Is there really a difference between a cheap pet food and SPECIFIC™?
As with most things you can buy, you get what you pay for. SPECIFIC™ may not be the cheapest food on the market, but there are several reasons for this.
Firstly, we are continuously developing new foods and recipes for the SPECIFIC™ pet food range – and this requires time and money. Also, we do not settle for just meeting the basic legal requirements for pet foods. In fact, we use fixed recipes and keep a strict production surveillance to ensure a stable and trustworthy quality. We do not use raw materials just because they are currently cheapest on the market but select our raw materials primarily regarding quality, consistency and functionality. In addition, several of the SPECIFIC™ diets are unique because of special functional health supporting ingredients.
To help keep costs down we do not spend much money on commercials. Instead, we provide our diets through vet clinics. This means that you get more than just food for your pet - you get professional, individual and continuous guidance. Lastly, the good news is that a bag of SPECIFIC™ lasts a long time. This is due to the effective uptake of nutrients by your dog or cat.
How much meat is in the products?
The many different SPECIFIC™ diets contain different amounts of meat (protein from animals). We use lamb, pork, chicken, beef, eggs, milk, salmon and other fish as animal protein sources. The actual level of animal protein is most important for cats. This is because cats are “obligate carnivores” (meat dependent) and must have meat in their diet to get all the nutrients they need to live and thrive. Dogs can actually be vegetarians, but meat and proteins keeps them full as well as adding good energy, vitamins, minerals and taste.
Naturally, animal protein sources are part of both the SPECIFIC™ cat and dog food recipes. But it isn’t the only consideration. We have a strong focus on the quality and usefulness (digestibility) of the nutrients in the food, because it is important for the pet’s uptake of the nutrients.
What is ‘high quality protein’?
Proteins are natural basic building blocks of animals as well as being part of plants. Muscles, connective tissue, skin, hairs and feathers are built of protein. Plants like wheat, soy beans and potatoes also contain varying amounts of protein. The “quality” of a protein means how useful it is to the animal that eats it. In order to be useful a protein must be digestible in the stomach, absorbable from the intestine and contain the right building stones (amino acids) for the animal. Proteins vary a great deal in quality. For example meat, liver and potato protein are high quality compared to protein that come from skin, chicken feet and feathers.
Is it okay to supplement the dry food with table scraps?
The easiest, safest and cheapest way to feed your dog is with a complete balanced dry food designed for your dog’s needs. Then you know what your dog gets and how much they need every day to stay healthy and fit. In most instances table scraps contain too much fat and salt for a dog. If you feel the need to treat your dog, wet food pâtés or healthy treats are a much healthier supplement to dry food.
How should I store the cat and dog food?
Dry food should be stored in a dry and cool place, preferably in a clean, closed plastic container. Wet food should be stored also in a dry and cool place and, after opening, a canflex can be stored for 2 days at max +5° C . The best way to do this is to place the food in a plastic box in the refrigerator.
How long time is wet food good for once it is opened?
After opening, a canflex with wet food can be stored for 2 days at max +5° C. The best way to do this is to place the food in a plastic box in the refrigerator.
Can I throw the bags and canflexes into the regular recycling bins?
The SPECIFIC™ bags, cardboard boxes and aluminum canflexes can be thrown into the recycling bins in accordance with your local waste management (recycling).
What are the health risks if my pet is overweight?
If your pet is overweight it can create a number of health risks. The obvious disadvantage is that it makes life, mobility and activity more difficult. Extra body weight also puts more stress on the joints and increases joint wear and pain in older pets with arthritis.
It has recently been discovered that the presence of too much fat in the body has several other negative effects. The fat takes up space that organs such as the heart, muscles, lungs, vascular system and digestive system could benefit from. Fat tissue also releases chemical substances that make other diseases, like arthritis, worse and the risk of diabetes higher.
Why does the food have a different colour this time?
The diets in the SPECIFIC™ range are made with fixed recipes using high quality natural ingredients. They always meet the legal and nutritional criteria of premium pet foods for cats and dogs. Natural ingredients have small variations in colour during the seasons, primarily because of differences in the growth conditions. Since we do not add any artificial flavourings or colourings to our food, this may be reflected in the colour of the final dry food kibbles.
Are SPECIFIC™ diets guaranteed?
The SPECIFIC™ diets are guaranteed to meet all legal and nutritional requirements for high quality cat and dog foods. Our organic food carries the fine Austria Bio Garantie certificate ensuring that raw materials are from an organic origin.
In addition, all SPECIFIC™ diets have a taste guarantee. This means that if your cat or dog isn’t happy with the taste, we will be happy to help you find an alternative SPECIFIC™ diet or give you your money back.
Why is SPECIFIC™ only available through the vet?
Because you deserve the best guidance about how to care for your pet and choose their diet. Your vet and veterinary nurse know you and your pet. They know how to support your pet’s health and what problems they might be at risk of. Naturally, they are your pet’s finest nutritional advisers. The different SPECIFIC™ diets are specialised for the pets’ individual needs and conditions. When you visit the vet you get more than just a diet, you also get the important individual and continuous nutritional guidance you need.