The weekend of May 28th and 29th marked the 13th annual Woofstock – North America’s largest outdoor festival for dogs! Among the many vendors who traveled from all over North America to be there, were tons of food and treat options! We scoured the booths for the healthiest, all natural, ethically sourced, and raw dog foods and treats and rounded them up here in our list of the top 6 edibles found at Woofstock 2016.
1. Open Farm
Open Farm foods check all the boxes: Solid nutrition from ethical, local sources, and emphasis put on sustainable practices. “Local” here means in the farms surrounding Toronto, Ontario, but their food is available all over North America. Everything is made with human grade, 100% Certified Humane meats, Ocean Wise recommended wild-caught fish, and locally grown, non-GMO fruits & veggies. They only source from third-party verified family farms that employ humane farming practices, their food is 100% grain-free (never use any corn, wheat, soy, or rice) and they use absolutely no animal byproducts in their recipes either.
All their foods have generous portions of nutritious coconut and fish oils, they add prebiotic fibers in every batch to support healthy digestion, there are options that are 100% poultry free and potato free (for animals with allergies), and their recipes are designed for rotation between formulations, which means your pet gets the variety it needs so they ever get bored of their food and all their nutritional bases are covered.
Iron Will Raw pet food is based in Ontario, Canada and they source all their human grade ingredients in Canada, priding themselves in using only local suppliers. They source their meat only from federally or provincially inspected facilities, which are regularly inspected by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). These facilities produce the fresh human grade meat you can find in top butcher shops, fine dining restaurants, and grocery stores across Canada. Their food includes both Raw Meaty Bones (RMB) and other whole foods which aid in dental hygiene and the delivery of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as ground food. They pay a lot of attention to food safety when dealing with their raw foods and maintain a high level of cleanliness and ensure proper refrigeration and freezing practices, even employing a quick freeze method that locks in the freshness and taste so your pet enjoys their food.
Pawfectly Prepared is an amazing service based in Toronto, Ontario that creates and delivers balanced meals for your pet. Made with human grade pet food that is completely free from animal by-products, preservatives and fillers. They only use fresh, locally sourced and never frozen ingredients that you would eat yourself: lean meats, fruits and vegetables, wholesome grains and essential oils. They cook their gluten free meals in small batches, vacuum seal them, and is deliver them to you for your pet to enjoy.
The two lines this company’s two food lines are Pets 4 Life Raw Cuisine and Ultimate Diet Organic, and then they also do Purely Natural treats. Both are Canada from 100% Canadian meat, fish and poultry, with 100% Certified Organic, locally sourced ingredients and on top of all that they are all are AAFCO certified “Complete and Balanced for all life stages”. The company guarantees they they only use “AAA” or better, Canadian grown, locally sourced meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and vegetables – with no imported proteins, fillers, grains, and no by products. So far their food is only available in eastern Canada and Alberta, but hopefully they will expand soon.
Big Country Raw boasts a larger protein selection than most raw food companies: they have beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, duck, rabbit, pheasant, alpaca, elk, and fish. Proteins come alone or in their signature BigCountry Blend. They even have their Thrive Pumpkin Powder which is an all natural and effective way to treat common canine digestive upsets including loose bowels and constipation. They give discounts on bulk orders, and they ships their frozen product throughout South-Western Ontario. Just in case your pet turns its nose up at raw food they also have a new line of cooked meatloaf, BigCountry’s Naturals. They use only locally sourced suppliers and all of our products are federally inspected human grade, hormone and antibiotic free. They prepare and package it in small batches to ensure the freshness and offer 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
6. Biologic Vet
While our last featured company does not make pet food, Biologic Vet does make nutritional supplement systems to add to your pet’s existing food, so you can really tailor it to their individual needs. These include BioFATS, BioVITES, BioSENIOR, BioSPORT, BioSLIM, BioJOINT and BioSKIN&COAT. They utilized years of extensive research in animal nutrition coupled with high-quality ingredients to support your pet’s individual health concerns.