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Pet Health

Real Food Ingredients for Dogs

Tom&Sawyer starts every recipe exactly the same way you shop for your family, picking out fresh food ingredients as the basis for the meal. Will it be beef tonight or chicken? Do you feel like adding a starch like rice or potatoes to this meal or packing the plate with a colourful array of fruits and vegetables?

This is the way we have learned to eat, building our dinner plates using the food pyramid in order to get all the nutrients we need to live healthy and long lives. In the last several decades, how we feed our dogs has drastically diverged from this similar food pyramid philosophy and become a bag of dried kibbles that look nothing like food.

When is that last time you bought your dog food that actually looked like food? It’s okay, we didn’t think about it either until a few years ago.

So what foods can you expect to see in our dog meals? (and we mean actually SEE the food ingredients).  Here is some information about the real food ingredients that goes into our pet meals:

  • Pork, beef, chicken, turkey, kangaroo, salmon: we purchase our meats from restaurant suppliers in order to ensure that every meat was handled according to human food safety regulations. This does not happen with commercial kibble or canned food, their cheap waste meat is not fit for human consumption.
  • Carrots, broccoli, edamame, sweet potato, cabbage, spinach, apples, blueberries and so on…our fruits and vegetables are not cast-offs or near spoiled, they are delivered fresh or frozen to our kitchen and are chopped and diced to a size that even the smallest of breeds can easily eat.
  • If we include a grain in one of our recipes, such as rice, pasta or oatmeal, you can be assured that they are the same ones that you eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Grains aren’t essential to survival for dogs just like humans don’t need grains to survive, but they are a dense energy source and packed full of healthy nutrients.

Learn about the science behind nutrient profiles here