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Dispelling Black Cat Myths

Halloween brings with it scary stories about mythical creatures – ghosts, goblins, and vampires.  There is one pet that tends to get lumped in with...Read more

6 Tips for Dog Safety on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! You’ve picked out your costume, filled a bowl with candy for trick or treaters, and carved the perfect pumpkin....Read more

Best U.S. Cities to Visit with Your Dog (or Cat!)

Ready for a weekend getaway, but don’t want to leave your furry friend at home? Whether you’re escaping from a tough week at work or...Read more

FirstMate Pet Foods Nutritionally Complete Diets – Understanding Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

Recent reports from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have suggested a link between grain-free diets and incidents of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).  More specifically, the...Read more

New Look, Same Formula and Quality

You may have noticed that some of your FirstMate Canned Pet Food has a new look. Why the change? We have not changed the formulation,...Read more

What Does Your Pet Say About You?

There’s a long-standing myth that pets look like their owner’s, and it’s not without evidence. Have you ever noticed a resemblance between your friend and...Read more

Meet Swindle!

Mary is the proud master of Swindle, a dynamic Belgian Malinois who does competitions for a living –  or better yet – for fun! In...Read more

Dog Days of Summer: Adventure Checklist

With summer upon us, it’s important to make the most of long days and clear skies. If your dog gets excited just to go for...Read more

5 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Work

Bringing your dog to work with you can be frustrating, but if you’re lucky enough to be employed in a dog-friendly capacity, having your best...Read more

4 Tips for a Stress-Free Walk with Your Dog

Walking your dog is a fantastic way to ensure they get their necessary daily exercise, while also offering a chance for the two of you...Read more

How to Make FirstMate Chicken Biscuits

Cooking with some company is always fun, especially when that company is your pet! Our dogs love us unconditionally, so it’s important to surprise them...Read more

Contest Highlights: What Makes Your Pet So Special?

We asked, and you delivered! With tons of amazing submissions, we’re so happy to get to learn all about what makes your furry pals so...Read more

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Tips for Cats & Dogs Living Together

It’s an age-old conflict, and one that’s been seen across the globe in movies, cartoons, and real-life; cats and dogs don’t always get along! This...Read more

Interested in Adopting a Pet from an Animal Shelter?

Adopting a shelter pet is a choice that enriches both the life of an animal in need and your family’s. The excitement that comes with...Read more

Apache’s Journey

Every so often we are sent stories of incredible dogs who rely on a diet of FirstMate or KASIKS to help improve their overall quality...Read more

Tips for Raising a Happy, Healthy Puppy

Raising a puppy is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. From the excitement that comes with introducing a new friend to the family,...Read more

What is a “Grain Friendly” Diet?

Recently, the FirstMate team introduced a new pet food category; our Grain Friendly line. As many of our customers know, while FirstMate diets are not...Read more

The Fairmont Vancouver & Chateau Whistler Pet Experience

If you and your dog are travelling to The Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver or Whistler, the Fairmont team has some special comforts for your companion....Read more

Road Trip Tips for the New Year!

With a new year comes a host of new opportunities and adventures for you and your pet; and a popular choice for many is going...Read more

How to Make a Stuffed, Frozen Treat

The FirstMate team would like to thank Kaitlyn and Molly for sending this fantastic recipe to us! You can follow Molly’s adventures through their Instagram...Read more

Healthy and Harmful Holiday Items

Winter has arrived, and with it, a whole load of holiday parties, presents, and decorations. While most humans know better than to nibble at the...Read more

How FirstMate is Helping to Support Animal Wellness Organizations

Our growing family of pet owners proudly work with a variety of animal wellness organizations to help provide quality nutrition for animals in need.  We...Read more

Feeding Orphaned Bear Cubs with FirstMate Pet Food!

The FirstMate team recently donated several bags of our pet food to a trio of orphan bear cubs that arrived at the Greater Vancouver Zoo...Read more

How to Feed FirstMate & Kasiks Canned Diets

FirstMate & Kasiks dog and cat canned diets have a unique texture.  They are softer and juicier than a traditional pate.  They are described by...Read more

Why My Pets Food May Appear Different Between Batches

Our pets are family and choosing their foods can be a very daunting task. Once we finally select a suitable brand that is working well,...Read more

Noah & Chilkoot – Avalanche Rescue

Noah and his “FirstMate”, Chilkoot, have an incredible bond and share a passion for Canada’s mountains, helping others and extreme sports. For the past 4...Read more

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