Frequently Asked Questions

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If you live in Toronto, Ontario, you’re in luck. Lucky Dog Cuisine is available in select specialty retailers or it can be delivered right to your door. Our handy autoship program allows you to have 14 lbs of Lucky Dog delivered once a month for the low price of $150.

Of course! Just give us a call or send us an email. If your dog prefers certain flavours, or you find you need more or less food, just let us know. We’re here for you!

Absolutely. In a perfect world, Lucky Dog Cuisine would be fed exclusively. But we know this isn’t always possible. Just mixing a bit of Lucky Dog in with a good quality, human grade dry food will help ensure your dog is getting a balanced diet.

Four to five months.

As long as the food is kept in a sealed, tupperware-type container, it can keep for five to seven days.

Although raw food is a great alternative to dry dog food, we find some dogs have difficulty digesting it. Raw foods can also cause spikes in blood sugar levels, which can cause stress on the liver and pancreas. Our foods are cooked to allow for more gradual absorption and digestion which prevents these spikes in glucose production. Additionally, some antioxidants, like lycopene (which is found in tomatoes), are released during the cooking process.

Our meats are cooked and then drained of excess fat. We also lose about 1/3 of the volume during the cooking process, so a 10 lbs batch of meat will yield approximately 7 lbs.

Enzymes are a type of protein that are digested in the acids in the stomach. The enzymes can be weakened when cooked, and therefore, digested more easily with a cooked dog food. Not all dogs are capable of digesting the enzymes found in raw food easily.

With any wet food, we have to take into account the water content. Therefore, in order to compare wet food to dry food, we have to use a formula:

  • We subtract the moisture content of the wet food from 100
  • We then take that number and divide the protein by the aforementioned calculation
  • For example, our Beef and Rice recipe has 72% moisture so 100-72=28
  • Our percentage protein is 8%, so our protein on a dry basis is 8รท28=28.5%

We can now compare the two protein levels, the dry food and Lucky Dog Cuisine, on a dry weight basis.

There is nothing in Lucky Dog that is harmful to humans. It is all top quality, human grade food. If you were to open a package of Lucky Dog and heat it up, you would have a quality meal for yourself. As a matter of fact, if you were to eat nothing but Lucky Dog for the rest of your life (not that we recommend that), you would probably be eating much healthier than the average Canadian. Our food is not just dog food — it’s food for dogs.

One of the biggest reasons dogs have allergies today is the poor food they consume in the first place. For example, a lot of people claim their dogs have a corn allergy. The problem is often not with corn, but with the fact that a lot of commercial pet food manufacturers use moldy grains. These moldy grains are not allowed in human grade food and they lead to all sorts of allergies and reactions. Feeding Lucky Dog will help most dogs as it allows them to ingest whole foods. We do not market Lucky Dog as a cure-all or remedy for any particular ailment, but anything that helps your dog’s immune system function more efficiently will allow your dog to remain healthy.

Garlic has many health benefits, including purifying the liver and stimulating gastric juices for better digestion while promoting the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. Garlic helps lower blood sugar, has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and contains selenium, a powerful anti-oxidant for immune system enhancement.

Too much garlic, meaning 50 cloves at a time, can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia. Too much of anything can be dangerous, but our recipes only contain 2-3 cloves per 40 lbs of food. The AAFCO, the government regulating agency in the US that is responsible for what is allowed in dog food, deems garlic to be safe. The Pet Food Association of Canada follows the same guidelines as the AAFCO when is comes to pet food. For more information, you can visit the Association’s web page at www.pfac.com.

Most grains found in a lot of commercial, pet grade foods, are grains that are unfit for human consumption. This means they are filled with mold, aflotoxins and bacteria. They are also poor quality as most are by-products of the milling process. This means that they are left overs of the milling of corn, wheat or barley and are stripped of their inherent nutrients. So many dogs are experiencing allergies and even seizures due to the quality of raw ingredients in their diet. The grains themselves are not the issue, the quality and toxicity are.

Grains have many health benefits providing they are whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta and barley. Once cooked, they are well absorbed and well digested by dogs. Whole grains provide a myriad of vitamins and minerals and provide soluble fiber to feed the good bacteria in the gut. They also provide the nutrients the body needs to manufacture its own vitamin K.

Whole grains are digested slowly, which keeps blood sugar levels low, reducing stress on the pancreas and liver. They are also an excellent form of protein when combined with the amino acids found in vegetables.