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Smack...vs kibble

How we measure up

Ever wondered how we really measure up? From our ingredients to our process and everything in between. Check out all the ways our raw dehydrated food compares to kibble to see why Smack really is the best choice for your pets!  

Playing it Safe

Preventing poisoning at home

March 19 - 26 is National Poison Prevention Week: a time to spread awareness about preventing poisoning. We've put together a list of the top toxic products you can find in your house - and backyard - that could cause serious harm to your cats and dogs.

Smack...vs Freeze-Dried

Let's compare!

Wondering how our food compares to other freeze-dried alternatives? From cost, to gut health, to the all-round benefits, check out how we measure up - and why our raw, dehydrated food is the best choice for your customers.

Local Business Spotlight

Bone & Biscuit Okotoks

For Amber and Fung, understanding how important pets are to their owners is a huge part of their business and their relationship with their customers. “Our mission is to ensure that our customers know that we understand what it’s like to have a fur baby and want the best for them,”

Rotational Feeding

Why a variety of proteins is so important in your pet's diet

Much like a traditional raw diet (based on a rotation of proteins on a regular basis), we believe that a rotational feeding method is one of the best ways to positively impact your pet’s overall well-being. Discover our top reasons to introduce variety to your pet's bowl.

All About Celery

...more than just a crunch!

Celery... it might not be the most exciting of all the vegetables, but when it comes to nutrition, it can be a paw-some addition to your dog's bowl! Read on for more about how celery can positively impact your dog's health.

It's Peanut Butter Day!

March 1, 2023

March 1 is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day! To celebrate, we've teamed up with our Smack Ambassador Franklin & Bear, who's created a smack-a-licious peanut butter ice cream recipe for your to try. The paw-fect treat for your favourite pup!

Customer Testimonial

Alison and Harley

For Alison, introducing her dog Harley to Smack was a game-changer in terms of her health appetite and her energy. "I have never seen such a shiny coat on a black dog (she gleams in the sun) and she now has so much energy every day. She must feel great!

Super Strawberries

The benefits of this delicious fruit

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on one of our favourite fruits, strawberries! Found in five our of lip-smacking recipes, our organic, GMO-free strawberries come from certified organic farms in Canada. Read on for more about this delicious berry!

Local Business Spotlight

Tail Blazers Oshawa

For Akanksha, owner of Tail Blazers Oshawa, it's all about building trust with her customers. "We're here not just as a pet store but more as friends who we are there to support and to help you learn more about your pet’s nutrition."

On the Road Again

This time with extra safety measures!

Travelling can be a stressful time for everyone, but travelling with pets adds another layer of complexity when it comes to sorting out a trip. We've rounded up our best safety tips for ease of mind when taking your furry friend along with you!

Local Business Spotlight

O'Brien Pet Food

As a family-owned business in Squamish, part of O’Brien’s mission is to support other small, local businesses in the area. "Any opportunity there is to find somebody local or a family-run business or venture, we’ll bring them in."

Protecting Pet Skin

What you can do this winter to help your pet

The cold winter air can be tough on everyone's skin... including our pets! In celebration of National Winter Skin Relief day, we've rounded up some of our best advice on protecting your pet's skin when that harsh weather hits! Brr!

A Nutritional Powerhouse

What parsley can do for your pet's health

Parsley isn't just a fun pop of colour in your pet's bowl... it's actually a super herb packed with incredible nutritional benefits. From a boost to the immune system to its anti-inflammatory properties, read on for more about this excellent ingredient!

Local Business Spotlight

House of Paws Pet Bout

For Carly Patryluk, founder of House of Paws Pet Boutique, creating transparency around pet nutrition is her top priority. "We believe in all of our foods wholeheartedly, and we’re looking for partners. We’re looking for our food manufacturers to be partners."

It's Thyme For...

Some Festive Nutrition

This month, we're highlighting one of our favourite herbs, thyme! Thyme can help improve pets' digestion, strengthen bones and muscles and reduce inflammation and pain. Read on for more about why you should be adding thyme to your pet's bowl!

Top Five Gifts for Cats

Your festive shopping guide

Looking for a last-minute gift for your favourite feline? We've rounded up our top picks for cats - from toys to water fountains and catnip, there's something for every kitty, no matter their taste!

Top Five Gifts For Dogs

Your festive shopping guide

If you're still searching for the ulti-mutt gift for the dog in your life, look no further! We've compiled a list of our top picks for pups - toys, chews, accessories and more - so read on for all of your last-minute festive shopping needs!

Raw and Rewarding

The benefits of organ meat

It might not be the most appetising of ingredients, but organ meat offers an amazing range of benefits to your pet. Read on for more about optimising your pet's health with this ingredient!

Toxic plants for pets

Making your home safe this holiday season

It’s important to make sure that your decorations aren’t creating an inadvertent hazard for your furry friends, so we’ve put together a list of some of the more toxic plants that are best avoided in pet-loving households

Frost things frost

Protecting your pets this winter

With the winter months upon us, we've collected some of our best tips for keeping your pets (and their paws) safe in the colder temperatures. After all, cats and dogs don’t usually enjoy the -30°C Canadian weather anymore than we do. Brr!

Local Business Spotlight

Canadian Pet Connection

Canadian Pet Connection has always been an independent, family-owned business with a focus on selling premium-quality, Canadian brands. For the Forders, a focus on premium-quality products has always been a top priority.

Small But Mighty

The benefits of cranberries

Read on for more about why this ingredient is more than just a festive fruit for Thanksgiving or Christmas - and why including it in your dog or cat’s diet is a great idea.

Local Business Spotlight

Maureen Tate, Paws4Health

Maureen's passion for natural, organic and raw pet food led her to start her business to sell this type of pet food to the public - in fact, she was the first person to bring fresh, frozen, Canadian-made raw pet food into Nova Scotia!

Local Business Spotlight

MOMMS Premium Pet Foods

Product knowledge and customer service are two things that Chris Malmberg prides himself on when it comes to his store. He strives to help customers make the best decisions about their pet's nutrition - and that means high quality, varied food without any fillers.

Local Business Spotlight

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson, the founder and former owner of Wild Side Pet Boutique, is a passionate advocate for pet nutrition - real food, and quality, organic ingredients.

Paw-fect Pumpkin Treats

Let's get baking!

Pumpkin is a PAW-some ingredient to feed your dogs! So why not go the extra mile and bake them some pumpkin treats. Check out the recipe on our blog!

They Are What They Eat

How a Good Diet Can Help Prevent Poor Pet Health

As part of our latest blogpost series, we take a look at the importance of preventative care, and how a good diet can help prevent health issues in your pet.

Local Business Spotlight

The Dog House and More

At The Dog House & More, Karen strives to provide an honest, knowledgeable experience for her customers to help them to have a great pet.

Nothing Spooky Here!

How Pumpkin Can Boost Your Pet's Diet

Pumpkin is one of our (f)all-time favourite ingredients - but did you know that it can be an amazing for your pet too? Find out why you should be adding this fall staple to your pet's bowl!

Local Business Spotlight

Discover Dogs

Discover Dogs, a family-owned small business in East Vancouver, grew out of a love of dogs and a passion for pet nutrition.

Safe At Home

Lost Pet Prevention Awareness

We’ve compiled a list of our top five tips for pet safety, both indoors and outside, to help you have some peace of mind when it comes to caring for your loyalest friend.

Local Business Spotlight

Back To The Bone

Back to the Bone was born out of Daniel and Donna Tutton’s personal experience with their own beloved pet, Max.

Spoil Your Dog Day

Pets are where the heart is

August 10 is National Spoil Your Dog Day, so we've put together some fun ideas for you to treat the special pup in your life!

Local Business Spotlight

In The Raw

Since they first opened in 2000, In The Raw's mission has been clear: to supply raw food and educate people about raw food.

Local Business Spotlight

CB Rescue

CB Rescue works tirelessly to find the perfect homes and families for their dogs and have rescued hundreds of dogs from across Canada, as well as the Dominican, Mexico and US.

A Paw-Fect Summer

9 Pet-Friendly Events Across Canada

We’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly events taking place across the country for you to enjoy with your furry friend this summer!

Local Business Spotlight

Doodle Dogs Boutique

With a tagline of “chic, unique, local and fresh”, Corey and Meghan have created a retail store that is boutique and local. “Our mission for sure is sourcing and supporting our local community,” says Corey.

Just Keep On Watering

Pet Hydration Awareness Month

It’s important to remember that our furry friends feel the heat just as we do, and they need to hydrate more than ever in the hot months. This July, it's Pet Hydration Awareness Month and we're taking a look at all the ways you can keep your pets safe during the summer.

Local Business Spotlight

Lucy Jabryan, Thrive4Life Pet Food

“I’m an animal lover,” says Lucy Jabryan,“For me it’s so much more than a business, because when you touch people’s lives, even if someone comes into my store and doesn’t make one purchase, but they leave empowered, they leave excited, that’s a job well done.

Partner Profile

George Leonard, MSAR Service Dogs

MSAR Service Dogs has a unique goal: to change lives, one dog at a time. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they provide world-class dogs trained as working dogs, elite service dogs and therapy dogs to those in need.

Delicious and Nutritious

How Important is Your Pet's Diet?

As pet parents, we know what our furry friends need the most - love and attention, exercise and socializing, food and water (and a little more love). But when it comes to the diet we decide to feed them, just how important are the choices that you make?

Partner Profile

Free Korean Dogs

June 5 was National Animal Rights Day and we are proud to partner with Free Korean Dogs and the amazing work they do. They are passionate about rescuing dogs not only from abandonment but also from the Korean dog meat market.