Does a whole food diet for your dog sound like a great idea? The dog food industry is a jungle, and it is hard to find out which foods are good for your dog, and not just some fancy language for a poor food. Mom gets a lot of information before we ever try a food, and sometimes even I read up before tasting. Today, we are going to tell you about a new food we tried recently.
My GBGV Life received the Chi Dog Food in this post to review. My GBGV Life receives no additional benefits for barking about Chi Dog products or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinion of My GBGV Life. Chi Dog is not responsible for the contents of this post.
Our boxes of Chi Dog arrived at our house in December, and of course, they need to be kept frozen. This time of year, freezer space is not a problem for us, as we kept the food on our deck. It was very practical. Don’t worry, the boxes are big, but the food only takes up a portion of each box.
What is Chi Dog?
Chi Dog recipes are based on your dog’s chi. Chi is the life giving, vital energy that unites body, mind and spirit. The five types of chi come from Eastern Medicine. Chi Dog uses the chi principals to tailor diets to give dogs the right balance and to heal them. The five elements are:
- The Wood Dog – athlete
- The Fire Dog – socialite
- The Earth Dog – best friend
- The Metal Dog – scholar
- The Water Dog – shy one
What element is your dog? When you order your food, there is a short questionnaire for the human to fill out to determine the correct element. Both Bailie and I came up as Earth Dogs, but Mom says it is not really correct as we are truly 50/50 Earth/Fire dogs. The meals are totally different for the two elements, but we went with Earth dog meals.
How to serve Chi Dog?
As with any new food for your dog, the transition should be gradual. We switch foods a lot, so we transitioned in two days with no side effects, but seven days is recommended. Take a package out of the freezer to defrost in the refrigerator for a couple days, and then it is ready to serve. Defrosting in the microwave is also an option. Those first transition days we simply had less of our normal kibble, and added our Earth Dog food to it.
The packages we received were more than enough for one meal for both of us, so the practical plastic cover to keep the rest of the food fresh in the refrigerator was super helpful. An opened package can be stored in the refrigerator for up to seven days, but ours were always eaten within a day at our next meal.
If you have guests at your house, make sure they know the food in the refrigerator is for your dog. It seriously looks like Chinese leftovers in the fridge! Looking at Bailie’s portion of food for one meal in her bowl, you have to admit, it looks wonderful! Earth Dog meals are made of eggs, tofu, sweet potato, peas, spinach, and mushrooms. The food is made of fresh human grade ingredients, and was developed by veterinarians.
Bailie had no trouble digging into her bowl of food. She actually pushed her bowl around the floor while attempting to get every last crumb out of it.
I’m the family food snob, but Chi Dog had me counter surfing every meal. I can barely get my nose as high as the counter, but I love the smell of the food, and don’t want to wait to eat it.
Our Chi Dog Conclusions?
If you are looking for a good, whole food diet for your dog, but you don’t want to feed raw, or kibble, Chi Dog is a great option. We have tried other similar options, but this is the best one we have tried. What do we like or not like about Chi Dog meals?
- The Green Cell Foam refrigerant liner is the most eco-friendly packaging available. Green Cell is made from corn, is water dissolvable and non-toxic, is compostable and biodegradable. We just put it in the sink and it dissolved completely within minutes!
- PETE #1 food trays are BPA free and recyclable. They also stack well to save on space.
- The containers, and the covers made it super easy to serve and store, and the rectangular size packages are easy to stack.
- It’s an easy way to feed a whole food diet without having to do any cooking yourself.
- If you have real young, or senior dogs, the meals are much easier for them to eat and digest than a raw diet.
- Our “output” was the same, but Mom says it was lightweight, which was something new.
- Meals are truly tasty, but we found we needed larger portions than what was suggested. This could be because we don’t think we are true Earth Dogs because we are quite active.
- Cost of feeding is a bit high. It would be about $120 every two weeks for each of us.
- When we start traveling a lot again for sports, it would be a hassle to try to keep the food refrigerated.
Would you like to try Chi Dog?
Simply visit the Chi Dog website, and find your dog’s element. Don’t worry, it is free to do. Once you have the element, there will be several more questions, and the price for your dog’s food will pop up. Save 50% on your first order using the promo code chi50