Product Type: Lily's Kitchen dog food
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Lily's Kitchen Organic Trial Box for Dogs
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Lily's Kitchen Organic Trial Box for Dogs
Date: 19/08/10, updated on 31/08/10 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Has treated my dog and her allergies have gone.
Lily's Kitchen is a new range of natural pet foods which have recently entered the market. Inspiration for the food came from Henrietta Morrison's Border terrier, Lily, who had a skin complaint which was very difficult to treat. When seeking advice from her brother who is a vet, he confirmed that it was prudent to seek out a new method of feeding Lily, other than with commercial mainstream pet foods, as it was his opinion that the dog could be short of vitamins and minerals, as well as possibly reacting to some of the ingredients in the food.
Henrietta set out to gather as much information from experts as she could in the field of animal nutrition, and she decided that it could be possible to produce a high quality food, which would be nutritionally as perfect as possible. She was also a keen organic gardener with an allotment, so growing vegetables was very familiar to her. This sort of business needs a lot of investment, and fortunately for her she had the profits from the sale of her publishing company to plough into the start-up. This didn't come cheap as £100,000 was needed initially, so it isn't the kind of business which would be easy to begin without capital.
I became very interested in this food as I have a Shih Tzu, who had, until recently, several allergies which the vet had been unable to pin-point, and this summer they reached an all time high with frequent nights spent itching, and she had even developed some gastric problems along with her skin allergies. My daughter, who is also a vet, advised me to change her diet, and so I have gradually moved away from mainstream food, and Lily's is one I have tried with a great degree of success.
What you find in these foods is really very exciting! As Molly is a small dog I tend to buy foil trays for her and these come in three varieties:
Organic Chicken and Spelt Supper
Organic Lamb and Spelt Supper.
Organic Beef and Spelt Supper.
For larger breeds tins are available which include:
Slow Cooked lamb Hotpot
Beef Potato and Vegetable Dinner
Home-style Chicken and Turkey casserole
Goose and Duck feast With Fruits
There is also a dry food which is a chicken and vegetable bake, which is a complete food, and there are organic cheese and apple treats also available. There is also nothing to stop you buying the large tins and storing the leftovers in the fridge if you have a small dog, and wish to try out the different flavours.
To give you an idea of the price the small trays are £1.28 and the large tins are £2.15. The dry food retails for £7.14 per kg, and larger sizes are available which save money. Now I know many readers of this review will be thinking that this food must contain gold dust to be that pricy, and there is no doubt in my mind that it is a premium dog food. However, if you have a small dog, and especially one with allergies, then you may like to consider this food carefully. It may prevent high vet bills incurred through repeated testing for elusive allergies, which when in full swing can make life very miserable indeed for both dog and owner.
So if we take, for example, one of my dog Molly's favourite foods - The Chicken and Spelt Supper- what can we expect to find in there? Well just about everything! Here is the list!
Organic Chicken (30%), Organic Beef (15%), Organic Pork (5%), Organic Carrots 5%, Organic Peas 5%, Organic Spelt, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Cleavers, Organic Spirulina, Kelp. Vital vitamins and minerals.
Now you can see from this that there is quite a medley of ingredients- so lets look at the more unusual ones in detail. First the cleavers - this is a traditional remedy for skin allergies and irritations, and is bursting with fatty acids and flavanoids. Alfalfa contains natural enzymes, and is highly nutritious bursting with vitamins and minerals and high in protein. Spirulina isn't new to me, as my daughter takes this daily as part of her vegan lifestyle; it is blue-green algae and again is bursting with fatty acids and protein, as well as being high in B12 and iron. Kelp contains iodine, which helps to keep the coat healthy, and the teeth and nails strong.
The other meal choices contain many other ingredients which make fascinating reading, with marigold petals, rosehips, and chickweed making appearances along with other unusual additions. What is missing from this food though is what is traditionally seen in the pet food in the supermarket shelves, and that is rendered meats, genetically modified ingredients, artificial preservatives, colours, taste enhancers or sweeteners. There is also no wheat, corn or soya.
Lily's Kitchen has their own website at www.lilys kitchen.co.uk, and this website is colourful, runs very quickly, and is expertly designed. You can choose to join Lily's Club which will yield special offers and interesting newsletters, and when you have registered your details you are ready to make your first order. Here you can order what is called their starter pack called the Trial Box, which retails for £27.59 and contains;
2x Slow cooked Lamb Hotpot - 400g
2x Home-style Chicken & Turkey Casserole - 400g
2x Beef, Potato & Vegetable Dinner - 400g
2x Organic Lamb &d Spelt - 150g
2x Organic Chicken & Spelt - 150g
2x Organic Beef & Spelt - 150g
1x Organic Chicken & Vegetable Bake - 1kg
This is delivered post free as are all orders over £20. The beauty of this purchase is that it allows you to try all the meals before commiting to purchasing in larger quantities, and your dog can test out their favourites!
The food is available from the home delivery company Ocado and from many retailers, and I was delighted to see it being stocked on the Tebay service area of the M74 recently. This made a very welcome tea for Molly on a long journey!
So what does Molly think of this food and how has it changed her life? Well she adores the food and eats it with gusto. All the meals have a very pleasant aroma, and the difference they have made to her skin allergies has been incredible. Due to the cost of the wet food I have to admit that I have used the dried too, and I have also used the dried from Orijen, which I have also been buying, as this is a Canadian dog food which has similar ethics and ideals. Orijen do not make moist food, so I like to use Lily's once a day with Orijen for the other meal. Sometimes I also use the dry Lily's product which is also excellent. It is really due to the high cost of the trays that I have compromised on only feeding Lily's food exclusively. I think it is fair to say that even with my small dog a diet exclusively consisting of Lily's wet food would be very expensive, and a large dog on the diet would certainly require a very sizeable budget.
However I have seen a complete cessation of Molly's skin and stomach issues since moving over to this natural way of feeding, and I am so delighted to have a dog that is free from these symptoms. Her coat shines and I have not had to purchase expensive joint-care treats which I had been doing as she had been developing early arthritis, which has also abated since I started choosing more natural products. The only treats I have purchased are the Lily's Organic Cheese and Apple Treats which are artisan biscuits made with russet apples and organic cheddar! I could almost devour these myself! They are made from Dove's Farm Spelt Flour and even contain rosehips!
I like the the ethics of the company, in particular the emphasis they place on using growers who farm sustainably with respect for the environment. All the packages are recyclable, and the beauty of this company is that the owner shares a love for dogs with her passion for business, which ensures a healthy approach to marketing and production.
They don't come cheap, but you are buying quality and human-grade food which has the ability to turn dog allergies around, and to eliminate the suffering and misery these cause, without using pills. Molly loves them, and I must admit to having rather a passion for this company which produces something I am delighted to feed to her. They make cat food too, which I haven't tried yet, but that would need a massive budget increase on feline nutrition to support this. Still I am sure my cat, Marigold would love it!
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Summary: A food which is excellent in every aspect, but carries a hefty price-tag.