Canadian regulations recognize the critical link between the health and welfare of farm animals. Providing farm animals with living conditions and space allowances appropriate to their behavioural requirements and feed appropriate for their species minimize stress, promote good health and prevent disease.
Wild Boars - How are they raised?They are raised outdoors, they are not always in the barn like big pig factories. They get fresh air, they get to play in the mud and water. They are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones to make them grow faster. It takes them two years to mature.
Wild boars are not like common pigs, they cannot be kept in the same area. They can jump very high and dig very well. They cannot be factory farmed. They need to be outdoors where they belong. They are still a wild animal even though they are farm raised.
Elk and Deer - How are they raised?
They are grass and hay fed. The pasture and hay are grown naturally. They are given grain twice daily containing a mixture of whole corn and an all-natural protein- vitamin – mineral supplement. They are not fed antibiotics and are dewormed once a year through their grain. They are pastured in spring and summer and in the colder months, they are in several acres of paddock where they have easy access to food and water. There is a shelter available though being social animals, they prefer to lay around the hay feeders with their group
Hormone-free Beef Organ Meat
The cows are raised in Ontario and range free all year round. 95% of their feed is grass. The grass and hay are organic.
Antibiotic-free / Organic Chicken Bones (Grounded)
All chickens are raised in Ontario. They have access to outdoors during the warm weather and are barns during inclement weather. They are raised without antibiotics and fed vitamins, minerals, probiotics and grains. They are not fed animal by-products or bakery waste. No growth proponents are added to the feed or water.
Organic hens are kept in small flock size, truly free-range, fed no antibiotics and no GMO feed, and subject to higher animal welfare standards. For example, induced moulting is prohibited and beak trimming is only permitted for emergency welfare reasons and require veterinarian oversight
Cold-pressed Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
Unlike Atlantic salmon which are all farmed, there are still healthy wild stocks of Pacific salmon. Alaska ranks as one of the world’s healthiest and best managed fisheries due to management based on sustainable yield.
The fish is “cold-pressed” using minimal heat and mechanical force to extract the oil, avoiding harsh chemicals, solvents and extreme temperatures. Gentle extraction method protects the oil along with its naturally occurring vitamins and powerful antioxidants
Vegetables and Fruits
We do not use any vegetables or fruits on the Dirty Dozen list. The Dirty Dozen are 12 crops that farmers typically use the most pesticides on. Pesticide contamination varies by crops. The Environment Working Group (EWG) ranks the pesticide contamination of 47 popular fruits and vegetables. Their annual guide is based on test results by the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration. The samples are tested after washing and peeling if applicable.
In 2021, the Dirty Dozen are strawberries; spinach; kale, collards and mustard greens; nectarines; apples; grapes; cherries; peaches; pears; bell and hot peppers; celery; tomatoes (EWG guide is for humans therefore some of the corps listed are toxic to dogs)
We use whole grains which carry a “complete package” of health benefits.
All whole grain kernels have 3 parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is fiber-rich, the germ is rich in healthy fats, and the endosperm holds carbohydrates and protein. Each part also holds various micro-nutrients. Milling strips away the bran and germ, leaving only endosperm. Stripping the bran makes the grain easier to chew, stripping the germ removes the oil content extending shelf life. The highly processed grains are way lower in nutritional quality and many of the lost nutrients cannot be replaced with artificial fortifications.
We use organic herbs which are non-irradiated. Food irradiation is the treatment of food with a type of radiation energy known as ionizing radiation. 3 different types of radiation are allowed in Canada: Gamma rays, X-rays and electron beam radiation. Food irradiation increases shelf life but it reduces the nutritional content.
Green Algae-based Ingredients*
Hawaiian SpirulinaSpirulina is a blue-green alga that became famous after it was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. Hawaii is the sunniest coastal location in the U.S., providing perfect year-round temperatures and growing seasons. Hawaiian Spirulina has been adapting to the intense Hawaiian sun, giving a distinctive rich strain very rich in mixed carotenoids, enzymes and antioxidants.
*Algae is neither plant nor animal according to biology classification
Additional Vitamin and Minerals?
Most dogs don't need additional vitamin and mineral supplements to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle. It is possible to get all of the nutrients your pup needs by eating a variety of healthy foods, from whole meats, vegetables, fruits and oils in the diet.
Powder supplements formulated to bridge nutritional gap may not be as easily absorbed as the real thing naturally found in whole foods. Nutrients interactions and absorption are complex. Extraction of specific individual essential nutrients may not work as intended.
However, if your dog has specific medical needs, targeted supplements can be very helpful. It is best to consult with your vet.
We use the most appropriate cooking method for each ingredient.