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Frequently asked questions

We've put this page together to answer all the questions we keep hearing about Canagan and grain free diets. If you have any other questions, please contact us directly.

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I'd like to know more about biologically appropriate food.

Over the years pet foods in general have deviated further and further from what dogs and cats need to not only survive but flourish, with cheap and inconsistent protein and carbohydrate sources in the wrong proportions. To redress the balance and create the optimal diet for our companions we went back to nature and studied what dogs and cats really need. The result is Canagan, which closely mimics your pet’s ancestral diet with the correct ratio of protein and fat to carbohydrate, and a much higher meat content than most.

Why is canagan grain free?

Dogs and cats are carnivores and they lack salivary amylase. This is a special enzyme found in the saliva of herbivores and omnivores and is used to break down starchy carbohydrates before they reach the stomach. Because their saliva is virtually free from amylase, carbohydrates are much harder to digest. By being grain free and by significantly reducing the carbohydrate content, Canagan dog and cat food has a much higher level of digestibility which means lower feeding amounts, reduced cost and a smaller stool volume.

Is canagan dog and cat food hypoallergenic?

Yes - Hypoallergenic means that a food is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The ingredients in Canagan have been chosen with this in mind and we have avoided those known to most commonly cause an allergic reaction, such as wheat and dairy.

Does canagan dog and cat food contain any unhealthy artificial additives?

No. We believe there is no necessity in adding artificial additives to our foods when there are natural, healthier alternatives Preservatives Canagan products are preserved naturally with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E). Flavourings The high levels of palatability in Canagan means that we don’t need artificial flavourings – Canagan is a taste sensation for even the fussiest of dogs and cats. Colourings Pets don’t care for fancy colours which would be added to a food only to make the product more interesting to the owner - there would be absolutely no benefit to your pet.

What are botanicals and why do canagan products contain them?

Botanicals – a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties. Canagan has been formulated to closely match the natural diet and botanicals are found in the natural diet for dogs.

What are meat and animal derivatives and does canagan contain any?

Meat and animal derivatives are commonly used in many pet foods and consist of animal by-products. These are commonly used as they are cheaper than single source meats. We believe that the meat used in pet foods should be named; that’s why you won’t find “meat and animal derivatives” on our labelling!

Does canagan contain genetically modified ingredients?

No. Our products do not contain any genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s).

Does the meat used in canagan product contain growth hormones?

No growth hormones here

Why are there sometimes variances in the Canagan kibble?

Canagan is made with all natural ingredients in small batches. Therefore there are small variances in colour, shape and size although the kibble will still provide the same levels of taste and nutrition.

What are mixed tocopherols?

Tocopherols are a blend of vitamin E and are used to give Canagan products a longer shelf life without the concerns of using artificial preservatives.

Why do you use sweet potato in Canagan?

Sweet potato is an excellent source of vitamins A&C and is rich in antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are a great source of soluble fibre and have a low glycemic index which produce a slow steady release of energy. Low GI diets have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger.

What is the glycemic index?

The glycemic index is the measurement of glucose level increase from carbohydrate consumption. High glycemic index foods are digested quickly which result in high fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low glycemic index foods are slowly digested and absorbed which results in a gradual increase in blood sugar levels and insulin levels, befitting health.