About Buddies

Our mission.. Our vision.. Our history..

At Buddies Natural Pet Food, we use human grade whole, raw foods to create our Raw Pet Food for Dogs and Cats. Sourcing our foods locally and seasonally, we make our pet food by hand, with love in the Cowichan Valley. We believe in a balanced, species-appropriate diet for dogs and cats; A diet that has fresh unadulterated whole foods to fuel their bodies.

We believe that living bodies have everything needed to fight disease and that when given a good nutritional foundation that animals are able to live long and healthy lives, while also being able to combat any diseases that may arise.

We would not presume to be able to survive and thrive off of a diet of kibble and water alone; so why is it that we think our four-legged friends can? Kibble was created in the 1950’s, and since then there has not been enough time for Dogs and Cats to evolve enough to be able to digest the ‘food’ that is conventionally given to them. Having a species appropriate diet takes into account what they would naturally eat in the wild, and then creating the closest thing we can to that.

We at Buddies have always worked diligently at developing a variety of different protein-based raw food blends, that contain the right amount of balanced ingredients for your animals at an affordable price. On staff, we have a carnivore nutritionist certified in Small Animal Naturopathy, Animal Health Coach, and Carnivore Nutrition that we work closely with and collaborate with some holistic vets to ensure your pet is not missing any nutrients and remains healthy on this diet. At Buddies Natural Pet Food, we want to see all our buddies’ live long and comfortable lives.


Buddies products contain only fresh human-grade ingredients; we believe that these whole foods are the best fuel our animals bodies are designed to digest, simply and easily. If we ourselves would not ingest the ingredients we feed to our companions, then you will not find those ingredients in our products! Our products are 100% gluten free, grain free, and Canadian!

What makes us different? Buddies Natural Pet food sources all of our products locally and seasonally with a majority of our ingredients coming fresh from our own beautiful Vancouver Island. Our products are coarsely ground for dogs and finely ground for cats. All of our products are mixed, processed and packaged by hand for an artisan style end product. Our blends are created from a wide variety of proteins such as Beef, Emu, Goat, Lamb, Pork, Poultry (Chicken, Duck, and/or Turkey), Rabbit, Wild Fish (Salmon, Herring, and/or Tuna), and Venison. Buddies focuses primarily on protein based blends but does use alfalfa powder, celery, seasonal leafy greens, seasonal squash and yams in some our blends. Buddies recognizes that foods high in sugar content can have negative effects on our furry friends. Keeping this in mind, Buddies does not use any fruits or carrots in our products. We do, however, recommend sharing your own home grown raw fruits and veggies with your pups when they are in season!

You may notice that we have a wide variety of products available, this is for two main reasons; Firstly, it is important for animals, like humans, to get their protein from different sources. All proteins have different combinations and amounts of amino acids in them that are needed by the body. Second, if your animal has an allergy or intolerance to a certain protein source it is important that we have different options available to you (and them).