ACANA Dog Food Review


Acana by Champion Pet Foods

Acana by Champion Pet Foods

* NOTE: Acana is made by the same company as ORIJEN

ACANA REGIONALS: HIGH protein, low in carbohydrates and entirely grain-free, featuring 60-65% meat and 35-40% of fruits and vegetables. For any Healthy Adult Dog or Cat.

Grain-free to reduce unwanted carbohydrates, ACANA features regional vegetables, fruits and botanicals for a rich supply of natural trace elements and antioxidants.

  • Wild Prairie – Features cage-free Cobb chicken and whole eggs from local prairie farms, and wild-caught fish from our cold northern lakes .
  • Pacifica – Loaded with Pacific salmon, herring and flounder – all delivered fresh each day from North Vancouver Island.
  • Grasslands – Loaded with local lamb, whole eggs, wild-caught fish, and cage-free duck
  • Ranchlands– Loaded with local red meats, including Angus beef, lamb and bison all free-range

Passed “fit for human consumption”.

Each Acana Regionals formula is made with a diversity of regional ingredients including ranch-raised natural lamb, free-run chicken and whole eggs from local prairie farms, and Lake Whitefish and Walleye caught wild from the cold Northern lakes – human-grade ingredients that arrive at the Acana factory fresh (never frozen) and preservative-free each day.

Grain-free and low-carbohydrate to provide a biologically appropriate, natural canine diet, each kibble of Acana food is loaded with premium meat ingredients and is infused with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA, DHA) from wild-caught fish to support immunity and a luxuriant skin and hair coat.

In place of grains, Acana foods feature regional fruits, vegetables and botanicals – including organic sea vegetables to enhance metabolism, and raspberry leaf and marigold flower to nourish and tone the digestive tract.

Acana Dog Food is Recommended because:

  1. ACANA has high protein, low carbohydrate formulas for optimal canine nutrition, each made exclusively from wholesome protein sources passed as fit for human consumption
  2. Acana uses essential fatty acids from fresh wild-caught fish – fresh regional fish and Pacific salmon oil are premium sources of omega-3 EFAs (EPA, DHA) that are important in the natural diet of all dogs
  3. Prairie botanicals, regional produce & Pacific sea vegetables – hand-harvested organic kelp, dulse and bladderwrack combined with prairie-grown botanicals and produce provide a natural source of phytonutrients and antioxidant vitamins
  4. With no grain, no corn or glutens, no inappropriate oils or vegetable protein sources. Acana formulas are also ethoxyquin-free, with no artificial flavors, no colors or no preservatives, and absolutely no genetically modified ingredients
1. MEAT CONTENT: ORIJEN is made with 75-80% meat, while ACANA has between 40 to 65%, depending on the formula.
2. FRESH MEAT: ORIJEN made with up to 50% of fresh meats, compared with ACANA which ranges from 9-30% of fresh meats.
3. FRESH MEAT VARIETY: ORIJEN features a minimum of 6 fresh meats, compared to ACANA which contains 3 different fresh meat ingredients. ORIJEN also features WholePrey ratios including meats, select organs, plus cartilage and marrow, all of which adds another Biologically Appropriate dimension to meat variety.
4. PROTEIN: ORIJEN foods range from 38% to 42% protein, while ACANA features protein levels of 25%-35%.
5. CARBOHYDRATE: ORIJEN diets for dogs have a maximum carbohydrate content of 25%, and 20% in the diets for cats. ACANA diets are typically in the 25-30% carbohydrate range.



  1. Hi Barbee:

    Most vets will not have extensive training in dog nutrition and school.

    There is a slow change in thinking about how to feed our dogs.

    Here is an excellent, succinct, fact based article, regarding the physiology of our carnivorous canines @

    Here are a few references about dogs and their genetics:

    1 – Canid Genetics
    2 – Dog Food Advisor – Opinion Are Dogs Carnivors?
    3 – Dogs are Carnivores, by Jeannie Thomason.
    4 –
    6 – Nature Works – Carnivores
    7 – What is a Carnivore?
    8 – Vet Balance – Carnivores vs. Ominvores
    9 – Op Ed News, Are Dogs Carnivores?
    10 – definition – Carnivore
    11 – When and where your dog evolved from the wolf

    Also, I have referenced Dr. Jones, DVM, throughout this site and recommend all his advice:
    He is my main “go to guy” for information:

    As a veterinarian, Dr. Andrew Jones has revealed that he was taught very little about dog food at university. He received less than 8 hours of instruction on the subject.

    Dr. Jones, DVM says : “At University the LARGE food companies sponsored events for students, gave presentations on pet food, and awarded scholarships.”

    The “You rub my back and I’ll rub yours” mentality prevailed.

    He even remembers a professor telling him to “trust” a certain large food company, and look forward to getting Big Perks at Pet Food sponsored conferences.

    Retailing Pet Food is a Big Source of income for many veterinarians.

    We are given trustworthy statements from the Pet Food Rep, which invariably include “…backed by scientific study and feeding trials”.

    But common sense is NOT prevailing.

    Dogs are mainly carnivores – they NEED a high meat protein diet as their source of nutrition to survive. Yet, if you go to your Veterinarian and ask for the premium quality adult dog food, I’ll bet that the first ingredient is a Carbohydrate – NOT an Animal Protein.

    So now that you know that MOST Veterinarians have little knowledge about Pet nutrition, and that they have strong FINANCIAL INCENTIVES to NOT change, can you see how you should Question their Pet Food recommendation?

    High protein is actually what we should be feeding our dogs, and I appreciate the interest. I found these articles interesting and enlightening.

    Sorry for the long involved answer, but this is a complicated subject to most of us “lay people,” and education is the best way to understand the facts.

    Thanks for visiting


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