Best Dog Food Canada: 25 Top Canadian Dog Food Brands

Food & Nutrition | Dog

There is no better time to shop local. To help you find the right Canadian food for your patriotic pooch, we put together a list of the best dog foods made in Canada.

And, with more and more quality choices available, it’s easier than ever to find an affordable, healthy dog food and treats made in Canada.

25 Best Canadian Dog Food

Acana Canisourse go! Solutions Legacy Pets Go Raw
Big Country Raw Carna4 Horizon Now Fresh Smack
Bold Raw Carnivora Hurraw Nutram Taiga
Boreal FirstMate K-9 Choice Orijen Tripett
Canada Fresh Gather Kasiks Petkind Zeal


ACANA Dog Food

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ACANA is produced by Champion Petfoods, which has been in the pet food industry for 25+ years. ACANA uses a combination of fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients from Canadian farmers and fishers to make a food that closely mimics the diets of your dog's ancestors.

They incorporate a whole prey diet (includes fresh meat, organs, marrow, and cartilage) to provide dogs with a biologically appropriate food that is rich in high-quality protein. ACANA formulas are cooked slowly at low temperatures (90 C/195 F) in order to preserve as much of the flavour and nutrient content as possible.

ACANA is produced in Champion Petfoods' own award-winning kitchen in Morinville, Alberta, Canada.

Key Features:

  • Biologically Appropriate Food:
    • Heritage Formulas: 60 - 75% meat; 25 - 35% fruits, vegetables & botanicals; 0% grains, potato & tapioca
    • Regionals Formulas: 60% meat; 40% fruits, vegetables & botanicals; 0% grains, potato & tapioca
    • Singles Formulas: 50% meat; 50% fruits, vegetables & botanicals; 0% grains, potato & tapioca
    • Classics Formulas: 50% meat from fresh free-run/wild-caught meats, fish, and eggs
  • Fresh, regional, ingredients - free-run poultry, nest-laid eggs, wild and sustainably-caught fish, free-range red meats - delivered fresh to their own kitchen daily
  • Sticks to dogs' evolutionary adaptation of eating fresh meat and protein-rich diets
  • Completely free of antibiotics, hormones, and GMO ingredients

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Treats

Sources: http://acana.com

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Big Country Raw Dog FoodNew call-to-action

Raw, natural foods are the key to optimal health for your dog or cat. At Big Country Raw, they start with pasture-raised, free-range meats, wild-caught fish, and organic fruits and vegetables, sourced from trusted Canadian farmers. Their extensive line of dinners, pure meats, and blends help to ensure that there is an option to suit all dogs and cats.

Fresh, whole ingredients are delivered to the Big Country Raw facility where their production team inspects and processes all ingredients, ensuring total and quality control of all of their products.

Big Country started in Ontario, Canada, in 2012, and has since remained a reliable and innovative raw pet food manufacturer across Canada.

Key Benefits:

  • Wide range of flavours ranging from chicken, turkey, or beef, to exotic proteins like rabbit and kangaroo
  • Big Country Raw diets are available in full meal dinners, pure ground meats, signature blends, and their newest addition, Trek dehydrated diets
  • All diets are suitable for all life stages
  • Kangaroo, sourced from Australia, is the only ingredient that is not sourced from Canada
  • They provide support for rescues and working dog programs

Selection:

  • Frozen raw
  • Side dished
  • Raw bones

Sources: www.bigcountryraw.ca

To learn more about the Big Country Raw, check out our Complete Big Country Raw Buying Guide. 

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Bold Raw Dog Food

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Bold Raw is a premium Canadian producer of natural raw food for dogs and cats. Bold Raw formulas were developed by a team of experts, veterinarians, and is backed by 15 years of pet industry experience. Bold Raw uses fresh ground meats, meaty bones, tripe, organ, and kelp to ensure that all nutrients were as abundant and as natural as possible.

7 years later, they added the Mega Dog line to accommodate the needs of larger breed dogs. Replacing the tripe with fresh fruits and vegetables allowed them to offer a more affordable feeding option for large breed and multi-pet households.

Bold Raw and Mega Dog are made in our 10,000 square foot production facility in Erin, Ontario. 

Key Benefits:

  • All Bold Raw and Mega Dog products are triple ground to ensure consistency and make the diets suitable for dogs and cats of all ages, breeds, and size
  • Tripe contains digestive enzymes, probiotics, omega fatty acids and is mineral-rich
  • Bold Raw does not contain any produce, leaving a very low-glycemic diet, ideal for weight issues and digestive sensitivities
  • Mega Dog is offered in larger bulk sizing and variety packs to allow for the best price points
  • Mega Bold products use only a 7% produce content

Selection:

  • Frozen raw
  • Raw bones

Sources: www.boldraw.com

To learn more about the feeding raw, check out Raw Dog Food for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Feed Your Dog Raw.

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Boreal Dog Food

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Boreal is produced by Lincoln Biotech, a family-owned company run by two brothers (one of which is a veterinarian) with over 20 years of experience in the pet industry. Boreal's approach is to provide pets with diets similar to those of their ancestors.

They produce products that are high in simple proteins (i.e. salmon, turkey, lamb), low in starch, and that rank low on the glycemic index in order to give dogs a more consistent source of energy. Their main goals are to promote a healthy weight, decrease symptoms caused by food allergies, and encourage overall wellness in dogs.

Boreal dry pet foods are produced in two different manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Canada.

Key Features:
  • Free of grains, starches, cereals, added salt, and artificial colours
  • Uses Western Canadian peas and Northern White Pea beans as low-glycemic carbohydrate sources
  • Contains Zinpro, which is an organic zinc mineral supplement that is beneficial for dogs' skin and coat
  • Source the majority of their ingredients, including beans, peas, and all meats locally, all ingredients are sourced from North America
  • Contains probiotics to enhance digestion
  • Offers a blend of herbs, fruits, and vegetables to provide essential nutrients like antioxidants & vitamins
  • Boreal's canned foods contain 90% meat and/or fish protein

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Canned food
  • Treats

Sources: www.borealpetfood.com

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Canada Fresh Dog Food

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Canada Fresh is the newest brand addition to the Petkind family. Canada Fresh ingredients are proudly sourced from Canadian farmers, with the exception of their salmon, which is sustainably sourced from Europe. Canada Fresh is only offered in a wet food diet format, and can be fed as a complete diet or as a complementary diet.

They believe that not only should our pets be fed a natural, meat-rich diet, but that with each can, they have a responsibility to give a little back to the earth. As part of their commitment to this cause, they are partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and 25 cents from every case sold goes towards the preservation and protection of Canada’s ecosystems.

Canada Fresh is made by Petkind in British Columbia. 

Key Benefits:

  • All products are single protein, except for their red meat formula
  • Canada Fresh diets are made using 95% animal-based proteins and are both grain and potato-free
  • All ingredients are sustainably sourced to limit the damaging effect that the pet industry cas on the environment
  • Voted one of the top 10 cat foods in North America
  • Canada Fresh diets are limited ingredient and are ideal for pets with allergies and sensitivities
  • All formulas are suited for all breeds and life stages

Selection:

  • Canned food

Sources: www.petkind.com

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Canisource Dog Food

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CaniSource produces raw dehydrated dog foods that use ingredients of human-grade quality and retain the maximum amount of nutrients possible through their slow, low-temperature dehydration process.

They make two lines, Grand Cru and Homemade, using dehydration and low temperature baking, respectively. Both products are in a scoop and serve format, requiring no rehydration, refrigeration, or any of the other hassles associated with dehydrated or raw diets. Feed like kibble, but better.

Canisource has been producing dehydrated pet foods in Quebec for over 10 years.

Key Features:

  • The ingredients in Grand Cru formulas are preserved through a slow, low-temperature dehydration process
  • Fresh, unprocessed meat remains the first ingredient, even after dehydration
  • Grand Cru is offered in 4 flavours for dogs, all grain-free except for Red Meat
  • Homemade diets are available in two flavours for dogs only
  • The oven baked morsels are more porous than an extruded kibble, making them easier to chew and digest
  • All ingredients are sourced within 45 minutes of the manufacturing plant with the exception of rice
  • Formulas are suitable for all breeds and life stages

Selection:

  • Dehydrated raw
  • Oven-baked kibble

Sources: www.canisource.com

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Carna4 Dog Food

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As advocates of raw and natural whole foods diets, Carna4 founders Dave and Maria saw a calling for a less labour intensive alternative to fresh raw diets. The brand name is derived from the Roman goddess Carna, who was believed to protect their internal organs, helping their bodies get complete nourishment from their food.

This same principle is used to craft Carna4, delivering real nutrition from true food ingredients and minimal processing. Carna4 is the first pet food to use only natural food ingredients to exceed all AFFCO nutrient standards. They like to call themselves the "un-kibble", do to the similarities to a dehydrated food, in digestibility and nutrient profile.

Carna4 is made in an EU-certified family-run bakery called Bio Biscuit Inc. in Quebec, Canada.

Key Benefits:

  • Available in chicken, duck, or fish for dogs
  • 90% of the protein comes from animal ingredients and sprouted seeds
  • Sprouted seeds contain highly digestible nutrients, probiotics, and antioxidants
  • Very nutrient dense, leading to smaller feeding guidelines
  • Kibble is baked at the lowest allowable temperature to retain freshness, palatability, and maximum nutrition
  • Suited for all breeds and life stages
  • Great alternative to raw for pet owners looking for a less cumbersome feeding format

Selection:

  • Oven-baked kibble
  • Meal topper

Sources: www.Carna4.com

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Carnivora Dog Food

Carnivora Dog Food

Carnivora has been manufactured in Canada since 2003, but the owners have had over 20 years of experience in the raw pet food industry. Carnivora has developed a wide range of whole animal carcass diets in patty form for dogs.

Their products are processed at very low temperatures and then flash-frozen to preserve freshness. Carnivora patties include almost the entire animal protein source, excluding parts such as feathers, intestines, hooves, horns, and bladder. They also offer whole raw meat bones (chicken necks and chicken backs), which are great for smaller dogs.

Carnivora is manufactured by Riveriene Farm Ltd. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Key Benefits:

  • Uses a variety of high-quality, all-natural animal protein sources, including  lamb, turkey, beef, duck, rabbit, and chicken
  • Almost the entire animal is used in the patties, excluding parts such as intestines, bladders, feathers, hooves, and horns
  • Most of their formulas are strictly whole animal carcass diets in patty form, called diets, but some include 5% fruit and vegetables, called dinners
  • Diets are often ideal for pets with allergies, sensitivities, and can be customized to suit individual needs
  • Sources their ingredients from "small scale, Canadian establishments that follow holistic management and feeding practices"

Selection:

  • Frozen raw

Sources: www.carnivora.ca

To learn more about the feeding raw, check out Raw Dog Food for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Feed Your Dog Raw.

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First Mate Dog Food

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FirstMate Pet Foods is a family-owned and operated pet food manufacturer that began in 1989. Originally, the mission of the company was to make a high quality, fish-based dog food to keep dogs from eating the fish feed on salmon farms.

Since then, it has developed into a global company that offers a variety of pet foods to meet the nutritional needs of pets in all walks of life. Quality control is assured with each of their products that is produced.

FirstMate pet foods are produced in a modern facility that they own in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Key Features:

  • Offers several grain-free and grain friendly lines
  • Simple, limited-ingredient, grain-free and grain friendly formulas
  • Contains high-quality protein sources, such as free-run chicken and turkey and wild-caught salmon and tuna, that are all regionally-sourced (except for the lamb, which is from Australia)
  • The classic line of pet foods are free of corn, soy and wheat and are all single protein choices
  • Using a unique vacuum infusion system, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats are applied after extrusion to ensure consistency and potency, leaving their diets nutrient dense
  • Canned diets are made with human-grade ingredients and are free of gums and artificial preservatives

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Canned food
  • Treats

Sources: http://www.firstmate.com/ 

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Gather Dog Food

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Gather was designed to focus on environmentally sustainable, cruelty free formulas for pet owners who really wanna feel good about what they feed their pets. All gather products are GMO free, certified organic and hormone and antibiotic free.

Their suppliers face a fierce vetting process to ensure that they meet the stringent standards of the Gather philosophy. They strive to follow humane animal welfare practices, protect water supply and limit water use, and to ensure the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Gather is functional, whole food from the earth and ocean with nothing added that's not needed.

All Gather formulas are produced in Ontario, Canada.

Key Benefits:

  • Meets are humanely, ethically, and sustainably sourced
  • Offered in three flavours: Cod, Chicken, and their popular vegan formula for dogs
  • Not all life stages, suitable only for adults
  • Gather is one of the highest quality vegan kibble formulas on the market in part because of the philosophy of the foods but also due to the higher quality ingredients and exclusion of high glycemic fillers
  • Even their packaging is Eco-friendly, using 30% plant based bag material from sugarcane, a renewable raw material (For every 16 lbs bag, the equivalent to a 4 lbs bags worth of petroleum-based material is saved)

Selection:

  • Kibble

Sources: www.petcurean.com

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 go! Solutions Dog Food

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go! dog food is produced by Petcurean - an independently owned Canadian pet food manufacturer that was founded in 1999. go! Solutions is rich in nutrients and provide dogs with a high-quality diet that supplies essential nutrients and energy.

Their formulas contain named meat meals (high-quality, concentrated protein source) to help your dog get more essential nutrients from a smaller amount of food. They offer a variety of limited ingredient diets with the intent of finding a food that suits even the pickiest of eaters.

Key Features:

  • High protein, low carbohydrate diets
  • Many limited ingredient diets for dogs with sensitive stomachs & allergies
  • Offers whole grain and grain-free options (no wheat or rice protein concentrate) 
  • All meat proteins, grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables are sourced from farmers and ranchers in North America except for pasture-raised lamb and grass-fed venison (sourced from Australia and New Zealand)
  • Uses fresh meats and named meat meals (very concentrated source of quality protein) 
  • Provides formulas for each life stage (Puppy, Adult, Senior) and All Life Stages options 

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Canned food
  • Tetra packs
  • Freeze-dried meal mixers

Sources: http://www.petcurean.com/

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Horizon Dog Food

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Horizon takes great pride in sourcing their ingredients locally and maintaining highly sustainable, environmentally aware practices while keeping quality control an absolute priority during their production process. They believe that dogs need meat, and that’s why all of their formulas have a high meat inclusion compared to industry standards. Horizon sourced only GMO free ingredients, and offers premium pet foods at economy prices.

Horizon Pet Nutrition, is a family-owned and operated company that manufactures from their own facility in Rosthern, Saskatchewan.

Key Features:

  • 70%+ animal protein inclusion, up to 81%
  • Complete is Horizon's only grain-based formula low-glycemic formula, designed to meet the needs of each life stage, breed size, and weight
  • Their high protein line, Legacy, is grain-free option designed to meet the needs of a carnivore, with the highest meat inclusion and protein content in the brand
  • Amicus is their small breed line, offering a grain-free, small bite option that is suited for the fast metabolism of small breed dogs
  • Pulsar is a limited ingredient, single protein line that is suited for dogs with allergies and sensitivities
  • Pre and probiotics are added to all formulas to ensure proper digestion and nutrient absorption

Selection:

  • Kibble

Sources: www.horizonpetfood.com

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Hurraw Dog Food

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Hurraw dehydrated dog food uses fresh, human-grade ingredients to produce a raw diet in a simple to feed format. It’s ideal for raw feeders looking for a less cumbersome format, but still wish to feed a premium quality food. Over 14 years working with dehydrated pet foods helped Hurraw create a hybrid process between freeze-drying and dehydration.

Their low temperature dehydration system retains more nutrients than typical dehydration techniques, while still crafted a ready to serve, highly digestible food.

Hurraw is made in Quebec, Canada

Key Benefits:

  • Available in 3 flavours for dogs: turkey, pork, and fish
  • Cost per feeding is considerably lower than most dehydrated diets
  • All ingredients are 100% human-grade
  • Hurraw is suitable for all breeds and life stages

Selection:

  • Dehydrated raw

Sources: www.hurraw.ca

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K-9 Choice Dog Food

K-9 Choice Dog Food

K-9 Choice Foods, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been operating for over 10 years in the frozen raw dog food industry. K9 Choice products were inspired by the desire to provide complete, wholesome raw dog food diets to dogs, and especially those whose lives are comprised due to a terminal condition or illness. K-9 Choice products meet government inspection and the ingredients are of human-grade quality. 

They produce a combination of frozen raw foods (complete, ready-to-serve as well as strictly meat/bone formulas) and raw meaty bones with ingredients that are sourced locally. To accommodate small breeds and puppies, K-9 choice produces a triple ground full meal option, that is portioned into 1 ounce cubes. 

K-9 Choice dog food operates their 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Tofield, Alberta.

Key Features:

  • Free of grains, which makes them easily digestible for most dogs
  • Ideal for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities
  • K-9 Choice products act as a natural toothbrush, preventing the buildup of plaque and tartar in dogs' mouths
  • Many of the ready-to-serve meals and meat formulas include offal and finely-ground bone for added essential nutrients
  • Use a variety of animal protein sources - free-range chicken, pasture-raised Alberta beef, buffalo, pasture-fed llama, and now kangaroo and rabbit
  • Fresh, locally-sourced seasonal vegetables are used in their ready-to-serve meals

Selection:

  • Frozen raw diets
  • Raw bones
  • Raw treats

Sources: www.k9choicefoods.com

To learn more about the feeding raw, check out Raw Dog Food for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Feed Your Dog Raw.

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Kasiks Dog Food

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Kasiks is a brand from FirstMate Pet Foods, a family-owned and operated pet food manufacturer that began in 1989. Originally, the mission of the company was to make a high quality, fish-based dog food to keep dogs from eating the fish feed on salmon farms. Since then, it has developed into a global company that offers a variety of pet foods to meet the nutritional needs of pets in all walks of life.

Quality control is assured with each of their products that is produced. Kasiks is suitable for all pets, but is ideal for allergies and digestive issues, due to it's single protein, limited ingredient format. Kasiks is also free of grains, gluten, and potato.

Kasiks pet foods are produced in a modern facility that they own in Chilliwack, British Columbia. 

Key Benefits:

  • Offered in both kibble and canned formats
  • Unique Grub (Yep that means bugs!) formula for pet owners needing low fat, or exotic proteins
  • Using a unique vacuum infusion system, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats are applied after extrusion to ensure consistency and potency, leaving their diets nutrient dense
  • Canned diets are made with human-grade ingredients and are free of gums and artificial preservatives
  • Cans are Epoxy free
  • Kasiks diets are designed to be low-glycemic and ideal for managing weight and energy

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Canned food

Sources: www.firstmate.com

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Legacy Pet Food

Legacy Pet Food

Legacy Pet Foods, Inc. is an independent, family-owned and operated business. They currently offer several different food options - chicken dinner, turkey dinner and beef dinner (all of which include fresh, ground whole carcasses and freshly ground fruits and vegetables), fresh Pacific salmon dinner, and meaty ground chicken necks and backs.

Legacy Pet Foods is committed to only using meats that have been government-inspected and are of human-grade quality. Their animal protein sources are fresh, free-range, and do not contain added hormones or antibiotics. In addition, the vegetables and fruits used in their products are not dehydrated or frozen - they are ground from their fresh, natural form to provide optimal nutritional value.

Legacy Pet Foods operates out of their own facility near Edmonton, Alberta.

Key Features:

  • Contains human-grade, government-inspected meat that is fresh, range-fed, and free of hormones and antibiotics
  • Dinner formulas include 10 fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables from British Columbia - carrots, broccoli, green beans, green peas, sweet potatoes, pumpkin meal, apples, blueberries, cranberries, and cantaloupe 
  • Dinner formulas contain whole carcass animal proteins, including meat, organs, and bones
  • A small selection of raw meaty bones are also available
  • The newest addition, the variety pack, offers an option for rotational feeders, picky pets, and those looking to incorporate red meats at a more affordable cost

Sources: www.legacypetfoods.com/

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 Now Fresh Dog Food

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Now Fresh is made by Petcurean - an independently-owned Canadian pet food manufacturer founded in 1999. Now Fresh uses a variety of 100% market-fresh meat and fish protein sources, including turkey, salmon, lamb, and duck, and combines them with fresh fruits, vegetables, and botanicals to create formulas that suit dogs according to their breed, life stage, and individual dietary requirements.

All Now Fresh formulas are manufactured in Ontario and are free of grains, meat meals, and by-products.

Key Features:

  • All meat proteins, grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables are sourced from farmers and ranchers in North America except for pasture-raised lamb and grass-fed venison (sourced from Australia and New Zealand) 
  • All recipes are free of grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn, and soy 
  • Uses 100% market-fresh meats (turkey, salmon, duck, etc.) and no meat meals or by-products 
  • Formulas contain fresh Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in the form of coconut, canola, and vegetables 
  • Contains a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including spinach, cranberries, lentils, carrots, peas, chamomile, pumpkin, and peppermint 
  • Offers specific formulas for your dog's life stage and/or breed size 

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Tetra packs

Sources: http://www.petcurean.com/

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 Nutram Dog Food

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Nutram takes a holistic approach to fulfill the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats. All of their pet foods contain natural ingredients and are preserved naturally. They contain a blend of real, deboned meats (i.e. salmon, chicken, and lamb) and fresh produce to maintain optimal function of your dog's digestive system.

Each food contains various "Optimum Combinations" - two ingredients intentionally paired to give a specific health benefit. For example, turkey and chamomile are paired to provide a calming effect for your dog.

Nutram is produced by Elmira Pet Products (EPP), a private Canadian pet wellness company that began in Elmira, Ontario almost 100 years ago and has produced pet food products for over 30 years. 

Key Features:

  • Three different formula lines: Nutram Sound Balanced Wellness - suitable for all life stages; Nutram Ideal Solution Support - formulas for specific health concerns & conditions (i.e weight control; sensitive skin and stomach); Nutram Total Grain-Free - low-glycemic carbohydrate alternatives (chickpeas, lentils, green peas), grain-free formulas 
  • Recipes use real, deboned animal meat - chicken, salmon, trout, and lamb - both fresh and in meal form 
  • Provides a variety of fresh produce, including apples, carrots, pumpkin, pomegranate, cranberries, butternut squash, kale, and broccoli, to create nutritionally-balanced recipes 
  • Free of corn, wheat, soy, potatoes, and hormones 
  • Optimum Combinations - various combinations of two ingredients that are paired to provide a certain benefit (i.e. pomegranate and turmeric are paired to boost immunity) 
  • No ingredients are sourced or produced in China 

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Canned food

Sources: http://www.nutram.com/

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Orijen Dog Food

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Orijen is produced by Champion Pet Foods, which has been in the pet food industry for 25+ years. Orijen uses a combination of fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients from Canadian farmers and fishers to make a food that is biologically appropriate for dogs.

They incorporate a whole prey diet (includes fresh meat, organs, marrow, and cartilage) to provide dogs with a food that mimics their ancestors' diets - rich in a variety of protein sources. Orijen formulas are cooked at low temperatures (90 C/195 F) in order to preserve as much of the flavour and nutrient content as possible.

Orijen all kibble products in Champion Pet Foods' own award-winning kitchen in Morinville, Alberta and freeze-dried foods and treats in their kitchen in Ontario.

Key Features:

  • Biologically Appropriate Formulas - 75 - 80% meat, 20 - 25% fruits, vegetables & botanicals, 0% grains, potato & tapioca
  • High Meat Content Whole Prey Diet: incorporate nutrient-rich fresh meats, cartilage, marrow, and organs in amounts that mimic diets in the wild
  • Fresh, regional, human-grade ingredients - cage-free poultry, nest-laid eggs, wild-caught fish, ranch-raised meats - delivered fresh to their own kitchen daily
  • Never outsourced Formulas include a variety of meats - Free-Run Cobb Chicken, Free-Run Turkey, Nest-Laid Eggs, Heritage Pork, Alberta Lamb, Free-Range Wild Boar, Free-Range Bison, Free-Range Black Angus Beef, Freshwater Fish, Saltwater Fish
  • Low carbohydrate and low-glycemic formulas
  • Topped off with whole fruits, vegetables, and botanicals, including Red Delicious apples, Bartlett pears, cranberries, blueberries, butternut squash, whole carrots, spinach greens
  • Completely free of antibiotics, hormones, and GMO ingredients
  • All freeze-dried products are first flash-frozen to preserve nutrients and flavour and then slowly freeze-dried at extremely low temperatures (-50 C)
  • Orijen freeze-dried is made into medallions for convenient feeding, treating, or meal topper

Selection:

  • Kibble
  • Freeze-dried raw
  • Treats

Sources: http://www.orijen.ca/

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 Petkind Dog Food

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Petkind dog food formulas use unique, wholesome ingredients, such as green tripe to create a diet that supports dogs of all different backgrounds and lifestyles. Among many other health benefits, green tripe is an excellent source of amino acids, is great for picky eaters, and works to aid digestion.

Petkind sources almost all of their ingredients in Canada, with the exception of lamb tripe, from New Zealand, and fresh fruits and vegetables, from the USA.

Petkind is independently-owned and has been producing dog food in British Columbia since 2001. 

Key Features:

  • All recipes contain green tripe, which has lots of health benefits for dogs in all life stages
  • Great for picky eaters and active dogs
  • Offers a variety of protein sources, including beef tripe, bison tripe, wild salmon, lamb tripe, and venison tripe
  • Free of corn, soy, grains, wheat, and potatoes
  • "That's It" canned recipes contain green tripe along with other gourmet protein sources, combined with sweet potato and boosted with acai berry for antioxidants
  • All Tripe Dry options have tripe as the first ingredient, and single protein, limited ingredient options are available for dogs with sensitivities

Selection:

  • Kibble 
  • Canned food
  • Treats

Sources: www.petkind.com

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Pets Go Raw Dog Food

Pets Go Raw Dog Food

Pets Go Raw has been producing and selling frozen raw pet food commercially for over 10 years. Pets Go Raw uses only human-grade meats, fruits, and vegetables to create high quality frozen raw dog formulas that are both easy to feed and very digestible. The majority of their formulas contain a single animal protein source, which is ideal for elimination diets and dogs with food allergies or sensitivities.

Pets Go Raw products are processed and manufactured by Top Hand Supplies Ltd., which is located in Cranbrook, British Columbia. 

Key Features:

  • Easy-to-feed patties and sausages
  • Provides full meals and combinations of meat with fruit and vegetables (all of which are 75% meat and 25% produce), as well as ground meat-only formulas
  • Offers a variety of high-quality animal protein sources, including chicken, beef, farm fresh eggs, turkey, bison, lamb, goat, salmon, and rabbit
  • Variety pack designed for rotational feeders and customized diets
  • Single-source protein formulas work well for dogs with food sensitivities and allergies
  • Many formulas include finely ground bone and a variety of beneficial organs
  • Suitable for dogs of all life stages

Selection:

  • Frozen raw
  • Raw bones

Sources: www.petsgoraw.ca

To learn more about the feeding raw, check out Raw Dog Food for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Feed Your Dog Raw.

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Smack Dog Food

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Smack Pet Food strives to provide top-notch raw, dehydrated dog foods that are delicious and convenient to feed. Their limited ingredient lists incorporate fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and herbs and spices in order to improve dogs' overall health by boosting vitality and energy and enhancing digestion. They make use of whole superfoods and organic ingredients and leave out grains, gluten, and unnecessary fillers.

Smack Pet Food has produced raw dehydrated pet foods in their own facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 2008. 

Key Features:

  • Ingredients are sourced regionally
  • Protein options include chicken, salmon, rockfish, herring, and their newest addition, pork
  • Recipes are appropriate for all dog breeds and life stages 
  • Limited ingredient lists make these formulas easy to digest and good for picky eaters
  • Crafted into crunchy, bite-sized portions that can be fed dry like a kibble or rehydrated with warm water
  • Smack is nutrient dense and highly digestible

Selection:

  • Dehydrated raw

Sources: www.smackpetfood.com

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Taiga Dog Food

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Taiga takes great pride in sourcing their ingredients locally and maintaining highly sustainable, environmentally aware practices while keeping quality control an absolute priority during their production process. They believe that dogs need meat, and that’s why all of their formulas have a high meat inclusion compared to industry standards. Horizon sourced only GMO free ingredients, and offers premium pet foods at economy prices.

Taiga is made by Horizon Pet Foods, a family-owned and operated company that manufactures from their own facility in Rosthern, Saskatchewan.

Key Benefits:

  • Economy priced, premium pet food, ideal for feeding multiple pets or larger breeds
  • Offered in two single protein flavours - Chicken or Pork
  • Low glycemic index and grain free to accommodate weight management and digestion
  • Pre and probiotics are added to further support digestion
  • 50% meat inclusion ensures that animal protein provides ample amino acids and minerals

Selection:

  • Kibble

Sources:  www.horizonpetfood.com

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Tripett

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Tripett is a line of canned tripe meal supplements produced by Petkind. Tripe is a digestive and nutritional aid that can be fed as part of a complete diet, a treat, a supplement, and a meal topper. It's especially popular among picky pets, despite the unappealing smell.

Tripett is 100% pure canned tripe, with no added carbohydrates or preservatives. Petkind sources all of their ingredients from North America, and New Zealand, using only green, unbleached, and minimally processed tripe. 

Petkind is independently-owned and has been producing dog food in British Columbia, Canada since 2001.

 Key Benefits:

  • Excellent digestive aid, can be combined with any other type of diet
  • Ideal for picky eaters, as a treat or meal topper
  • Available in a variety of flavours, including 4 single protein options
  • Novel protein options like venison and bison are offered and ideal for food allergy sufferers
  • Tripe is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, aiding in skin + coat health

Selection:

  • Canned food

Sources: www.petkind.com

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Zeal Dog Food

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Zeal is Canada's first and newest air dried raw dog food. The unique air drying process yields a firmer but still chewy texture compared to a freeze-drying process, allowing you to scoop and serve without rehydration.

All ingredients are sourced from Canada, with the exception of their salmon, which is sourced from Alaska and processed in Canada. Like a dehydrated diet, air dried foods provide raw nutrition that can be fed like a kibble. 

Zeal Foods are produced by Canadian Jerky Company in their 40,000 square foot facility in British Columbia. The brand was just established in 2018.

Key Benefits:

  • Compared to many air dried foods on the market, Zeal offers an economy price point
  • Bamboo Fibre is added to help the food retain moisture in the food and is a natural dietary source of fibre to aid in digestion
  • Grain, gluten, and produce free, making it very low glycemic and high in protein
  • Hemp oil is used to provide omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and antioxidants
  • Concentrated, nutrient dense, and highly digestible diets

Selection:

  • Air-dried raw

Sources:  www.zealpetfood.ca

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Though we proudly recommend one of these Canadian-made foods, we know that there are many great brands from all over the world. Find the one that's right for your dog!

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Posted by Amy Dyck


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