FAQ Loyall Pet Food

FAQ Loyall Pet Food

We would like to provide you with the most comprehensive information available about pet food nutrition. At Loyall®, we understand the health/nutrition connection. We have the resources and experience you need from an animal nutrition partner. Our primary goal is to help you achieve optimum nutrition and exceptional health your companion deserves. If your question is not listed, please submit your question through the Contact Us form.

How do I switch from my pet’s current diet to a Loyall® diet? +

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We recommend a slow transition from your current product to Loyall® diets. While diets may appear similar from the label, they may contain very different sources of nutrients that your pet will need to adapt slowly to. It is recommended to transition diets over a 1 week period starting with ¾ of the daily amount of your previous diet and ¼ of the daily recommended amount of your selected Loyall® product. Change these amounts every 2 days by ¼ of the daily allotment until you fully convert to your new Loyall® product completely on day 7. As with all foods, the recommended amounts listed on your Loyall® packaging should be adjusted based on your individual pet to maintain a desirable body condition.

What is the difference between chicken and chicken by-products meals ? +

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Names of ingredients on pet food labels can be very confusing and used to scare or raise doubts about quality. The "chicken by-product meal" and "chicken meal" as the names indicate on labels, are defined by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Neither one nor the other name defines the "nutritional quality" of the ingredient selected. Pet food companies can choose a product of very high or very low quality offered by their ‘’ chicken by-products "or " chicken meal " suppliers. We are carefully selecting a chicken by-product ingredient that contains protein, fat and precious minerals mixed with the other nutritious ingredients included in Loyall® formulas in order to provide all necessary nutrients for your Loyall® companions.

How do I select the right Loyall® diet for my pet? +

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Each diet within the Loyall® line is designed to provide the taste and nutrition needed for your pet to give peak performance. Our labeling describes the activity levels and the lifestage of animal for which our diets are designed. 

Some of us keep our pets in a constant state of activity and will find it easy to select one of the Loyall® products that fits our companion’s needs whether it is a constant state of herding work or a companion that enjoys life in front of the fireplace. Select the diet design and feeding rate for the lifestage and lifestyle of your pet. Remember, your pet will appreciate your help to ensure that his body condition is managed by adjusting amount provided if needed.

Like people, every pet has a different appetite and ability to change eating habits to account for changes in activity levels. You know your companion and are in the best position to decide when to change Loyall® products to match the level of activity and individual animal appetite to nutrient needs based on activity level. Just remember to anticipate how activity affects your pet and make any needed change to its diet about 2 weeks before a higher activity season such as constant hunting or heavy working seasons. This will allow your pet to adapt fully and be ready to perform and be the companion that he wants to be for you.

I see different things about “grains” for pets. Are grains bad? +

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Grains are not “bad” for your pet. Some individual animals can have food allergies or sensitivity which may affect how they respond to specific grains. In the Loyall® lineup of products, you will find selections of different grain sources that will help you select what is right for your companion.

Grains deliver starch and specific fatty acids and fiber to the diet that is important in the overall nutrition package of the diet. It is important that products are “cooked” correctly to get the most out of them. You wouldn't eat corn or rice without cooking it, but you have probably been served corn or rice that has been on the stove too long. You know that cooking can be too much…or too little. Our  "Opti-Cook®" process was developed to ensure that grains and other ingredients are cooked correctly to help provide a diet for your friend.

What does the “AAFCO” formulation statement on the bag mean? +

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“AAFCO” is an acronym for the “American Association of Feed Control Officials”. This is a group of US and Canadian, both state, and federal “feed” regulatory officials. As a group, they publish a book annually known as the “Official Publication” that provides a model regulation for ingredients, nutrients and labeling that may be selected by individual states as law. 

For the most part in the US, petfood labeling defined in AAFCO’s Official Publication governs what appears on petfood labeling. One part of AAFCO’s  labeling for petfoods, is a statement that defines how the diet was designed and for what lifestage of the pet. While the regulatory options are complex, in general terms they define the lifestage of the animal (ie, adult maintenance, growth, or reproduction) along with whether the diet was designed to meet or exceed scientifically proven nutrient requirements or if the diet or diet family was “tested” in a prescribed format to verify that the product meets the lifestage needs of the animal.
Arguments are made by companies trying to defend how they have chosen to design and test diets. AAFCO publishes a listing of nutrients required as a minimum (or in a few cases maximum) to satisfy the nutrient needs of a particular lifestage of pet. These levels are selected by a group of scientists and professionals that are not affiliated with any specific company and which are not influenced by the “costs” of delivering needed nutrients. Our Loyall® lineup of products are designed to exceed the nutrient levels established by AAFCO for various lifestages to ensure that your companion is able to perform.

Other companies may chose to “test” diets and in some cases they suggest that “testing” is somehow better than formulating to the nutrient profile of AAFCO. The reality is that arguments can be made in both directions regarding the applicability of testing to ensure that the diet is appropriate. “Testing” facilities may or may not be equal to how any individual is housed and certainly activity levels of pets will almost always be different than those used in a testing kennel. We have chosen to utilize the well established benchmarks that have been published after thorough review across many different types of animals and across many different locations as published by AAFCO to be the basis of the nutritional claims on our packaging.

What does “Opti-Cook®” mean and why is it important to my pet? +

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It is important that products are “cooked” correctly to get the most out of them. You probably don’t eat corn or rice without cooking it, but you have also probably been served corn or rice that has been on the stove too long. You know that cooking can be too much…or too little. Our “Opti-Cook®” process was developed to ensure that grains and the whole diet are cooked correctly to help provide a diet for your friend. Proper cooking helps ensure that nutrients such as starch are easily digested by your pet. This process helps ensure that every batch of food is as close as possible to prior batches leading to less digestive upset.

Some diets have “real meat”. Is that important to my pet? +

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The term “real” suggests that others use “fake” meat. Sounds kinda like veggie burgers maybe? In reality, the use of “meat” can be used to pull the wool over the customer’s eyes. “Meat” contains a  LOT of water. In fact, most meats contain around 70% water. When petfoods are baked, that water must be harshly cooked to make it evaporate ... otherwise, your petfood would mold. Some companies chose to use “meat” as the first ingredient on the label. In some cases, this may mean that there is about 20% of a formula that is made of meat. After cooking the water off, this “meat” only contributes around 6 to 8% of the final product meaning that its final contribution to the diet is much less than the second, third, fourth, or in some cases the fifth ingredient on the actual label. We won’t do that to you. We use animal proteins that are concentrated into high content proteins, fats, and minerals, meaning that the label is really telling you the order of ingredient that your companion will experience.

Is Nutrena® new to the pet food business? +

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Nutrena® has been a leader in providing premium nutrition for highly competitive animals for over 80 years. We are a leader in pet foods around the world and have provided solid nutrition for pets in North America for many years. Loyall® is the next generation, providing superior nutrition for your companion and lifestyle.