Q. What is AAFCO?
AAFCO is the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Our ACANA diets are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO for cats and dogs. This ensures that our diets provide complete and balanced nutrition.
Q. WHY ARE DIETARY STARCHES AND SUGARS INCLUDED IN THE GUARANTEED ANALYSIS?
We have chosen to measure two major components of carbohydrate, dietary sugars and starch, to provide a more accurate representation of the carbohydrate content in our recipes. Some of our ACANA recipes may feature starches and sugars listed in the Guaranteed Analysis.
If you’d like to learn more about the specific carbohydrate content in our foods, or if you have any other questions about our Guaranteed Analysis, don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care Team.
Q. Are ACANA foods appropriate for my overweight pet?
Yes. Studies show that feeding dogs a high protein, low carbohydrate diet can help them to reduce body weight better than a high carbohydrate food.
High protein diets promote weight loss, while not having such severe reductions in caloric intake when compared to traditional high carbohydrate diets. We recommend ACANA Light & Fit, as it does meet these requirements.
Q. IS ACANA SUITABLE FOR MY LARGE-BREED PUPPY OR DOG?
Yes. Some of our ACANA diets are formulated to meet AAFCO dog nutrient profiles for All Life stages, including the growth large breed puppies. Large and giant breed puppies take longer to reach their full adult size and have slightly different nutritional needs compared to small and medium breed puppies. Due to their extended growth period, they need a diet that will help promote a slow and steady development. Studies have shown that the calcium to phosphorus ratio is more important in proper bone development than the absolute calcium value of the diet and we at Champion ensure this proper ratio is achieved naturally within the following recipes.
The AAFCO statement on the feeding panel of each ACANA bag is an easy way to determine whether a diet is appropriate for your puppy. The following ACANA kibble recipes can be safely fed to a growing large breed dog:
Q. What is your position on DCM?
Why some dogs develop DCM is a complex issue that has been studied by scientists for decades. From published research we know many factors may cause a dog to develop DCM, including breed, genetics, biology, pre-existing health conditions, digestive issues, obesity, nutrition and processing of key nutrients, as well as activity level. We believe the best diet for your dog depends on the unique nutritional needs of your pet.
The FDA has reinforced that:
- DCM is a scientifically complex, multifaceted disease and in December 2022, the FDA announced it will not release further updates on its research into DCM until there is any meaningful new scientific information to share, because up until this point the reports under their review provided insufficient data to link grain-free foods to DCM.
- The development of DCM in dogs has a clear genetic component, and potentially other factors, including nutrition, could contribute.
- FDA is not taking any regulatory action against grain-free foods.
There is no question that grain-free foods are safe and nutritionally complete. We have been making premium grain-free foods for 15 years, and dogs thrive on our products. If grain-free foods were dangerous or unsafe, we would have known that by now. Moreover, as a public health agency, FDA would be required to take regulatory action, including recalling grain-free products if they were unsafe or dangerous.
We are passionate about the premium quality of the grain-free food we make and are committed to optimizing pet health through sound nutrition. Grain-free foods are safe and nutritionally complete – our history and the science proves it.
The following article, which appeared in the Journal of Animal Science, provides an overview of the scientific literature on the issue.
For more information please contact our Customer Care team.