Q. Who makes ACANA foods and where are they made?
ACANA foods are made exclusively by Champion Petfoods. We cook our own foods in our very own kitchens – we don’t make foods for other companies and we don’t allow our foods to be made by anyone else. Many dog and cat food brands are owned by marketing companies that outsource their food production to third-party factories, which make many different foods for many different companies. We prepare ACANA in our own kitchens where we control every detail, from recipe development and food safety to ingredient sourcing and food production. When you choose ACANA, you can be confident your dog and cat’s food has been prepared with care and attention.
Q. Who formulates your diets and what are their credentials?
Champion Petfoods’ Research and Innovation team works with a group of animal nutritionists, and consults with Veterinarians who specialize in nutrition, toxicology, and holistic medicine when developing our ACANA and ORIJEN diets.
Q. Do you make canned food?
At this time our focus is on making the most Biologically Appropriate ACANA dry kibble diets. If your dog is in need of a food with a softer consistency, you may want to consider our ORIJEN Freeze-Dried Foods – an excellent alternative to canned foods. Unlike some canned foods, ORIJEN Freeze-Dried Foods are made with authentically fresh ingredients, contain 90 percent of FRESH or RAW meats, and are prepared without cooking so they fully retain all the natural taste and goodness of our Fresh Regional Ingredients.
Q. Do you perform any type of animal testing?
Our position on animal testing is simple – we only conduct tests that we would allow our own companion dogs and cats to participate in. We perform various research trials such as palatability tests (taste), digestibility testing (through stool analysis only), and AAFCO feeding trials. If it’s not OK for our own dogs and cats, then it’s not OK for any other dogs and cats.
Q. What is an aafco feeding trial?
In the pet food industry, AAFCO plays a major role in ensuring that pet food manufacturers provide complete and balanced foods that are safe for pets. To ensure the nutritional adequacy of a diet, all pet foods must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Balanced formulation
- Completion of a feeding trial
- Belong to a diet family
- AAFCO defines family products as products that are similar, but not identical, to one which has been subjected to animal feeding tests. The differences may include minor formulation changes that do not affect the products’ nutritional basis.
Q. What do these feeding trials test for?
During the AAFCO Feeding Trials, physiological parameters are assessed to ensure that all animals participating in the trial remain healthy. All animals have a complete physical exam by a veterinarian at the beginning and end of the trial.
The animals’ daily food intake, body weight, body condition score, blood panel, and urinary parameters are all monitored throughout the trial. A standard AAFCO Feeding trial only requires a blood pull at the beginning and end of the trial. At Champion Petfoods we pull blood every 4 weeks during the feeding trial, this is to more accurately monitor overall health.
A standard AAFCO Feeding Trial only requires testing for four blood parameters to evaluate overall health. At Champion Petfoods we have added additional measurements, which look at kidney, liver and heart health, as well as metabolism, digestibility and immune response. This provides us an accurate overall picture of animal health while on our ORIJEN and ACANA diets.