Biologically Appropriate

The Evolutionary Diet for Carnivores

What we want for our dogs is a diet and an environment that maximizes health That means a Biologically Appropriate Diet rather than a natural diet. The philosophy behind using Biologically Appropriate is that the diet a dog or cat evolved to eat - over many millions of years of evolution - is the best way to feed it.
A biologically appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of whole foods similar to those eaten by the dogs' wild ancestors. The food fed must contain the same balance and type of ingredients as consumed by those wild ancestors. This food will include such things as muscle meat, bone, fat, organ meat and vegetable materials and any other "foods" that will mimic what those wild ancestors ate.

The Anatomy of Carnivores

Cats and dogs evolved as hunters and despite a modern lifestyle, their digestive systems and internal anatomical features have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Despite obvious and dramatic changes in their physical appearance, the basic physiology of the modern dog has changed very little with domestication. Just like wolves, all dogs are evolved as carnivores, with anatomical features that clearly adapt them for meat-based diets.
  • Teeth and Jaws
    The sharp incisors and pointed canine teeth are perfectly designed for both incapacitating and eating a meal. A large mouth opening with a single hinge joint adapted for swallowing whole chunks of meat. Teeth and jaws designed to swallow food whole (not for chewing or crushing plants).
  • Saliva & Enzymes
    The saliva of carnivorous animals does not contain digestive enzymes. When eating, a mammalian carnivore gorges itself rapidly and does not chew its food. Since proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes cannot be liberated in the mouth due to the danger of auto digestion (damaging the oral cavity), carnivores do not need to mix their food with saliva; they simply bite off huge chunks of meat and swallow them whole.
  • Short Digestive Track
    Carnivores have a single-chambered stomach. Since these animals average a kill only about once a week, a large stomach volume is advantageous because it allows the animals to quickly gorge themselves when eating, taking in as much meat as possible at one time which can then be digested later while resting. Additionally, the ability of the carnivore stomach to secrete hydrochloric acid is exceptional. Carnivores are able to keep their gastric pH down around 1-2 even with food present. This is necessary to facilitate protein breakdown and to kill bacteria associated with raw meat. A high concentration of stomach acid helps quickly break down proteins.

Our five biologically appropriate principles

Rich in Meat

1. Rich in Meat

1. Rich in Meat
Dogs evolved as hunters and, just like their wild cousins, their teeth, jaws and digestive system are all adapted for meat concentrated diets that are rich in fresh meats and meat diversity. With short digestive tracts and gastrointestinal systems, dogs and cats are adapted to metabolize animal flesh and fat, not grains and carbohydrates. A biologically appropriate diet mirrors the same balance and variety of ingredients that would be consumed in the wild, including muscle meat, bone, fat, organ meat and vegetable materials. Applied to dry foods, the Biologically Appropriate concept means higher-protein, moderate fat, low carbohydrate foods that contain high and various inclusions of animal ingredients that are processed as little as possible.
Unmatched Fresh Meat Inclusion

2. Unmatched Fresh Meat Inclusion

2. Unmatched Fresh Meat Inclusion
The best nutrition for your pet starts with the Best Ingredients.
Canine creek features unmatched inclusions of 48% fresh cage free chicken, whole dried eggs, farm fresh vegetables packed with super 7 Antioxidants selected by experienced veterinarians and nutritionists.
Our foods are brimming with the richness, freshness and variety of meats for which dogs and cats are evolved to eat.

3. Wholeprey

3. Wholeprey
It’s what Mother Nature intended
Science has proven that our dogs and cats thrive on a high meat, low carbohydrate diet – not with empty fillers like corn, wheat or soy. So Canine Creek chose to formulate our diets closer to what dogs & cats might naturally choose for themselves. Mother Nature’s plan simply makes good sense. Our grain-free formulas help combat dietary allergies and contain more animal-based protein and fats with fewer carbohydrates than their grain-based counterparts. This makes Canine Creek more easily digested and one of the highest protein / lowest carbohydrate pet foods on the market. Our formulas contain NO corn, wheat, soy or glutens.


Palatability is a key factor, making pet owners happy is as important as ensuring the food appeals to the pet. “Our research and development teams have worked together for years to prove it was technically feasible to design a sensorial solution that improves a kibble making it extremely palatable for a cat or a dog, by an exciting aroma which spreads from the just-opened bag inviting for a bite, and also by the right texture and size of the kibbles. It’s a complex process we can realize at best, thanks to the meticulous care we put in developing our food and thanks to the experience we gained and that leads to the careful analysis of composition and in the administration of our food to hundreds of four-legged friends.
Low Carbohydrates

5. Less Carbohydrates

5. Less Carbohydrates
Just as in humans, a diet too high in carbohydrates enhances the risk of obesity and diabetes in dogs & cats.
The relationship between protein and carbohydrates is simple: if one goes up, the other goes down. That means the more protein there is in the food, the less room there is for carbohydrates. That’s good news for carnivores. While protein is essential, carbohydrates are ‘empty calories’ that provide little nutritional value beyond their controversial energy potential.