Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE ZEALANDIA REGULATORY STANDARDS?
Our recipes are designed to adhere to New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), AAFCO in the United States, FEDIAF in Europe, and MARA in China. The combination of the regulatory standards from these organisations, covers the regulation standards from all the other countries that we export to.
WHAT IS YOUR STANDARD RECIPE?
ZEALANDIA canned food recipes are consistent, with a base of lamb organs. This is so if you desire to mix and match proteins, your pet will be accustomed to the taste. The main protein inclusion is set at about 60% on a dry-matter basis, with lamb organs (Liver/Lung/Green Tripe/Heart/Kidney) around 33%. The remaining 7% includes Salmon Oil for Skin & Coat, Dried Yeast, Binding Agents, and a Vitamin & Mineral Mix. A total of 93% meat is a high-meat inclusion diet, which is what we recommend feeding to cats & dogs on a daily basis.
WHAT ARE YOUR BINDING AGENTS?
For canned food a certain amount of binding agents are required to provide an acceptable finish to the product. Without these agents the product can turn into a sludge-like consistency. We use Cassia Gum, Carrot Fibre, Agar Agar, and Guar Gum. Cassia Gum is a common gelling agent made from the endosperm of Senna obtusifolia, and often used in human food. Carrot Fibre is natural (from carrots) and absorbs a lot of moisture so acts as a binder. Agar Agar comes from seaweed and is often used as a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. Guar Gum made from guar beans, is gluten-free and has strong viscosity. We consistently run trials looking at how to reduce our binding agents. Currently these four agents produce the best results for the product and remain in safe quantities for your pets to consume daily.
HOW SHOULD I TRANSITION TO ZEALANDIA?
We always recommend to transition to Zealandia over a 7 day period. Gradually add more product to your existing feeding to enable your pet to get accustomed to the new taste of Zealandia.
DO I NEED TO ADD SUPPLEMENTS TO ZEALANDIA?
Our canned foods are complete and balanced and provide all the nutrition needed for your pet when feeding on a daily basis. We do offer Flexipet, a supplement that assists in the maintenance of hips & joints. This can be fed in addition to the canned food, if required. We also offer Zoki Oil, to assist in keeping a coat extra shiny.
ARE THE CANNED FOOD RECIPES THE SAME FOR CAT & DOG?
Our canned food has the same ingredients, however the vitamin & mineral mix, and binding agents are different for cats & dogs. This is because cats prefer a more moist product than dogs. We recommend to always feed dog food to dogs, and cat food to cats.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I FEED MY PET?
Please refer to the individual labels that include a feeding guide. This guide will show you what amounts to feed each day by weight and life-stage.