For the month of April, I was given the opportunity to try out Tylee's dog food from Chewy.com for my dogs. Tylee's is a human grade food that comes in Pork, Chicken, Beef, or Turkey. This isn't a raw dog food, but it also isn't a kibble. Instead, it is most like a home cooked food without having to home cook it yourself.
We were given this food in exchange for our honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely our own, and we were not compensated in any other way.
I chose the Pork flavor to try out this month. I like feeding pork when it is an option because it isn't a super common protein for dog food and my dogs seem to do well on it.
This food is required to be frozen or refrigerated. It should be thawed for feeding, or stored in the freezer if not being used. Like any meat product, it shouldn't be kept for more than 10 days in the fridge, and if it reaches room temperature, it should be discarded after 2 hours. Because of all this, Tylee's arrives at the house in an insulated box with dry ice to keep it cold. I happened to be home when our box was delivered, but I put the dry ice back in the box to see how long it would last (in roughly 60 degree weather) and there was still dry ice over 24 hours later. So I have no worries about this food being delivered while I am at work, though in the summer, I would leave instructions to place it in a shaded spot as direct sun would likely make it all thaw faster.
One of the great things about Tylee's that makes me excited to try it out is the list of ingredients. Pork heart and ground pork are the first two ingredients on the list, followed by water for processing, and then beef liver. After that are the vegetables included in this recipe, broccoli, kale, carrots, butternut squash, and pineapple. Each of those are things that Ptera will happily eat by themselves if offered (though she can be picky about the size of offered vegetables, too big of chunks and she'll spit it out). This is a single protein diet, so when they put pork in it, there is ONLY pork in it. Each of the flavors is the same- completely single protein recipes. That makes it perfect for dogs with protein allergies or specialized diets. While that isn't currently an issue for me with my dogs, it is great for all the people who do have to deal with that.
I opened the bag while it was still frozen. You are supposed to defrost the food before feeding, but since I have a very small refridgerator (I actually just have a mini fridge), I am keeping the bag in the freezer and using it from there. I didn't realize at first, until I reread the information about the food, that I should be measuring from the thawed amount, not the frozen amount, as the product will get somewhat smaller when thawed than when frozen. So when it says a dog should get 1 cup on the bag, it means 1 cup thawed. Since I am scooping from frozen, I just make sure to get a heaping cup instead of a flat cup, and it seems to be about perfect to compensate.
Chewy even included a one cup measuring cup for me with my Tylee's, which I have been using to scoop. You can see in these two open bag pictures that the meat and vegetables are immediately obvious. You can pick out the pieces of broccoli, squash, and carrots if you want to. I like how obvious it is that this is whole, real food. However, super picky dogs would be able to leave behind veggies if they picked through the food.
We're just getting started feeding this food, and I'm looking forward to using it for the month and sharing the experience. If you are interested in Tylee's, right now, Chewy.com is having a buy one, get one deal if you enter the code TYLEES after adding two Tylee's products to your cart. Or, just check back in with us in a few weeks to see how the dogs are doing with the new food.