We are proud of our sourcing and would like to share this with you.
Fish4Dogs is a global business, providing dogs and cats around the world with a range of high quality foods and treats.
As a global business Fish4Dogs is committed to supporting local industry and takes pride in working with local producers and suppliers who provide the quality ingredients that comprise Fish4Dogs.
Fish4Dogs dry foods available in Australia are locally made using quality locally available ingredients and is actively supporting local industry and contributing to the Australian economy.
The main ingredient we use in our Fish4Dogs Australia Finest Salmon is sourced from Tasmanian farmed salmon.
Clean clear waters and a well regulated and controlled fisheries industry allows high quality fish with excellent sustainability credentials.
Fish4Dogs Sea Jerky treats are imported from Norway and are quite simply baked fish skins. Nothing more, nothing less.
It is undeniable that there is controversy over the merits of fish farming. Whilst there are many instances, of bad practice in Aquaculture, not all fish farming is the same and in Tasmania, you find some of the best practice in the world.
The reason for this is the level of regulation, control and concern for the environment.
Tasmania takes the protection of its natural environment seriously and tightly controls its aquaculture resulting in small-scale operations with a requirement to continually test and monitor and clean up after itself.
Responsibly conducted fish farming offers a great opportunity for long-term sustainable food production – both human and animal.
It is also worth noting that farming fish has a lower environmental impact than animal farming with fish requiring 2.9 kg of Co2 per kg of edible food compared to 5.9 kg for pork and 30 kg for beef.
Because fish are cold blooded they use minimal energy keeping warm, also it takes less energy to support a body in water than it does on land making fish a highly efficient converter of feed when compared to farming of land animals.
The journey for our Fish4Dogs Salmon complete foods starts in one of the salmon farms located in Tasmania.
Tasmanian waters are cold clean and clear giving the ideal environment for fish farming.
These farms operate under a strict set of control and licences that make Tasmanian Fish Farming practises the best in the world.
• The use of growth hormones or antibiotics to promote growth is banned;
• The farms are limited in size by a licensing system
• Strict rules require the farms to continually test the sea bed for changes and, if changes do occur, to stop until the sea bed has returned to its original state.
Fish are reared in large pens with strict controls on the numbers of fish per pen. During their life, the fish are continually monitored, including measuring the levels of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids.
To avoid waste, feeding is monitored via underwater cameras. As soon as the fish stop eating then the flow of food is shut off, eliminating waste and reducing pollution from unconsumed feeds.
Good animal husbandry and natural methods are the order of the day. For instance, the sea lice are controlled by introducing Wrasse fish (LipFish), who cheerfully eat the sea lice.
Once ready for harvest the fish are transferred, still alive, by boats containing large seawater pools to the processing plant.
The fish are then transferred to water at -1°C, causing them to fall into a coma providing a natural, pain and stress-free method of despatch – both ethically right and producing better quality meat.
The fish are then killed, gutted and filleted – all done by machinery, meaning it can be done fast – from alive to fully processed takes 20 minutes.
The Fillets are sent off for human consumption and we have the rest – nearly 50% of the fish.
At our Fish4Dogs food production plant in Australia. the fish, potatoes, vitamins and minerals are mixed together and cooked in a large pressure cooker known as an extruder.
The cooked food is then forced through stainless steel plates containing small holes, producing the kibble. What comes out here is still soft and smells very much like freshly baked bread.
The final stage is to coat the kibble in Salmon oil and allow to cool.
A number of other producers store the finished kibble in silos as a cost saving measure. At Fish4Dogs we immediately pack into the sealed bags to ensure maximum freshness.
We use farmed fish because it’s sustainable and of a consistently high quality.
We manufacture our dry food in Australia, our Sea Jerky treats and range of cat foods in Norway because it’s close to our source of the main ingredient – Fish – and a source of fish that is grown and processed in a fresh, hygienic and ethical way.
We say “feed fish and see the difference” but this goes further.
Not any fish, but carefully selected and quality controlled fish ensuring that our four-legged friends get only the best.