I was on Facebook today and saw a post from a fellow pet owner about adverse effects that a candy cane rawhide treat (made in China) had on her dog. The dog’s eyes almost swelled shut. This got me thinking about the treats that I give my own dog, Bachaesh, and the ingredients used in them.
There are growing concerns about the food that we feed to our families, how local the ingredients are, whether they’re GMO-free or sustainably sourced. Thankfully, there’s a new wave of pet food that’s founded on the belief that your dog’s food should be just as nutritious as your own.
Open Farm, takes this belief one step further than its competition with the first “ethically raised & sourced” pet food. What does that mean? It means that all of the poultry and pork used in their pet foods are raised on vegetarian diets without antibiotics or growth hormones. It means that ALL of their fish is Ocean Caught using sustainable fishing practices. It means over 90% of the vegetables they use are locally grown.
It means you can feel good about giving it to your four-legged best friend.
The Toronto based, family-run company just launched their three flavours in November of this year. Their food is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and does not contain rendered meat meals or animal by-products. It’s free of grain, corn, wheat and soy, as well as artificial preservatives and flavourings. It’s also Certified Humane.
Their product line consists of:
- Homestead Turkey & Chicken
- Farmer’s Market Pork and Root Vegetable
- Catch-of-the-day Whitefish & Green Lentil
Open Farm has also launched a program to manage its environmental footprint. Their initiatives include sustainable farming and fishing practices, local sourcing and the first nationwide bag-recycling program, in partnership with TerraCycle. With over 95% of dog food bags being non-recyclable, Open Farm provides customers with the opportunity to convert their bags into brand new products for free.
From the moment I came across Open Farm’s website, I fell in love. They’re doing wonderful things for our pets’ health, for the humane treatment of farm animals, and for the planet. We may live in a world with food concerns, but deciding what to feed your dog doesn’t have to be one of them.
Open Farm plans to expand their pet food product line into Western Canada and the USA in 2015. For now, you can find the closest retailer here.
Was it #loveatfirstbite when your pup tried Open Farm? Let us know in the comments below.
Emily & Bachaesh