Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to know to provide my dog with an optimum diet?
- What is it about RINTI that makes it so good for my dog?
- How do I feed my dog or cat if it has an allergy?
- Will my pet tolerate a change of food? How should I go about this?
- How much water does canned food contain?
- How many vitamins and minerals does canned food contain?
- Does canned food contain pheromones or addictive substances?
- Does canned food contain preservatives?
- What percentage of the ingredients given as the variety does the product contain?
- “Meat and animal derivatives”. What does that mean?
- Does FINNERN offer direct sales, special services for breeders or free samples?
All dogs are descended from wolves. As predators, wolves feed exclusively on the flesh of their prey. Dogs are therefore carnivores by nature. In addition to muscle tissue, the dog's original predation-based diet included offal such as liver, tripe and lungs, and meat materials containing minerals. Dogs are not granivores by nature. Dogs do not need cereals and carbohydrates. In dogs, most digestion takes place in the stomach and small intestine. The sort of high cereal contents found in dry food, and the resulting high levels of carbohydrates, are primarily digested in the dog’s large intestine.
The dog does not need these carbohydrates as an energy source, as it obtains the calories it needs from the fats and proteins in meat.
RINTI Gourmet Meat is different from other wet foods. RINTI Gourmet Meat is meat-based nutrition, which resembles the dog’s original predation-based diet. Rich in natural meat chunks with the addition of a balanced set of vitamins and minerals. RINTI contains real meat pieces, no pressed meat, no flavour enhancers and, unlike dry food, no meat meal or cereals. We also guarantee that we do not use soya or colourants. Rinti Gourmet Meat consists of pure meat (with added dietary fibre, oil, vitamins and minerals, totalling about 5%), carefully prepared at low temperatures to retain as much of its natural characteristics as possible.
As an independent supplier, we take advantage of our ability to select the finest delicacies from around the world. With a team of dog and cat food nutritionists, our products are developed to meet the specific needs of pets and animal lovers in Germany.
The quality of our products differs from that of standard supermarket products through the choice of feed materials and preparation. That’s why our products are available from specialist stores only. These include pet stores, feed stores, garden centres, pet departments, agricultural feed suppliers and specialist departments in department stores.
Over the years, its outstanding quality and the enormous care taken in its manufacture has made RINTI the best selling meat-based feed in specialist pet stores.
For pets too, allergies are a steadily growing problem. Due to allergy symptoms, dry food is not recommended by many vets as it often contains mites.
Where it is unclear what a pet is allergic to and in order to help identify the allergen, we do not recommend feeding a mixture of different varieties or products. It is easier to determine whether a feed contains an allergen if the animal is fed just a single variety over a longer period. Only when it has been established that the cat or dog is able to cope with this feed should further products be introduced for test purposes.
03a) How do I feed my dog or cat if it has an allergy?
Rinti Sensitive is a specially selected wet food developed for dogs which develop skin or coat problems when fed their usual feed. Specially selected meats and feed materials, such as 100% lamb meat, significantly reduce the risk of allergy.
If your dog has undergone a positive test for beef, pork or another meat at the vet, give them one of the other Rinti Sensitive varieties. Rinti Sensitive contains just a single meat – or protein source – (with the exception of duck, rabbit & rice 400g) and contains no vegetable or cereal other than the vegetable or cereal given in the variety type.
Rinti Finest and Rinti Filetto also contain only those ingredients described in the variety type or listed in the composition.
This enables you to tackle food tolerance issues directly and allows you to always offer your dog a tasty meal.
3b) How do I feed my cat if it has an allergy?
For cats with allergies, we recommend using products containing few individual feedstuffs. The following products contain only those meats, cereals and vegetables described in the variety type or declaration of feed materials.
- Kattovit Sensitive dry food – 200g and 1kg pouches
- Problems frequently occur when changing to a new food. Switching from a dry food to a wet food in particular should be carried out gradually over a longer period.
- Abrupt changes in food (switching from cans to dry food or vice versa) should generally be avoided.
- When introducing supplementary feeding or a change of food, you should therefore start by mixing small quantities in with the existing food.
- These quantities should then be gradually increased over a 2–4 week period. This allows the dog's digestive tract to adapt to the new diet.
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Dry food contains a high proportion of cereals and carbohydrates, not present in the dog’s original predation-based diet. Switching from dry to wet food often risks temporary digestive problems, since dogs which have exclusively enjoyed a carbohydrate-rich diet such as dry food have different carbohydrate-splitting digestive enzymes in their intestines.
The dog’s original, predation-based diet, consisting of major high-protein components such as muscle and offal (e.g. liver, tripe and lungs), and meat materials containing minerals, requires the digestive tract to produce more enzymes for breaking-down protein. This change in enzyme production takes a little time – up to 2–4 weeks.
under ‘Analytical constituents’ does not simply mean water or added liquid.
Because fresh meat is naturally made up of 70–80% water (vegetables as much as 90%), a moisture content for a canned feed of 80% does NOT mean that 80% water has been added.
Your dog or cat is thus provided with a feed with a consistency matching that of their original, natural diet.
In the case of dry food, the natural moisture is removed from the meat, leaving a product with a moisture content of approx. 10%. Dogs need to make up this deficit by drinking more. To make up this deficit, a 20 kg dog should drink an extra approx. 1 litre of water per day, a 40 kg dog an extra 2 litres.
- Complete feeds provide a complete diet containing all important nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
- These are either contained in the natural feed materials or are added in appropriate quantities for the type of feed (dog food or cat food).
- Vitamins are only listed on the label where they are added separately.
- Complete feeds are nutritionally well balanced in order to provide a healthy dog or cat with a species-appropriate diet and maintain the animal in good health.
- If a pet food does not meet these requirements, it must be described as a complementary feed.
- Special diets are available from specialist suppliers for dogs and cats with special requirements or health problems. (Kattovit for cats – Rinti Canine for dogs.)
- To the best of our knowledge, there are no substances which cause addiction or dependency in dogs.
- Flavourings such as gravy flavouring, corned beef salt, celery flavouring, etc. are, however, frequently added to canned pet foods to improve the taste for dogs or cats.
- Rinti does not contain any of the above components – the flavour comes from the meat and the gentle preparation process.
- High quality feed materials and the way the feed is prepared are key factors for ensuring that pet food is tasty.
- Canned pet food is a long-life product.
- The finished meat product is cooked in the sealed can at over 120° C for a set length of time.
- This kills all hazardous micro-organisms and renders the contents completely sterile.
- The result is that the product is preserved without the use of preservatives.
- Unless otherwise stated, tinned pet food is a mixture of different meats (e.g. beef, chicken, lamb, etc.).
- The feed must contain a legal minimum percentage of the meat named in the flavour or variety description. The percentage content of this meat only is indicated on the can.
- The actual percentage of the meat named in the flavour description or variety is generally significantly higher, as the use of fresh feed materials (no meat meal) means that the percentage of each meat can vary.
- RINTI Sensitive, for example, uses only the meat named in the variety with no other added meat or cereal components.
- Animal feed packaging must list feed materials either individually or by categories of materials.
- In Germany and Europe, it is common practice to list categories of materials. This offers the advantage of greater flexibility in selecting feed materials, ensuring that the feed can always be supplied.
- If feed materials are listed by category, the description “meat and animal derivatives” is required by law, even where the food does not contain any animal derivatives.
- Fresh materials produced at slaughter such as offal, tripe, heart, lungs, liver, kidney etc. are classed as meat and not as animal derivatives.
- “Animal derivatives” means materials derived from the rendering industry such as meat and bone meal, bone meal, feather meal, blood meal, greaves, animal fat.
- Such materials are primarily used for dry feeds, often for reasons relating to production techniques, as processing of fresh meat imposes specific requirements on the production process.
- The word ‘derivatives’ implies ‘waste’ or ‘inferiority’, which is not at all the case, but unfortunately creates a negative impression.
- RINTI, MIAMOR, SCHMUSY and other canned foods from our range do not contain any animal derivatives.
Unfortunately we do not generally supply end consumers directly, as our products are sold exclusively via specialist stores.
We do not offer a special service with reduced prices for breeders. For organisational reasons, we are not able to send out free samples. We would also advise against giving one feed one day, another the next, another again the next day, as this entails frequent changes of feed (see point 04).