updated 6/16/2011 5:17:31 PM ET 2011-06-16T21:17:31

SAN DIEGO, June 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Honest Kitchen, makers of all-natural, dehydrated whole foods for dogs and cats, shared customer feedback from their 2011 annual survey today. The survey was distributed through the company's monthly newsletter and on their facebook page, and was completed by more than 2500 customers.

Of the applicable customers polled, pet owners noted improvement in the following areas after they began feeding The Honest Kitchen's dehydrated whole foods:

77.6% noted that The Honest Kitchen helped their pet's digestion

75.1% said their pet's wellbeing/energy levels increased

70.6% saw improvement in their pet's skin and coat

68.7% noticed a reduction in their pet's symptoms

59% saw improvement in pet's weight

49.7% of pets' itchiness improved

37.1% of pet's ear infections improved

35.5% were able to reduce their pet's medication

This survey was distributed, recorded and analyzed by The Honest Kitchen. Customers used The Honest Kitchen as their pet's sole diet, or as a component of a varietal approach to feeding. Over 50% of the respondents had used The Honest Kitchen for more than one year.

"There is a strong, direct correlation between the foods pets eat, and how healthy they are," said Lucy Postins, founder and CEO, "Many pet owners notice that their pet's health improves on a fresh, minimally processed diet, and these statistics from our most recent survey are really representative of the feedback we've been receiving from our loyal and happy customers, and their vets, since our company was founded almost nine years ago."

The Honest Kitchen dehydrates the raw ingredients in their pet food. Dehydration is a gentle technique that preserves the enzymes and antioxidants in whole foods –aroma, flavor and even color (phytonutrients) are retained through the minimal process. When produce is cooked under extreme heat and pressure, as with canning and extrusion, the natural, colorful pigments are destroyed and the end product turns brown, devoid of many of the nutrients it started with.

The Honest Kitchen's recipes are 100% human-grade–meaning they only use fit-for-human-consumption whole foods, and their pet food recipes are produced in an FDA inspected human food facility. The Honest Kitchen's foods contain no genetically modified ingredients, common fillers and by-products (corn, wheat, soy, rice, beat pulp or meat meals), and are free of added sugar, salt, chemical/artificial preservatives and artificial flavors.

The Honest Kitchen is committed to educating pet owners on the benefits of whole foods for pets, and has copyrighted a free pet health education e-booklet, " Feed Your Way to a Healthy Pet," which is free to download and share.

About The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, which are made with love in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards. Dehydration is a gentle technique that removes only the moisture and retains most natural nutrients found in raw, whole foods. The private, family-owned company is based in San Diego CA. The Honest Kitchen is sold in more than two thousand pet specialty stores nationwide, as well as in some holistic vet offices and select Whole Foods stores. The Honest Kitchen's products are developed with uncompromising attention to detail, by a company of pet lovers with a passion for food.

For more information, please visit:  www.thehonestkitchen.com .

Contact: Carmen Velasquez
(619) 544 0018 x 314       
Carmen@thehonestkitchen.com

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