Frequently Asked Questions

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Dogs

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DANO MEALS ALONE WILL BE SUFFICIENT. THIS APPLIES TO OUR DRY FOOD (KIBBLE) AND ALSO TO OUR WET FOOD IN TINS AND ALUMINIUM TUBS. THIS MEANS THAT THE FOOD CONTAINS ALL THE ESSENTIAL NUTRITION THAT YOUR DOG OR CAT REQUIRES. ADDITIONAL FEEDING IS THEREFORE NOT NECESSARY.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF WET FOOD (ALUMINUM TUBS/TIN CANS) IS LOWER THAN THAT OF THE KIBBLE DUE TO ITS HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT. YOUR CAT OR DOG WILL THEREFORE NEED MUCH MORE WET FOOD THAN KIBBLE TO GET THE SAME AMOUNT OF ENERGY.

DANO ONLY USES TOCOFEROL OR VITAMIN E TO PRESERVE DRY FOOD. THE WET FOOD IS STORED IN TIN OR ALUMINIUM WHICH IS STERLISED DURING PRODUCTION. FURTHER PRESERVATIVES ARE THEREFORE NOT NECESSARY. NO CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVES ARE PERMITTED IN THE INGREDIENTS SUPPLIED EITHER.OUR PRODUCTS ARE TOTALLY CHEMICAL ADDITIVE-FREE.

NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES ARE USED IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE. THERE ARE NO RESIDUES AND NO USE IS MADE OF CHEMICAL COLOURS, SMELLS AND/OR OTHER ARTIFICIAL ADDITIVES IN ORGANIC PRODUCTS. THE PRODUCTS ARE PURE AND FRESH.ORGANIC FOOD IS ALSO BETTER FOR ANIMAL WELFARE. THE MEAT WE USE IS FROM ANIMALS THAT HAD A BETTER LIFE. THESE ANIMALS HAVE ALSO ONLY BEEN FED ORGANIC FOOD.

OUR MEALS ARE FULLY TAILORED TO YOUR DOG’S OR CAT’S NEEDS.IF YOUR DOG EATS CAT FOOD ONCE OR TWICE, THAT’S NOT A PROBLEM. DOGS WOULD, IN PRINCIPLE, NOT BE MALNOURISHED IF THEY ATE CAT FOOD, BUT THE CONTENT (OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS, FOR EXAMPLE) IN CAT FOOD WOULD NOT BE SUITED TO A DOG’S REQUIREMENTS. FOR THIS REASON, GIVING YOUR DOG CAT FOOD OVER A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF TIME IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.IT’S BEST NOT TO GIVE YOUR CAT ANY DOG FOOD. A CAT REQUIRES CERTAIN SUBSTANCES, LIKE TAURINE. THESE SUBSTANCES DO NOT EXIST IN THE RIGHT QUANTITIES IN DOG FOOD.

WE BELIEVE THAT DANO IS THE BEST FOOD YOU CAN GIVE YOUR PET. WE USE HEALTHY, ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WITH THE RIGHT PROPORTIONS OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS. WE DO NOT USE CHEMICAL ADDITIVES, FLAVOUR ENHANCERS OR COLOURINGS. YOU CAN SEE AND SMELL THE DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU OPEN OUR FOOD. WE ARE TOTALLY CONVINCED THAT FOOD SHOULD ALWAYS BE HEALTHY, PURE… AND TASTY!

WE STRIVE TO USE AS MANY ORGANIC INGREDIENTS AS POSSIBLE. BUT NOT ALL INGREDIENTS ARE AVAILABLE ORGANICALLY, SUCH AS SOME VITAMINS AND MINERALS. BUT BECAUSE YOUR PET NEEDS THESE SUBSTANCES IN THEIR DIETS, WE HAVE ADDED THEM TO THE FOOD ANYWAY.WE ALSO DELIBERATELY CHOOSE MSC FISH INSTEAD OF ORGANIC FISH. OUR RECIPES ARE CHECKED AND APPROVED EXTERNALLY – WE THEREFORE MEET THE STRICTEST ORGANIC FOOD GUIDELINES. THIS MEANS THAT OUR PRODUCTS MUST CONTAIN A MINIMUM OF 95% INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC SOURCES. ALL DANO PRODUCTS ARE SKAL CERTFIED.

AFTER EXAMINING HOW ORGANIC FISH WERE FARMED, WE DECIDED TO GO FOR MSC FISH INSTEAD. MSC FISH LIVE IN OPEN WATERS AND ARE CAUGHT IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY.THE MAIN REASONS FOR NOT USING ORGANIC FISH:

1) YOU NEED ABOUT 3 TO 4 KG OF SUSTAINABLE FISH TO FARM 1 KG OF ORGANIC FISH: ORGANIC FISH ARE FED WITH SUSTAINABLE FISH THAT ARE NOT ORGANIC.

2) ORGANIC PISCICULTURE ALWAYS TAKES PLACE IN CAPTIVITY; SUSTAINABLE FISH SWIM IN OPEN WATERS.

3) DANO ALSO OFFERS A PRODUCT CONTAINING SALMON. SALMON IS A FISH THAT SWIMS ALONE IN THE WILD. ORGANIC SALMON IS THEREFORE FORCED TO SWIM IN SCHOOLS.

DANO AND YARRAH ARE MADE AND DEVELOPED BY THE SAME COMPANY (YARRAH). BOTH ARE HIGH-QUALITY. YARRAH IS SOLD MAINLY AT SPECIALIST PET SHOPS AND ORGANIC SHOPS. DANO IS SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS AND DRUGSTORES. YARRAH HAS A WIDER RANGE AND ALSO OFFERS PRODUCTS SPECIFICALLY FOR PUPPIES, OLDER DOGS AND DOGS ON SPECIAL DIETS. DANO HAS A NARROWER RANGE AND SMALLER PACKAGES ADAPTED TO THE SUPERMARKET CHANNEL.

THIS IS DUE TO OUR CHOICE OF HIGH-QUALITY, ORGANIC INGREDIENTS. ORGANIC INGREDIENTS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN REGULAR INGREDIENTS. THE RECIPES OF DIFFERENT PETFOOD BRANDS CAN ALSO VARY SIGNIFICANTLY – ALWAYS READ THE LABELS CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THE FOOD CONTAINS (AND TO SEE EXACTLY HOW THE LABEL IS PUT TOGETHER).

TO GET YOUR DOG ACCUSTOMED TO DANO WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS, IT’S BEST TO INTRODUCE DANO FOOD SLOWLY.REPLACE YOUR CURRENT FOOD WITH THE SAME TYPE OF DANO FOOD. I.E. IF THEY ARE ON KIBBLE, GIVE THEM DANO KIBBLE AND IF THEY ARE ON WET FOOD GIVE THEM DANO WET FOOD ETC.ON THE FIRST AND SECOND DAY, START WITH 75% OF THE DOG’S CURRENT FOOD AND 25% DANO. ON DAY THREE AND FOUR GIVE THE DOG A 50/50 MIX, AND ON DAY FIVE AND SIX, GIVE THEM 75% DANO AND 25% CURRENT FOOD. IN THIS WAY, YOUR DOG CAN MAKE THE CHANGE FROM THEIR CURRENT FOOD TO DANO FOOD IN ONE WEEK.IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF THE CHANGEOVER, YOUR DOG’S STOOLS MIGHT BE A BIT THINNER THAN USUAL, BUT THIS WILL PASS QUICKLY. IS YOUR DOG EATING LESS? NO NEED TO PANIC. THIS IS PROBABLY BECAUSE DANO FOOD IS VERY HIGH-QUALITY.IS YOUR DOG HAVING PROBLEMS DIGESTING THEIR CURRENT FOOD? THEN WE ADVISE REPLACING YOUR DOG’S CURRENT FOOD WITH DANO FOOD ALL AT ONCE. IT MIGHT BE THE CASE THAT YOUR DOG WILL BE BOTHERED BY STOMACH AND BOWEL PROBLEMS FOR A FEW DAYS UP TO TWO WEEKS, BUT YOU’LL NOTICE THAT THESE COMPLAINTS WILL DIMINISH OVER TIME AND FINALLY DISAPPEAR ALTOGETHER.ARE YOU CHANGING TO DANO BECAUSE YOUR DOG HAS ALLERGIES? IN THIS CASE, DON’T GIVE YOUR DOG ANY EXTRAS SUCH AS FOOD UNDER THE TABLE OR TREATS DURING THE CHANGEOVER. CONTINUING WITH THE EXTRAS MIGHT MEAN THAT YOUR DOG’S PROBLEMS WILL NOT GO AWAY.

TO GET YOUR CAT ACCUSTOMED TO DANO WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS, IT’S BEST TO INTRODUCE DANO FOOD SLOWLY.REPLACE YOUR CURRENT FOOD WITH THE SAME TYPE OF DANO FOOD. I.E. IF THEY ARE ON KIBBLE, GIVE THEM DANO KIBBLE AND IF THEY ARE ON WET FOOD GIVE THEM DANO WET FOOD ETC.ON THE FIRST AND SECOND DAY, START WITH 75% OF THE CAT’S CURRENT FOOD AND 25% DANO. ON DAY THREE AND FOUR GIVE THE CAT A 50/50 MIX AND ON DAY FIVE AND SIX, 75% DANO AND 25% CURRENT FOOD. IN THIS WAY, YOUR CAT CAN MAKE THE CHANGE FROM THEIR CURRENT FOOD TO DANO FOOD IN ONE WEEKCATS CAN BE QUITE STUBBORN, SO IT MIGHT BE THAT YOUR CAT FLATLY REFUSES TO EAT ANOTHER TYPE OF FOOD. TO MAKE THE NEW FOOD MORE PALATABLE TO YOUR CAT, YOU CAN MIX KIBBLE WITH DANO WET FOOD. WET FEED IS MORE EASILY ACCEPTED, SO YOUR CAT WILL GET ACCUSTOMED TO THE FOOD MORE QUICKLY THAN IF YOU FEED IT ONLY KIBBLE.

TAURINE IS A NATURAL ACID THAT IS FOUND, AMONG OTHER PLACES, IN MUSCLE MEAT. A CAT CAN’T MAKE ANY TAURINE ITSELF. SO, TO ACQUIRE THIS SUBSTANCE, YOUR CAT NEEDS TO HAVE IT IN ITS FOOD. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CAT TO HAVE TAURINE BECAUSE A LACK OF TAURINE CAN LEAD TO BLINDNESS AND HEART DISEASE. ALL DANO’S COMPLETE MEALS FOR CATS THEREFORE CONTAIN SUFFICIENT TAURINE.

Calcium and phosphorus are two related nutrients. These two nutrients must be found in the right proportion in the food. This is very important for the development and maintenance of your four-legged friend’s bones. An excess of one of the two minerals can lead to bone problems.

DANO’s food is made in such a way that it contains the correct ratio of calcium and phosphorus. Meat contains much more phosphorus than calcium. If you add meat to your cat’s or dog’s food, the ratio between calcium and phosphorus would be disrupted. If you would still like to add some meat to the dry food, use DANO wet food from a tin or aluminium tub. This already contains the correct ratio of calcium and phosphorus.

We use stomachs, hearts, livers and kidneys in our food. We never use feather or blood meal. Why do we use these animal by-products? It would a shame if these useful by-products were got rid of. Hearts, kidneys and livers contain many essential vitamins and minerals. Stomachs contain a lot of protein and not much fat. By adding these products to our food, we prevent food waste and we can add an extra source of vitamins, minerals and proteins to our food.

There are several brands that choose not to include the moisture content in their ingredients label. This gives the impression that the meat content is very high (and is also in contravention of the FEDIAF rules and European regulation 767/2009).

For example, brand X can claim that its food contains 100% meat, while brand Y (which contains just as much meat) lists 57% – both products in this example are almost the same (see illustration).

Fortunately, all producers are obliged to indicate, among other things, the protein, fat and total moisture content in the same way. This allows the consumer to compare products more accurately by looking at the protein levels, for example, and then make the right choice. We always recommend comparing similar products (i.e. wet food with wet food/dry food with dry food).

The protein content (mandatory on every label) is a good indicator of the quantity and quality of the meat, although there may also be other sources of protein in the food (such as peas or soy). You can look at the moisture percentage (also mandatory on every label) to see how much moisture there is in your food. With wet food, this percentage is often around 80% – which sounds like a lot, but many ingredients, such as meat, also contain a lot of moisture.

There are several brands that have chosen not to include the moisture content in their declaration. This gives the appearance that the meat content is very high (and is also in contravention of the FEDIAF rules and European regulation 767/2009).

Brand X can, for example, claim that it’s 100% meat in the label, while brand Y (which contains just as much meat) lists 57% – both products in this example are almost the same (see illustration).

Fortunately, all producers are obliged to indicate the protein, fat and total moisture content in the same way. This allows the consumer to compare products more accurately by looking at the protein levels, for example, and then gives them the ability to make the right choice. We always recommend comparing like products (i.e. wet food with wet food/dry food with dry food).

The protein content ( which is mandatory on every label) is a good indicator of the quantity and quality of the meat, although there may also be other sources of protein in the food (such as peas or soy). You can look at the moisture percentage (also mandatory on every label) to see how much moisture there is. With wet food, this percentage is often around 80%. This sounds like a lot, but many ingredients, such as meat, also contain a lot of moisture.