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About Carnivora™

We have fed fresh foods for over twenty years. In fact, we were feeding raw food long before it became as popular as it is today!

As a result of our commitment and experience, we have successfully supported thousands of pet owners across Canada and around the world. It's extremely gratifying to hear from people that are amazed, thrilled and committed to feeding this way. 

Over the years, we have prepared and trialed many variations of "natural" diets. Some were learning experiences and others were just too complicated. At Carnivora™, we decided we didn't want use "by-products" and we didn't want to follow the pet food industry standards by using a recipe or formulation based on nutritional assumptions or "science". Instead, we wanted to provide a diet that contained every valuable nutrient available in the neat package of a whole animal. We felt it was important that people not only feed a diet based on a variety of whole animals, but a diet that was tailored toward their dog as an individual. We wanted foods that came from naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic free sources. We wanted to know exactly what the animals were being fed and how they were raised.

Dogs and cats don't have the opportunity to make diet choices for themselves. We are ultimately responsible for their well being. More and more pet owners are becoming aware of nutrition-related problems and are looking for alternatives. We truly believe every cat and dog deserves abundant health and that's why we do what we do. We have been involved in several raw food companies starting in 1998. Riveriene Farm was the first raw food diet to be manufactured in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was also the first raw food offered in a patty format in Canada. In 2000, we brought Dr. Ian Billinghurst to Saskatoon to teach a seminar on his Bones and Raw Food diet. A short time later, we teamed up with Dr. and Mrs. Billinghurst and partners to form BARF World. In 2003, we set out to develop Carnivora™, becoming the first and only pet food company to provide a variety of whole animal diets for dogs. 

Carnivora™ is the result of our experience on a personal level as well as within the raw pet food industry. The road may have been a long one, but we feel it was a road worth traveling.

 

Carnivora™ Manufacturing

The quality and handling of Carnivora™ fresh frozen foods are important to us. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into producing the Carnivora™ Whole Animal patties - from collection of animals, to slaughter to processing and packaging. We want to ensure that quality is always maintained for our customers and their companions.

Carnivora™ only accepts healthy, disease-free whole animals from small scale establishments that follow holistic management and feeding practices. The animals are transported to designated slaughter facilities where upon arrival they are humanely slaughtered and handled according to the Canadian Meat Inspection Act and Regulations. These regulations contain strict facility standards to ensure proper handling of the animal and the safety of the meat/meat product. Slaughter facilities are Federally inspected or meet the regulatory requirements of the jurisdiction in which the slaughter facility is located. Inspection of internal organs is carried out following slaughter and again prior to processing. Carcasses are then transported by refrigerated carrier from the slaughter facility to the Carnivora™ manufacturing facility for final processing. Carnivora™ utilizes specialized equipment, which is capable of processing both large and small whole animals, including all types of bones and animal tissues. Carnivora™ products are processed under refrigerated temperatures and product temperature is constantly monitored throughout the production process. Once processed, products are immediately flash frozen at temperatures of -20 degrees (Celsius) The Carnivora™ products are cut and packaged under climate-controlled temperatures and deep frozen before they are shipped to stores.

Carnivora™ products are presented in patties. Each patty is separated by a wax paper. We follow the Canadian Guide for the Labeling of Pet Foods which provides consumers with English and French information, nutritional analysis as well as handling and feeding instructions.

Whole chicken/duck/turkey patties contain the entire bird except the head, feet, feathers and intestines. Whole rabbit patties do not contain the head, feet, hide, large intestine (manure) or bladder. Lamb, goat, bison, pork and beef patties contain the whole animal except the heads, hides, bladder and large intestine (manure), hooves, horns (if any). We do not use non-edible bones as these would not be consumed in nature due to their density.

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