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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.

I’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NUTRITIONALLY APPROPRIATE FOOD.

Over the years dog foods in general have deviated further and further from what dogs 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 really need. The result is Canagan, which closely mimics your dog’s ancestral diet.

Why is Canagan grain free?

Dogs are highly adapted to eat protein rich animal ingredients such as chicken, turkey and salmon.
This is highlighted because they don’t have the enzyme called amylase in their saliva, which helps to break down these starchy carbohydrates.

We have eliminated all the grain from our recipe to create a food that is high in animal ingredients which matches as closely as possible their natural food.

Is Canagan dog 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 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).

Flavorings

The high levels of palatability in Canagan means that we don’t need artificial flavorings – Canagan is a taste sensation for even the fussiest of dogs.

Colorings

Dogs don’t care for fancy colors 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 dog.

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 dog 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 dog 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 color, 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 fiber 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, benefitting health.