually eat her food. Dogs naturally do not starve themselves. However, Gracie disagreed. I told the vet that she would go days without eating and the vet told me to not switch out her dry food, again saying she will eat when she gets hungry enough. Long story short, this did not work and Gracie went way too many days without eating on the vet’s advice and I ended up switching her to a new food that she liked better. Now that I know more about dogs and nutrition, I know that the real cause of Gracie’s issues was that I was feeding her too much and she would overeat and then fast herself. If your dog is not eating, do not try to starve them. They may naturally fast themselves if they have an upset stomach or, like Gracie, ate too much. Anything more than a day is too long though. Food, just like with humans, is a dog’s source of energy and nutrients. They need a balanced diet. Fresh foods, like in The Simple Food Project, are much more appealing to dogs’ taste buds. Also, switching up what your dog is eating will help keep them interested in their next meal. I give my dogs different food for breakfast and dinner. My huskies loved eating the food from The Simple Food Project. I tried all three recipes with them. I tried The Simple Food Project dog food both by itself as a complete meal and mixed with dry dog food. I understand that not everyone can afford freeze dried raw food for their dogs, especially large and giant breed dog owners or people with multiple dogs. Mixing it in with your usual dry dog food can also give your dog the benefits of whole foods. If you are going to add something to your dog’s food, like fresh foods or freeze dried dog food, be sure to lessen the amount of dry food you are giving accordingly. I did a 50/50 mix, meaning I gave them half of the amount of dry food they would normally eat and half of The Simple Food Project food.
A Girl and Her Husky’s overall thoughts on The Simple Food Project:
Overall, I really loved The Simple Food Project. If I could afford to feed it all the time to my dogs, I would. While it is cheaper than most of the other freeze dried and whole food dog foods on the market, it still is pricey to feed three Siberian Huskies! However, I can afford to add a little bit in with my dry dog food and still get the benefits of having some whole foods in my dogs diet. This food meets all of my big requirements that I look for in dog food (you can check those out here.) I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to feed their dog a better whole food diet, especially if you do not have the time or desire to make it yourself. The Simple Food Project gave me a coupon code to share with my readers as well. Enter the code AGIRL at checkout for 10% off of their 1.5, 3, and 6 pound boxes of food.
Have you considered supplementing your dog’s diet with fresh foods? If so, what do you add?
Thanks for reading,
Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi
Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky received dog food from The Simple Food Project in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky – please do not use without permission.