Tricks to Find Who Makes their Own Pet Food/Treats
“If the package says “made for”, “produced for”, distributed by”, or “distributed under licence by” it’s a marketing brand, produced under contract as a private label. That means the company that owns the brand didn’t actually produce the food – it just markets it.
If the package says “made by” or “produced by”, you’ve found an authentic pet food. The company that owns the pet food brand is the same company that produced the food itself. We always suggest you contact a pet food representative to confirm where the food is made.”
This useful information was found on Acana’s website and I thought it was useful to share.
Acana – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Acana produces treats made in Canada for dogs and cats. They have their own kitchen where they use locally sourced ingredients to produce their dog and cat treats. They use biologically appropriate ingredients to ensure our pets stay as healthy as possible. Visit their website for a list of local pet stores to you, they are sold almost everywhere. Acana is owned by Champions Pet Foods and is based out of Edmonton Alberta.
Amore Pet Foods – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Amore Pet Foods produce a number of products; raw dog and cat food, raw dehydrated dog and cat food, and treats made in Canada from their facility in Burnaby British Columbia.
“All meats are bought whole from the farm. We only use one supplier for each protein source. We do not buy any meat that has been pre-ground. We want to see the quality and fat content of the meat so we grind it ourselves. If there’s too much fat we take it out!”
Buy directly from their shop in Burnaby or their online store.
Boreal Pet Foods – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Boreal Pet Foods produces dog and cat treats and foods made in Canada. They focus on low-glycemic, meat-rich diets to support healthy pets.
When it comes to their food make sure you buy the Canadian-made versions. I’ll explain: they have two lines of canned foods – Canadian-made lineup of Cobb Chicken, Heritage Turkey, Canadian Duck, Atlantic Salmon, Angus Beef and NZ Lamb. The Red Meat Tuna line is from Thailand.
Visit their website and use their store locator to find a location nearest you.
Canadian Naturals – Canadian Made Pet Food
Canadian Naturals goal right from the start was to produce a food of the highest quality made in Canada, using only the best ingredients. They are Canadian owned based out of BC and Alberta. Canadian Naturals is seasoned with a host of herbs and supplements and is designed to meet a dog’s nutritional needs from puppy hood through adulthood. It also contains a wide variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, blueberries, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, broccoli and spinach, all offering tremendous health benefits. Available in retail stores across Canada.
Carna4 – Canadian Made Pet Food
Carna4 uses 100% real food recipes that contain no synthetics of any kind, not even the vitamin pre-mixes found in most pet foods. Made in Canada, they test every batch for safety before it goes to market. They are proud to work with other family operations who also believe in sustainability, a drug-free food chain, and non-GMO, humane farming practices. One of our dogs eats the Gain Free Duck and loves it, and we love how it has helped her dry skin.
Carnivora – Canadian Made Pet Food
Founded in 2003 in Saskatoon they are proudly made in Canada, becoming the first and only pet food company to provide a variety of whole animal diets for dogs. They only accepts healthy, disease-free whole animals from small scale establishments that follow holistic management and feeding practices. The animals are transported to designated slaughter facilities where upon arrival they are humanely slaughtered, and handled according to the Canadian Meat Inspection Act and Regulations. Our other dog eats this, her favourites are the Bison and Rabbit.
Champion Petfoods – Canadian Made Pet Food
Founded over 25 years ago in Edmonton Alberta creating the brands Acana and Orijen for dogs and cats. Acana and Orijen diets are packed with high-quality animal protein, a nutritionally balanced fatty acid profile, minimal (and low-glycemic) carbohydrates, and naturally sourced vitamins and minerals that will nourish your dog and cat just as nature intended. They use sustainably raised and are harvested from nearby farmers, ranchers and fishermen, their Fresh Regional Ingredients supply nutrients in their freshest, most natural and nourishing form. They’re dedicated to the highest standards of authenticity, nutritional integrity and food safety. That’s why they make all of their foods in their own kitchens and don’t make food for anyone else.
Naturawls – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Naturawls produces dog food and treats made in Canada. They produce their products from their facility in Southern Ontario. They use only Canadian meat in their products which they source as locally as possible. They have a variety of different treats and dinners. Visit their website to find a local supplier or to buy online.
Nutram – Canadian Made Pet Food
Nutram is a pet wellness company with a holistic approach to pet nutrition. They are made in Canada and headquartered in Elmira, Ontario. Nutram’s team of in-house Certified Nutritionists and Holistic Experts craft each recipe to maximize nutrient absorption. Through sound scientific principles and natural ingredients, your pet will receive all of the benefits of each ingredient, as nature intended. Available in local retailers across Canada.
NRG Pet Products – Canadian Made Dog Food
NRG Pet Products specializes in raw dehydrated dog food. We’ve used this brand to feed our dogs when travelling to avoid having to keep raw cold and dealing with any mess. It could also be useful for people who routinely want to avoid any mess associated with a raw butcher block style dog meal.
They offer three different meal types: “Dehydrated Wild Caught Salmon with Market Fresh Fruits & Vegetables and Oats”, “Dehydrated Free Range Roast Chicken with Market Fresh Fruits & Vegetables and Oats”, and “Dehydrated Range Beef with Market Fresh Fruits & Vegetables and Oats”.
NRG Pet Products is based out of Armstrong British Columbia. Visit their website to find a local store that carries their products.
Orijen – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Origin produces dog and cat treats and food made in Canada. They are owned by the Canadian Company Champions PetFoods. They have their own kitchen in Canada to produce their products and use only locally sourced ingredients. They are sold almost everywhere.
Pet Kind – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Pet Kind produces dog and cat food and treats made in Canada. All ingredients are sourced within Canada with the exception of Lamb Tripe (New Zealand), Quinoa (Canada & Peru), and fruits and vegetables (USA). Pet Kind was founded in 2001 and is based out of White Rock British Columbia. Visit their website to find a store nearest you which carries their products.
Pets 4 Life – Canadian Made Dog and Cat Food
Pets 4 Life specializes in gourmet raw dog and cat food and treats. It is 100% made in Canada using 100% Canadian meat, fish and poultry. Pets 4 Life was founded in 1999 and is based out of Thomas Ontario.
“Our recipes have all been tested to meet the standards set by AAFCO (Association Of American Feed Control Officials, Inc., the council which regulates the quality and safety of pet food in the United States) to be “Complete and Balanced for all life stages”.
Visit their website to find the nearest store to you.
Petcurean – Canadian Made Pet Food
Petcurean is a family owned business, and is still owned by the two people who originally founded the company in 1999. Petcurean is mainly produced in Canada. Their dry pet foods are produced in Ontario. Their canned products are primarily produced in Ontario. Their GO! Meal Mixers are manufactured in British Columbia, Canada.
Rocky Mountain Raw – Canadian Made Pet Food
Rocky Mountain Raw is manufactured at their production facility in Abbotsford BC. You won’t find chemicals, preservatives, fillers or added sugar and salt in their blends. What you will find is healthy, natural pet food developed for the biologically appropriate needs of your family pet. They work with trained professionals and laboratories to ensure the highest quality product.
Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd. – Canadian Made Dog Food
Rollover Premium Pet Food produces dog food and treats that are made in Canada. All of their products are produced in their own facility in High River Alberta. They were founded in 1988 and were the first company in North America to produce semi-soft dog food rolls. Visit their website to find a local store to to buy online.