The optimum diet and routine for your cat or dog mimic the way Mother Nature intended them to eat — keeping in mind that a domestic lifestyle means your pet requires fewer calories than that of their wild cousins.
Indeed, obesity and diabetes are becoming common threats to the health of our companion dogs and cats, and feeding a carbohydrate-limited and low glycemic food can make an enormous and positive impact on your pet’s quality of life.
Just like people, dogs and cats benefit from diversity in their diets, but their systems rarely respond well to sharp changes, so routines are modified gradually.
Here you’ll find simple and proven tips to help keep your cherished pet happy, healthy and strong.
We all love to give treats to our dogs and cats. However, treats should be given in moderation, and should represent five percent or less of your cat or dog’s daily food intake. The rest should come from a nutritionally complete feeding program. When you do have to use treats, such as during training exercises, try to use the smallest pieces you can.
Dogs and cats are often fed the same food day after day, week after week. This causes their digestive systems to adapt to the single food, making change more difficult. That’s why it’s important to introduce any new food gradually. This will give your dog or cat time to adjust to their new food, reducing the chance of digestive upset.
Start by mixing 25% of ACANA with 75% of the old food. Slowly change the proportions over the seven days by gradually increasing the amount of ACANA, and decreasing the amount of old food.
At the end of this transitioning process, you should be feeding 100% of the new diet, and your dog or cat will thank you!
We endorse rotational feeding. Because we believe variety is so important, you will find that the majority of our foods contain multiple protein and fat sources built in.
A simple way to understand the value of rotation feeding is to think about your own diet: would you eat chicken and rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Day in and day out? Would you look forward to your next meal? Would it be a healthy and balanced diet?
A Biologically Appropriate™ diet means variety.
The best stool is well formed and regular (once a day or twice a day). Loose or soft stool is often related to a rushed transition or overfeeding. See above for information on transitioning your pet to ACANA.
Overfeeding is the most common cause of loose stool, as people often do not adjust for the added richness and enhanced digestibility when switching to ACANA. Here’s what to do:
Many dogs have large appetites and will eat all you offer them. As ACANA foods are highly palatable, you need to be especially careful not to overfeed. Obesity at any age causes serious health issues. While all of our foods have feeding guidelines printed on the package, every dog and cat is different. Our guidelines are a starting point.
Keep a close eye on your dog or cat’s body condition. If he or she looks too thin, feed a little more. If he looks like he is carrying too much weight, scale back, a little at a time. And don’t forget to check-in with your vet occasionally.
Remember that while your dog or cat may act hungry, their body condition is the best gauge of how much to feed. If you’re having problems, just call us.