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All animal lovers want the best for their pets, and with so many options out there in the pet food industry, shopping for your furry friend can definitely be a little overwhelming! There’s raw, organic, fresh, dehydrated, freeze-dried, supplements—or no supplements?—and a whole host of other niche options. Luckily, we have an in-house expert in our Localiiz office mascot, Lola, so here are some of our favourite treats, meals, and supplements, and where to find them!
Baking Bark has been baking up a storm since its launch earlier this year, handcrafting each batch of beautifully decorated treats from home. The treats are then taste-tested by their chief executive taster, Bella—one of the founder’s beautiful bulldogs—before officially going on the menu. Order these home-made goodies from their online shop, and have them delivered straight to your door!
Cookie Smiles is an online fundraising platform that provides training and jobs for the physically impaired and disadvantaged, and handcraft delicious cookies for humans, using the freshest ingredients. However, they have recently introduced Woof Twisters, which resemble cheese twists, which are actually made from pumpkin and peanut butter paste. And we just love a good cookie, especially when it’s for a good cause!
These beautiful baked goodies look good enough for us humans to eat, but we assure you these were designed for your pets! From their delicate-looking macaroons, lattice cookies to their traditional moon cakes – we’re absolutely loving this brand’s taste - in aesthetics and flavours! Everything is made to order with fresh ingredients, and you can tell by the presentation that a lot of love and care goes in to making each of these treats. Although most of their social media posts are in Chinese, you may order through their Instagram, Facebook or Carousel in English - just be sure to do so one week in advanced, because you won't want to miss out on these goodies! Delivery is available on orders over $200 so hop to it!
From dehydrated treats, all-natural chews, and supplements, to yoghurt cakes, fresh meals, and even custom-made cakes that look good enough for humans to eat, these guys do them all! Petisserie Bakery carries a wide range of goodies that will definitely get your pup’s seal of approval, but it’s their custom-made cakes that are really something to marvel at!
Take your pick from 2D cupcake designs for $280 to full-blown three-dimensional cakes starting from $460—you’ll definitely find something to fit your pet’s needs. These masterpieces aren’t created overnight! You’ll need to order two to four weeks in advance, and either arrange to pick up at their shop in Tsuen Wan or Yuen Long. Delivery can also be arranged by Gogovan, though that will come at an additional cost. Send in your order request through their Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp.
Petisserie Bakery, G/F, Cheuk Ming Mansion, 59 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 3956 5323
If you’re a little last minute – like day of, last-minute - Three Dog Bakery have ready made doggie cakes in-store. So you don’t need to worry about ordering weeks or months in advanced, though that can help if you’re looking for something a little more personalized! But just because you can pick up a cake in store, doesn’t mean you have to “settle” either! You can choose from anyone of their beautifully decorated treats, from their Lickety Splits (which include their pies and s’mores) to smaller cake slices and bars, to their full blown celebration cakes. Three Dog Bakery have you covered, and you won’t be disappointed!
Woof Fit Pup Tails is seriously understated and really does not get enough credit. Although their products may not look like much to us humans, the dogs definitely approve, and it’s what goes into the cakes that counts! Cakes can be tailor-made to suit each pup’s individual needs and are made from human-grade organic meat, fruits, and vegetables, depending on whether you want a sweet or savoury cake.
We’ve had one happy customer tell us it’s the “best canine bakery in Hong Kong” and, judging from the way these treats go down with our dogs, we can definitely guarantee your pup will woof it too!
Woof Fit Pup Tails | (+852) 9885 1230 (WhatsApp order)
As a general rule of thumb, the closer your pet’s diet is to their natural diet in the wild (i.e. meats, raw bones, fats), the better it is for their health. Dehydrated treats such as jerky and other air-dried meats are probably the closest thing that resembles a carnivorous scavenging diet, and here are just a few favourites that fall into the category.
The newest arrival in the Hong Kong healthy pet treats scene is The Dog Pantry, run by sisters Stefanie and Natasha Lock. The sisters set up their very own dog treats business with the belief that treats should be nutritionally positive, and come from the most natural products in order to improve your dog's health and well-being. Their meats and organs are all preservative-free, and gently dehydrated over a long period of time to ensure maximum nutrient retention. It's exactly what it says on the package - Nothing ruff, just the good stuff! All treats are made to order to guarantee your pup gets the freshest treats around, and free delivery is included in orders over $300! Send them a direct message on Instagram to order now.
The Dog Pantry
Another local doggie bakery we’re loving is Gem’s Kitchen & Bakery. Not only do you save 20 percent when you reuse your container, but five percent of profits also go towards a local animal shelter at the end of every month, and we just love an initiative that gives back to the community! Currently, the shelters that will receive donations include Villa Kunterbunt, LAP, and PUC. Why not check out their Ahi So Cheesy ($12) or Chicken Yogurt Nuggets ($11) and support a good cause?
If your pup is a fussy eater, rest assured that all the ingredients are listed on their website. They will also hold the occasional taster session, so be sure to follow them on social media to keep your eyes peeled for the next one! Self-pick-up and delivery available online.
Gem’s Kitchen & Bakery, Happy Valley | (+852) 9448 9925
There are lots of fishy treats out there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be, well, fishy! Fish treats by Japan Premium can be found in Petline and are a favourite amongst our sample group of doggie friends. Should your doggo not like fish, they also offer a range of other dehydrated meats which go down a treat. Petline also stocks another brand for just $49, and—while we probably won’t recommend actually doing it—they look good enough for us humans to snack on, too!
These are the best alternatives to raw meals, especially if you’re travelling and need something easy to store, or are just too busy to prep the meals from scratch. Freeze-dried food is easy to pack, you don’t have to worry about anything thawing all over the place, and they’re also great for if you ever go camping—simply add water or serve up as is!
Another great nutritious raw diet brand for both cats and dogs, Northwest Naturals’ products come in a variety of freeze-dried treats, raw frozen food, natural bars, nuggets, kibble, and chub sticks—tubes of raw meat that can be served as a balanced meal—making it easier than ever to provide your pet with the very best in nutrition. Another plus? A lot of Hong Kong’s online stores stock them, so these are super easy to order for delivery!
Northwest Naturals | Available from epet.hk, HKTVmall, Pet Project HK, and Whiskers n Paws
Raw Rawr provides true-to-nature pet foods consisting of 95 percent meat, organs, and bones, with five percent veggies and fruits. In other words, it’s the cleanest, purest source of food for your pet, and the cherry on top is they source all of their meat from free-range, grass-fed animals. Their products can be used as a delightfully crunchy topping to your pet’s regular meals, or as a good meal substitution altogether. Simply add warm water to re-hydrate if you so wish—this way, you can get 400 grams’ worth of meals out of a 100-gram pack!
Raw Rawr | Available from Vetopia and Pet Project HK
This brand has grown in popularity for both dog and cat owners, and can be found in most pet stores across Hong Kong these days. It’s chosen for its raw, natural, and protein-rich ingredients, so your pet can have all the wonderful nutrients found in their natural diet, but in the form of patties, morsels, or kibble—in other words, without all the hassle of having to go out and hunt the animal yourselves!
When this editor’s beagle fell seriously ill and refused to eat anything, he still never turned down a patty from Stella & Chewy’s. With so many flavours to choose from, you can guarantee there’s something that will suit your pet’s tastes!
Every dog’s needs are different, depending on their size, age, gender, and activity levels, so how do you ensure your dog is getting the nutrition it needs? That’s where Dogs Day comes in: This company will calculate your dog’s nutritional needs based on their profile, then come up with his very own menu, and even deliver these meals to your door! They take out all the guesswork when it comes to ensuring that your dog gets all the nutrition it needs; at the end of the day, the toughest thing you need to do is rip open the pack and serve. You can do a one-time purchase for $533, which includes 14 meals of beef, fish, duck, and venison, or subscribe to save 20 percent on fresh home-made pet meals.
Our most exciting find for home-made pet meals is this wonderful initiative, FurryGreen, which aims to fight food waste and tackle climate change, whilst providing nutritious meals for your pets. Talk about being ambitious, eh? All meals are made in Hong Kong and sourced from trusted local butchers, and up to 40 percent of their products are made from upcycled ingredients, such as offal and beef tongue—parts which would ordinarily be discarded by butchers and gone to waste.
Currently, you can purchase FurryGreen’s products through their Facebook page, but they have recently secured an industrial lot and will soon have their very own workshop and kitchen, so watch this space!
Want to start feeding your pets raw meals, but don’t know where to start? You can always try pre-packaged frozen meals available for both dogs and cats. You don’t ever need to worry about navigating the wet market, what percentage of meat to fat to bone you need to include, or whether to add veggies in. Brands like Dr B’s BARF and Big Dog produce patties that each consist of a perfectly balanced meal, and are stocked in most pet stores across Hong Kong. Don’t believe us? Check out the list of stores that stock Dr B’s Barf alone. Just be sure you have the freezer space before you start buying!
Dr B’s BARF, Prime Reef International Limited, Room R, 17/F, International Industrial Centre, 2–8 Kwei Tei Street, Fo Tan | (+852) 8116 0130
Buddy Bites was launched by two dog lovers, as a way to provide nutritious meals to pups and adult dogs, whilst giving back to the animal shelters of Hong Kong. One of the founders' pups, rescued from Catherine's Puppies (pictured) is now the mascot to this brand with his trademark goofy ears as the logo.
Their subscription plan means that you are able to arrange bags from 5-15kg delivered straight to your door! Just let them know how much you need, and how often your dog needs it, and they take care of the rest! But that isn’t even the best part! For every 2kg you buy, 1 kg is donated to Catherine's Puppies, with the aim to expand to feed other local shelters - so you feed more than one mouth with Buddy Bites! To support this initiative, order online and follow them on Instagram.
If you’re looking for affordable luxury, British-born pet food brand Essential Foods is it! Not only do these guys provide “gourmet” meals for both cats and dogs, but they also source the very best locally-sourced produce to do so, supporting their principle of Behaviour Optimising Foods (BOF). A three-kilogram bag can cost as little as $190, so essentially you are paying for quality, without damaging the wallet.
The all-natural ingredients that go into a bag of Essential Foods range from orange, ginseng, and seaweed, to salmon, lamb, duck, trout, and venison, and all varies depending on the type of animal you have, and goals you are after (i.e. weight loss, stamina, or age-appropriate diets). All meals are grain-free, with 90 percent of the ingredients sourced from England, Wales, or Scotland, and can be found in various pet stores across Hong Kong.
Essential Foods Hong Kong, G/F, 12–14 Lok Ku Rd, Sheung Wan | (+852) 6970 1295
We’ll be straight with you: this award-winning pet food from New Zealand doesn’t come cheap. ZIWI Peak’s air-dried kibble for both cats and dogs is made from ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients. The aptly named brand aims to deliver peak nutrition with 96 percent meat, seafood, organs, and bones in authentic ratios to mirror your pets’ natural diet. Each kibble piece resembles a little treat and the best part is they can be found across a variety of stores in Hong Kong—simply check their store locator to find the closest one to you!
Gino’s Gelato makes for a nice treat after a walk around the Peak or Stanley—so good, in fact, that our Localiiz office mascot Lola has cleverly learned not to leave without getting a scoop of doggie ice cream from this small gelateria! For just $18 dollars a scoop, you can choose from flavours such as cheese, sausage or salmon. What’s more, ten percent of profits go towards supporting the Hong Kong Dog Rescue! What’s not to like?
You might fancy picking up some ice cream for your pup, but are worried about lack of storage space in the freezer, or just having it all melt before you complete your shopping list! No worries, Pawtners stock two DIY ice cream brands in the form of Hoggin’s and Puppy Scoops. Although Hoggin’s has a wider range of flavours—such as bacon, cheese, peanut, and banana—, Puppy Scoops provides ice cream mix in more “palatable” flavours (to us humans, anyway) like vanilla and peanut.
Both brands are lactose-free and have low to no sugar added, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about serving this treat. Not only is it easy to store, but it’s also easy to make! Simply add water, mix, then freeze for at least five hours before serving. At prices ranging from $50 to $80, it’s a fair deal!
Hoggin’s and Puppy Scoops | Available at Pawtners, Shop B, 2–4 Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun
If there ever was a Häagen-Dazs of the doggie ice cream world, Hugo & Celine’s would be it. They offer high-end dog ice cream in six flavours, all cutely named, such as the Lickin’ Liver, Deer oh Deer, and Magic Moose (all $88)—who doesn’t love a little alliteration? Well, we suppose the dogs won’t be impressed, but the food certainly goes down a treat! You can find all six flavours at Whiskers n Paws, so you can treat your pup while shopping in store or having a coffee break at their cafe!
Hugo & Celine’s | Available at Whiskers n Paws and GREAT Food Hall
Supplements are great but create a similar problem to regular pet food—there are just so many out there, so how would you know which ones are effective and worth buying? Again, our general rule is the more natural ingredients, with less preservatives and chemicals, the better, so here are a few notable brands used in Hong Kong these days.
Puppermint are the latest all organic supplements to launch in Hong Kong for dogs, and are already making the world of difference in dog health! With six concoctions, each specifically designed to bolster your dog's immune system and tackle some common ailments amongst dogs - such as hip and joint issues, digestive upsets, as well as skin and coat irritations - each ingredient is carefully selected for their natural health benefits and immune boosting properties. In one 110g can, you can can expect to find human-grade ingredients such as Turkey tail mushrooms, spirulina and turmeric, depending on which supplement you choose. If you need assistance or have any inquiries, send them a direct message via Instagram, or purchase through their online store. Free delivery is available upon purchase of two or more cans, or alternatively pick up is also an option!
Handmade for Picky is a local Hong Kong brand providing treats and all-natural supplements for pets based on traditional Chinese medicine. Shop for supplements catering to all your pet health needs, such as crocodile soup for pets with a cough to shark bone powder to treat dogs and cats with bone and joint issues. Side note: dogs do love a bit of boiled crocodile meat, though this is considered a “cooling” food in TCM, so regulate their intake. Their supplements and treats range from $72 to $228, and have received great reviews in the Insta-pet world.
Handmade for Picky, Tai Po | (+852) 9207 3380 (WhatsApp only)
As mentioned above, TCM is making a resurgence in pet health, and it’s not hard to see why. This method contains no nasty preservatives, uses all-natural ingredients, and (sometimes) provides a much safer and holistic way of treating your pet’s ailments. Enter Wai Yuet Tong with their recently launched ProVet, specialising in 100 percent TCM supplements for pets.
They cover a wide range of health concerns with their supplements, such as respiratory, anti-aging, bones and joints, as well as immune boosters. We received some samples earlier last month for one of our senior Localiiz doggos, and have already received positive feedback!
ProVet, Suite 3101, 31/F, Skyline Tower, 39 Wang Kwong Road, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 2727 8911 | Stores across Hong Kong
Yes, pet-friendly beers and prosecco does exist! Although there obviously isn’t any real alcohol involved (and please don’t ever give your pets real alcohol), you can let your best friends join in special occasions with Rosewood’s Bottom Sniffer Beer for dogs ($118 for a two-pack), or some pet-friendly Champaws ($59) and Pawsecco ($118 for a two-pack). The latter two are made from infusions of elderflower, ginseng, and natural herbs. Naturally, none of these contain any grapes, and so are safe for both cats and dogs. Why not grab a bottle or two to celebrate your next party in style?
Rosewood | Available from Petline