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frequently asked questions

What makes a Super Premium pet food and is price an indicator of how good pet food really is?

What is the value of glucosamine and omega 3 fatty acids in dog food?

Why do your feeding guides suggest feeding less Legacy Valuing Tradition compared to the competition?  I am used to feeding my 75 lb dog 4-5 cups a day and you suggest almost half that.

Why are the kibbles more hard and coarse?

What is the formulation difference in the large and small breed products?

How many calories does a dog need to maintain body condition daily?

What will happen if my dog becomes too fat?

What is considered good shape for my dog?

Can I feed my dog table scraps?

Should I feed my dog dry dog food or canned dog food?

I feed my dog BARF (Bones and Raw Food) or a homemade meal.  Is this OK?

My bitch is now lactating, how should I adjust her feeding?

I have an 8 week old puppy.  How should I feed him?

I hear grain is bad for dogs.  Is this true?

My dog is showing signs of allergies.  Is it the food?

When I change my dog food to Legacy Valuing Tradition, is there a procedure to follow?

My dog is fussy and I have to change her food often.  Is there a way to break this habit?

Who is looking after the safety and quality of pet foods in Canada?

What makes a Super Premium pet food and is price an indicator of how good pet food really is?

Super premium products generally use different meat sources as well as dried fruits, vegetables, added glucosamine, vitamins and minerals.  It is important to note that pet food manufacturers are continually looking for ingredients to make them stand out as ‘superior’ in the marketplace.  Many of these ingredients can be seen as a fad which is not in the best nutritional interests of your pet.  Like human products, we are bombarded by marketing tactics to make us think price and quality go hand in hand, when we all know this is not true.

We strive to access ingredients locally, with most products sourced within 100 km of our facility near Waterloo, Ontario.  Because of this, we have strong working relationships with our suppliers and know their quality standards by seeing their facilities first hand.  Using local suppliers reduces our shipping costs and environmental impact.  It also allows us to be more innovative. Finally, we do not believe in raising the cost of our pet food because marketing trends say we should.

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What is the value of glucosamine and omega 3 fatty acids in dog food?

Glucosamine is beneficial for maintaining joint health and helping dogs remain active.   Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish and flax oil are the key to healthy joints and decrease inflammation from disorders such as bowel disease and arthritis.  They also promote shiny coats and healthy skin, decrease yeast infections in the skin and ears as well as elevating mood.  Your pet will be happier!  Legacy Valuing Tradition has added these valuable nutrients in perfect ratios.

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Why do your feeding guides suggest feeding less Legacy Valuing Tradition compared to the competition?  I am used to feeding my 75 lb dog 4-5 cups a day and you suggest almost half that.

Our pet food is denser than competitive brands (higher kcals per cup).  These heavy kibbles are packed with all the necessary high quality nutrients.  More goodness in every bite and every kibble is absorbed well by the body with very little waste.  This leads to lower volume and firmer stools. 

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Why are the kibbles more hard and coarse?

The coarse ground kibbles are good for your pet’s teeth and digestive track.  It slows digestion, helps clean out the digestive track and controls appetite. Your pet will end up feeling fuller for longer periods. Coarse kibbles are like having a built-in tooth brush and good dental care can prolong the life of your pet. All our kibbles are heart shaped!

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What is the formulation difference in the large and small breed products?

Legacy Valuing Tradition recognizes that large and small dogs have slightly different requirements.  Most importantly, our small breed product is a smaller kibble. (Imagine us eating without cutting our food into pieces!)  The protein and fat levels between the two products also differ slightly.  Large breed adult formula is 26% protein, 15% fat and small/medium breed formula is 27% protein and 12% fat.  

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How many calories does a dog need to maintain body condition daily?

Between 1100 and 4000 kcal/day.  This large range is based on many factors such as, activity level, age, breed, health and climate.   Because of this, individual feeding situations must be taken into consideration and quantity fed must be based on maintaining good body condition. The average dog will require roughly 1400kcal/day.

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What will happen if my dog becomes too fat?

Studies show that limit feeding your dog increases life span from 2-5 years.Obesity leads to dysfunctional hearts, livers, kidneys, immune systems, skeletal abnormalities, diabetes and other problems. They are no different from humans!

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What is considered good shape for my dog?

Proper body condition for your dog is defined as having an hour glass shape when viewed from the top.  Ribs should be palpable but not visible. They should have a smooth top line with vertebrae and pelvic bones covered in muscle, with limited fat.  When viewed from the side, abdominals should be tucked.

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Can I feed my dog table scraps?

No.  If you would like to treat your dog, only use treats with a similar nutrient profile as a complete dog food.  We can often ‘trick’ our pets by simply giving them their usual kibble as a treat!  High sugar and fat treats should be avoided. 

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Should I feed my dog dry dog food or canned dog food?

Dry dog food is much more cost effective and arguably safer as well as being beneficial for the dog’s teeth and digestion.  Canned dog food is made up of between 70-75% water on average. Feed a canned dog food product only if your dog has serious dental problems impairing their ability to eat an extruded pellet.  Wetting a dry dog food can also alleviate this.

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I feed my dog BARF (Bones and Raw Food) or a homemade meal.  Is this OK?

NO.  Your dog may not be getting what it requires from a vitamin and mineral standpoint.  It is also easy for them to over eat on these types of diets.  A dry dog food is the best way to get your dog what they require, whether in a puppy, maintenance, working or lactating stage. Feeding dry dog food is considerably safer from a contamination standpoint.  Only buy dry dog food from a reputable supplier.

My bitch is now lactating, how should I adjust her feeding?

At this point, the diet should not change.  She should be receiving the same as in her gestation stage.  You should be targeting 2-3 times the normal feed requirement for maintenance.  This may vary depending on body condition and number of pups.  She will need most of her energy 3-4 weeks into lactation.  By 4-5 weeks, begin reducing food.  By weaning, she should be at 50% of what she was consuming at peak. 
It is normal for her to lose weight in lactation, but be careful not to underfeed.

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I have an 8 week old puppy.  How should I feed him?

Legacy Valuing Tradition has food for both large and small breed puppies.  Puppies usually start on dry food at 3-4 weeks of age.  Our large and small breed formulas differ in protein and fat levels and both formulas are small kibbles, making it easier for puppies  to munch.  Large Breed Puppy is considerably lower in fat to help control growth and prevent hip dysplasia which is common in larger breeds that grow too fast. Calcium, phosphorous and glucosamine are added in perfect ratios to support proportional and dynamic growth of all systems.

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I hear grain is bad for dogs.  Is this true?

Absolutely not. Dogs are actually omnivores and have a requirement for grain sources. They eat everything as some of you already know!  Corn is not a filler but rather an excellent source of carbohydrates. Raw corn and even ‘corn on the cob’ that we eat is not digestible which is why we use extrusion to heat them at very high temperatures. This process makes them highly digestible and an excellent nutritional source.  All grains we use are cooked in our own state of the art extrusion facility.We formulate for what is best for your pet and not the marketing team!

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My dog is showing signs of allergies.  Is it the food?

Possibly, however only 5-10% of allergy cases are food related.  Most common allergies in dogs are beef and dairy which is often a result of feeding table scraps, like cheese. Follow veterinarian recommendations for identifying a food allergy and switch to a dog food that has a low occurrence of allergy related problems. 

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When I change my dog food to Legacy Valuing Tradition, is there a procedure to follow?

Yes, you should do a gradual change and it is usually done over seven days.  The first few days, feed ¾ of the old food and ¼ of Legacy Valuing Tradition food.  By the end of the week, feed 3/4 Legacy Valuing Tradition and finally all of it.

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My dog is fussy and I have to change her food often.  Is there a way to break this habit?

Yes, keep the current food in their bowl for up to four days.  Have water readily available.  Usually instinct will kick in and they will eat what is put in front of them.  If your dog continues not to eat, consult with your veterinarian.

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Who is looking after the safety and quality of pet foods in Canada?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  They follow AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) regulations.  The Great Canadian Pet Food Company is HACCP certified (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point).  This federal program is designed to insure human food safety. Our supplier's plant is regularly monitored through these programs and agencies and are happy to report that they have excelled in all our inspections.