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WHY FRESH VS KIBBLE?
From a nutritional quality point of view, most commercial dog food brands on the market are similar to human junk food. Can we expect to stay healthy when we eat junk food every single day? The same principle applies to our beloved dogs. However, some of the Commercial Dog Food brands are better than others. Still, in the end, they all are part of the same nutritional principle, which is actually at the expense of the dog's health.

The negative impacts of wrong nutrition on dogs' health are not seen right away. Still, they will eventually show up one way or another in different forms of disorders and diseases. If we want to make sure our dogs live a long healthy life, we should start to think about feeding them human-grade top quality healthy food. A study conducted by Lippert and Sapy (2003) evaluated the data from 500 dogs from 1998 until 2002. They reported that dogs fed with homemade fresh food lived 32 months longer than those fed commercial food.
HOW DOES OUR AI WORK?
Our AI provides individual well-balanced daily rations explicitly formulated for your pup. Dogs are individuals. Each one's nutritional requirements are different based on age, breed, gender, weight, physical activity, reproduction status, e.g. castration, pregnancy, lactating, etc. With the proper use of science and technology, our AI calculates each dog's real needs based on up to 11 critical factors such as breed, age, reproduction status, activity level, weight, etc. It will then adjust our ingredient sets to create a unique recipe that addresses those specific needs. No more, no less. Doing this ensures each dog gets the required proteins, fibre, essential fatty acids, vitamins and other micro and macro minerals, etc.
HOW/WHERE DO WE MAKE OUR MEALS?
Our food is made fresh and from scratch in our professional kitchen in Toronto 1-2 days before shipping and in accordance with the Ontario Food Safety Laws and Requirements. Cola supervises the whole process!
WHERE DO WE SOURCE OUR INGREDIENTS FROM?
Short answer: We only use ingredients for our doggos that we're willing to put in our own food. That means only premium human-grade ingredients free of GMOs, antibiotics and other additives. We source all of our ingredients locally from vendors that we trust and have worked with for years.
WHY SHOULDN'T I COOK FRESH MYSELF?
The brutal truth is, unless a dog parent is an expert in animal nutrition, a homemade diet can be very difficult to get right. A dog needs more than 30 essential nutrients to stay healthy and in good shape, and "providing while balancing" the correct amounts of all of these nutrients can be very tricky. That is why many experts believe that dogs are better off with some of the kibble brands than prepared fresh food at home without supervision. They believe kibbles might be incomplete and not well-balanced, but they are more balanced than most unsupervised self-prepared foods. Without the right amount and ratios of these nutrients, puppies could develop skeletal problems; pregnant dogs can face serious health problems after delivering their puppies. Adult dogs can face severe skeletal issues, especially when they become seniors.
DO I HAVE TO REFRIGERATE THE FOOD?
Yes! Since the food is fresh, you should store it at the right temperature. The fridge or freezer are both acceptable.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I FEED MY DOG?
We will always send a feeding guide with your order. Each package usually holds one day's worth of your pup's food. You can follow your regular feeding schedule for the day! We feed Cola 3 times a day, so we divide his package into three portions for him.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLA'S RECIPES AND OTHER FRESH FOOD?
Although there are other fresh food providers in the market, all are still using what we call the bulk feeding strategy. They may ask you questions about age, weight, breed, etc. But at the heart of it, they have set recipes. They just increase or decrease the amount to feed based on your answers. That is why they have to add certain synthetic nutrients to their food as nutritional balancers to ensure the dogs will not face deficiency for certain nutrients. They usually call these fancy names such as "nutrient mix" or "nutritional additives." This mixture is added to your dog's meal to cover additional nutritional needs missed when using the bulk feeding strategy.

At Cola's Kitchen, we'll design and produce every dog's fresh food based on their specific characteristics and unique conditions. We offer three ingredient sets to our customers. Our AI formulates a fully customized recipe using these ingredient sets. The concentration of each ingredient in an ingredient set changes from one dog to another based on each dog's individual characteristics and their unique conditions.
Our AI formulates each diet so that all the nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, are supplied from natural sources. Therefore we do not need to add synthetic vitamins or minerals to our food. The best comparison example is buying a suit off the rack vs a tailor-made suit. You will most probably have to hem an off the rack suit. Fortunately, wearing an off the rack suit does not have any health repercussions, sadly the old method of developing and bulk feeding dogs do.
HOW LONG DOES MY DOG'S FOOD STAY FRESH?
Our food stays fresh for 60 days in the freezer. We recommend that you only move two packs at a time to your fridge. Once thawed, we recommend that your pup consumes it within 1-2 days.
HOW MUCH DOES OUR FOOD COST?
At Cola's Kitchen, we directly buy from local farms; therefore, we have cut the middle man and the extra costs that come with it. Our prices vary depending on what your dog needs. To find out the exact pricing for your pooch, click here.
WHAT IF I'M NOT HAPPY WITH THE FOOD?
We believe in our food. So much so that we will refund your money 30 days after your subscription started if your pooch doesn't love the food.
Can I add more dogs later?
Yes! You can add more dogs to your subscription at any time you want. If you are already a member and are looking to add another dog to your subscription, you can do so in your profile.
Can I pause my subscription?
Yes! You can pause your subscription at any time.
How can I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription at any time by going to your profile. We'd be sad to see you go.
Where do you deliver to?
Currently, we deliver anywhere in the GTA. If you'd like to see us in your area, use the form below to let us know whereabouts you live!
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What is your packaging made of?
Our packaging is made of 100% recycled material. We believe in giving back to mother earth, so we are always looking to reduce our carbon footprint.
Do I have to be home for delivery?
No, you do not need to be home for the delivery. Our food stays frozen for up to 12 hours after it is delivered.
WILL I RECEIVE A REMINDER BEFORE MY DELIVERY?
Yes, we will send a reminder before your delivery. You can also opt-in to receive updates about your delivery.
How can I change my address/billing information?
You can change your address and billing information in your profile page.
WHERE IS YOUR GO-TO SPOT FOR NAPS?
My mom's belly… Paws down the best mattress.
WHAT'S YOUR SECRET FOR BEING SO HANDSOME?
Fresh food, duh!! But since my mom keeps telling me that I have a big bum, I also suspect that I might be a Kardashian.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
A Doberman like my late brother, Max! I thought that's what all dachshunds grow up to be, no?
HOW DID YOU FEEL THE FIRST TIME YOU MET YOUR HOOMANS?
I was terrified and anxious. I had just escaped the dog eating festival and had trust issues. I kept thinking that they would leave me eventually, so I would follow them everywhere all the time nervously. But now I know they will never ever leave me, so I'm calm, and I don't cause a scene when they leave!
DO YOU GET ALONG WITH OTHER DOGGOS?
My brother Max was my best friend. We used to play all the time. After he left me, I went through a phase where I didn't want to play with other doggos. I think I was just depressed :( But now I'm back to being playful. Wanna have a play date with me? Email me at Cola@colaskitchen.com.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE?
As the CWO of Cola's Kitchen (that's chief welcoming officer if you didn't know!), I have tried all the recipes. I love them all, but the "Tasty Salmon" & "Hearty Beef" are my absolute faves.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOSHOOTS?
If there are belly rubs available, Yes! You can tell your people to contact my people at Cola@colaskitchen.com