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Open Farm Dog Food Review – Sustainable and Ethically Sourced

Open Farm Dog Food Review
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Written by Rachael Sando

There is no denying that high quality protein is the building block of a healthy canine diet.

Open Farm Pet Food Logo

As a former vegetarian, it has always been hard for me to cope with the fact that despite buying high quality kibble for our dogs, the source of the protein in this food is not selected with the same care as the meat I buy for myself.

The reality is that even when meat is sourced in the USA, the protein in your favorite kibble is likely part of the factory farming system which places company profit over the welfare of animals.  As an animal lover, it is difficult to rationalize advocating for the care of animals while at the same time supporting this industry.

This is why we are so excited to tell you about Open Farm Pet Fooda company that is making a huge commitment to changing an industry.

Open Farm Pet Food

Open Farm is a family run company based in Toronto, Canada. Aside from creating some of the healthiest dog food available, the major thing that sets them apart is that all of their ingredients are ethically sourced. This means taking great care and effort to source both humanely raised meat as well as fresh and local vegetables.

Click here to purchase Open Farm Dog Food on Amazon

 

Open Farm Dog Food Varieties

The Recipe’s and Ingredients

Open Farm currently offers 3 wholesome recipes – formulated to be interchangeable in a rotational diet:

  • Homestead Turkey & Chicken
  • Catch-of-the-Season Whitefish & Green Lentil
  • Farmer’s Market Pork & Root Vegetable

Open Farm is among the best dry dog food we have ever reviewed.

Each formulation contains roughly 30% protein and 14% fat. Furthermore, you won’t find any “meat meals” in their food which are often unregulated and difficult to trace. Open Farm dog food is also grain free in addition to being free of wheat, corn or soy.

Our Golden Retriever Charlie checking the ingredients

Have a question about an ingredient? Hover over any ingredient on their website and it will tell you exactly why it is there, and the benefits it provides your pet!

Open Farm is some of the Healthiest Dog Food available

Finding What’s Right for You

Since switching to a homemade diet, it is much easier to know where the meat that I feed the boys comes from. While I can scream from the rooftops about the positive changes we have seen in our boys since switching to this diet, the reality is that raw/homemade feeding is not for everyone and every situation.

Kibble is an easy choice for a lot of pet parents. Dogs without health problems tend to do well on it, it does not need to be refrigerated, travels easily, and is cost effective. We strongly believe that you need to decide what is right for your family!

No matter what you choose as the right option for you and your dog, from one pet parent to another we know that you want to make a choice that is right for all animals; your companion animal and the farm animals who feed them.

Looking for a healthy dog food? Try Open Farm - a company that is also committed to sustainable and humane farming.

Peace on Earth, Peace of Mind…

Just recently, while traveling for the holidays, we found it was easier to pack kibble than try to convince people that dehydrated raw food wasn’t really all that scary to prepare.  

Open Farm had been kind enough to send us a bag of their pork and root vegetable recipe for Harley and Charlie to try, so we figured now would be the perfect time!

We had tremendous peace of mind, knowing that not only was this some of the healthiest dog food available, but we were feeding food that had been ethically sourced and supportive of animal welfare. 

Ready to eat!

Giving Back – “Do Some Good”

Open Farm’s motto signifies the ability for consumers to make a difference through their purchases and the companies they support. They strive to improve the lives of farm animals used in food production, and hope that their commitment will help lead a movement of change across the industry.

Open Farm uses only certified humane meats in their dog food.

Humane Farm Animal Care Program

Open Farm only uses meat and poultry that has been certified by the Humane Farm Animal Care Program (HFAC). This standards of this organization were developed by animal scientists and veterinarians from across the world. Compliance to these standards is confirmed by regular audits and inspections.

Wondering about these standards and what humane meat production actually entails?

  • All animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress
  • Animals are provided a healthy diet of quality feed – No added antibiotics or hormones!
  • No cages, crates, or tie-stalls
  • Producers must comply with all food safety and environmental regulations

You won’t be surprised that all of Open Farm’s fish are ocean caught as opposed to aquafarmed as well. Not only does this allow for the fish to live a natural life, but it assures that they have not been fed antibiotics or artificial feed. Another important distinction is that their fish selection is seasonal. This is because Open Farm is committed to sustainable fishing practices. Simply check the bottom of the bag to see what kind of fish has been freshly caught to make your dog’s food.

Harley checking out Open Farm's grain free dog food

Sustainability: Full Circle

Recyclable dog food bags with Terracycle

Open Farm is committed to sustainability throughout the entire lifecycle of their products. Even their bags are recyclable – a rarity in the industry.

Open Farm Dog Food Review

So, what did they think?

Harley and Charlie are not picky when it comes to food, they like just about everything – whether it is healthy for them or not! Lucky for these two pups, this food is as good as it gets!

The taste test!

Although we had to make a sudden change in their food while traveling, we were happy to see that this food was highly palatable and did not cause any digestive upset. Though my concerns with a sudden change in diet were baseless, I still worried that Harley and Charlie’s itchy skin and food sensitivities might rear their ugly heads. Once again, it seems as though my worries were unnecessary. The boys gobbled the food up over 4 days with no ill effects. We loved that the the pork recipe that we tried had only two major protein sources: fish and pork.

Looking for dog food reviews? Check out MyDogLikes review of Open Farm!

Why MyDogLikes Open Farm Dog Food

One thing that I can say for certain is that our loyal MyDogLikes readers are animal lovers. As an animal lover, its hard to rationalize advocating for humane treatment of animals while at the same time supporting an industry (factory/industrial farming) that puts the welfare and humane treatment of animals last. Unfortunately, so many commercial pet food brands, whether “made and sourced in the USA” or not, support this industry. Open Farm is a breath of fresh air and represents a company that not only cares about the health and well being of your pet, but of all animals-land and sea. For years, we glossed over an inconvenient truth about the pet food industry, but our eyes are wide open now.

For all of the reasons above, we LOVE Open Farm. We also appreciate that Open Farm is among the highest quality kibble that we have encountered. Best of all, choosing Open Farm is no compromise in quality. There is not a single ingredient in their food without purpose and their food is designed with your dog’s health at the fore. We love that ingredients are locally harvested whenever possible and their meat is always ethically sourced.  I can say with certainty that this is our GO TO kibble.

About the author

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Rachael Sando

Rachael is a School Psychologist with degrees from the University of Rochester and RIT. Though a lifelong dog lover, this passion has taken on a new direction through the utilization of therapy animals in her day job. Charlie, our Golden Retriever, works with Rachael as a school therapy dog in a local primary school where he brings comfort and support to students and staff on a daily basis.

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