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We know ACANA pet foods are different, so we bet you have a few questions. Learn more about what’s in our foods, how they’re made, and our plans for the future.

Your questions and peace of mind are important to us. If your question is not directly answered in our FAQ section, please contact our Customer Care Team at 1.877.939.0006 (Toll Free North America) or through our Contact Page.

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ACANA HERITAGE 2015 FAQ

  • BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ | TRADICIJSKA HRANA

    Pitanje: Zašto se ACANA Classics mijenja u ACANA Heritage?

    Odgovor: ACANA slavi 25 godina tradicije! ACANA Heritage recepti su naša izvorna biološki prikladna hrana. Ponosno proizvedena u našim nagrađivanim kuhinjama u Alberti, Kanada od 1985., ovi poboljšani ACANA recepti nastavljaju našu tradiciju svježih regionalnih sastojaka uzgojenih blizu naših domova.

    Pitanje: Koje promjene ste napravili u ACANA Heritage hrani?

    Odgovor: Svaki put kad napravimo poboljšanja u našoj hrani, pobrinemo se da ona bude još hranjivija unapređivanjem naše biološki prihvatljive zapovijedi. ACANA Heritage pseća hrana sadrži više mesa, više svježeg mesa i raznovrsnije meso od bilo koje hrane u toj kategoriji.

    Važno je da hranu učinimo što ukusnijom, stoga smo našu hranu obogatili svježom liofiliziranom jetrom –  savršena je za izbirljivce.

    Pitanje: Što je Meat Math?

    Biološki prikladna hrana stvorena je kako bi odgovarala anatomiji jedenja životinje kojoj je namijenjena. S obzirom da su po evolucijskoj pripadnosti psi mesojedi, potrebna im je visoka koncentracija mesa, visoki udio svježeg mesa i bogata raznovrsnost mesa. Je li vaša hrana biološki prikladna? Odgovorite na tri mesna pitanja.

    KOLIKO UDIO MESA JE U UKUPNOJ PREHRANI?

    ACANA Heritage hrana sadrži 60-75% mesa, predvodi svoju kategoriju s bogatim hranjivim mesnim sastojcima, isključivo od životinja koje se smatraju prikladnima za ljudsku prehranu.

    KOLIKO SVJEŽEG MESA?

    1/3 mesa u ACANA-i je SVJEŽE, pruža esencijalne hranjive tvari u njihovom najhranjivijem obliku, a 2/3 je dehidrirano za snažan i prirodan izvor hranjivih bjelančevina.

    KOLIKO VRSTA MESA?

    ACANA Heritage sadrži tri vrste svježeg mesa u WholePrey™ omjerima koji uključuju meso, organe i hrskavicu kako bi potpuno i na prirodan način opskrbile organizam hranjivim tvarima.

    • Piletina iz slobodnog uzgoja – meso, jetra, srce, bubrezi i hrskavica, svježi s regionalnih prerijskih farmi.
    • Jaja nesilica iz slobodnog uzgoja – cijela i svježa s regionalnih prerijskih farmi.
    • Divlji iverak – cijeli i svjež s otoka North Vancouver.

    Pitanje: Koje ste konkretne promjene načinili u ACANA Heritage?

    Odgovor: Vidjet ćete poboljšanja u ovih 7 ključnih područja:

    • WholePrey™: Svježe meso, organi i hrskavica pružaju hranjive tvari prirodno i značajno smanjuju potrebu za umjetnim dodacima.
    • SAMO JEDAN DODATAK: Visok udio mesa u ACANA hrani i WholePrey™ sastojci prirodno i potpuno opskrbljuju organizam hranjivim tvarima, ograničavajući umjetne dodatke na cink.
    • LIOFILIZIRANO: Svježa jetra, liofilizirana je u našim kuhinjama i dodana u našu hranu. Savršeno za izbirljive gurmane.
    • OGRANIČENI UGLJIKOHIDRATI: Ugljikohidrati su ograničeni na 30%. Žitarice su zamijenjene regionalnom lećom i poljskim graškom.
    • NISKO GLIKEMIJSKO OPTEREĆENJE: Glikemijsko opterećenje ograničeno je na 9. Bez “brzih” šećera poput krumpira, tapioke ili škroba.
    • VOĆE I POVRĆE: 12 svježih, regionalnih vrsta voća i povrća, uključujući cijelu bundevu i muškatnu tikvicu za zdravlje probavnog sustava.
    • REGIONALNE BILJKE: Održavajući našu predanost regionalnim sastojcima, ACANA biljke su prema ugovoru uzgajane specijalno za ACANA hranu u British Columbiji.

    Pitanje: Hoćemo li dobiti ovu novu hranu u SAD-u?

    Odgovor: ACANA Heritage hrana bit će pripravljena u našim nagrađivanim kanadskim kuhinjama, ograničavajući njezinu dostupnost na ljubitelje ljubimaca u Kanadi i izvoznim tržištima.

    Pitanje: Zašto neće biti dostupna u SAD-u?

    Naše vrhunske DogStar® kuhinje će kuhati novu i uzbudljivu biološki prikladnu hranu od svježih regionalnih sastojaka – ova hrana će biti isključivo dostupna ljubiteljima ljubimaca u SAD-u – jedva čekamo da je podijelimo s vama!

    Pitanje: Zašto je grubo mljevena zob uklonjena iz ACANA Heritage?

    Odgovor: Iako grubo mljevena zob ima nisko glikemijsko opterećenje, naš regionalno uzgojen garbanzo grah i leća su još nižeg glikemijskog indeksa. Uklanjanjem zobi, znatno smo snizili glikemijsko opterećenje nove ACANA Heritage hrane, čime smo je učinili zdravijom.

    Pitanje: Što su to glikemijski indeks i glikemijsko opterećenje?

    Odgovor: Glikemijski indeks (GI) je mjera koja označava kojom brzinom ugljikohidratni sastojak podiže razinu glukoze u krvi. Glikemijsko opterećenje hrane mjeri glikemijski indeks, ali uzima u obzir sadržaj ugljikohidrata. Glikemijsko opterećenje razmatra ne samo kvalitetu sastojka (GI) već i količinu sastojka. Hrana niskog glikemijskog opterećenja pomaže u prevenciji zdravstvenih problema poput dijabetesa i pretilosti.

    Pitanje: Trebam li napraviti prijelaz na ACANA Heritage s mojim psom?

    Odgovor: Ako trenutno hranite psa ACANA Classic hranom vjerojatno nećete trebati provesti potpuni prijelaz, s obzirom na to da su sastojci, razine bjelančevina i masti u novoj ACANA Heritage slični. Međutim, ako je vaš pas u prošlosti pokazivo znakove nutritivne osjetljivosti, preporučujemo vam da obavite prijelaz kroz 2-3 dana.

    Ako ste ga hranili s nekim drugim brendom hrane za pse, preporučujemo vam da vašem psu prijelazno razdoblje. Uvodite ACANA Heritage polagano; započnite s 25% nove hrane i 75% stare. Tijekom razdoblja od 7 dana, postupno povećavajte količinu nove hrane dok ga ne počnete hraniti 100%-nom ACANA Heritage hranom.

    Pitanje: Zašto se ACANA Heritage pakiranje promijenilo?

    Odgovor: Vjerujemo da je važno neprekidno raditi inovacije i činiti naše proizvode boljima. Inovacije nisu izražene samo u hrani koju radimo, već i na pakiranju koje koristimo. Kako bi osigurali da vaša ACANA Heritage hrana ostane svježa, ugradili smo zip zatvarač na novu vrećicu. Također, smo smanjili veličinu pakiranja i snizili cijenu u skladu s veličinom vrećice. S našom poboljšanom hranom, vrećicom koja se može ponovno zatvoriti i sjajnim hranidbenim svojstvima, nova ACANA Heritage nudi nevjerojatnu vrijednost.

    Pitanje: Gdje mogu kupiti novu ACANA Heritage hranu?

    Odgovor: ACANA Heritage hranu ćemo početi isporučivati početkom 2016. godine.

General

  • What’s really in ACANA foods?

    Q. Does ACANA contain preservatives like Ethoxyquin?

    A. ORIJEN and ACANA ingredients and foods are free from Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT or any other chemical preservative.

    Ethoxyquin is commonly used as a preservative for fish ingredients produced in the USA due to FDA requirements. Those regulations have been modified in recent years to allow the use of mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative) in place of ethoxyquin.

    At Champion, we use three kinds of fish ingredients – fresh fish, fish meals and fish oils.

    FRESH FISH

    Our fresh fish is wild-caught or sustainably farm raised within our region and arrives FRESH – which is defined as ‘never frozen and with no preservatives’. Our fresh fish never contain Ethoxyquin and are preservative-free.

    FISH MEAL

    Because Ethoxyquin preservatives are commonly used by American fish processors, we work directly with our suppliers (no brokers or middlemen) and we pay a premium to have our fish meals preserved with our proprietary blend of Vitamin E and rosemary extract. Our fish meals are never preserved with Ethoxyquin.

    FISH OILS

    Produced from wild-caught fish deemed fit for human consumption, our fish oils are preserved with our proprietary blend of Vitamin E and rosemary and are never preserved with Ethoxyquin.

    Q. Why do ACANA foods contain botanicals?

    A. Our pet foods are designed to mirror the natural diet. Botanicals are an important part of the natural diet for all cats and dogs. Our botanicals are selected by one of North America’s leading homeopathic veterinarians. Find out more about our botanical ingredients.

    Q. Are ACANA ingredients human grade?

    A. All of our local poultry, fish, red meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables are passed fit for human consumption by the Government of Canada before arriving at our kitchens fresh each day. Our poultry, fish, lamb and beef meals, fats and oils are produced only from animals passed fit for human consumption by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency – something few producers can claim.

    Despite our lofty standards, we never claim our that our ingredients are “human-grade”. That’s because once ingredients leave the producer or processor and enter the pet food processor, they lose their “human-grade” classification. We encourage pet lovers to contact the producer of their food and ask whether they can actually verify their claim of “human grade”.

    Q. Fresh or raw: what’s the difference?

    A. Fresh means an ingredient has never been frozen and contains absolutely no preservatives. Raw means an ingredient has not been cooked, but has been preserved by freezing, chemical preservatives, or a combination of both.

    ACANA pet foods are made with poultry, eggs, fish, red meats, fruits, and vegetables that are delivered to our doors authentically fresh each day.

    Q. Do you test fish for heavy metals such as Mercury?

    A. Yes. Although our fish come from our clean northern lakes and the Canadian North Pacific, our suppliers provide heavy metal and mercury test results, and we also test our final foods before shipping.

    Our fresh fish are passed fit for human consumption, meet all Government of Canada food regulations for daily consumption, and provide a world-class source of DHA and EPA Omega 3 fatty acids.

    Learn more about our Fresh Regional Ingredients.

    Q. Do your meat ingredients contain antibiotics? What about hormones?

    A. We don’t buy the bulk commodity ingredients found in conventional pet food, and each of our diets starts with fresh local meats that are certified free of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones.

    Q. Do you use GMO ingredients?

    A. All of the ingredients used by Champion Petfoods are GMO free, including our fruits and vegetables! Our ORIJEN and ACANA food is exported to the European Union, which has GMO regulations that are stricter than those set by AAFCO, the CFIA or FDA. In order to export to the EU, we must adhere to their regulations governing pet foods.

    Q. Do ACANA dog and cat food formulas contain any ingredients from China?

    A. There are no ingredients from China used in the preparation of our dog and cat food formulas, including vitamins – we are 100% China-free. Our focus is on fresh ingredients supplied regionally. All our products are made exclusively within our own award-winning factory here in Alberta, Canada.

  • I have some special concerns about my pet’s health.

    Q. Are ACANA pet foods appropriate for my overweight pet?

    A. Yes. Our foods have a Biologically Appropriate™ distribution of energy – more energy is supplied from protein and less energy is supplied from carbohydrate.

    Carbohydrates are an empty calorie – they provide only sugar for energy, and have no essential function in the body. Sugar converts quickly to glucose in the blood, which in turn is easily converted into body fat.

    While protein supplies the same amount of energy as carbohydrate, it has a very different effect on the body. Unlike carbohydrates, protein is essential for life. But, excessive amounts of protein are NOT stored in the body as fat – they are simply removed from the body through natural elimination functions.

    Q. Will ACANA pet foods cause my pet to gain weight?

    A. Our foods are meat and protein rich, which means dogs and cats typically experience an increase in lean muscle mass after a month or so. This may increase their overall body weight. However, ACANA foods are low in carbohydrate and glycemic index (GI), so most cats and dogs will actually lose body fat when fed ACANA.

    Q. Do ACANA pet foods promote urinary health?

    A. Yes. Due to their high meat content, ACANA diets are naturally acidic and help to promote a healthy bladder. With a pH of about 5.5, which is naturally mildly acidic, our diets are well suited to the maintenance of healthy bladder function in both cats and dogs.

    Q. Are ACANA pet foods suitable for my large breed puppy or dog?

    A. Yes. ACANA PUPPY LARGE BREED is formulated specifically for the growth requirement of Large Breed Puppies.

    The American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) states that growing large breed puppy diets should have a moderate energy intake and an ideal mineral ratio. Our ACANA Large Breed Puppy diet is formulated with these specific ideas in mind:

    1. The energy content in ACANA Large Breed puppy is lower than our regular Puppy diet to prevent an excess of energy (calories) and improper growth. Low glycemic carbohydrate sources promote peak conditioning and help manage body weight

    2. Calcium is a minimum of 1.3% and a maximum of 1.6%

    3. The ratio of calcium and phosphorus is within what is defined as optimal for growing large breed puppies (1.2:1-1.4:1)

    If you would like to read more about the needs of growing large breed puppies please visit our Library. https://acana.com/library/

    Calcium

    The ideal calcium content for large breeds is thought to be between 1.0 and 1.4% on an “as fed” basis. It is also believed that calcium in excess of 3% on a dry weight basis can contribute to significant skeletal abnormalities.

    When formulating for large breeds, it is important to keep in mind that certain vitamins (Vitamin D) can increase absorption of dietary calcium to possibly excessive levels. ACANA diets are formulated to meet these calcium ideals.

    Energy

    If too many calories are supplied and consumed on a daily basis, it can result in rapid growth. Forcing an immature skeleton to support this excess mass can result in damage to skeletal tissue, with subsequent malformation and or malarticulation of joints.

    There are 3 sources of energy in commercial pet foods: protein, fat and carbohydrate. ACANA Large Breed Puppy diets are moderate in fat, high in protein and, importantly, low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates convert to sugar quickly and easily, and are the most common cause of excess weight.

    Restricting carbohydrates in the diet is ideal for promoting peak physical conditioning in all dogs, including large breed puppies and dogs.

    Q. Does high protein affect joint health?

    A. Research into the growth of Great Danes (Nap RC, The Netherlands,) has shown that the protein level of a diet has no significant influence on skeletal development. High protein intake “does not result in increased risk for OCD or HD, and there is no effect on the development in the longitudinal growth of the bone.”

    While protein does not cause orthopedic problems, other nutrients can. Overfeeding dogs can also contribute to arthritis and orthopedic problems. Please note that most orthopedic and joint problems are inherited, but overweight puppies and dogs have a greater chance of pain and discomfort, and the potential for developing orthopedic problems as younger animals and arthritis later in life.

    Q. Are ACANA pet foods suitable for my senior dog?

    A. Absolutely yes! While lower protein diets have traditionally been recommended for senior dogs, this thinking is roundly dismissed by current science.

    The relationship between carbohydrates and protein is an important factor in the diets of senior dogs. When protein is high, carbohydrates are low. In other words, high protein diets are by nature low in carbohydrates. That’s great for senior dogs, as excessive amount of inappropriate carbohydrates (which are simply sugars) are the last nutrient needed in any senior dog’s diet.

    Please see our “Myths of High Protein” White Paper in the Library section for more information.

    Q. Does a high protein diet stress my pet’s kidneys?

    A. No. There is no scientific study that shows a higher protein diet has any negative effect on the kidneys of dogs or cats. In fact, scientific studies show quite the opposite – dogs with poor kidney functions or dogs that had only one kidney showed improved health on higher protein diets.

  • HOW DO I KNOW ACANA IS SAFE FOR MY DOG OR CAT?

    Q. Many pet foods are made by factories not owned or controlled by the brand. What about ACANA?

    A. We own and operate our award-winning kitchens in Morinville, Alberta, where we make ORIJEN and ACANA pet foods exclusively. It’s simple – we don’t allow our foods to be made anywhere else, and we don’t make any other foods.

    Q. What type of quality assurance processes do you follow?

    A. At all stages of production and preparation, we utilize both Good Manufacturing Principals – a worldwide system for the control and management of manufacturing and quality testing of foods – and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Analysis (HACCP) – an internationally recognized and systematic preventive approach to food safety.

    Our quality management systems extend well beyond our factory – from our distributor partners and to our ingredient suppliers, all of whom we know and trust. All meat ingredients are approved by the Government of Canada and produced exclusively from animals classified fit for human consumption.

    Our fresh meats, including chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, beef, pork, wild boar, bison and lamb are produced within our region in dedicated, federally approved human grade facilities. Our fresh regional ingredients truly meet the AAFCO definition for “fresh,” where refrigeration is their only form of preservation – no chemicals, heat, or freezing!

    But perhaps the best assurance of quality is our international reputation of authenticity. At Champion, our foods are never outsourced. You can be assured that ACANA is never produced or packaged in any facility other than our own.

    Q. What is the First Alert Food Recall Program?

    A. Champion Petfoods is proud to be a member of the First Alert Pet Food Recall Program. This is a voluntary effort consisting of a coalition of responsible pet food producers who agree to alert their customers and consumers in the event any product is involved in a recall.

    We are committed to the safety of our foods and to the well-being of cats and dogs and the people who love them. In the unlikely event that one of our foods is recalled, we will contact you immediately with information regarding the affected products, reason for the recall, and any steps that may need to be taken. We will post information on our website and will notify the appropriate regulatory agencies.

    If you are interested in this program, please email us with the subject FIRST ALERT PROGRAM. By doing this, you indicate your willingness to have your contact information stored and accessed by Champion Petfoods to be used in the unlikely event of a product recall.

  • WHAT ABOUT ACANA’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?

    Q. Do ACANA pet foods use wild or farmed fish?

    A. All of our fish ingredients are produced from wild caught fish, with salmon being our only exception. While many pet foods claim “fresh wild-caught salmon,” this is technically impossible due to the short seasons when wild salmon can be legally fished.

    We source wild salmon when the season allows, which in Canada runs from May to September. During this time, fresh salmon in ACANA are wild caught. For the balance of the year, our salmon arrive fresh from North Vancouver Island salmon farms. This is in keeping with our mandate of Biologically Appropriate foods and Fresh Regional Ingredients, as well as our values of sustainability and responsibility. Salmon used to produce our salmon meal are from 100% wild caught salmon.

    Q. Are ACANA bags recyclable?

    A. At present, our packaging is not recyclable. We’ve spoken with our bag producer several times on this issue, and have considered other bag producers. While there are lots of recycled bags, none of them are appropriate for our products. This is due to the fact that we do not use chemical preservatives, so our bags need to form a complete barrier to protect your pet’s food from the outside environment.

    We would prefer to reduce our impact on the environment, but the technology just doesn’t yet exist for a product like ours. That will change as more and more pressure is placed on packaging producers, and we will continue to explore these opportunities.

  • HOW CAN I BUY ACANA?

    Q. How can I find a retailer of ORIJEN and ACANA in my area?

    A. Our online store locator will help you locate retailers in your area.

    Q. Do you offer a Breeder Program?

    A. If you are a registered breeder in the U.S. or Canada we do offer a Breeder Program. You can apply to join our Breeder Program online.

    Q. Do you offer a Frequent Buyer Program?

    A. In the U.S. and Canada we offer a Frequent Buyer program through all of our retailers. Your retailer will be able to provide you with a Frequent Buyer card. Each time you purchase a bag, record the purchase on your card, and save your receipts as proof of purchase. After the purchase of 12 bags, with a completed card accompanied by 12 receipts you will receive a 13th bag of equal or lesser value free from your retailer.

    Q. Why aren’t there any ACANA treats?

    A. In Fall 2012 we introduced our new ORIJEN Freeze-Dried treats for dogs and cats. We make these treats in our own facilities, from the fresh regional ingredients that are such an integral part of our diets and nutritional philosophy.

  • HOW DO I KEEP MY ACANA PET FOODS FRESH?

    Q. How should I store ACANA pet food?

    A. Ideally, you should store your ACANA pet food indoors, in a cool, dark place. Use a re-sealable container constructed of food grade plastic. The original package also works very well, provided it’s rolled tightly to maintain airtight conditions after opening. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures increases oxidation and reduces shelf life, as does exposure to direct sunlight.

    Refrigeration is not required. A storage temperature of 10 – 20 degrees Celsius is ideal.

    Q. Where can I find the best before date?

    A. Our best before (BB) date is printed on the back and at the top of all ACANA pet food packages. We mark our bags DAY MONTH YEAR.

    From the time we produce and package our food, there is about 15 months until expiry. Heat, moisture and light have the biggest impact on shelf life. Once opened, please keep your food airtight in a container, or roll the package up tightly and store in a cool dry place with no direct sunlight. If properly stored, your ACANA pet food will remain stable for months.

    Q. Why aren’t ACANA pet foods canned?

    A. Making canned food is a very different production process. Almost all canned pet foods in North America are made in one of two very large canning companies. While we could follow the rest of the pack and produce canned versions of our foods, we’re not comfortable with having our brands made outside of our own facilities. We have no plans to supply ACANA or ORIJEN in cans.

    Q. Why are some of your bags vacuum packed and others not?

    A. To keep our foods as fresh as possible, ORIJEN and ACANA foil lined bags are impermeable to oxygen transfer from the outside to the inside and vice versa.  Once the bags are sealed, oxygen transfer is impossible. Residual oxygen left in the bag when it is sealed depends on the amount of air pushed out by our air evacuation system (not to be confused with vacuum packing).

    Depending on how food enters the package, food density and ambient temperature, some bags will contain more air and some less. While some of our packages will appear vacuumed and others not, the food in each bag will be equally fresh.

PREHRANA I NAČIN HRANJENJA

  • KAKO TREBAM HRANITI SVOG LJUBIMCA?

    1. Hranite ga u skladu s veličinom, pasminom i životnom dobi vašeg psa. Uzmite u obzir da štencima treba dvostuko više energije nego odraslim psima i da pretili i stariji psi često trebaju manje obroke – baš poput ljudi!
    2. Predlažemo da hranite psa dvaput dnevno. Podijelite preporučenu količinu u vodiču hranjenja na dva obroka i dajte ih u razmacima od 8 do 12 sati. Prilagođavajte količinu obroka vašeg ljubimca dok ne odredite optimalnu dnevnu dozu “održavanja”. Imajte na umu da su vitak pas ili mačka, zdravi pas ili mačka! Svježa voda iz čiste posude treba uvijek biti dostupna.
    3. Predlažemo da hranite psa dvaput dnevno. Podijelite preporučenu količinu u vodiču hranjenja na dva obroka i dajte ih u razmacima od 8 do 12 sati. Prilagođavajte količinu obroka vašeg ljubimca dok ne odredite optimalnu dnevnu dozu “održavanja”. Imajte na umu da su vitak pas ili mačka, zdravi pas ili mačka! Svježa voda iz čiste posude treba uvijek biti dostupna.
    4. Pokušajte davati obroke u otprilike isto vrijeme svaki dan. Ovo pomaže u stvaranju navike kod vašeg psa ili mačke i uspostavlja zdrav ritam hranjenja.
    5. Nemojte prekomjerno hraniti! Slijedite upute na vašem ACANA pakiranju. Čak i ako vam se pas čini gladan, prekomjerno hranjenje dovest će do pretilosti – zdravstvenog problema broj jedan kod pasa i mačaka danas.
  • MOGU LI DAVATI SVOM PSU POSLASTICE?

    Svi volimo davati poslastice našim psima i mačkama. Međutim, poslastice treba davati umjereno, udio poslastica može biti do 5% ili manje od količine dnevnog unosa hrane vašeg psa ili mačke. Ostatak treba dolaziti iz nutricionistički potpunog programa hranjenja. Kada morate koristiti poslastice, tijekom treninga, pokušajte koristiti što manje komade.

  • KAKO BIH TREBAO NAPRAVITI PRIJELAZ LJUBIMCA NA ACANA HRANU?

    Pse i mačke se često hrani istom hranom iz dana u dan, iz tjedna u tjedan. Ovo uzrokuje prilagodbu njihovog probavnog sustava na jednu vrstu hrane, što promjenu čini težom. Zato je važno uvoditi novu hranu postupno. Tako će vaš pas ili mačka imati vremena za prilagodbu na novu hranu, umanjujući pojavu probavnih smetnji.

    Počnite miješati 25% ACANA-e sa 75% stare hrane. Polagano mijenjajte omjere tijekom sedam dana postupno povećavajući količinu ACANA-e, i smanjujući količinu stare hrane.

    Na kraju prijelaznog razdoblja, trebali biste hraniti psa 100% novom hranom, a vaš pas ili mačka bit će vam zahvalni!

  • ŠTO JE TO RAZNOLIKO HRANJENJE?

    Mi podržavamo raznovrsno hranjenje. Vjerujemo da je raznovrsnost važna, otkrit ćete da većina naše hrane sadrži nekoliko izvora bjelančevina i masti.

    Jednostavan način za razumijevanje vrijednosti raznovrsnog hranjenja je da razmislite o svojoj prehrani: biste li vi jeli piletinu s rižom za doručak, ručak i večeru? Dan za danom? Biste li se radovali vašem sljedećem obroku? Bi li to bila zdrava i uravnotežena prehrana?

    Biološki prikladna prehrana znači raznolikost.

    KOJE SU KORISTI RAZNOVRSNOG HRANJENJA?

    • Manje intolerancije na hranu: Većina intolerancije razvije se na najčešće sastojake poput piletine, pšenice ili soje. Zdravstveni problemi razviju se tijekom vremena jer ljudi stalno daju istu hranu iznova i iznova. Raznovrsno hranjenje smanjuje rizik razvijanja intolerancija, jer vašeg ljubimca ne hranimo istim izvorom bjelančevina dovoljno dugo da postane na njega osjetljiv.
    • Oduševljeni obrokom: Raznovrsno hranjenje pomaže održavanju interesa za vrijeme obroka. Kad se psi i mačke naviknu na jednu teksturu ili okus, postaju manje skloni isprobati novu hranu.
    • Ravnoteža: Dok se za većinu pseće i mačje hrane kaže da je “potpuna i uravnotežena“ raznovrsno hranjenje pruža raznovrsnost esencijalnih bjelančevina i masti, promiče unos hranjivih tvari koje odgovaraju prirodnoj prehrani, koja podržava vrhunsko stanje i kondiciju.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING

    ŠTO JE DOBRO FORMIRANA STOLICA?

    Najbolja stolica je dobro formirana i redovita (jednom ili dvaput dnevno). Gnjecava ili meka stolica je često povezana s naglim prijelazom ili prekomjernim hranjenjem. Vidi iznad za informacije o prijelazu vašeg psa na ACANA-u.

    Prekomjerno hranjenje je najčešći uzrok meke stolice, s obzirom da ljudi često ne vrše prilagodbu na izuzetno bogatstvo i izvrsnu probavljivost kad prelaza na ACANA-u. Evo što je činiti:

    1. Provjerite preporuku u našem vodiču za hranjenje o predloženim količinama hranjenja. Imajte na umu da je ovo preporučena količina, potrebno ju je prilagoditi s obzirom na individualne potrebe vaše mačke ili psa.
    2. Smanjite količinu hranjenja polako, za otprilike 10-15% dnevno.
    3. Slobodno nas nazovite da raspravimo kako riješiti problem sa stolicom ukoliko se pojavi kod vašeg ljubimca.

    UPS, MOJ PAS JE PRETIO. ŠTO SAD?

    Mnogi psi imaju veliki apetit i pojesti će sve što im ponudite. S obzirom da je sva ACANA hrana vrlo ukusna, trebate biti posebno oprezni po pitanju prekomjernog hranjenja. Pretilost u bilo kojoj dobi može izazvati ozbiljne zdravstvene probleme. Iako sva naša hrana sadrži vodič kroz hranjenje, svaki pas i mačka su različiti. Naše upute su preporučena količina.

    Pozorno motrite tjelesno stanje vašeg psa ili mačke. Ako on ili ona izgleda premršavo, dajte im malo više hrane. Ako izgleda preteško, smanjite porcije, postepeno. I ne zaboravite posjetiti vašeg veterinara s vremena na vrijeme.

    Zapamtit, da iako se vaš pas ili mačka ponašaju kao da su gladni, fizičko stanje njihovog tijela je najbolji pokazatelj koliko im hrane treba dati. Ako imate problem, samo nas nazovite.

TERMINOLOGIJA

Oglašivači hrane za ljubimce iznose razne tvrdnje o svojoj hrani. Svježa, bez žitarica, prirodna, holistička – što to sve znači? Razjasnit ćemo vam žargonom i pomoći otkriti istinu o hrani vašeg ljubimca. Jer, kad je u pitanju zdravlje vaše mačke ili psa, vjerodostojnost je bitna!

  • SVJEŽE

    Proizvođači i oglašivači pseće hrane često zlorabe riječ “svježe”. Rječnik Merriam-Webster definira svježe kao “nedavno napravljeno ili pribavljeno; nije u konzervi, nije smrznuto ili na neki drugi način konzervirano“.

    Drugim riječima, da bi neki sastojak bio doista svjež, tehnika hlađenja je jedini dopustivi način konzerviranja, baš kao meso kod vašeg mesara iz susjedstva. Upravo tako mi koristimo tu riječ ovdje u ACANA-i.

    Ali prečesto se riječju “svježe” opisuju sastojci koji su sve samo ne to. Razmotrite tvrdnju “svježi losos uhvaćen u divljini”. Losos se ne može izlovljavati u divljni tijekom čitave godine, tako da ne može uvijek biti dostupan svjež. Istina je da vrlo malo proizvođača koristi sastojke koji su izvorno svježi.

    Činjenica je da ono što mnogi proizvođači hrane za kućne ljubimce zovu “svježe” u stvari je meso “za prehranu životinja”. Ono je smrznuto u blokovima od 25 kg – kako bi ga bilo lakše prevesti i skladištiti – smrznuto i odmrznuto više puta. Obično je staro više mjeseci prije nego što postane hrana za ljubimce.

  • BEZ ŽITARICA

    Ovih dana, čini se da svi proizvođači hrane tvrde da je njihova hrana za ljubimce “bez žitarica”. Potrošači često vjeruju da je hrana bez žitarica zdravija za njihove ljubimce.

    Hrana bez žitarica nije nužno zdravija od hrane koja sadrži žitarice – upravo suprotno može biti istina. Mnoge hrane “bez žitarica” jednostavno mijenjaju žitarice drugim izvorima ugljikohidrata – npr. rižu zamjene krumpirom u prahu. Zamjena žitarica krumpirom u prahu ili graškom ne čini hranu ništa zdravijom za vašeg ljubimca. To je samo zamjena jednog izvora ugljikohidrata drugim.

    Zdravija prehrana zahtjeva povećanje količine mesnih bjelančevina u hrani i smanjenje ukupnog unosa sadržaja ugljikohidrata hranom.

  • VOĆE & POVRĆE

    Tržište hrane za ljubimce danas često oglašava svoje voćne i povrtne sastojke kao “holističke” i “prirodne”:

    Dok potrošači pretpostavljaju da su ti sastojci cijeli i svježi, istina je da su uključeni u malim količinama, u obliku praha, obično uvezeni od vanjskih dobavljača. Koristi za zdravlje vašeg ljubimca su zanemarive.

    Zato je ACANA voće i povrće dostavljeno cijelo i svježe, u količinama jasno navedenima na prednjoj strani pakiranja.

  • PRIRODNO

    “Prirodno” je još jedna riječ koja se često zloupotrebljava i krivo tumači u industriji hrane za ljubimce.

    Merriam-Webster definira “prirodno” kao “ postojeće ili dolazi iz prirode; ono što nije proizveo ili uzrokovao čovjek” i kao “ono što je prošlo kroz minimalan proces obrade ili konzervacije”.

    Iako se za mnoge hrane za ljubimce tvrdi da je prirodna, malo koja može proći temeljito ispitvanje u skladu s istinskom definicijom. Potrošači često vjeruju da riječ “prirodno” podrazumijeva “zdravo”. Ovo je zasigurno neprimjenjivo u slučaju kada pakiranje “minimalno obrađenog“ kukuruza nosi oznaku “ i “posve prirodno”, kad kukuruz nema nikakve koristi po zdravlje vašeg psa ili mačke.

  • HOLISTIČKI

    Baš kao “prirodno”, riječ “holistički” je često pogrešno shvaćena među ljubiteljima ljubimaca. Prema Merriam-Webster, holistički je “okarakterizirano vjerovanjem da su dijelovi nečega blisko međusobno povezani i objašnjivi samo u odnosu na cjelinu”.

    “Holistički” ne bi trebalo koristiti pri opisu pseće ili mačje hrane koja sadrži puno ugljikohidrata, a malo mesa i bjelančevina. Hrana poput te ne odražava hranu za koju su psi i mačke anatomski evolucijski preodređeni.

  • PRIMJERENO ZA LJUDSKU PREHRANU

    Naše se svježe meso, perad i riba (čak i dehidrirani sastojci poput dehidrirane piletine ili puretine) smatraju prikladnim za ljudsku prehranu i prije dolaska u naše kuhinje. Malo drugih proizvođača hrane za ljubimce može legitimno iznijeti ovu tvrdnju.

    Usprkos našim visokim standardima, nikad ne tvrdimo da su naši proizvodi “primjereni za ljudsku prehranu”. Jednom kad sastojci od proizvođača ili obrađivača uđu u proces obrade hrane za ljubimce, oni gube svoju klasifikaciju “primjereno za ljudsku prehranu”. Potičemo ljubitelje ljubimaca da kontaktiraju proizvođača svoje hrane i upitaju ga može li stvarno potvrditi svoju tvrdnju o “primjereno za ljudsku prehranu”.

  • BEZ ANTIBIOTIKA I HORMONA

    Danas se čini da sva hrana za ljubimce nosi tvrdnju “bez hormona i antibiotika”. Činjenica je, da je hrana za većinu životinja uzgajanih za ljudsku prehranu u Sjevernoj Americi obogaćena hormonima. Nadalje, sve životinje u tijelu imaju biološki i fiziološki prisutne hormone, teško je razumjeti kako neko meso može biti “bez hormona”. Potičemo ljubitelje ljubimaca da kontaktiraju svog proizvođača hrane i zamole ga da potvrdi svoju tvrdnju.

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