What is Enterococcus faecium that exists as an additive in ACANA foods?

Enterococcus faecium is a “friendly” bacterium that belongs to the category of probiotics. Probiotics are symbiotic microorganisms that support the health and function of the body. Intestinal bacteria are involved in the digestion of food, in the absorption of nutrients, and many of them produce certain vitamins on their own, such as vitamin K. Although probiotics can not prevent disease, their intake can support the health of the body, reduce symptoms, speed recovery and can improve digestive health. Specifically, Enterococcus faecium is usually found in the small intestine and has been shown to be effective in treating diarrhea. Since probiotics are naturally found only in fermented foods, Enterococcus faecium is added to ACANA and ORIJEN foods to peak the benefits of a Biologically Suitable Food.

What are synthetic additives. Does ACANA contain synthetic additives?

Synthetic additives are substances or mixtures of substances, which are not found in the list of ingredients and are added to food during their production, packaging or storage, in order to improve the taste, smell, texture, appearance, preservation and increase their nutritional value. Due to the high quality of the raw materials used and the slow process of cooking our recipes at low temperature (90 C) in ACANA you will find from 1 to 6 synthetic additives while in ORIJEN only 1, while conventional dog and cat food contains over 20 synthetic additives.

Are AC by-products used in ACANA foods?

Champion Petfoods not only does not use by-products in any of its recipes but also follows the Wholeprey Diet philosophy. In the composition of the food you will find rich amounts of muscle tissue of the prey and selected organs liver, heart and abdomen but also a small percentage of soft bones as a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin. This is how the dog feeds as its nature intends. It is important to note that all ACANA & ORIJEN recipes consist of fresh local ingredients that are delivered daily to the kitchens of Champion Petfoods by people we trust, who go through all the necessary controls and are suitable for human consumption.

Are ACANA foods hypoallergenic?

ACANA has the Singles range which is suitable for dogs that develop food allergies and intolerances. These are recipes with limited ingredients that contain a unique source of protein and are characterized by 50% meat, ½ fresh or raw and to ensure hypoallergenicity, seaweed is used as a natural source of omega-3 & ome6 fatty acids. ACANA in any of its recipes does not contain unsuitable ingredients such as gluten-free cereals, potatoes, tapioca, beets, etc. thus protecting healthy dogs from allergies.

Fresh ingredients or raw? What's the difference;

Raw ingredients means we use ingredients that have undergone instant freezing (flash frozen) without chemical preservatives and are preferred in some cases to ensure the viability of the methods chosen by Champion Petfoods.

Is fish meat tested for heavy metals such as mercury?

Yes. Although the fish come from clean northern lakes and the Canadian North Pacific, our suppliers provide heavy metal and mercury controls. There is also an additional check on the food before transport. Our fresh fish is suitable for human consumption, meets all Government of Canada’s daily food regulations and is a high quality source of DHA and EPA Omega 3 fatty acids.

Are meat ingredients suitable for human consumption?

All our poultry, fish, red meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables are fit for human consumption by Canadian Government regulations before being delivered to our premises daily. Poultry, fish, lamb and beef, fats and oils are only produced from animals suitable for human consumption by the Canadian Food Control Authority, which few food producers can guarantee.
Despite our high standards, we never claim that our food is suitable for human consumption. This is because all the ingredients that go into pet food establishments automatically lose their suitability for human consumption. We encourage all animal lovers to contact the manufacturer of the food their pet consumes and to verify whether they are indeed fit for human consumption.

Why do ACANA and ORIJEN foods contain herbs?

Our foods are designed to reflect the natural diet. Herbs are an important part of a dog and cat’s natural diet. The herbs contained in our food are selected by one of the best homeopathic veterinarians in the USA. More information on herbal ingredients can be found here.

Many pet foods are prepared in facilities that are not controlled by the company that sells them. What about ACANA and ORIJEN?

Champion Petfoods award-winning facilities in Morinville, Alberta are privately owned and ACANA and ORIJEN food is produced there exclusively. It’s simple, we do not allow our food to be produced elsewhere and we do not produce food for anyone else.

Can too much protein be a problem for my pet?

There are so many myths about high protein but this is probably the most common question our business has heard.

Countless studies have been published over the past 15 years and have effectively debunked the myth of high protein – that it’s supposed to cause problems in the pet body – (often prompted by multinational and commercial companies that still produce low-protein, grain-based foods).

The truth is simple – high protein foods are Biologically Suitable for all breeds of dogs and cats. By preparing foods that resemble the natural nutrition and anatomy of pets – high in protein, low in carbohydrates – we promote the quality of life and health of the animals we love to the highest levels.

Today’s pet foods are low in protein and high in carbohydrates (40-55%). As carbohydrates are not part of the natural diet we should not be surprised that carbohydrates are not required by pets.

What quality assurance procedures are followed in production?

At all stages of preparation and production, we use Good Manufacturing Principals, a world-class system specializing in the control and management of food production and quality control, as well as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Analysis (HACCP) method, an internationally recognized systematic approach. food safety.

The quality management systems we use are applied beyond our facilities, by our distributors and suppliers whom we know and trust. All meat ingredients are approved by the Government of Canada and are produced from animals that have been declared fit for human consumption.

Our fresh meats, including ingredients from poultry, eggs, fish, beef, pork, wild boar, bison and lamb are raised domestically in accredited facilities approved for human consumption. Our fresh ingredients fully meet AAFCO’s “fresh” designation where light cooling is the only method of preservation – without any chemicals, heat or freezing! But perhaps the best quality accreditation is our worldwide reputation for authenticity. Champion food is never outsourced. You can be absolutely sure that ACANA and ORIJEN products are never produced or packaged in facilities that do not belong to us.

Are there animal experiments?

It is a question that is often asked but our position on the subject is simple and it is this – we conduct those tests that we would allow our own pets to do.
If we would NOT allow some of them into our pets THEN WE WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM FOR ANY OTHER DOG OR CAT.
We only perform simple tests such as taste, pH or digestibility. We clarify that the specific tests are not performed with dogs and cats in laboratory conditions, ie confined in cages.

Food Preservation and Expiry Date

The temperature of 10-20 degrees is ideal. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures increases oxidation and reduces storage time. Exposure to light also contributes to oxidation. A dark, cool place is preferred.
The temperature of 10-20 degrees is ideal. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures increases oxidation and reduces storage time. Exposure to light also contributes to oxidation. A dark, cool place is preferred.
The expiration date (BB) is written on the back and top of the bag. The DAY OF THE MONTH OF THE YEAR is indicated.
From the time the food is prepared and packaged in our facilities it has 15 months to expire. Heat, humidity and light are the factors that have the greatest impact. After opening the package, try to remove the air every time you close it.
Keeping the package airtight (in a container) or carefully folding the bag after opening can take months.

Differences between ACANA and ORIJEN

There are several differences between ACANA and ORIJEN and both recipes reflect our belief in Biological Suitability and the Fresh Home Ingredients we insist on.

Five of the main differences are listed below.
MEAT CONTENT. ORIJEN contains 75-80% meat while ACANA contains from 40-65%, depending on the recipe.
PROTEINS. ORIJEN contains from 38% to 42% protein, while ACANA contains from 27-34%.
CARBOHYDRATES. ORIJEN recipes differ from 18-22% while in ACANA they range from 18-30%
QUANTITY OF FRESH MEAT. ORIJEN is prepared with 40% fresh meat while ACANA from 9% to 15%
VARIETY OF FRESH MEAT. ORIJEN is characterized by at least 5 fresh meats when ACANA contains 3 different fresh meats.

We simply consider ORIJEN to be the best dog and cat food in the world. Although lower in protein and fresh meat than ORIJEN, ACANA provides excellent quality value and makes the value of Biological Suitability affordable to a wide range of animal lovers.

How should I feed ACANA and ORIJEN?

We recommend feeding twice a day Simply divide the daily dose into two meals eight to twelve hours apart. You may need to adjust your daily amount as you slowly learn the ideal amount of food your dog needs. Reminder: A healthy dog ​​is one that is not obese.

Dogs often consume the same food which means the sudden change of food makes it difficult to adapt the digestive system which is why a new food should be introduced gradually. So the animal will have time to adapt to the new food and also to reduce the case of upset stomach.
Start by mixing 25% of the new food with 75% of the old one. Slowly (from five to seven days) reverse this ratio At the end of this procedure you should feed 100% ORIJEN or ACANA.

70% of your dog or cat’s body weight is water which is vital for the body. In fact water is more essential to your pet than any other nutrient.
Many dogs have a large appetite and can eat as much as they are given. As ACANA and ORIJEN foods are very tasty you must be careful not to overfeed.
Obesity – at any age – can cause health problems. All our packages have printed feeding instructions however each dog is different and in fact the feeding instructions are indicative.

What Does Biologically Suitable Foods Mean?

ACANA and ORIJEN represent a new class of foods designed to feed dogs and cats according to their biological anatomy and meet their nutritional needs, just as Nature would. With a diet rich in nutritious fresh meat and protein.

The philosophy of Biological Fitness can be summarized in the following 3 questions:

1) How much?

How much meat does a food contain? The natural diet of a carnivorous animal, such as a dog and a cat, consists almost entirely of meat. That is why ACANA recipes have from 50% to 75% meat content, while those of ORIJEN have 85%.

2) How fresh?

How much fresh meat does a food contain? And when we say fresh, we mean that they have not been used preservatively or even frozen. ACANA foods contain -depending on the recipe- 1/3 or 1/2 fresh meat, while those of ORIJEN 2/3 and the only way to preserve these fresh ingredients is refrigeration.

3) How many?

How many different types of meat? In Nature the dog and the cat can feed on different prey every day. This variety of animal ingredients should also be reflected in a Biologically Suitable Dry Food. Thus ACANA recipes contain from 1 to 5 different sources of animal protein, while those of ORIJEN at least 6.

See our catalogs

ACANA Catalog – Dog

ACANA Catalog – Cat