Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado and in production since 2012, the I and Love and You dog food brand is definitely one of the new kids in the dog food industry. The I and Love and You dog food brand is relatively new in comparison to their counterparts with up to 100 years of experience, but this has its advantages.
Being in production for only four years allows the food manufacturing process to be relatively modern and up to date, without any potential issues due to age and overuse of equipment to impeded the production process. The production line should also be relatively new and without need for repairs.
The quality procedures and safety futures of the company should also be in place and be a bit higher than other companies who have become a bit too comfortable over the years. Being new may be considered a bad thing among some, but every company has to begin somewhere, and every organization is ‘new’ at one time.
Focused What Dog Owners Want
The I and Love and You dog food brand has done their market research in the dog food area, and have focused on what dog owners want these days. The modern dog owner wants a food to offer their pet that is of high quality, meat based proteins, alongside grain free carbohydrates and fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
The I and Love and You dog food brand has honored these requests and also brought their quality up a notch by using pure ingredients. All the foods in the I and Love and You line are free from GMOs and artificial additives, preservatives, colorings and flavorings. They contain zero soy, corn by-products or unnamed meats, which is always nice to know.
Animal by-products and ‘mystery’ meats may well be safe for dogs (and indeed for us) to eat, but it is nice to know what is in the food, where it comes from, and how it got there.
Most of the ingredients in I And Love And You are sourced from the United States whenever possible and they use the top of the line cuts when it comes to protein.
Using only top of line meat cuts is, of course, the base of any premium grade dog food. Many other companies use questionable meat sources, or by products as fillers.
Many of the meat products that are deemed a whole food may be raised and manufactured in manners deemed un-humane by some. The I and Love and You dog food brand promises top of the line quality by first providing top of the line raising standards of their animals used for meat.
Wild caught salmon, grass fed beef and lamb and free range, cage free poultry will give you an idea of how serious I and Love and You developers are about the ethical standards that apply when developing a truly holistic product. All of the lines are free from by-product or rendered meats, you will not find any beaks, hooves or horns in this food.
You have to take your hat off to I And Love And You firstly for their bold choice in naming their dog food I And Love And You, but these guys want to be different in more than just their name. The name is not only a reference to the Avett Brothers album (which is well worth a listen by the way) but they want to show the world that a special relationship can exist not only between a musician and fan but also between a dog and his owner.
Giving your best buddy as much attention that you have to spare and serving them a high quality food will surely guarantee that the feeling of love and care is reciprocated.
With an emphasis on a truly holistic product, and working in conjunction with veterinarians who share the same philosophy, I And Love And You brand have developed a dog food that checks all the boxes. First, the animals used for meat are raised humanely and kept in humane conditions.
The chickens, lamb, fish, and cows are free range, which is more than most food companies can say of their chickens before processing. All animals raised in humane conditions produce a better quality meat than those bred and raised in cramped, small cages.
When caring for the meat before being fed to your dog, the company is also caring for the dog the food will ultimately feed and nourish.
Dogs are the descendants of wolves who still to this day look for fresh meat. Dogs do not prefer to hunt and eat meat that has been raised poorly in warehouses, over processed, or mixed with other (questionable) ingredients and/or animal parts.
Also in evolutionary diet needs, if you see dogs ‘hunting’ around a corn field, they are probably not being fed very well and are severely malnourished.
I And Love And You understands the need for proper nourishment according to evolutionary principles and have developed a food that uses only quality ingredients and does not rely on these cheaper by-products or fillers.
All of the foods in I and Love and You are grain free, which lowers the chances of allergic reactions and gastrointestinal problems. The use of grains and in particular corn, which we see in nearly every product in our stores today, has seen a negative impact on not only ourselves and the environment but now on our pets as well.
Dogs are at a high risk of developing allergic reactions when fed a grain based diet, and also developing painful skin issues. Dogs that are prone to rashes, skin infections, and overall flaky skin may need to have their diet altered to one free from grain.
Dogs with ‘sensitive’ stomachs may also be having a reaction to the grain in their diet. Humans are not the only animals at risk for allergic reactions to grain, but we may be the only animals that are able to vocalize our irritations and reactions.
Dogs cannot tell you when a reaction occurs, so preventing the allergy from the beginning will help your dog be comfortable over time.
The ingredients in I and Love and You are generally pure, free from potential irritant and allergens, and are preservative free. The first ingredients are protein sources from an animal based meat, which is always a good sign of a quality product.
The first ingredients in I and Love and You is pork. Pork is a meat product from a pig and often shunned by humans due to the poor/false reputation of the pig being an unclean animal.
While a dog in the wild may not hunt and eat a pig as a first choice, the pig is vulnerable to the dog and wolf as a free standing animal full of meat on a farm.
Including pork as the first ingredient in I and Love and You allows the company to cater to the unique taste of the dog, but also offer the nutritional balance pork offers.
From pork, the dog will receive ten amino acids that benefit the dog, as well as the protein and other nutrients. The pork used in the dog food is not akin to a pork chop or bacon, but is the inclusion of slaughtered pork-and the byproducts.
Second, the I and Love and You brand offers lamb meal. Lamb meal is a blend of lamb meat, which offers three times the protein as regular lamb as well as other nutrients essential for a healthy life. Lamb also tastes good to dogs, is considered a healthy and lean meat, and is also easily digestible by most dogs.
Along with lamb meal, is fish meal. Fish meal is similar to lamb meal in that the ingredient is a blend of meat, but fish meal offers omega 3 and 6 amino acids that benefit the brain, heart, circulation, skin, and fur of the dog.
Fourth, the I and Love and You has lentils listed as the next ingredient. Many may not consider lentils to be an ingredient beneficial to dogs, but lentils are beneficial to everyone! In this case, the lentil is more of a filler, but is one that has 25% protein to offer.
The remaining ingredients listed are garbanzo beans, dried egg product, beet pulp, and canola oil. These ingredients together account for a vegetable, a dairy with biological value, high fiber nutrients, and omega 3 amino acids. The added nutrients offered by these ingredients help to round out the dietary information on the I and Love and You food and benefit the overall health of the dog.
The I And Love And You brand developers have had a lot of room for creativity. The names of the product lines are silly, fun, and easy to remember. The names set the product lines apart, but also set the overall brand apart as well. The funky names may also appeal to the younger demographic of dog owners looking to offer a healthy brand of food to their pet that is not boring.
The Nude Kibble comes in flavors such as Hot Lickety Lamb and Poultry Palooza, so the fun just never seems to stop over at I And Love And You. The In The Raw line has Beef Boom Ba, Turk Boom Ba and Chick Boom Ba, it is surely only a matter of time before they introduce Brown Chicken Brown Cow. The canned line has Beef Booyah, Cluckin’ Good Stew and Gobble It Up Stew.
In all seriousness, these dog food blends are very high quality foods from the I And Love And You brand. The food also has the added advantage that if you are so boring that you use your pet as a conversation piece, the names of the recipes can break an awkward silence and provide a chuckle if you do have some people over to the house.
In the end, the names will not only keep your dog healthy and happy, but add a little fun and flow to potential conversations.
Naked Essentials by I And Love And You Salmon + Trout is a grain and filler free food packed with probiotics which are the ‘good’ bacteria that help promote a healthy digestive system and ward off most of the bacterial pathogens which can lead to not only a messy stool but also more serious gastrointestinal problems.
Probiotics also help to boost the immune system of your dog through encouraging a healthy digestive system. Using the benefits of probiotics is a smart move on behalf of I And Love And You, the probiotic trend has begun to expand into the diets of our pets as well as ourselves.
The Chicken + Duck and the Lamb + Bison also feature high grade protein. Apparently if you buy a bag of this brand, you can invite I And Love And You over to your house for a game of Bark-o Polo. I am not exactly sure that your dog will understand the rules of this game but I doubt it matters. For one thing they wouldn’t come and for a second would you really want to invite someone to your house to try to play that. Games and invitations aside, the Chicken + Duck +Lamb +Bison product line is packed with protein and natural flavors your dog will love.
The AAFCO have approved the raw foods for all life stages including pregnant or nursing dogs, puppies and the seniors. This is an accreditation that many other raw dog food manufactures do not have-but let’s not name any names.
I And Love And You brand has created several different lines with their staple of grain free dry dog food and canned option. Regular dog food options have been expanded to be accompanied by raw and raw freeze dried foods and patties.
The AAFCO not only approved the raw foods used in the I and Love and You foods, but has also approved the ingredients and nutrients in three of the I and Love and You product lines:
- Nude Food Simply Sea
- Nude Food Poultry Palooza
- Nude Food Red Meat Medley
The terms used ‘Nude Food’ are catchy, but also highlight the rawness of the dog food ingredients, and the fact that the raw ingredients are therefore ‘nude’. Using ‘nude food’ in the title may draw attention, but the nude ingredients draw the nutrients.
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I and Love and You Dog Food Reviews
With the large variety of blends and flavors, as well as the raw food options, the I And Love And You developers truly created a food worth their high reviews and strong reputation. From many review sites, the I and Love and You Nude Food Dog Food flavor has earned a five star review! Earning the highest review score offered, this blend is representative of all the health food qualities offered by the I And Love And You brand.
The I And Love And You reviews are high on the social media and reviews sites online. Most pet parents who have bought the I And Love And You products are incredibly happy with the product and have similar statements as the various five star rating reviews. Those who took the time to review this product rated the quality at either four or five stars and with glowing reviews on the impact of the food on the dog.
The dogs that enjoy this brand do so without side effects and without complaint. Many dogs experience uncomfortable changes or side effects when switching food brands, but with the I And Love And You dog food and treats, the dog owners who posted reviews stated that their dogs did not experience any negative side effects. All effects were of a positive nature and surprising to the owner.
I and Love and You Dog Food Recalls
Not many companies, both old and new, are able to claim not having had a recall of their product. Recalls may occur for a variety of reasons, and many are done so on a voluntary basis. On occasion a safety check may reveal an issue with a product, and to be safe, a voluntary recall is issued to ensure a dog does not become sick or have ill effect.
In regards to I And Love And You, there has been only one recall that seems to have occurred. The I And Love And You Treats were recalled in the summer of 2015, but only treats were effects and not the entire line.
Major news sources and the I And Love And You website do not contain other information regarding recalls outside of the 2015 incident. If the I And Love And You brand was deemed a repeat offender or had questionable safety protocols, the issues would be more widely pronounced on social media and dog related websites.
Overall, this food and their treats should be deemed safe, reliable, and trustworthy.