Turkey Dinner Now Available

TURKEY.FINALAdding to the variety of Perfectly Raw™ products, your dogs can now enjoy our Turkey Dinner with fruits & veggies. Made with ‘double ground’ turkey frames, this all natural meal is easier to chew and digest, especially perfect for smaller dogs and dogs with chicken allergies. Find a store near you – and give your dog the best.

Dogs with chicken allergies should also try – Ground Turkey, Bone In or our 4-Pro Fish Mix.

Congratulations Canvasback


Congratulations to one of our long-time resellers of Perfectly Raw products – Canvasback – on the opening of their new store on May 1, 2014. Having had the privilege of touring it recently, I can tell you it is incredible. If you are in the area, please check it out. Google location link below.- Kerry and Renée Baldwin, Baldwin Feeds Perfectly Raw


The Raw Truth

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the hazards of raw dog food diets lately, and there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there. So I’ll try to address a few of the big questions today.

The biggest concern is Salmonella. Yes, raw foods are a salmonella risk. As are any raw foods that we prepare for our own consumption. But, a quality product handled appropriately is as safe or even safer than kibble, which is also capable of being contaminated with salmonella. Many people think that the raw food fed to pets is rancid, waste product. The product we sell is from feather to frozen within 24 hours. About as fresh as you can get. And as long as it is kept refrigerated after thawing, it can be held safely for days, like any raw meat product.

Most importantly, the Salmonella concern is not about harm to the animals, but the risk to humans. As carnivores, dogs and cats can handle levels of salmonella far exceeding what we can. So the concern is that mishandled raw foods can infect people. And for households with immunologically suppressed people or small children, raw foods might not be something you should risk.

There are rumours out there about raw foods leading to worms. The worms that can be spread through feeding raw generally come from pork and wild game, not domestic animals. So, a hunter feeding his dog deer or elk he’s just shot is taking a risk at infecting it with parasites, likewise feeding untreated pork products can be a risk. But frozen raw pet food made by a reputable manufacturer is safe. Rarely do you see wild game or pork products used, and when they are, they are treated with pressure or extended deep freezing to eliminate pathogens. Homemade preparations that use risky materials can lead to problems, but with a little research you can ensure that you eliminate these dangers.

“Pets shouldn’t eat chicken bones” is probably the most common misconception out there. Dogs and cats have been dining on the raw bones of prey animals for thousands of years. But in the wild, they’ve never had to worry about cooked bones. Until they get cooked, bones are pretty soft, containing a lot of water. But once they are cooked they become dry and brittle and when broken, they can be razor sharp. Try and do the wishbone thing with a raw wishbone and you will go crazy. But cooked, snap! So, part of the information is true, dogs should not eat cooked chicken bones. Cats, though, are rather dainty in chewing, and can handle a cooked chicken neck easily. My Streaky gets one every day or two, and loves them, raw or cooked.

So, as long as the chicken piece is raw, and the animal actually chews it into appropriate swallowing size, it is safe. Some animals will try and gulp items too large to swallow, including rawhides, pigs ears and chewies. If your pet does this, then a chicken back or neck might not be an appropriate treat. But if they aren’t gulpers, gnawing on a chicken neck or back is a great dental treat and has tremendous food value. Having a mat designated as a chew place can keep the pet from wandering around with a chunk of raw chicken. If they take their snack off their mat, take it away from them and return it to the mat. They learn quickly what that means.

Handled with respect, there isn’t a better, more appropriate food for your pet than raw. But take the time to learn all about it, it will be well worth it.

Jeff MacFarlane is the Owner of Aardvark Pets in Winnipeg, MB and a proud dealer of Perfectly Raw. To read more of Jeff’s articles, please visit his website –

The Last Dogs of Winter – Documentary Now Playing in Winnipeg

We are pleased to notify you that the full-length documentary, ‘The Last Dogs of Winter’, will be showing on five occasions throughout November at the Cinematheque theatre in Winnipeg, 304-100 Arthur Street.

Upcoming showtimes are as follows:

Friday, November 22, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 24, 2013 – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – 7:00 pm

The documentary explores the lives of Canadian Eskimo dogs (Qimmiq); filmed entirely in Churchill (Polar Bear Capital of the World) and features fascinating resident Brian Ladoon, among many other locals.

As a long time supporter of The Canadian Eskimo Dog Foundation, we encourage you to go watch the film. It reveals the fascinating story about one of North America’s rarest remaining purebred indigenous dogs and Brian’s ongoing mission to preserve them. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will be generously donated to The Canadian Eskimo Dog Foundation to help offset food, shelter, vaccinations, general care and maintenance of the dogs. For more information please visit

We also invite you to share this information with friends and family who mayalso be interested in learning more about this cultural icon of the North.

Also, should you ‘LIKE’ Arctic Trading Company on Facebook by December 8, 2013, your name will be entered into a draw to win a $75 shopping spree atthe Arctic Trading Company.

Vet says dogs likely to eat garbage rather than face a life of kibble!

Now this is worth the read! With wit and sarcasm, historical insight and recent research, Dr. Knueven, a well-credentialed holistic vet and author, questions the wisdom of a kibble-based diet – and recommends a raw diet for our pets.

On his web page Why Feed Raw?, Dr. Doug says “…conventionally, we are going at pet nutrition from a totally wrong direction. We start with ingredients that carnivores were never meant to eat, then we strip out all the nutrients with our processing, and finally we sprinkle in some synthetic vitamins and supplements to try to balance obvious deficiencies. A more intelligent approach would be to start with a look at what canines have evolved eating over the past five million years.”

In Mother Knows Best, Dr. Doug questions “Who knows what current canine problems may be due to missing building blocks: nutrients absent from today’s diets which are assumed to be complete and balanced? The experts in the pet food industry didn’t have complete understanding of nutrition in 1997, nor in 2005, and they still don’t today.”

So what’s the bottom line. The ideal diet is “raw meat, bones, organ meat, and shredded fruits and vegetables.” Sounds like a Perfectly Raw combination to me! Love to hear your thoughts on this.

Why Feed Raw?
Mother Knows Best

Visit us in Red Deer

Join us at the Red Deer & District Kennel Club Show this weekend, November 2-4,2102. Don Wierenga from The Complete K9 will be flying the Perfectly Raw banners, and sporting a freezer full of product. Good luck to all competitors!

Location:AG Centre/Little Red Barn on the Westerner Grounds, 4847 19 Street, Red Deer AB

Join us in Camrose this weekend

Join us at the Camrose Regional Exhibition this weekend, October 26-28, for the Battle River Canine Association Dog Show. Introduce yourself to Don Wierenga from The Complete K9. He’ll be the one flying the Perfectly Raw Banners, and sporting a freezer full of product. Good luck to all competitors!
Click here for the Google Map location.