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Acana Provincial Wild Prairie Grain Free Dry Dog Food Reviews

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The Acana brand philosophy is to try to imitate the variety and nutrition that dogs would have consumed in the wild by including in their foods a wide range of ingredients that are purchased in the area local to the plant. Their products include not only an abundance of meat-based protein but also vegetables and botanicals that provide complete nutrition. This results in a high-protein food that is low in carbohydrates and completely grain-free.

Quick Look

No Nutritional Content Information Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
1 Protein 32% This dry food provides 3750 Kcal per kilogram of kibble or 430 Kcal per 250 mL cup. For this food, 35% of the energy comes from protein, 40% from fat, and 25% from carbohydrates.
2 Fat 18%
3 Fiber 3.5%
3 Moisture 10%

Cost

This food can be purchased in three different sizes. A 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) bag costs on average $17.99, a 15.4 lb (7 kg) bag $36.99, and a 29.7 lb (13.5 kg) bag $69.99.

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • Russet potato
  • Salmon meal-concentrated cooked fish
  • Lamb meal-cooked and rendered meat that is higher in protein than fresh
  • Boneless lamb-high-quality fresh meat grown locally
  • Herring meal-concentrated cooked fish

Other Ingredients List

  • Angelica root
  • Apples
  • Biotin
  • Black currants
  • Blueberries
  • Boneless duck
  • Boneless walleye
  • Carrots
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Chicken fat (naturally preserved with vitamin E)
  • Chicory root
  • Copper proteinate
  • Cranberries
  • Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
  • Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product
  • Fenugreek
  • Folic Acid
  • Iron proteinate
  • Juniper berries
  • Lavender flowers
  • Licorice root
  • Manganese proteinate
  • Marigold flowers
  • Natural lamb flavor
  • Niacin
  • Organic Kelp
  • Peas
  • Peppermint leaf
  • Pumpkin
  • Riboflavin
  • Rosemary
  • Selenium
  • Spinach
  • Summer savory
  • Sun-cured alfalfa
  • Sweet fennel
  • Sweet potato
  • Thiamine mononitrate
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin E
  • Whole eggs
  • Zinc proteinate

AAFCO Statement

Acana Grasslands is formulated to meet nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Product Overview

Review and analysis of the long list of ingredients reveal several things. The label states that the four regional protein ingredients are lamb, walleye, free-run duck, and whole eggs. Boneless free-range lamb is listed as the most abundant ingredient by weight. Fresh meats are very high in moisture levels, and this moisture disappears upon cooking. 

This means that the actual protein contribution by the fresh lamb is not as high as might appear, since it is followed on the list by three meat meal sources, which are concentrated and higher in protein. Drier meat meals are necessary inclusions in the manufacture of dry kibble. The other fresh protein sources appear a bit farther down the list. 

All of the protein sources are stated to be free of hormones and antibiotics and the fish meal does not contain the controversial preservative ethoxyquin. According to the company philosophy, all of the fresh meat sources are purchased from providers local to the plant so the owners know and trust them, and the meats are delivered fresh to the plant each day to there is no need for freezing.

Potatoes and peas are good sources of digestible carbohydrates in your dog’s diet and they help hold the food together. A truly impressive list of regionally grown vegetables and botanicals are included in this food as well as a complete vitamin and mineral spectrum. The mineral proteinates are a kind of mineral complex that is easier for your pet’s intestine to absorb. The fermentation products listed are probiotics that promote a healthy digestive system.

This is a premium food that is basically meat-based and will provide good nutrition for your pet. Feed your pet the recommended amounts according to his size and activity level and adjust how much he eats if you notice an inappropriate loss or gain of weight. Maintaining proper body weight is important for your dog’s long-term health.

Acana foods are made by the Champion Pet Foods company that is based in Alberta, Canada. All their foods are made in the plant in Alberta.

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