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Why Choose Smack Pet Food?
The Smack Process
Family-run and operated in Canada, our raw, dehydrated food is handcrafted with fresh whole meats and organic, high-quality produce.
At Smack Pet Food, we employ techniques used for generations to kill pathogens and then gently dehydrate our handcrafted formulas. This ensures food safety without compromising the incredible natural components of the food. Whereas super high pressure pasteurization in many freeze-dried foods denatures the ingredients, sterilizing both good and bad bacteria and organisms, our process keeps the natural, beneficial enzymes and bacteria needed for good gut health.
The Smack Difference
We handcraft all our food with love and care in Winnipeg, Canada. We are the true, no thaw raw! Other air-dried foods may claim to be a raw dehydrated product, but are filled with unnecessary carbohydrates and legumes (as much as 40% in some cases!), which NO raw food should ever contain. Our recipes have no rice, oats, grains, potatoes or fillers - none of which dogs and cats have a biological requirement for. We use no artificial vitamins or synthetics - only the all-natural good stuff!
Because we have no fillers, our recipes provide a nutrient-dense food, requiring minimal amounts to be fed. Other air-dried products require feeding up to five times the amount of volume as Smack.
Our food is made with fresh, whole meats, hand-trimmed ingredients and organic, all-natural produce. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and the nutrition it gives our pets. Non-medicated meats and fresh, frozen whole fish are hand-trimmed and cut by the team here in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
We have several formulas and proteins to choose from to introduce variety and keep fussy pets intrigued. Bone broth, warm water or fermented milks can also be added to increase palatability and provide healthy moisture.
Our mission is to provide superior pet food products that taste good and deliver benefits to maintain energy, vitality, digestion, and overall pet health. Our products offer maximized health and performance, improved taste and aroma, and reduced illness and shedding for pets – all while maintaining utmost food safety and storage efficiency for pet owners.
Why is organic non GMO produce important?
Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods. In essence, organic produce contains fewer pesticides.
What is ethoxyquin? And why should I care about synthetic vitamins and minerals?
Ethoxyquin (E324) is a synthetic antioxidant that is used primarily in animal feed. Globally, ethoxyquin is not approved for use as a direct food additive in foods for human consumption. Specific to the omega-3 industry, some krill meals and crude fish and fish oils for animal feed are preserved using ethoxyquin.
Naturally occurring vitamins and synthetic vitamins are different … really different.They’re not in the same chemical form … so your dog’s body will have trouble recognizing and using the fake, synthetic vitamins. These synthetic vitamins and minerals, even at the best quality, regularly have partially hydrolyzed protein carriers of unknown sources and are almost exclusively available from overseas sources. This means they can be contaminated with toxins, or at the very least, be a source of allergens to some pets.
Why is carbohydrate content and source important?
Dogs and cats have no biological requirement for simple carbohydrates. Some of these also contain a good portion of the food's protein levels, which are simply not easy to digest or particularly bioavailable. Basically a lot comes out the back end…in the form of excrement. So it may look like a high protein food, but much of it comes from peas or potatoes, not appropriate sources for dogs and cats. Some are more concerning than others, like peas, lentils and those in the legume family. They contain lectins (plant proteins) and phytoestrogens.They can damage your dogs gut, leading to leaky gut symptoms and they provide a continuous source of plant based estrogens which interfere with a normal endocrine system.
Why should I care if there is gluten in the food?
Dogs are usually sensitive to gluten, not grains themselves. Not only is it one of the top 5 allergens for pets, but it’s also inflammatory and can affect a dog's healthy gut biome.
Why is the amount fed important?
Calorie density is important. It’s very hard for your pet to digest and work on massive amounts of food consumed in any given meal. As illustrated above, when we’re feeding 3+ cups of food (vs ¾ cup) this indicates a large portion of low calorie fillers, which will be partially fermented in the gut and come out the other end. Simply put, excessive food tends to equal excessive excrement. It also indicates that a lot of the food’s ingredients are those hard-to-digest carbohydrates.
Who We Are
Founded in 2008, Smack Pet Food is a Canadian-based family business that formulates and manufactures raw dehydrated food for dogs and cats.
Our passion for providing nutritious, convenient, and delicious dehydrated food for pets stems from a family love of animals. Expertise in biochemistry, food engineering, and holistic medicine combined with an innovative production approach allows us to create the highest quality dehydrated pet food in the world. We want the best for our pets to keep them happy, energetic, and full of life!