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Acana Provincial Pacifica Grain Free Dry Dog Food Reviews

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The philosophy of the Acana brand is to provide abundant protein from local providers and mix it with the vegetables and botanicals that a wild canine would eat as he forages for food. As a boutique premium producer, Acana buys its fresh ingredients from local producers in the Alberta, Canada region that they know and trust. The Pacifica dry food is based on fish and fish products, and is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and is completely grain-free.

Quick Look

No Nutritional Content Information Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
1 Protein 33% Your pet will consume 430 Kcal in every 250 mL cup of this food. One kilogram contains 3750 Kcal. Protein provides 35% of the energy, fat 40%, and carbohydrates 25%.
2 Fat 18%
3 Fiber 3%
3 Moisture 10%

Cost

This food can be purchased in three sizes for your convenience. The 5.5 lb bag (2.5 kg) costs about $15.99, the 15.4 bag (7 kg) $37.99, and the 29.7 bag (13.5 kg) $65.99.

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • Salmon meal - concentrated fish very high in protein & nutrients
  • Russet potato - easy digestible carbohydrates and other nutrition
  • Peas - additional protein, carbohydrates, and fiber
  • Herring meal - concentrated fish very high in protein & nutrients
  • Boneless salmon - fresh Pacific salmon

Other Ingredients List

  • Angelica root
  • Apples
  • Biotin
  • Black currants
  • Blueberries
  • Boneless flounder
  • Boneless herring
  • Carrots
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Chicory root
  • Copper proteinate
  • Cranberries
  • Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
  • Dried Lactobillus acidophilus fermentation product
  • Fenugreek
  • Folic acid
  • Iron proteinate
  • Juniper berries
  • Lavender flowers
  • Licorice root
  • Manganese proteinate
  • Marigold flowers
  • Natural fish flavors
  • Niacin
  • Organic kelp
  • Peppermint leaf
  • Pumpkin
  • Riboflavin
  • Rosemary
  • Salmon oil (preserved with Vitamin E)
  • Selenium
  • Spinach
  • Summer savory
  • Sun-cured alfalfa
  • Sweet fennel
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Thiamine mononitrate
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin E
  • Whitefish meal (contains wild-caught flounder, halibut, and cod)
  • Zinc proteinate

AAFCO Statement

Product Overview

Analysis and review reveal that this dry food is based on both fresh fish and various kinds of fish meals. In fact, premium fish ingredients make up 60% of this food, with 40% contributed by fruits and vegetables. Fresh salmon is listed as the primary ingredient followed by two types of fish meal and a third slightly farther down the list. Salmon is a good source of EPA and DHA, essential fatty acids. Fish meals are made from cooked fish and have a protein level that is higher than fresh fish. 

They are also drier than fresh fish, which is a benefit in the manufacture of dry food. Though the fresh boneless herring and flounder that are included in the food are specifically listed as wild-caught, it is unclear whether the salmon comes from wild-caught or farmed sources. The fish meals do not contain the preservative ethoxyquin which is somewhat controversial.

The kind of carbohydrates contributed by the potatoes and peas are very digestible by your pet. Botanicals are included to provide other nutrients in his diet, and the food is supplemented with the vitamins that your dog needs for complete nutrition. The minerals are chelated to protein so that they can be absorbed more easily by your pet. 

Chelated minerals are a hallmark of high-quality food. The ingredients listed as fermentation products are probiotics that encourage digestive health with the growth of good bacteria in the gut. The fish sources are excellent means of providing the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are crucial for your pet’s general health and for healthy and beautiful skin and coat.

There is a difference between the percentage of fat in the food by weight and the percentage of energy in the food contributed by fat. This difference occurs because fat has a higher caloric content per gram than either protein or carbohydrate and should not be seen as troublesome.

Feed your pet the recommended amounts according to his activity level and size. You may need to change how much he is eating if he starts to gain or lose weight. Monitor his weight periodically and remember that a healthy dog is lean and athletic.

Acana dog food is made by the Champion Pet Foods company that is based in Alberta, Canada. All kibbles are made at the plant in Alberta. Since they order from local providers, all of their fresh meat sources are delivered daily and have not been frozen or chemically preserved.

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