Ingredients For health

Helping dogs achieve superior health!

Many people assume that a dog's natural diet is a meat only diet. Unfortunately this is untrue as a meat only diet is highly unnatural and unbalanced. Meat should form only a part of the over-all healthy diet, which should include bone, fruits, vegetables, offal and other supplements as well. 

TK Ranch Beef, Pork and Lamb

TK Ranch  is your ethical and humane choice for quality grass-finished beef and lamb, pasture raised pork.

TK Ranch is located in east-central Alberta in the endangered Northern Fescue Grasslands. They believe that respect for the land and animals they steward is the foundation for creating clean, humane, gourmet, eco-friendly meat products. Without happy food we cannot have a happy earth.


TK Ranch is audited to the highest pasture based animal welfare standards in North America – Animal Welfare Approved.  Their cattle and sheep are also certified grass-finished by A Greener World – a stringent certification few farms and ranches hold in Canada. In 2016 they completed construction of their own on-farm abattoir to ensure the animals are treated with the utmost respect at slaughter. They also built their own processing facility on land near Calgary to produce the highest quality meat products in the Alberta organic and natural marketplace.

Main Proteins

Beef Organs

Artisan Raw includes 6 different organs, heart, green tripe, kidney, liver, lung and spleen as our staple organs. they are high in protein and rich in minerals and vitamins. Containing vitamin A, D, B6, B12, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, iron, zinc, taurine, and pantothenic acid. It is important to know that the heart and tongue are not secreting organs and count as muscle meat. We do include heart as a staple lean meat in our beef content.

Beef

Beef is a first class protein. That is, it contains all the essential amino acids necessary for dogs of all ages, including growing dogs, pregnant dogs, female dogs feeding puppies and of course not-doing-so-much-dogs. Protein is its major role in healthy nutrition. It also supplies varying amounts of fat, water, vitamins and minerals. Because it supplies fat and protein, it also supplies energy. Raw beef is low in sodium and high in potassium. That is good news for dogs with heart problems. Of the meats, beef is the best source of and very high in iron as well as containing zinc, vitamin B2, B6, B12 and vitamin D.

Wild Salmon

Artisan Raw only uses Wild Salmon. High in omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Salmon  works to maintain a healthy heart and a strong immune system. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation from arthritis and skin conditions. It also stimulates the growth of a luxuriant, healthy coat.

Chicken


An excellent source of highly digestible protein, high in amino acids and essential fatty acids. Also contains high levels of selenium, niacin and vitamin B6. A staple for many raw diets because it is easily digested due to the bones being made of mostly cartilage, which provides essential calcium. Chicken backs provide a great meat to bone ratio and are also high in essential fatty acids. 

Chicken Feet

An essential ingredient for large breed dogs as they contain natural Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Glucosamine aids in the repair and renewal of damaged or worn cartilage and Chondroitin helps neutralize the destructive enzymes and improves the quality of the synovial fluid. The natural combination of Glucosamine and Chondroitin is found to be most effective for joint treatment. This is essential to help support joints stressed by a large-breed dog's greater weight. 

​Fresh Whole Eggs

Described as nature’s perfect protein. Rich in choline, which is known to reduce inflammation. They are also high in selenium, iodine, vitamin B2, B5 and B12 and vitamin D. Eggs protect against loss of eyesight, cataracts and macular degeneration. The egg shell provides a good source of natural calcium.

Importance of Vegetables

Dogs need vegetables because they contain many important health promoting nutrients. The fiber your dog obtains from raw vegetables includes both soluble and insoluble fiber. Vegetables supply many other nutrients. Many of those nutrients are the ones that have been found to be in short supply in the modern dog's "civilized" diet. This includes difficult to obtain omega 3 essential fatty acids, most of a dog's vitamin needs, masses of enzymes and various anti-aging factors, including antioxidants and phytochemicals.

At Artisan Raw we double grind our vegetables to mimic the preys jaws. This breaks down the cell walls and allow the best digestion of all vegetable matter. 

Vegetables

Leafy Greens

A great source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, manganese chromium, folic acid and potassium. Typically we use Spinach, Bok Choy, Romaine and Nappa Cabbage

Seaweed

Rich in iodine, which is beneficial for glands and organs especially the thyroid and liver. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-rheumatic and antibiotic properties. Contains vitamin A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C and E. It is also a source of zinc biotin, bromine, calcium, choline, copper, inositol, iodine, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur and other trace elements.

Red Pepper

This is an excellent source of many essential nutrients. By weight, red peppers have three times as much vitamin C as citrus fruit. Moreover, red peppers are a very good source of beta carotene, and they offer a good amount of fiber and vitamin B6. Pepper stimulates circulation and enhances blood flow, it is considered food for the circulatory system and as a digestive aid. Red peppers are one of few foods that contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help prevent various forms of cancer.

Garlic

Garlic is a much debated ingredient.  Many sources believe that garlic is toxic to dogs and it should never be used in dog food. However, we believe that it has many good attributes and valuable in preventative health benefits, provided it is in it's raw form. That being said there is no garlic in several of our meals for those that continue to question it's benefits. 

Turmeric

Beneficial for a wide variety of conditions in dogs. Curcumin, an ingredient of turmeric, contains the most beneficial components of this spice. A potent anti-inflammatory, can be helpful for painful inflammatory conditions like arthritis, a common problem in dogs. Stimulates bile production in the liver, essential to the digestion of dietary fats. An antioxidant that removes free radicals from the body. Free radicals can wreak havoc in the body and possibly lead to such conditions as cardiovascular disease and cancer. The active ingredients in turmeric will also provide an antioxidant boost.

Fruits

Wild Blueberries

Blueberries remain one of the most nutritious, antioxidant-rich types of fruit in the world . Antioxidants not only prevent cell damage, but also protect against several types of chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Wild blueberries are especially high in antioxidants. Chronic Infl.amation is at the root of most diseases. In fact, inflammation is thought to contribute to a wide range of conditions, including cancer, autoimmune conditions, heart disease and even depression.

Thanks to its high antioxidant content, blueberries have been shown to have a significant anti-inflammatory effect. 

Why Fruit?

Yes, dogs can and do eat fruit. Wild dogs - domestic dogs, After all, dogs are omnivores.  The major nutrient in fruit is soluble carbohydrate. Energy foods. Fruit contains lots of fiber. It also contains vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. Because fruit is a whole food, it also contains minerals, small amounts of protein and small amounts of fat. Two nutrients present in most raw fruits, vitamin A as carotene and vitamin C, make fruit a valuable food for your dog. The enzymes present in raw fruit, also make it important as part of your dog's diet, particularly if your dog is past middle age and showing the beginnings of degenerative disease. 

Apples

High in antioxidants and flavonoids, apples are considered to be one of the “super foods". Unpeeled apples are especially high in non-pro-vitamin A carotenes and pectin. Pectin is a remarkable type of fiber that has been shown to exert a number of beneficial effects. Due to its gel forming fiber, it can improve the intestinal muscle's ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract. Pectin also binds to and eliminates toxins in the gut. Apples are also rich in beta carotene and vitamin C as well as several B complex vitamins including vitamin B6, folic acid and lots of potassium.

Garlic Continued

Garlic why we stand by our choice to use in our Complete Meal

There are numerous health benefits to Garlic. To boost dogs immunity and prevent cancer. Garlic is a powerful antimicrobial and antibiotic and is effective in fighting various forms of bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, including parasites (e.g.tapeworms) and protozoan organisms (e.g. giardia). Fresh garlic fed as part of a dog's diet can fight infections of the mouth, throat, respiratory tract, stomach, or intestines.Garlic has detoxifying effects. At least six compounds contained in garlic can enhance liver function by helping the liver to eliminate toxins from the body, thereby preventing toxic accumulation that may lead to cancerous growths. Raw garlic helps to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels in dogs. A compound in garlic is effective at preventing blood clot formation in the vascular system. It can also reduce cholesterol levels and fat buildup in the arteries (atheorsclerosis). The exact reason and extent of garlic's effect on tick and flea prevention is not clear. It may be due to the odor released through the dog's skin as the compounds in garlic are metabolized. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of anecdotal reports on the effectiveness of garlic as a tick/flea repellent.  

It's All About Dosage

Too much of anything is bad for you. Even minerals that you assume make you and your dog healthy can be detrimental in large daily amounts. Things such as Vitamin D or Zinc are all good for them as long as you're not overdoing it. The same goes with garlic. At some level, these things have all the potential to be toxic. Some suggest as high as one clove per day for treating specific ailments. We use less than half a clove per 50 lbs of dog per day. To be exact we use 0.5% of garlic per recipe.

Not all forms of garlic are the same

Raw Garlic - for antibiotic use it's best in this form and it maintains it's medicinal properties and all it's nutrients. THIS IS THE ONLY TYPE OF GARLIC WE USE. 


Cooked Garlic - garlic cooked under high heat (boiled, roasted, sauteed, etc.) is likely to lose its medicinal properties and high percentage of its nutrients. We do not use cooked garlic!


Powdered Garlic - can also be used as cancer preventive agent, immune-system enhancer, cardiovascular tonic, or nutritional supplement should also give desired results. However, We do not know or trust the dehydrating processes of powdered garlic so we do not use this type either.


Ingredients you can pronounce!

Price is not always an indicator of quality, but the ingredients list doesn't lie  The first step is checking for these bad dog food ingredients. There are so many good, healthful things you can include in your dog's diet. 

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