Acana Dog Food
At first glance, Acana looks like a wholesome, trustworthy pet food brand – and guess what? It actually is! However, that’s not the best part. The Acana brand is considered a leader in the market, striving to offer dog food that is “worlds away from conventional pet foods.” With a focus on meat-based diets, Acana offers what they call “biologically appropriate pet food,” meaning they formulate their recipes based on the basic needs of carnivores. Ingredients are locally sourced, and all Acana dog foods are manufactured in Champion Pet Foods’ very own kitchens in Alberta, Canada. Read on to our Acana dog food review to find out how this company is different from – and better than some – other dog food brands.
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Acana Dog Food Recalls 2019
As of 2019, Acana dog food has a spotless record and has never been recalled. To sign up for Recall Alerts and get instant updates, visit: https://dogfood.guru/dog-food-recalls/.
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Acana Dog Food Review
There’s not enough time (and room on this page) to list all the things we love about Acana dog food, so instead, we’ll say this: we’re impressed with Acana dog food because this is one of the very few brands that actually puts a dog’s wellbeing before everything else. They went as far as to develop a new class of foods called Biologically Appropriate.
What Makes Acana Biologically Appropriate?
The philosophy attached to this is that many “holistic” or “natural” dog foods available in the market are actually not that nutritious (due to low meat protein content, high levels of inappropriate carbohydrates, and little to no actual fresh ingredients). Champion Pet Foods wanted to up the ante by providing holistic and natural dog food that’s actually nutritious. That’s how Biologically Appropriate was born. This philosophy is built on five rules. First, there is a high concentration of meat.
Dogs are carnivores, and their bodies are built to metabolize proteins and fats from meat. All the Acana dog food formulas contain 45% to 65% meat content, including diverse meat ingredient like Egg, Rabbit, Duck, Geese, and Fish. This variety gives a dog all the protein, fat, and other nutrients he needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Champion Pet Foods wanted to mimic this, so they use diverse meat ingredients in their dog food.
Second, there are limited carbohydrates. The foods are protein-rich and carbohydrate limited because studies show that dogs don’t need carbohydrates in their diet. They’re built to metabolize animal proteins and fats. In order to make room for protein in their formulas, Champion Pet Foods decided to cut down on the carbohydrates. They use steel-cut oats as a single source of grain (and carbs).
Third, Acana dog foods include whole fruits and vegetables. There are fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables in Acana dog food formulas. They supply proteins and nutrients in their natural form.
They also only use regional ingredients that are authentically fresh, arriving at their kitchen doors within a day or two of harvest. Lastly, Acana dog food is never frozen and is preservative-free.
If you ask us, we think that Acana dog food is a solid brand. It’s fresh, wholesome, and incredible for your dog.
In-Depth Look At Acana Sport & Agility
The Acana Sport & Agility formula is designed for high-energy dogs of all breeds. It’s loaded with chicken, eggs, flounder, fruits, and vegetables that provide more than enough energy for your dog to play fetch all day! It’s advertised as a formula that’s as close to Mother Nature as possible. Let’s see if that’s true! You know what they say: the ingredient list doesn’t lie. So let’s take a look at the first five ingredients in this formula: Chicken meal, steel-cut oats, chicken fat, deboned chicken, and whole potato. Chicken meal, chicken fat, and deboned chicken are excellent sources of protein.
It’s no surprise that three great protein sources are among the top five because the crude protein content of this formula is at 33%. The crude fat content is at 24%, which is good because active dogs need fat in their diet in order to burn off some energy. Steel-cut oats and whole potatoes are quality sources of carbohydrates. Some other wholesome ingredients further down the list include peas, whole egg, deboned flounder, carrots, spinach, blueberries, and chicory root. The formula also contains vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, iron proteinate, and selenium yeast. We don’t see any controversial ingredients, useless fillers, or artificial flavorings and colorings in this formula. Because of that, we give Acana Sport & Agility an A-plus!
Where Can You Buy Acana Dog Food?
Acana dog food is available in many different independent pet stores. As far as we know, Petco carries it, as well. If you’re a web-savvy dog owner, you can snag a bag online as well. Acana’s store locator has all the information you need. It will detect your current location and then give you a list of all the nearest retailers. Click on the “online” tab to see all the websites that carry Acana dog food.
For other 5-star dog food brands, take a look at our Victor or Wellness reviews.
We have three dogs that are teenagers. The are all rescues and we have had them in our lives for several years. Somewhere along the years, someone snuck into our home and “SPOILED” them rotten!!! Lol!! Anyway, now they will only eat their kibble if we give them canned wet food with the kibble. We have been feeding them Canidae and mix that with Red Barn wet (They don’t like the Canidae wet).
A few days ago we tried ACANA Wild Prairie kibble and they ALL LOVED it!!! We didn’t add any wet food to the kibble and they happily ate all of their food. I am so thrilled that we have found a GREAT food and they all LOVE it. It’s pretty spends, but with not having to buy the dry Canidae kibble and the wet food at $2.99 a can, were still saving a little money and they are very happy with their new diet.
Thank you Acana for a fantastic dog food.
I HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE YORKSHIRE TERRIER 4LBS AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE “BEST” DRY DOGFOOD TO FEED HER. THE REVIEWS OF THE MANUFACUTERS ARE HELPFULL YET ONLY SAW ONE THAT STATED WAS SPECIFIC TO YORKIES. HELP WITH THIS WOULD GREALY BE APPRECIATED.
I feed my yorkies acana regionals. Yogi has had gastrointestinal problems in the past but not since we changed to acana. Their coats are shiny and beautiful, they have more energy, we love this dog food.
I have a 2-year-old Yorkie who’s always had a delicate stomach & food issues. I had her on a limited duck diet kibble that she liked “okay,” but wasn’t enthusiastic about. I questioned the quality after finding out the company had been sold (as happens to many [once] good pet food companies). I started trying to transition my dog to a higher quality limited duck kibble, but she didn’t like any of them. Then my breeder told me about Acana & its extremely high quality. Brought some home to my Yorkie & she loves it! Doesn’t even mind that it’s not a small breed size kibble – she gobbles it up. Highly recommend it!
Hi! I have a 6 yr old Yorkie who is diabetic and requires a low fat and carb diet. She was on a prescription diet but would not eat her food. She must have a meal before insulin shot and it was becoming very difficult to get her to eat. Veterinary finally said try other foods to keep her on schedule. We tried Blue Wilderness and she ate that for few months but acted like she was bored with it. We have found your small bags of Duck/ Pear and the Lamb/ Apple these seem to be working at the moment. I was wondering in you have any suggestions for a picky diabetic Yorkie! Thank you
Lynn and Candi
I looked for Acana at our local Petco stores. They didn’t have it. I ended up finding it at Pet Supply Plus.
I live in east central MN. Can you tell me where I can find Acana dry dog food?
Hutchinson is the closest town. My husband work at Running’s who carries lots of
dog food but no luck there. It’s 60 miles to a large town.
order on line from many places, like pet food direct, amazone, pet flow….
I’d try Chuck and Don’s– the closest one to Hutch is in Wayzata, but they seem to be doing quite well and open new ones every year so. the store pretty much specializes in selling premium dog food like Acana, and will have it at all of its locations.
You can order acana from chewy.com thats what i do 🙂
Order it online at Chewy.com
You can buy Acana at La Dee Dogs in Waite Park. They have a good selection and good price.
I looked it up on their website that the closest store that has it is cattail corner in howard lake, mn.
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I fed our 3.5 year old lab the Acana line foods for about a year and then she started having severe gas problems. After 1000’s in vet bills and a regretful change to the vets Royal Canine Vet food, She was getting worse not better. I finally started researching her issues extensively online and after reading about the beans used in the majority if these no grain, high quality foods, I realized Acana and the volume of beans they use in their mixes were the culprit! It may be a great food in some regards but I never dreamed that a lot of its protein primary ingredients were beans and for as much as a bag costs, that was very disappointing.
I have a soon to be six years old Havanese. She is my first dog. Soon after I got her she developed some bad eating habits. She would only enjoyed table food and for her to eat any dry food meant that she would go for days not eating untill one of gave in. Me giving special food or her eating the dry food. I tried several brands of dry wood, Mixing wet into it ect. It wasn’t until someone recommended Acana that the cycle stopped and now she eats her dry food. It is safe to say that my Havanese only like Superior Food . She once at the left overs of a Texas rib-eye that i left on the table accidently And Now I have to hide the Bag of Acana or she will tip it over and try to eat the whole bag.
is this food better than Halo? if so why
My dog has been eating Acana Prairieland for over 6 months with no problems–until now. She started throwing up and was quite sick for 4 days. Took her to vet and she was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. After a week on rice and turkey, we tried her on 1/4 cup and she threw up again.
The food is fresh and in air tight container. We do live in the tropics so that could be an issue.
Any suggestions? Change food brand?
Thank you and god bless u!!!, I will check Petco, I have been making my own for my dogs last couple days.. removing their old dog food because they seem to be getting sick from it and no wonder.
I have a 51/2 month old Aussie. She has Megaesophagus – food would pool in her esophagus and then she would regurgitate it. Once we got that under control her stomach became very sensitive. She was also bitting herself, legs and hind. At 3 1/2 months she weighed 12 pounds. I tired several different foods and nothing worked. She would leave half the food and she was still bitting. We came across Acana. She is now 28 pounds and loves her food. Her coat is amazing, soft and shinny and she does not bite her legs and hind. It does cost more than the other foods I tried, but well worth it. She loves the Lamb and Apple!!!
Acana, you are the Best, Keep it Up!!!
We just recently switched our dogs food to the Acana pacifica regional formula.
He almost 2 years old and an extremely healthy dog. He has recently started Pooping Blood. We are unsure what to think about this food now…
Acana is a nutritionally dense food. But the Clean Label Project and numerous PeT owners have raised concerns regarding Acana andOrigen products manufactured in the US. Not all of this company’s products are manufactured in Canada. CLP testing of Numerous Acana products revealed contamination with various toxins. Anecdotal evidence from pet owners claims that serious health issues arose from feeding Acana. I GED Origen for years, but stopped recently when my dogs developed severe bloody diarrhea. Fed it again after the diarrhea cleared up with the same results. This review reads more like a company add than a truly critical look at all the evidence, much of which is science based and not anecdotal.
My 4.2 lb. Yorkie Zeus has been a lousy eater since I brought him home at one pound from a very good breeder. She said he was eating Purina Puppy Chow but picked out the green and red pieces which I soon found were the soft pieces. I watched for low blood sugars and she told me how to give him Karo syrup to avoid low blood sugars. He wouldn’t eat anything I tried after that until Royal Canin for puppies which had such tiny bits he liked it. He gained a pound in one week when he got to eating that. Then he quit that!! People food doesn’t even appeal to him at times which I tried in desperation!! His vet now says it is ok to boil chicken to add to his dry food but he just picks it out and avoids the dry stuff. He turned his nose up to steak from a fine restaurant in our area!! I have four bags of dry food he won’t eat. The Humane Society should take it as my donation? I read Yorkies would rather play than eat and you may have to take their toys away!! That describes Zeus and I have refused to play fetch with him as he runs like crazy and uses up too much energy without eating!! I have tried the who can hold out longest with him not eating?? I swear he can go a month without eating?? The vet reminds me he has a tiny stomach every visit!! I get that but a bird eats more than he does!!! Any suggestions for a food that you have great responses as successful for Yorkies??
We actually have an article containing our picks specifically for Yorkies! You can find it here.
I have fed my dog Acana Singles Formula for a while now, and she loved the last bag of Pork & Butternut Squash, and did really well on it. This time around she’s been throwing up far too often. Thing is, I had another dog over the holidays and he ate a bowlful when I wasn’t looking, and he threw it up also. So I’m worried it might be the food, but it’s so hard to tell. So I’m wondering: has anyone else had an issue with that formula recently? (Purchased in Toronto, Dec 2015) Oddly, I can’t find a batch number or expiry date on the bag.
Oh I found the batch number, and called the 1-800 number. They are great, and 100% guarantee their food, so I’m just going to exchange it.
My two cats eat acana and had no trouble for the past three years but I bought new bag in December and they both got really sick at same time. Throwing up and dirreaha. One even had blood in his bowel movement. I stopped all acana food and just gave them the soft food I give as a treat and they got better after two days. So thinking it maybe just a bug I gave the acana again and just one bowel of the stuff and had to take both to vet as they were having explosive dirreaha with blood and throwing up. What’s up with that!!! Very unhappy with this company! Can’t trust any of them.
Champion has built a new facility in Kentucky so now certain brands are being produced in the US and not solely in Canada.
They have also produced new brands and are in the process of changing some of the ingredients in their Singles formula..
I hope Dog Food Guru updates their site about these new brands and reviews these new products…….including the new ingredients in the Singles formula.
was wondering how many calories per cup of Acana light and trim dog food?
i use acana for the last yr thinking of changing i use the ocean pacifica fish and salmon i have terriers and they itch constantly is there a food out there that will stop the itching
I have a rat terrier and she is itching as well:(
I alternate between Orijen and Acana formulas primarily, with the occasional bag of Solid Gold or Taste of the Wild, as I live 90 minutes from my nearest Orijen/Acana outlet. My dogs love the Acana Duck formula above all other Orijen/Acana formulas or any other food. I’m so grateful for locally sourced, biologically appropriate kibble. I have an 11 year old Labradoodle, who has been getting this food for the last 3 years, and a 2 year old and 3 year old Standard Poodles who have been getting this food from the time I got them. Their curly coats are shiny and soft, they’re tremendously athletic, they have nicely formed stools, they never overeat though they can eat free choice… it is worth the money!!! 5 stars!
I love Acana! However, we switched our Great Dane to the new formula (free run poultry) made in the USA and she got really sick. Vomiting, Diarrhea, lethargic and miserable. She spent the night at the emergency vet hooked up to fluids. We thought it was a fluke illness, or she had any number of Great dane related illnesses that just cropped up. Fast forward 3 vet free weeks, I slowly put her back on Acana Free run Chicken and same thing all over again! the new formula is just not for her and i’m bummed! super bummed!
My Doberman has been on the Wild Prarie food for several years. She started losing weight and has lost 10 pounds since December. She refuses to eat the food. I was told it was changed when it came to Kentucky to be manufactured. She is in liver failure now – upset bowels, vomiting and won’t eat any dry food. Very sick. She had 3 injections yesterday and 5 prescriptions from the vet. Praying she will recover. She is also my service dog. VERY unhappy owner here.
I’m sorry but I had to change Acana Grassland for other brand since you change the formula and my dog dont accept
My Einstein enjoys Acana Pacifica Regional Formula.
I finally found the right food for my Einstein. He eats, and his coat is shiny and soft.
Haven’t found a treat he can naw on for more then 5 minutes. Acana’s representative is still helping find the right treat. Nice service.
Acana is adding pork to many of its formulas as a cheap protein source. It is also adding additional legumes to up the protein percentage. I won’t buy any product with pork for my dog due to the way pork is processed.
I’m lucky I have a small JackChi so buying a 28lb bag of Acana is expensive at one shot but much less than buying a 5 or 15lb bag and it lasts almost 6 months. I vacuum seal it in about 4-5lb bags so it stays fresh and I figure I’m paying less than $20 a month in all. For a 1st rate dog food I think that’s an awesome deal.
My Maggie is a rescue and when i first got her I tried numerous different good dog foods and she was spitting up a lot. I found that she doesn’t handle chicken well, which is in most dog foods but when I put her on Acana Ranchlands she loved it and she doesn’t have the issues she used to have. She’s been on Acana about 2 1/2 years now with no problem and is still excited to eat every meal. Maggie is a very healthy and happy Acana consumer.
I like that Acana is not out sourced and never been recalled. I’m hoping that the new plant here in the states doesn’t change procedures, quality and/or business practices and keeps the same excellent quality. Unfortunately, many companies that expand do just that.
Acana is number one for my Maggie girl and I’d still buy it if it cost me more. You get what you pay for in todays world.
i had done a lot of research on dog foods for my english springer spaniel. to make a long story short, I found Acana and she started on the wild prairie dry kibble as she has a delicate stomach. She loved it and it was wonderful for her. Her coat was shiny and our vet said that the ingredients had everything she needed without any arthritic supplements or vitamends. Then the company moved recently to Kentucky and the Wild Prairie was changed to Meadowlands. I called the company and they told me not to worry as the two foods were very similiar. I started her out very slowly. I mean actiually counted the kibble pieces over a period of three weeks. By the third week, her stomach was all swollen, she had painful bloating and diarrhea constantly and was very weak. Of course I took her on an emergency basis to the vet and they immediately took her off the food.
The ingredients are not the same. Too much sodium which was why she got so bloated and too much protein. She was very ill. She is better now but I feel i must tell the consumers what happened.
To bad this dog food won’t be made in Canada. Been buying it for 8 years I have 4 dogs. Sorry switch to now made is Canada. Be careful arcana is switching the ingredients.
Mt 8 1/2 year old male shitzu had calcium oxalate stones rhat were removed 16 months ago and just 3cweeks ago he had another intervention. We are waiting on the analysis results sent to Minessotta.
He was placed on royal canine prescription. I have bee reading about orientation an acaba dog food. Is there as NY of your dog food that addresses this condition? Thank you.
Sorry, can someone please tell me where do I find the expiry date on the bag of Acana Pork and Butternut Squash? i think I’ve just gone blind?! I don’t see it anywhere. Thank you.
Is the rating of this brand, Arcana, effected by the move to the US?
I am looking for a different dog food , for my two dogs. One is a Rough Collie, 2 yrs old and the other is Part Great Pyrenees and Part German Shepherd. She is 8 yrs old. They both have been eating Blue Buffalo, but the 2 yr. old eats the grain free adult BB food, and the 8yr old eats the adult dog food that is also grain free/Healthy Weight, as she tends to gain weight easily.
I recently saw that Blue Buffalo is not what it is cracked up to be, and I know how expensive it is, which I do not mind if it is as wonderful as advertised.
I am currently looking at Acana dog food. Would that be a good dog food for both my dogs, the 8 yr old has more of a sensitive stomach . So that is why I am asking. I want the best for my dogs, they are a big part of my life.
I have fed my Lhasa Apso Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear for years, the first new bag from the Kentucky plant my dog ate ( not enthusiastically) and then vomited the next day undigested kibble. I switched her to rice and chicken for 4 days and she was fine. Fed her Acana again and same thing , vomited undigested kibble. NEVER have I had a problem with the Canadian Kibble but since the switch to the Kentucky plant vomited both times it was fed to her. I have since switched and will not feed Acana again. I enclosed a pic of a screenshot a lady replied to my post in dog food advisor about this. Her dog died 3 weeks after the new Kentucky food switch ?.
I have a schnauzer with what we thought had an adverse reaction/allergy to most meat proteins which resulted to our vet putting him on a hydrolysed prescription diet otherwise he would scratch constantly. Recently that manufacturer changed their recipe which made him ill again. At a loss i decided to give acana a go as the reviews were great. So far so good. It goes to show how many petfoods contain product completely unsuitable for a dogs digestive system. Thanks Acana my schnauzer loves your lamb and apple and we look forward to trying other flavours
I love Acana and I did a lot of research before I first bought it. I am wondering if the meat is still fed the same and with no hormones or antibiotics. What I don’t like is that the pieces are larger. My fog eats her food very fast and she has thrown it up with the larger pieces. I am disappointed. I may have to change her food.
My Seven Years old Maltese has been diagnosed with Urinary problems and is prescribed
Hill’s prescription diet, Urinary Care C/D multicare. He is gaining weight on this diet and I think it is the added potatoes and grains. Is there a healthier dog food that will also help with his urinary condition?
taking my dog off of one food & switching to Acana resolved struvites, but also i added to her food Cranimals Original & or Very Berry, this all resolved the struvite issue, twice, because due to unavailability i had not been using Acana for awhile & the struvites returned, Acana has a lower PH than some foods, so each time i used it, it solved the problem, my dog continues to be on Acana, i do wish i could get the Canadian product again, but they are not selling to US now that their Kentucky plant is operational..
We have a frenchie who has allergy issues we have gone from pure vita bison to acana beef and are having issues with his stool and occasional throwing up now we are looking for a meat based allergin free dog food can you recommend a brand and give some advise
what is the best gmo free dog food for my corgi who has a fat problem?
I love acana wild fish! My dog was on Fromm fish and potatoe and still had allergic reactions such as excessive scratching and rash on her belly.I changed to Acana wild fish and all is good.I want to say I think it was yeast in the Fromm and no yeast in Acana.
I fed Acana (made in Canada) for the last 5 years. My three Pembroke Welsh Corgis loved it. Then something happened. They changed the manufacturing plant to Kentucky ( mid 2016) and completely changed the formula without warning. My dogs are 4,7 and 14. It started w the 14 year old who never leaves my property. Then it moved to the 7 yo and last to the 4 yo. They all developed serious vomiting and diarrhea. It would clear up w a bland (chicken & rice) and initially antibiotics. Every time I tried to reintroduce Acana, they began having diarrhea. I called my co-owner who has bred and shown Corgis for 30+years and who recommended Acana and she was having the exact same issues! We both switched off of it. I don’t know what is different w the KY plant, but I no longer feed it. I tried several other recommended foods from another site and finally (after many dog food donations to the local shelter) I hit on what works. My 14 yo remains on an ID diet. My show dog came home from the pro-handler eating Purina ProPlan sport 30/20 and is fine. I am going to switch the 7 year old over to it despite the dismal ratings given by the other dog food site. Corgis have sensative digestive systems and they told me that the star ratings from the dentist running the other site, have nothing to do with actual, healthy digestion. I’m glad I found this site with a better balanced system than just ingredient analysis. YOU NEED TO UPDATE THIS REVIEW FOR THE KENTUCKY SITE AS IT IS THE ONLY ACANA AVAILABLE IN THE USA.