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04/26/2016 Last Update

  • Pitlove

    Hi Critch-

    It looks as though most of their fish is coming from New England, with the exception of the Acana Hertitage line.

    Even the new Six Fish formulation, which will be out in Oct, says the fish is sourced from New England.

    I got this info from the Orijen and Acana websites.

  • critch

    Thanks for your reply, Susan!
    The composition percentages are very close, but the types of fish have changed. That may be the problem. I think they’re now getting fish from the Great Lakes. I don’t know about the others, but Erie is a cesspool. Ugh! Also I’m sure that the water and soil in Kentucky are different. Maybe I’m being too picky?

  • Susan

    Hi Critch, have a look at the Fat% Protein% Fiber % & the Kcals Per cup in both kibbles, maybe the new kibble is tooo rich & fat & protein is tooo high….My boy was vomiting when he was eating Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream, Smoked Salmon but he does real well on the TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, so now I’ve stopped feeding him any kibbles that have fish as main protein…..Orijen will probably give you a refund, I had bought 5 x 2kg bags of the Smoked Salmon online & TOTW paid to have the 5 bags sent back too the online Pet Shop & I got a $100 refund.. .

  • critch

    My dog has been vomitting intermittently since I started giving her the Orijen Kentucky-based “Original,” kibble. She was fine with the Canadian “Adult,” and “Regional Red” kibble. Something is very wrong. I just tried calling Orijen, but had to leave a voicemail. They only have 6 customer service people handling the phone, and they’re experiencing an extremely high call volume. I’m going to alert my vet to the problem as well.

  • elle jar

    Champion pet foods is about local ingredient sourcing. So if you buy a bag made in Kentucky it won’t be the same as in Canada. The recipe is based on the same principles and main ingredient profile.
    But…a duck grown in Kentucky is not going to eat the same as one in Canada. Their water source is going to be different…their macro and micro nutrients are going to differ. And so on and so fourth…with every ingredient on the list, including and probably especially plants.
    So a person who works at a dog food store said it it must be true, “the person at the store said they are the same products” . I am sure a lot of people at pet store are very knowledgeable. But they got that way by researchingredients the products, or at the very least paying attention to whatever the store wants them to learn. But they are not micro biologists.
    Champion pet food is incredible pet food! What a concept! REAL food!
    And let’s say the person who said their dog died of liver failure…even a year of feeding a pet food would not do that unless they had very toxic chemicals in it. And there are regulations in place…yes even in shitty ole’ USA.
    If that honestly did happen, it was due to something much deeper that was missed.

    Switch your dog super slow. Pay attention…if your pet food is going to be discontinued or something they will always let you know ahead of time. So if you ran out of the Canadian formula…that’s on you.

    No way such a well rated well respected company, with an almost religious mantra and philosophy about pet food would drop the the ball like that. They did not get to where they are today if they lacked in QC.

    I get theverything prejudice however, I am a minnesotan…we have major Canada envy(lol) the accent is even similar. And at first I had this knee jerk reaction…Kentucky?!
    USA just seems dirty and polluted compared to Canada vast pristine wilderness. But that’s based on nothing but uneducated prejudices. Do a little math and you will realize the cases of illness can easily be explained by thinking about how many pets get ill regardless of diet…it unfortunately happenshe in a certain percentage of animals. Add in irresponsible or accidentally switching too fast or how many people did not question the fact that maybe the person at the dog food store is not an expert, and misinformation spreads as fast as facts on the Internet…and you have your answer.

    P.s. orijen adult (Canadian) was waaay to rich for my dog. I am switching to the macral and greens singles acana. I already had been adding raw frozen peas, occasionally cooked local sweet corn, canned pumpkin or fresh baked sweet potatoes, blueberries, Apple, Greek yogurt, almond butter, black beans (not all in one meal lol, just different combos of fresh) and just a little bit of weruva and water to make a stew like consistency, 90% of the time and my dog did great. But if I serve orijen adult plain with small bit of water….diarrhea, eating grass, scoots, facts, and general discomfort. So I am excited to see if they extra veggies will help this food stand on its own for the times when I am too busy to be extravagant. (Which is not often because she is my baby!) But when you pay that much and you can’t give it without at least some fruitables pumpkin…it’s frustrating.

  • Dawn

    Shawna, On August 8 at 11:19 am Angela cc (don’t know what cc means but that is how her email came responded to my call to her telling her my dog was very sick and throwing up after starting the first bag of food from KY. She emailed me all the ingredients in the old and new formula and highlited in yellow what was added. The formulas are NOTHING alike and I was told it was the same food, just new packaging from the store I had been buying the Canadian formula from for the last 2 years. She signed her email, Angela, Customer Care. How dare they say I did not call.

  • Wendy Abbey

    Thanks. I’m definitely not going to give him any more Acana. He had diarrhea and vomiting again last night! Everything should be out of his system. As I stopped feeding him yesterday morning.

  • Shawna Murdock

    I woulWendy. I would switch foods. I read on here this lady started feeding the new formula and same thing happened her dog was vomiting. She switched foods for a week and ok , then went back to Acana and dog vomiting again. She took dog to vet and he had liver failure. I switched immediately after my dog vomited again as I knew it was the food. I had no old food to transition so I bought Freshpet chicken rolls at my walmart ( rated 5 stars on dog food advisor ) and switched her cold turkey. No vomiting , formed stools and ahe loves the stuff as it is soft and tasty ( not like canned food ). I have always fed kibble but this stuff is 3.57 per roll and lasts her 3 days ( she is 14 lb Lhasa Apso) so like $1.25 a day for a good food with rel chicken and veggies you can see and my picky/sensitive dog loves it !

  • Wendy Abbey

    I’m currently experiencing something similar with my dog. He is a healthy 3yr old. I’ve been feeding Acana for over two yrs. No issues ever. I received the new formula and started switching him over. Which I did as recommended. Slowly. Two weeks ago my dog threw up four times in a day. I took him to the vet. Full examine including blood work. Which came back normal. Diagnosis, upset stomach. He recovered. Now here we are two weeks later diarrhea. Vomited once. The food is the only change.

  • Susan

    Hi Sculptr, sound like Environment allergies with the sneezing, she sounds like she has a few health problems happening…
    With the food obsessed 24/7 are you sure she doesn’t have acid reflux?? my boy suffers with Acid Reflux & food sensitivities, when they eat they feel better, the food stops the burning feeling from the acid in their stomach & coming up their throat..
    Feed a kibble lower in fat, lower in protein % also lower in fiber around 4% fiber with limited ingredients & see if there’s an improvement..
    For the sneezing try an Antihistamine like Telfast-1/4 tablet twice a day if that doesn’t help after 10days then try Zyrtec-1/2 tablet twice a day this doses are for 10kg dog, so double dose for dog 20kgs….
    Try a limited ingredient kibble with only a few ingredients like “California Natural” Lamb Meal & Rice has only 3 ingredients, http://www.californianaturalpet.com/products
    a lot of vets use the California Natural range instead of the vet diet formulas has her Thyroid been tested ?? or the best thing to do is to feed a cooked diet, with a lean protein with boiled sweet potatoes for 1 month & see how she goes if she improves…..
    No treats no kibble just the cooked meals, then start adding some tin sardines in spring water about 2-3 sardines a day, sardines are excellent for their skin coat joints brain function & heart, very high in omega 3 fatty acids…then start adding a new ingredient to her diet…

  • Shawna Murdock

    Dawn. I posted ur warning on their FB page and they denied having heard from you. Click the view button to read their response as i added a screen shot http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/008ef86c38180dc7e24aa7f8a35e7d64b6da64a6ce389e2213511b2f56e9bb25.png

  • Shawna Murdock

    The new Acana from the plant in Kentucky instead of Canada made my dog super ill. Also read online many people complaining of the new formula from the new plant making their dogs ill. Received one reply to my comment from a lady whose dog died of liver failure 3 weeks after the new Acana formula. I included the screen shot of her post as I believe people need to know this ! Click the VIEW button and read her post.

  • Shawna Murdock

    OMG Dawn ! I am so sorry for the loss of your precious dog. This just breaks my heart !!!! It definitely was the food if on August 8 th his blood work was normal and 3 weeks later was in liver failure. I am a nurse ( not a vet ) but acute liver failure is very rare and accompanied with the vomiting from the food and the lethargy it is quite obvious. I wrote them too about how my dog got sick. One episode of vomiting undigested food a day later ( food should pass through the stomach in 3 hours and into intestines) and I was convinced the food was the cause. I switched to fresh pet and she loves it and no problems. I am so sad u have to go through this :(. Words cannot express my grief over your loss.

  • Amateria

    There’s also the problem of your competing with a huge market, you try to make good food it costs you, you don’t end up getting enough money as too many people would rather be on Royal than your food and than you have to cut corners or go bankrupt.

  • Nancy

    Yes, constant research is exhausting and gets confusing after a while. You start second guessing yourself all the time. Fromm didn’t work well for my 3 girls either. I can’t believe how much poo Fromm made lol Great food, dogs loved it, but the tiny kibble size just made a huge mess with mastiff mouths lol We have settled on Now Fresh adult & lg breed puppy. Things are going very well. firm poo again, and an average of 3 smallish poos a day ( nice thing for mastiffs lol ) Their coats have a beautiful shine again, less shedding, and ears are cleaning up nicely. Fingers crossed everything works out with this food!

  • Nancy

    So sorry to hear that Dawn. Wild Prairie was the main one we fed.

  • Susan

    Hi Dawn sorry about your boy….the same thing happened here in Australia, we have a kibble called Black Hawk was made & owned by a family, then they sold it in 2008.. the new company keep the ingredients the same BUT the quality must have been crap, so many dogs got sick with vomiting diarrhea, Black Hawk was sold again to a New Zealand company Master Pet still has the same ingredients but made at a rendering plant now….People try to make more money & start cutting corners & use cheaper meats & veggies etc…

  • Dawn

    More ingredients were added to the Wild Prairie in KY, than the total number that was in the Original from Canada. The formula is completely different.

  • Dawn

    yes, why did they change. It seems the new added ingredients are cheaper but they charge the same. I am more and more convinced that after reading all these posts that this food is what caused us to loose our precious dog. We are devastated and until this food he was in great health, and only 9 years old.

  • Dawn

    They better tell you that someone mentioned the problem with the Wild Prairie/now meadowland, because I called them immediately and told them my dog was sick. He died within a month of eating the food and was sick after 2 days throwing up. We spent almost $5,000.00 and our dog died.

  • Dawn

    31 new ingredients put in the former Wild Prairie Acana, now called Meadowland. Long story short, our beloved 9 year old Aussie Poo died shortly after switching (read above comments). He was throwing up and totally lethargic within 2 days.

  • Dawn

    My Aussie Poo died shortly after the Acana switch to the KY plant. He kept throwing up when eating the food now known as Meadowland in KY, used to be called Wild Prairie out of Canada. He was only 9 years old.

  • Dawn

    Our Aussie Poo had eaten the wild prairie acana from Canada for over 2 years, loved it, and did very well. When the first bag that we bought out of the Kentucky plant was brought home he did not like it much but eventually ate it and after 2 days was throwing up and looking like he was absolutely miserable. Vet put him on Hills ID for a week and he was fine, went back to Acana and sick again. He was diagnosed with liver failure on Sept. 2 and died Sept. 7. On Aug. 8 he had blood work done and was no liver issues. The formula was changed, as I have the former and new ingredients list from the old and the new. The KY version is grossly different but they told us at the pet store it was the same product, just a different plant producing it, but that is not at all true. Would like to know if other dogs got sick.

  • sharron

    yorkie/chihuahua, 7 1/2 yrs old – has arthritis in front leg

  • KcQ8ov

    It depends on the dog, the dog’s age and specific medical concerns.
    It would be impossible for a stranger on the internet to give you accurate information as what would be best for your dog.
    I would go by what a veterinarian that has examined your dog advises, if they have not been helpful I might be inclined to consult a specialist.
    Ask your vet if swimming would be a good idea? One minute of swimming is equivalent to 4 minutes of running.

  • sharron

    how much meat protein is too much for a slightly inactive dog – she does get her walks and the rest of the time she’s on the couch…thanks

  • Ali Oxenfree

    yes i take him swimming regularly. the xrays were referred to a specialist, the specialist was the oe that diagnosed it as a Self Limiting Disease, i forget what the correct term was to be honest. i will check that site. thank you very much. 🙂

    Cheers

  • Ali Oxenfree

    thank you so much i will definintely look into it

    Cheers.

  • DogFoodie

    Did your vet give a diagnosis of Panosteitis?

    If so, I would definitely reduce his activity level while he’s healing. For a puppy, that might require crating. Keep him on the thin side during his growth phase and avoid overexercising him. The pain may last a few days or a few months. The anti-inflammatory medications should provide some relief.

    I would feed him a quality diet with a proper calcium level for a large breed puppy. Here’s the last list I have on hand: https://docs.google.com/a/dogfoodadvisor.com/file/d/0BwApI_dhlbnFTXhUdi1KazFzSUk/edit The list has aged a bit, so I would double check to be sure that if you choose a food from the list, the calcium still meets the needs of a large breed puppy.

  • KcQ8ov

    I would listen to your vet, if the dog’s hip issues continue, maybe you should ask your vet for a referral to a specialist. Do you live near a lake? One minute of swimming is equal to 4 minutes of running (aqua therapy) Check with your vet as to if this would be a good idea for your dog.
    There is a lot of inaccurate information on the internet.
    I have found this site helpful: http://skeptvet.com/Blog/

  • Ali Oxenfree

    My German shepherd is 4 months old. This is the first dog i have ever owned and was very inexperienced in the process. needless to say i think he came from a puppy mill. he has an issue in his left hind quarters. he was unable to even put weighton it. i took him to the vet and after xray and diagnosis. they gave me an anti inflammatory and pain killers. hes been on extra rest. they told me its a Self Limited Disease which means it will heal itself. i had him on a raw diet for a couple days and before that he was on Acana but the vets told me to put him on Royal Canin Large Breed Developmental Food. i stopped giving him Ester C as well. all the reviews i read are bad for Royal Canin. What Should I Do?

    Thanks in Adavance.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Dan-

    Firstly (and I know this seems cruel to some owners), the treats are going to have to go. Treats should be special and given for extra good behavior not just because the dog is begging.

    Secondly, it does not matter which food you use if you do not know how to properly help a dog lose weight. Activity level and metabolism play a huge role in weight loss and weight gain for our pets. If the animal is consuming more calories than it is burning off, it will gain weight and vice versa. If he needs to lose 20 pounds, you will need to use a weight loss diet since you will need to make sure he is still recieving all his needed nutrients while eating a reduced food portion. This can be done with an adult maintenance diet, but it would not be advised considering the amount of weight he needs to lose.

    Also I would not just start feeding him as though he was 20 pounds less right off the bat. You want him to lose the weight slowly. It is easier on their bodies. If he is 80 lbs and needs to be 60 (for example) feed him as though he is 75lbs first. Once he gets to 75lbs, feed him as though he is 70lbs and so on and so forth.

    Best of luck! At 2 years old his metabolism is not going to be so low that he can’t lose the weight. Better to get it off now than wait til he is older and his metabolism has slowed down even more.

    I’d also recommend using the Dog Food Calculator on here for a better reference on how many cups/day he needs to eat.
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-feeding-tips/dog-food-calculator/

  • Dobeman Dan Finnegan

    Hi! I have given my 2 year old male Doberman too many treats and too much Orijen…would you recommend this food to try and take off some weight? He really needs to loose almost 20 lbs.

  • aimee

    Hi Ryder,

    After you posted this comment I contacted Champion pet foods via “chat”

    The customer service rep said that the “feeding trials” they do are for palatability, digstibility and stool analysis.

    She didn’t confirm that they do growth, maintenance or reproduction feeding trials for nutritional adequacy saying that all their formulas meet the adequacy claim via the formulation method.

    It was all in all a very odd conversation as she kept contradicting herself. I have screen shots if you’d like to see them.

    In the end she said she couldn’t answer the question and she’d need to contact their research department and then email me with an answer, so far though I haven’t heard back.

    I’ll edit this post if I hear back from them.

  • Amateria

    I found a Facebook page that insists dogs get some real food from time to time on top of their kibble, like twice a week or once a week and it’s likely even more positive than not even if it’s only monthly.
    Anyways they had this picture and it’s not the first time I’ve heard of this recipe this way, my mum found it about a month before I found this, I did like their Facebook page though it was very informative and I will have to visit it again soon to check for anything new.

  • Amateria

    I had to seriously go to sleep last night so I upvoted and left it was like 3am and my mum came in this morning angry about me been up so late 😛

    I did notice the insane amount of extra plant matter, which I assume includes the lentils and beans as their generally vegan foods and yeah, anyways with all that meat I have to wonder if it’s really all that necessary, I mean every food here that has no plant matter is holding shape just fine, but the foods are not kibble, but I still doubt they need that much of it regardless.

    I know that you weren’t a fan of the botanical inclusions, there’s some that don’t do anything except serve as even more filler, but I do like milk thistle no personal experience just some fascinating miracle stories about it, but they don’t add it into their foods.

    I would also imagine that with that much fish and meat, that every vitamin and mineral would be accounted for, I mean some formulas are crazy rich with meat.

    Edit: Acana adds milk thistle, turmeric and marshmallow root though and I’ve heard some crazy success stories with all of those, the rest I’m not sure about.

  • Pitlove

    Something I came to discover a few weeks ago that I had not paid attention to in the past is that both Orijen and Acana use whole foods instead of a vitamin premix to meet AAFCO, with the exception of zinc and copper. For me, that seemed to explain the extra added plant matter that I found unnecessary.

    We have had a few customers complain about the new Acana line, however in fairness, most of those customers are pet parents who’s animals have medical conditions like IBS. I’ve had more compliants about the new “Original” Orijen formula (formerly Adult) than anything else. I do think that for some dogs it is likely that Orijen is too rich and Acana is a better balance for them.

  • Amateria

    I bumped into a lot comments of richness, with the food just been too rich and since Acana had less meat that would make all the difference, but you already knew that.

    I’m going to have to look at all their recipes again, because they changed them and I think they contain more offal now, which could add unecessary richness and why some peoples dogs are suddenly doing bad on it.
    Not just for those other reasons, or was that Orijen only?
    I should just go to bed I can’t for the life of me make sense of anything right now, I’ve totally forgotten who was having issues and who wasn’t, I’ll need to review it again tmoz.

  • Pitlove

    It’s hard to say considering I did not have success with either brand for my dog (although he does have a lot of allergy related issues).

    Through working for a pet store that carries both, I’ve noted that more often than not customers say that Orijen did not agree with their dog, however I don’t find them making the same comment for Acana. I also like that Acana has more variety overall and is a better price.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Polly-

    If you want to change her over to Acana or Orijen, you certainly can. Just make sure that you do it slowly and mix the new food in with her Royal Canin. This will help prevent her from getting an upset stomach.

    I would do this over a 7 to 10 day period, but if you see any loose stool, go a little longer.

  • Polly Policarpio

    Hello! I need your advice guys, i have a shihtzu 6month old, and she’s not excited for her food anymore. I am feeding her the royal canin puppy for shihtzu. Just want to ask if is it okay that ill change her food to acana or orijen? thats only my option for her dog food.

  • bojangles

    Hi Ryder, welcome to DFA!

    I didn’t know that Champion Pet Foods did feeding trials. Could you please post a link to the FAQ page you are talking about.

    Thanks

  • Pitlove

    If that is true, it would likely be reflected in the AAFCO statement on the bag. However, it is not.

  • Ryder Woodward

    They do run AAFCO feeding trials. From their own FAQ, “We perform palatability (taste), urine pH, digestibility (the latter through stool analysis only) and AAFCO feeding trials.”

  • Francesca G

    My Cockapoo is almost 13 years old and she was on Zignature Salmon and Trout for the past 5 years. My dog was always thirsty and I recently found out that the sodium in Zignature Salmon is 2.00%. My vet said to take her off that kibble because high sodium is very bad for their hearts (especially senior dogs). I slowly introduced Acana (Wild Atlantic and I rotate Freshwater). My dog loves this kibble!! I can not begin to tell you the difference in my dogs personality since switching to Acana. She has SO much energy and acts like a puppy again. When my dog was on Zignature she slept a lot (almost like depression) and I just assumed it was normal to sleep a lot since she is a senior dog. My dogs coats always looked dull on Zignature and now her coat is thick and growing like weed. My dog has the beginning of cataracts and even her eyes even look better (they are not as cloudy).

    I did extensive research about Acana and it’s one of the best and healthiest kibbles. Most people complain it’s expensive however, since this kibble is so rich you do not need to feed as much kibble as other brands. My dog weights 16 pds and I do not give her more than 1/2 cup per day since the kibble is very filling. I also do not want her gaining any weight. I highly recommend Acana and if I should get another dog I would only feed them Acana.

  • Shawna Lee

    Backwords. I could not transition either as i had no old bag of the Canadian formula and new formula made my dog sick. I switched to freshpet rolls and no problems. Actually my dog loves this stuff and more energy and nicer ooops than while on Acana !

  • Shawna Lee

    Heather, this exact same thing just happened to me with the new formula. Right down to the chicken and rice and the vomiting both times I fed my Lhasa the new food. The food sat in her stomach and she vomited it the next day. Inhave since switched to freshpet rolls and she is healthier than ever before, once was picky but now eats with passion and has normal poops.

  • Shawna Lee

    My Super Picky (to the point I would stress out if she will eat or not )Lhasa Apso had been on Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear from Canada for a year and loved it. Recently bought a bag of the new Kentucky formula and she not only wanted nothing to do with it but after eating half the bowl vomited partially digested kibble 14 hrs later. Thought maybe just not feeling well , so switched to chicken and rice a few days without problems. Went back to Acana 5 days later and had to add chicken to get her interested. Then same thing, next day vomited again. Not A coincidence, it was definitely the food as in 6 years has vomited only 2 times . This new formula not only repulsed her but made her vomit twice in 2 feedings. Have since switched her to freshpet rolls with chicken and brown rice and she absolutely loves this stuff ! She is eating with passion and licks the bowl clean , followed by begging me with her eyes for more ! This is amazing to me as she has never enjoyed meals this much. Blessing in disguise that Acana switched to a new formula as it forced me to find another brand and I am elated to see my dog enjoy her meals as I have never seen before. Her energy is great, coat silky and she is a new dog !!!

  • Shaunna C

    I had to switch as well. My dog has terrible fish allergies. (Why I couldn’t feed Orijen) She gets hotspots. They’ve been On Acana for years. She ended up with a hotspot, I checked out the new ingredients. Sure enough, They are now adding herring oil to the singles formulas.
    I’m trying out Brothers Complete Venison. We’ll see how we do. I’m getting tired of researching new dog foods.

  • Pam c

    I think once they sell, the won’t restock.

  • cristyy

    My 1.5 yr old Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been eating Acana (Canadian) since he was a puppy, rotating between beef, chicken and pork. We switched to the American formulas about 2-3 months ago and aside from the initial wet stools because of transitioning, he’s been perfectly fine. His coat is as shiny as ever, we have not found anything weird in the food, he’s full of energy and his stools are a healthy and normal consistency.

    I do miss the Canadian formulas, but they’re still available online if we decide to go back. No complaints here about the American formulas, just need to consider that every dog is different.The food is still a high quality food. We love Acana and trust they have our dog’s best interest and health at heart.

  • Lanie Malvit

    Dont buy this food, Try royal canin! Royal canin is developed AND TESTED by vets. and each batch is tested aswell.
    Also they have research to back up every one of their ingredients, unlike this and many other grain free foods

  • Charles Bridgers

    This is sad news to me. I just got a alb bag o the Heritage Meats Formula and our dog actually seems to like it more then her Fromm. Well not a viable comparison since she has been on Fromm since a puppy, and might just be enjoying something new, she has a very sensitive stomach. She’s had no ill results on the new formula but I got it to try, and to see if she was interested in it.

    I know she likes the bigger kibble of the Acana, especially in her treat balls and puzzles, I think its more satisfying for her to chew something larger lol.

    We will keep her on Fromm Heartland until Acana figures out their new plant.

  • Nikki

    I buy online. You can use paypal which is nice. You can order the samples and if you like it and you have a local feed store or specialty store you can ask them to carry it.

  • Shawna

    Those do look good!! The closest place to buy it is 250 miles from me and I’m not really an online shopper but I would sure try them if I could get them local!!

  • Nikki

    Hi everyone. I would like to suggest a dog food that I have found that is very similar to the original Orijen. It’s called Timberwolf Organic Legends. I originally had my boxers on Orijen and they both did very well on it. However the cost kept increasing and I just couldn’t afford to keep feeding it to them. One of my boxers is very itchy with seasonal allergies and grains and potatoes seem to affect her as well. I tried several different foods trying to find something that she did as well on as Orijen. I tried Fromm, Zignature, Precise Hollistic Complete, and Merrick. I transitioned slowly and gave each food a couple of months before determining if it worked for her or not. While she would eat them all, she always had soft stools and frequent too. I research everything before I buy it and came across Timberwolf Organics. They have several varieties and they sell 1lb samples on their website so you can try each of them. I bought 2 samples of each and my dog did amazing on all of them! I absolutely love this food and so does she! It smells really good and she does too. She isn’t quite as itchy but her allergies are environmental so it doesn’t completely eliminate it but it helps. The food isn’t cheap but it is quite a bit cheaper than Orijen. Now my other dog does well on Merrick so I have kept him on that. I would highly recommend that if your dog did well on Orijen or the original Acana that you give Tiberwolf a try.

  • Francesca

    Day 5 of transitioning from Zignature Salmon & Trout to Acana Wild Atlantic for my sweet loving 12 1/2 year old cockapoo named Casey. Casey loves the new kibble. The reason that I decided to change kibble is that Zignature has a very high sodium amount (1.4%) and she seemed thirsty. After taking her to the Vet and doing extensive tests I realized it could be the kibble. The sodium count in Acana is much lower. No problems with any stomach issues and her bowel movements are nice and tubular. My dog suffers from allergies and she is highly allergic to dust mites (which I just found in my bed). Hoping this kibble and the elimination of the dust mites will enhance her coat. I don’t mind paying a little bit more $$ for a better quality kibble.

  • theBCnut

    Same here, except that Fromm won’t work for my dog either. Pork and Butternut Squash Singles was the only kibble he could handle, and I have literally looked at thousands.

  • Pitlove

    Yes, that is part of the issue I take up with the new formulas. A lot of what I would consider filler ingredients towards the end of the list that I’m not quite sure there reasoning for being there besides to justify the price of the food.

    I too would not want my dogs to be guinea pigs for the new formulas and the new plant. I’ve never had good luck with Orijen or Acana for my pitbull as he does very poorly on grain free foods because of his allergies, but I would definitely not use this as the time to try the product out again.

    Overall I’m disappointed in the new plant and the new formulas and with Champion in general. If this continues I think they will notice a vast decrease in sales and customer loyality.

    Edit: As a side note about Fromm, I think you will be very happy with the company and the product and I’m sure your dogs will be as well.

  • Nancy

    Yep, the dogs are less that thrilled about the switch lol i have french mastiffs, and the fromm kibble size is something they will have to get used to lol were trying the surf n turf and then the beef frittata. I have to keep the protein at 30% or higher for one of my girls otherwise she ends up with liquid poo. I hope fromm is a decent choice! I try to stay as informed as possible.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Nancy-

    Sorry to hear that. So far the overall response to the new plant is very poor. People finding plastic and other various non food items in their bags of food, new formulas not working for dogs. From the retailer stand point it has been disasterous as well. The small pet store I work at carries both Orijen and Acana and we’ve had nothing but issues since they opened the plant as far as availability goes. Lots of stuff out of stock etc. Have a customer who has 2 cats with IBS who were on Pacifica and now that it has switched over to Wild Atlantic, her cats ended up in the ER because the formula switch triggered their IBS to flare up.

    Best we can hope for is that they sort out the issues that have started to crop up, but who knows…

  • Nancy

    Well, I had to make a switch from Acana to Fromm. Not happy about it but the new formula won’t work with my 3 dogs. We were using wild prairie and a few others in rotation, had to make the switch to the free run poultry ( slow transition ) and just a disaster. Horrible gas and upset stomachs. I am so unhappy because the dogs were doing great on their Canadian formula. Now in most places you can’t get that anymore. Including online, once it is sold out, they won’t be getting it back. Can’t switch to Orijen, because they will be making that in the KY plant eventually as well from what I understand. They seemed to have loaded the US foods with lots of beans/peas/lentils. I understand its a good source for protein and such, but doesn’t sit well with my dogs at all.

  • theBCnut

    Very!

  • Debbie Metzger

    You have a good store. We buy from a specialty store and didnt hear a word

  • Debbie Metzger

    Mine too! I have 2 GSD’s and they are SO picky! Until I bought Arcana Grasslands I had to bribe them to eat by mixing in treats!!

  • Millie Padin

    you can still buy orijen and the original acana from canada, it is not being discontinued

  • Sculptr

    The alfalfa is a really disappointing addition, isn’t it. 🙁

  • Sculptr

    Hi, thanks for asking. She’s not so much allergic as she is sensitive when it comes to the actual food, although beef does give her trouble. But I think what is causing all the itching and bizarre cravings must be a preservative. I really don’t know for sure.

    She was on Purina HA dry for a few years and did really well BUT I just couldn’t keep feeding her something with so many black marks, even though she appeared to thrive. She hated the taste so I had to camouflage it, and knowing about the diseased animals used in making the food just made me nauseous even thinking about it. I was worried about what the long term effects would be so I did some research and ended up with Honest Kitchen’s Thrive. I think. It may have been Verve, I tried both. Regardless, she only tolerated it as 1/3 of her meal, added to the Purina. Her stools on HK were large and frequent. So I kept looking and after trying a friend’s bag of Acana, Annie was hooked. She did great on it and had only two small stools a day and a beautiful coat – and LOVED the taste.

    So…

    I know that she can tolerate rabbit, some fish, chicken, kangaroo…NO beef, no potatoes or rice or peas of any sort. NO pears.

    I am disabled and very ill so price is an issue, big time. I’m living on less than $800 per month and Annie is 47 lbs. Plus at age 13 she is incurring many vet bills. The Acana was just barely affordable but I’ll do what I have to, to make her feel better. She comes first. Always!

  • Kimberly Ford

    I think the ingredient change had to do with maintaining the locally sourced recipie/formula. At least that’s how I understood it.

  • Storm’s Mom

    What is your dog allergic to? (if you’re looking for recommendations on what else to feed, that is)

  • Debbie Metzger

    Oh no! That isnt good news.. My dogs JUST started eating the new blend from the US – I will let you know if we have issues too! Good luck getting your pups health back on track!!

  • theBCnut

    I’m in the same boat. Their Pork and Butternut Squash was the only food my dog with food sensitivities could eat. The new formula coming out of the new Kentucky plant has alfalfa added and that’s a no go for my dog. I’m feeding half raw until my current bag runs out, then I’ll be moving to feeding him 100% homemade food.

  • Sculptr

    I should add that up until now I’ve been a fan of Acana and my Annie ate it for the last couple years with no issues. I hope they can correct this problem.

  • Sculptr

    My dog has developed severe allergies and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars at the vet, only to track it down to the new formulation of Wild Prairie. I just sent an email to Acana asking if anyone else had mentioned a problem. I’ll report back when I hear from them. Meanwhile, I have no idea what to feed her. She’s on horrible prescription food now but I can’t keep her on that, ugh! She is really hard to feed and this has been the only non-prescription food that she tolerated.

    In addition to sneezing non-stop, she reverse sneezes and has developed a weird, insatiable appetite. As in, food obsessed 24/7 and it goes straight through; 5-8 stools per day. As my vet said, her body is trying to get rid of it as fast as possible. She’s eating three times what she used to but not gaining weight! All her bloodwork is fine. It’s definitely the food.

  • Kimberly Ford

    According to the small shop owner, where I buy both Acana cat food and Orijen dog food, the company decided to open the Kentucky location to keep up with demand and still ensure the integrity of the brand. He said he too had been worried about the change but has been very pleased with the state formulation. I can say my cats have been very happy with the new formula. And after adding a second husky to our family we’re going to have to blend the two brands to manage costs and still keep protein levels high.
    Hope that helps.

  • Azul

    Isn’t Orijen still made in Canada? You could always buy that.

  • Debbie Metzger

    I don’t expect responses by the way, just sad and venting :). I am an American not a Canadian- in case any haters decide to criticize

  • Debbie Metzger

    I am bummed that what I buy now is made in USA and they have changed the ingredients. My dogs were healthy and happy on the Canadian blend and I never worried. Americans are more greedy and I am now worried about the quality :(. Why the change? (Sigh)

  • sharron

    i agree with you

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Sharron, you posted that on Essentially Dogs. I just don’t understand why you keep coming back here for advice?

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    sharron

    September 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    i have been posting questions about what to feed my very fussy yorkie/chihuahua for the past 4 years – everything was fine in the beginning, then about a year ago there were about 4-5 regulars among themselves decided they weren’t going to respond to me anymore because i wasn’t taking their advice. i thought i it was up to me to make the decision whether to use their advice or not. Anyways, yesterday i posted a question in regards to a dog food brand website stating that the feeding guide wasn’t correct and asked what they thought – well, it turned out to be me being raked over the coals because i feed my little dog 3-4 times a day, there were 2 regulars who told me that she should be 2 times and one of them just “threw her hands up in the air” and said enough is enough she can’t give advice on feeding when it goes against her beliefs of feeding and a feeding schedule. i was also told that feeding more than twice a day is harmful for my dog and i am doing harm to her.
    who are these people and what right do they have to state that i’m hurting my dog. i’ve even been told not to listen to my vet when it comes to dog food nutrition because they don’t know anything. but of course these people on dfa think they know everything – i’m tired of their “my way or the highway”
    attitude.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Sharron, I remember you posted before that you were feeding Acana Light and Fit. Why do you keep going back to foods that you know Lexee won’t eat? It’s like a constant merry go round with you. You have made Lexee into the picky eater she is today. Not to mention you go back for some reason and delete all your comments. Makes no sense!

  • sharron

    what would be a better choice to feed, Acana Light and Fit or GO Limited Ingredient Venison…thanks

  • Pitlove

    Hi Haleycookie-

    You not having seen Meadowlands yet has to do with the distributor. They will send all bags of Wild Prairie they have in the warehouse to different retailers before sending out Meadowlands. Once all bags of Wild Prairie have made their way out of the warehouse of that distribution company and the store you buy from has sold out of Wild Prairie, you will no long see it in stores (unless you are in Canada). At the store I work at, all of our Wild Prairie has now been replaced with Meadowlands.

  • haleycookie

    What does all this mean cause I put the wild prairie in rotation with other dry foods. On Acana’s website it says thats the old formula, but here it says it’s being sold in Canada, but I still see it in the little dog store downtown where I get Acana and on Chewys, but the new meadowlands I have yet to find. Is it being replaced my the meadowlands at some point or will both be available?

  • I really think it’s the best dry food in the market right now. My dogs have been on it since puppies. They love it.

  • Heather M Budgell

    It’s awful, I’ve switched dog foods.. I will never again buy acana! I was told by my friend who works in a pet store that the company has 6 weeks to inform people of the change, even tho they have been working on the change for sometime before and bags of food are already shipped out to the stores. Instead of informing people BEFORE sending out this awful food out on the shelves they wait until our poor pups get sick.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Backwords-

    Champion had the information about the new DogStar plant in Kentucky and the new formulas on the website for quite some time. Also if you are buying from a speciality store the owners were emailed about the changes. Our store was informing all of our Acana customers about the changes long before they happened. If you buy online there is a listing for the old and new formulation.

  • Backwords

    This is the exact same story with my Australian Shepard that has been eating Prairie for 7 years. I think it was totally unacceptable that they did not warn us that a change was coming. I buy my dog food on as on needed basis and was caught off guard and could not do the normal slow transition. They are not the same company anymore and are only out for their bottom line, The food smells like chewing tobacco juice. Kentucky …….. the reintroduction of the new tobacco juice food sent her back into the problems after she stabilized on rice and lean burger. I am looking for another brand that I can trust. This stuff is bad. Curse you Acana. Only out for the USD.

  • Taylor

    I have been feeding my 11 month old Pomeranian and my close to 13 YEAR old Chihuahua Acana Wild Prairie Dog food for months now and they both love it.

  • SarahDeelaney

    Ok, thank you.

  • Pitlove

    No Champion does not invest in feeding trials. I am assuming it is done through lab analysis.

  • SarahDeelaney

    Thank you!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Sarah,
    at the top of this page the review says
    The Acana product line includes 9
    dry recipies. Three claimed to meet
    AAFCO nutrient profiles for Adult
    Maintance and six for All life stages.

  • SarahDeelaney

    Anyone know if Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures has been done on Acana Wild Prarie Dog food?

  • Rayrayj

    You must work for the company,quit trying to sell garbage,it’s like apples to oranges between the two,put your bullsh.t on a different sight(we call that a troll).

  • aimee

    Hi Rayrayj,

    Filler is a substance without nutritive value, so when I think of filler, air, water, fiber and even excessive ash come to mind

    If you look at Purina’s EN, which is their gastrointestinal formula, it has very little filler. It is formulated for high digestibility and low fiber. This is the purpose of a GI diet for small bowel diarrhea and why your friend uses it.

    Comparing EN to Acana, (I picked the first listed which was Lamb and Apple) it is Acana that has the higher filler content. EN is 0.9% fiber as fed and Acana is a max of 6%, as much as > 6X as much filler in Acana then EN

    For EN the protein digestibility is 87.1%, fat digestibility 93.1% and carb digestibility 93.8%.
    The product has been through feeding trials for growth and maintenance, therefore no restriction to only be used short term.

    The Acana product is formulated to meet an AAFCO nutrient profile for all life stages, the company didn’t invest in a feeding trial. I haven’t yet gotten digestibility data from Champion.

    Champion products don’t meet my needs.

  • Rayrayj

    Well they have formulas that are for diarrhea and you only feed it for a couple weeks,you don’t feed it all the time because it’s all filler,he tells his patience that champion pets is one of the best dog foods you can buy and he also recommends fromm and precise holistic (none have had recalls)dog foods,he handles precise brand of dog foods and acana but no orijen because it can be to high in protein for some dogs but he will bring it in and this is not some small practice, he has 4 vets and one in training,5 vet techs and two secretaries,so I trust him.

  • aimee

    Hi rayraj,

    When your friend sells product at a higher price than what he pays it for he profits, but that doesn’t constitute a kickback..

    It seems odd that your friend would recommend Purina for the patients with the most critical nutritional needs if he/she thinks they are behind the other brands in regard to nutrition.

  • Rayrayj

    My best friend owns a Veterinary Clinic and said him self that Purina gives him a kickback to sell there products and he also said it’s good for special needs dogs but for a everyday dog food it’s way behind brands like orijen and acana,he said you can’t find a better dog food them two and I do not work for them because I am feeding my dogs fromm right now and my dogs are doing wonderful on it,my 8week old is in acana small breed and my boxer and cocker are on fromm lamb and lentils and have been doing great on it and i switch it up with orijen 6fish every 6months and they love it,can’t find a better comanys than champion pet foods and fromm, there the best in the market.

  • InkedMarie

    I apologize, I didnt mean to be rude (you weren’t). Again, I’m sorry.

  • Valerie AstroZombie

    I do. Did I demand a review? I don’t believe I did. As far as I can tell, I wasn’t being rude.

    Thank you Sandy for the helpful info!

  • sandy
  • InkedMarie

    You realize that there are new foods to review, revierws to update and the forum section to monitor as well, by a man who has a full time job plus a family/life outside of DFA, right? The last review was 1/19/16 so I’m sure it’s not being reviewed for awhile.

  • Valerie AstroZombie

    Most of these formulas (or all of them?! Hah) have changed as of early 2016. Updated review(s) would be appreciated. My cockapoo is eating cobb chicken & greens right now. He loves it 🙂 before now, he’s only been eating the regionals line

    http://acana.com/our-foods/dog-foods/

  • theBCnut

    Feeding too many calories causes weight gain. Stick with the right number of calories and she won’t gain weight. I always choose rotating foods over feeding the same thing day in and day out.

  • sharron

    Hi – i bought the trial size bag of the acana small breed yesterday as she was bored with the RC and wet. – the store owner told me that she shouldn’t be on it as it will make her gain weight. i’m feeding her 1/2 cup/day with no wet food added. so last night i went to another pet store to get more of the trial size bags since the other store only had the 1 in stock. I was told at 2nd store that this food won’t cause weight gain if the right amt is fed. so, after talking with the gal for quite sometime, i go home with samples of Fromm instead of the Acana, i was given all flavours of the Fromm and Lexee wouldn’t eat any of them, but she did eat the Acana – so, who is correct – does Acana cause weight gain or doesn’t it? – the woman also told me that i should get all the formulas of Acana and change from one to another each meal in order to keep Lexee interested – is this good advice as well? thanks
    it should read: if she doesn’t like the Fromm i should get all the flavours of the Acana

  • Patsy Phillips

    Years ago I went to the emergency vet with a Boston Terrier and a raw hide chew, Learned my lesson,,I only give Dreambones Peanut Butter flavor. They have no rawhide and are 99% fat free. They are not for entertaining your dogs because they go fast but they love them I use them for rewards. I am lucky to be home with them everyday and they entertain me. A mom and daughter Toy and Teacup Schnauzers. I wish someone could recommend me a dog food for a over weight teacup Schnauzer. Thanks

  • Nancy

    I have fed my GSD almost every food on the market, Acana is the only food he has eaten consistently, and will actually eat it dry without any toppers! So far I am very pleased with my choice to give Acana a try!

  • William Alexander Reed

    Lmao… Wow.. Lmao I’m not going to respond to that… You are dumb… Hahahahahahahaha. Omg thanks for the laugh though…

  • aimee

    Sure vets will be “biased” if you want to call it bias to recommend one company that meets criteria over another that does not… I suppose you could say the vet is biased toward the company that meets their requirements: nutritionists on staff, feed tested diets, able to provide digestibility data, provide nutritional analysis, invest in research, manufacture their own food, has good quality control, recalls quickly and swiftly and efficiently vs say waiting months before recalling a food and allowing more animals to be harmed and sending lawyers to silence the veterinarians who made the connection between the food and a severe medical problem.

  • aimee

    Hi William,

    Nope… not paid by Purina.Just trying to help others see that different things are valued by different people and that is why different conclusions are made from one person to the next.

    In regards to Champion being a marketing company .. we are probably using the term differently.

    By being a marketing company I mean they don’t invest in nutritional research, they don’t employ any veterinary nutritionists, they don’t do feeding trials or feed and monitor animals in their care. ( At least not the last time I asked. I tried to just call them but no one answers… just a recording to leave a message )

    The business is limited to making and selling food.

    Why are these things important?

    1.Until recently they had been putting increased calcium into their large breed puppy foods compared to their regular puppy food and ALS formulas to the point of exceeding the NRC safe upper limit.

    Interestingly to me is that when I asked them about this and provided them with many references on proper calcium levels for large breed growth they said they had no plans to change the diet… but then they did reformulate to a lower Ca level.

    2.Champion choose to enter into the Australian market where it was required their food be irradiated. It was published in the literature that irradiating cat food led to paralysis in cats fed such products.

    If they had a vested interest in nutrition vs just marketing these could have been avoided.

    Companies don’t pay vets in practice to promote their products or give them kickbacks etc that is just a made up thing that people say when they don’t take the time to understand why vets make the recommendations that they do.

  • William Alexander Reed

    And they won’t…. Unless there’s corporate bias involved

  • aimee

    It is an example of a veterinary nutritionist recommending a food similar to Purina over Orijen. That’s all

    You said “No vet will recommend Purina over acana if your budget can afford it.”

  • William Alexander Reed

    Lmao you haven’t proved anything. Her justification for choosing royal canine are based on opinion…

  • aimee

    Here is an except from Dr Remillard ACVN’s site petdiets dot com

    Out of Fromm 4 star,
    Orijen and Royal Canine which brand do you like best and why? I’m trying
    to find the right food for my 1.5 year old standard poodle. He does not
    have food allergies. Thanks!

    In my opinion, Royal canin because they make their own food in their own plant and do original canine nutritional research. to advance our
    knowledge base.

    In this case Purina wasn’t inquired about. But the reasons she gives for choosing Royal Canin over Orijen apply to Purina as well.

  • William Alexander Reed

    Somehow I think you’re paid by Purina… Marketing I can’t stop laughing at that… A company that doesn’t use mass marketing practices and you say they’re just marketing… Purina is a mass production food company that has a significant control over the pet food market… Find me a vet who says acana or orijen isn’t better and I will find you a slew of vets who say that vet was paid by purina… Kinda like athletes who endorses a product but can’t endorse a different one due to contract obligations.

  • William Alexander Reed

    I’ve asked every vet in my area… And I’m sorry but I don’t think you understand marketing if you think acana is a marketing based company… Have you ever looked at what’s in purina? How about been to the mass production facility that makes it? I have.. Disgusting. I wouldn’t feed that to my pet… No vet will recommend Purina over acana if your budget can afford it.

  • aimee

    Hi William,

    “every vet says that’s a really good food and says don’t give them Purina…”

    Did you ask every vet? : )

    When I reported on the recommendations for a puppy diet from vet nutritionists there were no monetary constraints placed on them.

    The one thing I consistently see veterinarians recommend to look for when choosing a growth food is that the food has passed feeding trials. Champion doesn’t invest in their food in that manner .. hence they don’t make the cut. Doesn’t have anything to do with the cost of the food.

    If you evaluate the 2 companies against the standards veterinarians use to evaluate pet food the Purina company passes and Champion does not. Champion is a marketing company, not a company with a vested interest in nutrition.

    This doesn’t mean that Champion can’t produce a decent food but I can’t say I’ve ever come across a vet who was eager to have me feed it either.

  • BGRoss

    this reports everything you need to know about what’s available in the market today. i live by this review… unbiased real-world specialists that got everything right. http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/
    my chessie eats acacia now after fromm lbpf for 13mos. i can say without hesitation that acana, fromm and pinnacle are my (and my pets) favorites. quality companies, no recalls and all high-end ingredients. i have used several wet toppers too, now using weruva grain-free recipes as well. i come on here from time to time to just give my 2cents about the foods i’ve tried. i haven’t had bad run with any of the aforementioned brands. going to try addiction next and see how that works out. favorite brands, acana, pinnacle, fromm (kibble). favorite canned, merrick grain free, earthborn stews, weruva human grade, eagle pack gran free. can’t go wrong with any of these. just my opinion…

  • Amateria

    Finally someone mentioned the whole “you spend too much on your own food” that you have no money left for your dog/s, I see a lot comments of people stating they can’t feed their dogs better food due to budget, but I calculated it one time based on the single pension here in Australia, even with everything you should have around $50 left to save or to spend on anything you want, which when you think about it $50 ain’t much, so maybe cut the cost of your shopping? Your obviously buying too much trash if you have no money left.

    Of course that’s just one type of pay check, you have to take into account that some people have extremely limited budgets and there’s nothing you can do about that and that maybe their feeding awful food but if the dog makes them happy or saves their life than really that’s all that matters.

    I may do a monthly spend calculation one day, but only on foods I need to survive and see if I were simply to buy that how much I would spend kinda curious now.

  • LabsRawesome

    In what way is the marketing misleading?

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m sorry I missed your links to support your view. Would you mind adding them?

  • Shawna

    I find it quite ironic and questionable that you would call out any company for marketing when Purina just launched a massive marketing scheme for, most would agree, one of the worst foods on the market.

  • William Alexander Reed

    I will have to say that out of every vet I have ever been to a vet suggest Purina only when a person’s budget is restricted. I have used orijen and acana since my dogs were puppies. Have never had an issue and not once have they become sick from the food. If a person has to choose between ol’roy and Purina of course a vet will say Purina. But if you don’t mind spending a little more to ensure your dog is getting a proper diet then I have never heard a vet say don’t give them acana. In fact every vet says that’s a really good food and says don’t give them Purina… I don’t believe it’s subjective at all but more budget restrictive when a vet recommends Purina. If you say you’re giving your pup Acana or Merrick or Orijen your vet will love you. They prefer you give them these proper diets… But because some people are so opinionated they do not push high prices dog foods onto people… Especially since most people think it’s just a dog why should I spend so much on their food… In comparison 84usd for a bag of dog food is really really cheap compared to the food we feed ourselves. Look at your grocery budget for the month and then look at your dogs… If you spend 15 dollars a month on dog food and 500+ a month on yourself I think you could shop cheaper for yourself and give a little more to your pup. Just my humble opinion

  • Alex Woodman

    The marketing is different. It is done by misleading store owners, customers and concerted efforts on-line. The food has one of the lowest repeat purchases of any food, same for Orijen.

  • aimee

    A person who has reached a different conclusion than you may be very educated on the topic and values different things.

    I’ve found that being open to learning why they concluded differently is the better option vs calling someone ignorant simply because they don’t think as you do.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Alex,

    Would you mind providing some links that support your comments? I can’t recall actually seeing a TV commercial or ad for Acana.

  • Shawna

    “The Honest Kitchen has been the only pet food manufacturer in the United States to have proven to the Federal FDA that every ingredient it uses in its products are suitable for human consumption, and the products are manufactured in a human food facility. The cat and dog diets are made right along side bakery mixes, and other products for human consumption.” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pet-food-company-wins-right-to-free-speech-58814862.html

    Although I don’t rely on any food for complete nutrition for my dogs, being human quality nutrition puts them a step ahead of many, if not most, other food manufacturers in my opinion. I consider corn gluten meal and such to be garbage ingredients. Never have I once seen that on any food produced for humans. However, as others have stated here, everyone has different criteria for what they consider good food and garbage.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    If a veterinary nutritionist recommends Purina I consider them ignorant on the topic. That’s my opinion! Just as it’s your opinion that you always defend Purina.

  • aimee

    Guess everyone has a different idea as to what constitutes garbage!

    IDK…It could be that the OP has done a lot of research and just values different things than you do.

    A few days ago someone wanted a recommendation for a puppy food for a large breed puppy and I posted recommendations from board certified veterinary nutritionists. Purina products were among the product recommendations.

    I wouldn’t consider a veterinary nutritionist ignorant on the topic of nutrition and maybe the OP isn’t either.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I say the same thing about the food you are defending! Purina! Garbage with a bunch of marketing! Please do some research as your ignorance is showing.

  • LabsRawesome

    He obviously works for Purina, as it is the ONLY good food on the market. lol

  • Crazy4dogs

    And your expertise in dog nutrition is????

  • Alex Woodman

    It is garbage. Just a bunch of marketing.

  • Heather M Budgell

    I have been feeding my pup acana since I have adopted him over 4 yrs ago. Just recently 3 weeks ago I purchased a new bag of acana and started feeding as normal. My pup sudden began throwing up and also had diarrhea none stop. My friend who is a vet suggested boiling rice and chicken which helped and stopped the sickness. After 4 days I decided to introduce his food again, but once again he got sick.
    I was just informed yesterday by a friend who works in a pet store in my town that acana has actually changed their food
    ingredients, so just a heads up

  • Tana Beckstead

    I think it’s the high protein

  • cottster

    Thank you!

  • cottster

    Thanks for the website; I will check it out!

  • cottster

    Thank you so much for all of the great info on the Acana and Orijen foods. I ordered a small amount of dry Acana and also a small bag of dry Orijen. I will probably blend one or both of these in a little at a time with the food she is eating now during the transition to the new food(s). I also ordered online a supplement that is supposed to be helpful for her condition, so I will keep you posted on her progress! Thank you again!
    Cottster

  • Taylor

    My Pomeranian and my Chihuahua both eat Acana Wild Prairie but Orijen is just as good. Either would be really good foods.

  • Pitlove

    Sounds like your Aussie is having issues tolerating something in this formula. Perhaps try a different formula that isn’t similar to Light and Fit?

  • Tana Beckstead

    My Aussie is on light and fit .. Protein very high loves the food but always has diarrhea not to often solid poops

  • Crazy4dogs

    TheBCnut gave you a good suggestion Have you considered feeding a fresh cooked meal? BalanceIt is a good website to check out.

  • theBCnut

    Go over to the forum side and do a search for “low sodium foods.”

  • cottster

    Yesterday my 10-year-old Coton was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was prescribed 4 meds. What is the best commercially-made food for her now? I have researched Acana and Orijen. Any recommendations? Your help is greatly appreciated!

  • Taylor

    I have since changed them to another Acana brand Wild Prairie

  • malrescueSATX

    Chicken and Burbank Potato is being phased out and replaced with a new formula

  • Agnes Laan

    I got my puppy a variety, mostly from the pet store, but they’re expensive. A cheap alternative is soup bones from the grocery store. It takes forever for them to actually consume the bone itself plus they’re loaded with marrow and will keep them occupied for days! I’ll also give the softer bones of cooked chicken (ribs, other non-splintery bones) and our steak bones (not cooked long enough to be harmful) from supper, but that’s just me. The only problem I had with rawhide was it didn’t last very long; in that respect, a quality meaty bone from the pet store was cheaper.

  • Taylor

    I get the chicken and burbank potato for my Chihuahua and Pomeranian and they scarf it down. They are both full of energy and their stools are well formed. Their coats are glossy and their eyes are sparkly. I will stick with Acana for awhile.

  • Marco A.

    Thank you 🙂

  • Rayetta Philen

    Raw bones are great for all dogs to chew on. Look into raw feeding for max benefits. Be careful with weight bearing bones (like femurs, etc) as they are so dense they can actually chip/break a dog’s tooth. I use raw beef ribs (meat attached as mine are raw fed). it satisfies their need to chew (as puppies it’s great for teething). it also keeps their teeth super white! best of luck. (Note – do NOT feed cooked bones, their chemical structure is changed by the heat of cooking & they possibly can splinter, creating sharp shards

  • theBCnut

    You are welcome!

  • Marco A.

    Thank you for the thorough reply, my friend!

  • theBCnut

    The roasted bones in the store are not really good bones for dogs. They are usually weight bearing bones of large animals, which are so hard that many dogs break teeth on them. And they are often treated with chemicals that are known to be bad for your dog’s health. Raw bones are the only ones that a dog should be allowed to eat completely. Good first bones to get started with are chicken or turkey necks. They have a decent amount of meat on them, are soft bones, and are more cartilage than bone so if your dog swallows pieces whole, they are small enough to be passed. Rawhides can be problematic. Many are chemically treated and dogs frequently swallow the last of it before they have chewed it small enough and can get intestinal blockage from them. When choosing a chew for your dog, it is important to know what kind of chewer your dog is. Gulpers are the ones most likely to have problems with any kind of chew.

  • Marco A.

    Hi, I don’t know where else to post this, so I’ll post here.

    I want to feed my new pup some bones, he’s always gnawing. I never thought feeding a bone to a dog could be harmful, it seems silly that it would be, but lots of people on the internet say it is.
    People recommend raw bones, rather than cooked. When I roast though, the bones don’t tend to splinter, they tend to be very chewable.

    There are some roasted bones at the store that are roasted and packaged, like roasted beef rib, and marrow bones.

    What about rawhide bones, will these have bad chemicals on them?

    Thanks

  • Cookie
  • Cookie

    I have a plethora of pros and I’m awaiting to find cons. I work in pet retail and I keep up to date on things like this.
    Well, I love that they’re doing a regional American food. Our states (especially Kentucky and surrounding) have some AMAZING agriculture! We already know they’ll source from it’s amazingness.
    Not to mention they’re providing a ton of locals with jobs. Woo!
    As for the farmed fish, well, can you really prove it’s a con? There are some great fish farms these days because the oceans suck, are way over polluted. I don’t even eat fish (or my animals).
    I think what hangs people up (like a few of my customers for sure) is that Champion stated they’ll be changing their ingredients. I think the important thing to remember is that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
    But other than all that I just babbled on about, I checked their website the other day, no new info yet. But in the meantime, if you haven’t, red their Kentucky FAQ. Enlightening.

    http://www.championpetfoods.com/kentucky/

  • Dori

    Thanks Crazy4dogs. I hadn’t heard about it at all. Sorry I missed it as I’ve been thinking all along that they were a family owned and run company. I sometimes keep Orijen Six Fish in the house for when I’m under the weather or hospitalized for a few days and I know hubby won’t get the raw feeding correct. Either way too much, not enough, or he’s just too squeamish. I’ve lost track of his issues with raw. Katie, allergy girl, does really really well on Orijen Six Fish when it has had to be given. So far that and Nature’s Logic Sardine formula are the only two she does fine with for a few feedings. I’m not crazy about them eating kibble but under some circumstances I have no choice.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Dori, Apparently this happened in March 2012. I’ve read a bit about it, but only on some forums. I’m not sure how this is all being handled. Here’s a thread that has Champion commenting on it:

    http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/diet-nutrition/179716-champion-sells-out-bummer.html

  • Dori

    C4C. Any idea how long ago that happened? I also don’t know if it’s good, bad or indifferent as I don’t know anything about bedford capital. When I have some time on my hands I’ll do some research on the company and their holdings on Morningstar, I’m just wondering how long they’ve owned Champion.

  • theBCnut

    The question is, does Champion have a better bottom line because people who buy it care that much about the quality of their dogs’ food or because they find shortcut that are acceptable/unknown? For the most part, I think the people buying Champion’s products are the ones that are at least trying to do their homework, so if they really mess with the product, word will get out, and people will stop buying.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Yeah, I’m not sure either, but it seems once the private equity groups get involved, it becomes more about the bottom line.

  • theBCnut

    I have heard that, but I have no idea if it’s good, bad, or indifferent.

  • Bobby dog

    Delish!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    LOL! Is it good, eh?

  • Bobby dog

    I have had my fair share of their maple product line!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I know Champion is a really good food, but are aware that Champion is owned by a private equity group known as Bedford Capital?

    http://www.bedfordcapital.ca/investments2.html

  • DogFoodie

    You’re right. Now that you say that, I can recall our previous conversations about that.

  • theBCnut

    A couple years ago I looked into fish sourcing at Champion and even then it was wild caught when in season, farmed out of season.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Zac, I’m curious where you found this information. Any links? You’re right, farm raised fish is not at all what I’d expect from Acana.

  • Zac Chernik

    New Kentucky Kitchen is OPEN – cautious about food sources

    after a quick review…..proteins are lower, the catfish looks to be fish farm caught (Ponderosa Farms, Murray – Kentucky) not like the Acana Canadian Kitchen which uses Wild Caught……still digging deeper into their ingredients/sources. Does anybody else have pros/cons for this new Kitchen here in the USA?

  • Kathy Farmer

    I changed her food to blue basic for small breeds, & the vet change her flea medicine to Vectra 3rd and she has gotten so much better. However she still gets a allergy shot about every 3 months instead of once a month.

  • Laurie

    Our dog had the same symptoms. . I started giving her a probiotic along with the grain free TOTW bison and venison. She has been on that food for about a year. We noticed that the probiotic really helped, but she would start biting her paws every once in a while. We switched to Acana lamb and apple. What a miracle. I believe potatoes are her problem. TOTW has potatoe in it. She was a very yeasty dog. We are keeping our fingers crossed that she stays the way she is now.

  • guest

    Vets do not know DIDDLY about Dog food. They only promote crap like Royal Canin and Science Diet. Sorry Mr. Mike…bad advise to consult a vet first. Acana is the BEST food on the market. Case closed!

  • Grigorios Elpidoforos

    Acana always a good choice.

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    İf you looking for Acana dog food in Turkey you can find on
    petmamashop.com

  • Pitlove

    The Singles formula might have been suggested if you told the employee at the pet store that you believed your dog was sensititive to something in the food he’d been eating. Acana Singles is a limited ingredient diet, so it’s less likely to cause issues if he hasn’t eaten Duck before.

    Acana is an excellent food. so in terms of providing him good fuel, you are doing that. Are you looking for something less expensive? I wasn’t quite sure if thats what you were looking for advice on.

    A food that I can suggest that is cheaper than Acana, but excellent for dogs who have sensititive stomachs and are picky, is NutriSource. Depsite not have the “amazing” ingredient panel that Acana has, NutriSource is really an excellent quality food. I’ve suggested it to many people at work and I’ve yet to have someone come back and tell me it didn’t work for their pup.

  • Nancy Sparks

    Hello! Prior to getting my Luca 10 years ago, I’d never considered myself a “dog lover”. I wouldn’t trade him for the world, but am ashamed he came from a breeder. I was uneducated about over population of dogs and euthanasation. He came to serve as a therapy dog for my wonderful son Jacob. His Autism dx resulted in a sensitivity to unexpected loud noises ie. barking and a paralyzing fear of all creatures, not of the human variety. Upon his arrival, I was an instant convert. He made our house a home. Over the years, he’s undeniably been therapeutic to both Jacob and me. Last year, in a very dark time of our lives, I stumbled across a malnourished puppy that had been abandoned. “Marco” has proven to be an equally good fit. He was meant to be ours. I apologize for the irrelevant background, but am so indebted to my dogs. Having lost my job, I’m struggling with inability to pay the vet costs that Luca deserves. His age and weight forced a decision to reassess his diet. He’s eaten HALO for 8 years and I regret having spent entirely too much for a mediocre product. Marco seems to have a very sensitive stomach and has proven to be much more finicky than his ravenous “brother”. Both seem to have an allergy to something. After reading countless reviews and articles, I settled on either Orjijen. With the assistance of a great pet store, I settled on the Acana puppy formula for Marco and the Acana singles Duck and Bartlett pear. It’s disproportionate to my financial situation, but am willing to do whatever necessary to keep them healthy. The quality liquid Glucosamine seems to have alleviated some of Luca’s joint pain, but had hoped it would increase his energy. I’m unsure why the light and fit or senior blend wasn’t encouraged over the singles. Does anyone have any ideas on either dog? Luca is supposed to be a malti-poo, and is 25lbs. The vet visit after finding Marco believes Marco to be a schnauzer/poodle mix. 14lbs. Please no lectures on responsible pet owners being able to pay for extensive vet fees as this keeps me up at night. Just trying to find the most nutritious “fuel” possible. Thanks for all the posts. This is the first time I’ve posted on such a site but found these pet parents to be well informed.

  • celine roberts

    My dog been on Acana pork and butternut squash dry complete food and so far its the best food ive brought, ive got a french bulldog crossed pug and before this her afters was runny, but now there hard. she has also stop being sick since she has started eating. I would recommend this to anyone who may have small sickie dogs with runnie afters. her attitude has also changed over time with her being calmer and more pleasant to be round. All round a good purchase and would recommend it. Well done Acana

  • Jonathan Costa

    At 8 mths I would use the puppy mix

  • Allen Ponce

    My Shih is 8 mos old, do I feed her with Acana Adult Small Breed, or Acana Puppy Small Breed ?

  • Brandi Spencer-Rawson

    Thanks for the advice Stevie!!! I never hesitate spending money on my pet but thanks!!! I don’t consider asking opinions on this site being to “unqualified strangers!” In fact I have got some great advice that in turn has saved my dog and helped my Vet and myself find a comfortable solution for my dog. I am very grateful for opinions of others when I ask.

  • Stevie Masterson

    Probably alreadt sorted this but in all cases anyone facing concerns about a pet should always take your dog to a vet. This Sounds like allergies and it can become serious. You should always get Professional advice and not avoid spending on your pet by asking unqualified strangers.

  • Kaleigh Ann Reynolds

    I got Samera, a doberman mix, from the humane society a month ago. She had really bad allergies to the food I started her on so I switched her to the Acana chicken and burbank potato, it’s only been a week and I’m so happy with it!

  • Lizardo

    You can also get on mailing lists for foods you feed so that they keep you updated with changes in their formulas and their companies. This is also a good thing to do to stay in the loop with discounts and recalls.
    While it’s unfortunate that your dogs reacted to the formula change, that does not come anywhere near discrediting a food that makes feeding a healthy diet accessible to those who don’t have the time, energy, or resources to feed raw or make their own dog food and it’s irresponsible to publicly discredit something based on one personal experience.

  • Pitlove

    Why would you not recommend this brand to anyone? This is one of the top dog food brands on the market right now right behind its partner Orijen. Just because YOUR dog is allergic to alfalfa does not meant everyones dogs are and can’t eat this food. Please do not discredit a food based on your dogs allergies. Thats like saying dont feed this food because my dog is allergic to chicken and it made him sick. Of course it did.

  • Jo’Ann

    Depending on the type of dog, how old the dog is, any allergies, and activity level as well. My dog has horrible gas on the Orijen Puppy Large but no problems on the Acana at all, but the Orijen Puppy Large has eggs in it that were making him gassy. Also its gonna depend if you did a transitional phase a lot of times if you don’t take the time needed your dogs stomach becomes upset anything from gas to poop to throwing up.

  • Jo’Ann

    foods are constantly changing, no matter how long something has been the same if they changed it doesn’t mean that someone is going to have the same reaction your dogs did. formulas are constantly changing. no matter if your dog has an allergy always check the bag because with this being a Canadian food being brought into the states its harder for most places to keep up with changes. its always best to read the bag incase before you pick it up.

  • OwnedbyAbbey

    Petsmart “Authority” brand rates very high too. I feed to my girl and she is healthy and beautiful!

  • Jessica Greer

    I’ve had my dogs on acana chicken and burbank potato for over a year but about two months ago I noticed the began having digestive problems. My dogs are highly sensitive to alfalfa and they were on this food and formula because it did not contain any. Several trips to the vet later the last resort was to check their food….and low an behold acana changed their formula without any notice and the chicken and potato now contains alfalfa and not in any small amount. I would not recommend this brand to anyone! It has made my dogs sick for months now and cost me several trips to the vet.

  • Kinny Salas

    My dog who is very prone to Demodex mange did not do well with Acana but does great on Orijen adult. It must be the potato and oats. Her eyes get discharge and have a yeasty smell then boom generalized Demodex mange. It appears the potato and oats convert/produces sugar which is food for systematic yeast that feeds Demodex mange. So if I starve the yeast I control the mange population

  • Dog Lover Plus

    There are three major reasons I’ll stick with this manufacturer. Which also makes Orijen.

    The first is that they are completely transparent up front about how and were they source their food from. If this is important to you, this brand covers that base.

    The second is that all their dog food labeling includes information about what the Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is. (It should be at lest 5 to 1 or better as Omega 6’s are biologically prioritized in the body, which means if this ratio is out of whack, your pet will not benefit from the Omega 3’s, which are anti-inflamatory and instead use up the omega 6’s first, which are inflammatory, but still very important for biological responses).

    The third is that they also include how much DHA/EPA Omega 3’s are included in each of their selections.

    The reason that this is so important is because plant based ALA Omega 3’s have a biological availability of only 10% according to a Harvard study. That means it would take 10 times as much oil from plants to get the same amount of Fish based DHA/EPA omega 3’s (the biologically available kind, meaning it’s not simply excreted)

    When you look at the labels of other manufacturers you will see something like: Omega 3 content: .75%, which is their way to get around the fact that they don’t include the kind you want them to have. The kind that their bodies can actually use.

    The recommended daily intake of combined DHA/EPA is 20 to 55 mg per pound, which comes out to anywhere from .5% kibble content to over 1%. A plant based Omega 3 kibble would have to contain 5% to over 10% oil, by weight, to accommodate this, which is extremely oily, with 90% of that being excreted…messy.

    So, you can see why they simply label their products as containing .75% Omega 3 content instead of putting all that extra oil into the food. What this means is that a product using plant based ALA Omega 3’s with a ratio of 5 to 1 (Omega 6 to Omega 3) really has a 50 to 1 ratio, which makes the inclusion of Omega 3’s nothing more than a facade, as they will never be processed due to the prioritization of Omega 6’s in their bodies.

  • Jonathan Costa

    My hip baby lol.. Proud to feed her Acana

  • Jonathan Costa

    Awesome food. My dog is healthier than ever.I highly recommend this product. My dog is pure bred Shih-tzu. Thanks to the herring oil. And it’s omega 3s her coat is shinier than ever

  • Dave

    Just feed less Acana for her to lose wait:)

  • Dave

    Amazing food and company. Worth the money. Give it a try if you love your dog. I feed my dog Acana and Orijen and very happy with both.

  • Kathy Farmer

    All I seen was Basic, I did see Back to Basic at Atwoods. Is that brand good?

  • Dori

    Do you mean Back to Basics or the food is actually called Basic?

  • DogFoodie

    Take as long as she needs. It’s likely she’ll need more than 7 to 10 days.

    Here’s what I said the other day about transitioning:

    Take your time with the transition! If she’s not used to switching give her plenty of time. Add a very small portion of the new food to the old and see how she does. If she has loose stool, back off of the new food. If she’s OK, leave her there for several days. Only increase the new food if her stool is firm.

    Make sure to keep in mind that the new food may have more calories than the old, as you don’t want to overfeed her. Very gradually, increase the ratio of new to old food after plenty of time to stabilize at each interval, until you’re finally just feeding the new food. A spoonful of plain, canned pumpkin works wonders firming up a bit of loose stool and can help make the transition easier.

    Take a month or more, if she needs it, since she’s switching to a new food for the first time.

  • Kathy Farmer

    The package said to mix the food with her currant food for 7 to 10 days should I do that or not?

  • Kathy Farmer

    I did read the article and I did get grain free food (Taste of the wild). Thanks for the article.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Kathy,

    TOTW is a good choice. It’s a very big jump up in quality from the Kibbles & Bits, so just be certain to take plenty of time for her to transition. I’m not a huge fan of Diamond, the manufacturer of TOTW, so if you stick with it for a while, just be cautious. Diamond is known for their product inconsistency as well as their history of recalls and their poor handling of same.

    I’m not familiar with the Basic dog food you mentioned.

  • Kathy Farmer

    Thanks I will give it a try. I take Coco to the vet to get her allergy shot once a month it does help her paws.

  • Kathy Farmer

    The only dog food I found at wal-mart that I did not get it was called Basic. So if any one has herd of that brand and used it let me know. So my husband and I went to Atwoods there were about 3 or 4 different kind that said for sensitive dogs. The one that I got Coco to try is called Taste of the Wild Salmon it’s a 5lb bag and it was only $13.00 hopefully it will help or work for her.

  • Susan

    Stop her food, my boy was having itchy ear, rash on chest scratching, then diarrhoea he cant eat starchy foods,it was the Potatoes, I did an elimination diet… You use 1 protein that she has never eaten before & 1 carb, you feed just the 1 meat & the 1 carb for about 3 weeks & see if she stops scratching, if she does then add another food the same wait about 2 weeks, if she is still itch free, add another food, as soon as I added Sweet potatoes it took Patch 1-2 days to start shaking his head & scratching his ears, so I stopped the sweet potatoes & he went back to normal no scratching , you might want to use say rice & Kangaroo, or fish venison, rabbit, but its the only way you know what food is causing the problems, even if you put her on a Limited Ingredient kibble & see how she goes, I’ve been struggling with Patches red front paws now for 1 year, he’s itch free everywhere except his paws, so I think it’s the grass he’s allergic to the grass & wet grass makes his paws real bad….Normally vets suggest a Hypoallergenic vet diet….its a starting point if you cant do an elimination diet, they don’t stay on the vet diet for ever, just 1-2 months & see if she gets better then start adding 1 new food with the vet diet kibble or wet food & see if she starts her scratching again..Good-Luck

  • Babslynne
  • Babslynne

    If you are near a Costco they have a 4 star food that’s around $15 for 30#, its not grain free, Kirkland brand. the small dog and the mature dog are 4.5 star, the chicken is 4 star and the lamb is 3.5 star.

  • Kathy Farmer

    I will see what they have at Wal-Mart if they have Pure Balance I will get that one and try it first.

  • Kathy Farmer

    That’s true never looked at that way before.

  • DogFoodie

    Not switching foods at all may be how you ended up in this position in the first place though.

    Your short term goal is to get her off of Kibble and Bits and on to something healthier so that her gut can begin to heal. It needs to be something that she can easily digest.

    Your long term goal should be to find a couple of other foods so you have a variety of healthy foods to rotate between. A variety of foods with fresh, whole foods added to it will increase the amount of healthy bacteria in her digestive system where a healthy immune system lies.

  • Babslynne

    Pure Balance is a 4 star food at Walmart, at the feed store I would look for Nutrisource, its a 4 to 5 star food, or Victor dog food, its a 5 star food. I pay about $52 for #30 of grain free lamb Nutrisource. The Pure Balance is around $40 for #30 of lamb and rice, and the Victor is around $50 for #30.

  • Kathy Farmer

    I would like to get a really good brand of dog food for her. So I that I don’t have to keep changing her food or make her symptoms worse.

  • aquariangt

    Ive heard people have done well with Pure Balance at Walmart but have no experience with it myself. Petsmart has a bit better selection, though if possible you should go to a independent pet store, that’ll have your best options

  • Kathy Farmer

    What about Wal-Mart I don’t have to go to petsmark at all. We do have a couple of feed store’s in town I can try.

  • aquariangt

    Brands in Petsmart that are decent: Nature’s Variety, Wellness, Nulo, Simply Nourish. I haven’t been over in a bit, so there may be more, but a quick glance through online those are the brands that I wouldn’t hate from there

  • DogFoodie

    You bet! I don’t know what brands PetSmart carries so if you need more suggestions, please let us know.

    Also, if it’s an option to order food, one of my favorites is Chewy.com and they usually have really good prices and great customer service. Shipping is only free when you make a minimum purchase of $49, otherwise it’s a flat rate of $4.95.

  • Kathy Farmer

    I will try the dog foods you mentioned, I will go to petsmart in the morning . Thank You

  • DogFoodie

    I understand.

    All of the foods I mentioned are much healthier than the Kibbles and Bits or Beneful.

    Any of them would make a good stepping stone to a higher quality food in the future. Some I mention are already higher quality foods, but are easier to transition to than some others. Since your dog has been eating grain inclusive food, I wouldn’t change that (and go grain free right off the bat.) I also wouldn’t go with higher protein foods just yet either. The protein and fat in the foods I suggested are somewhat similar to the Kibbles and Bits.

    I think right now, it’s just important to get her off of the Kibbles and Bits.

  • Kathy Farmer

    none taken it was the only one that I could get her to eat that she liked and just kept it as is. I tried Beneful and she just would not eat much of it. I’m not worried about the price. I just need to help her and fix the problem.

  • DogFoodie

    OK, that’s great!

    Do you have any particular budget in mind or anyplace in particular where you’d need / want to shop? Do you have a local specialty pet food store, PetSmart (et all), feed & garden type retailers (ie: TSC) or would you be amenable to ordering food online?

    No offense, but Kibbles and Bits is a pretty low quality food. I think I’d take a look at making a gradual increase in quality rather than jumping up to the “best” food. I think I’d also look at a more limited ingredient food. Since your dog appears to be reacting to what he’s eating currently, I’d look for something as different as possible; and the fewer ingredients in it the better, so it’ll be easier to isolate what he’s reacting to.

    Something like California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Adult Small Bites would be an increase in quality and it’s a fairly “bland” food. Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet, Holistic Select Adult Health Duck Meal, and Precise Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Sensicare would all be good choices to make a first, very gradual transition to.

    Take your time with the transition! If he’s not used to switching give him plenty of time. Add a very small portion of the new food to the old and see how he does. If he has loose stool, back off of the new food. If he’s OK, leave him there for several days. Only increase the new food if his stool is firm. Make sure to keep in mind that the new food may have more calories than the old, as you don’t want to overfeed him. Very gradually, increase the ratio of new to old food after plenty of time to stabilize at each interval, until you’re finally just feeding the new food. A spoonful of plain, canned pumpkin works wonders firming up a bit of loose stool and can help make the transition easier.

    Take a month or more, if he needs it, switching to a new food for the first time.

  • Kathy Farmer

    yes

  • DogFoodie

    Are you open to changing foods?

  • Kathy Farmer

    Thank you Bob K,
    Coco has an apt. with her vet I will see what he says again. I may have to seek out for a new vet. We live in a very small town not many to choice from.

  • Kathy Farmer

    Hi Dogfoodie thanks for your reply.

    Coco eats Kibbles and bits.

  • Shawna

    I’m confused? You say your dog is “more slim” but hasn’t “lost weight”. Do you mean there is less fat on her but the scales haven’t changed? If the answer is yes, then this is a very very good thing. That means your pup has lost fat and gained muscle. Muscle is heavier than fat and therefore the scale can even go a bit up yet pup can be closer to a perfect fat to muscle ratio.

    When there is improved muscle, there should also be improved tendons and ligaments. All of this will help support her frame and joints so this would, again, be a good thing despite no loss of weight when looking at the scale.

    I apologize if I’m misinterpreting what you mean by “more slim”..

  • Bob K

    Kathy – You seem to be struggling with the solution to your dogs problems. Perhaps its time to seek out a specialist just like you would see a medical specialist like a Dermatologist, Gynecologist, Orthopedic etc…. There are dog Vets certified for allergies and dermatology issues. Look for a ACVD certified Vet. You will get all sorts of people making you recommendations on the internet and suggest trying all sorts of shampoos, baths, special diets, etc…. Coco deserves better. See a Vet professional who specializes in dermatology and allergies.

  • Bob K

    Borzoi – So your dog is slimmer and energetic but she hasn’t dropped weight? Maybe time for exercise and diet, measure the food, reduce the treats. It is not that hard to get a dog to loose weight, you control the food and exercise.

  • Babslynne

    First I would recommend a bland diet, this Acana food has a lot of chicken and potatoes in it so I would avoid those and mix up 2 cups of cooked brown rice with a pound of browned hamburger and see how she does with that, give her about a cup full twice a day and store the rest in the frig in Tupperware, then I would clean all her bedding making sure to rinse it twice to make sure to get all the laundry soap residue out, no fabric softener! And I would Bathe her with Sulfodene medicated shampoo every other day, don’t use shampoo with oatmeal because that feeds the yeast. I would also start giving her a probiotic pearls with 5 billion strains, one a day about an hour after a meal. finally I would use Zymox Otic 1% drops in her ears.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Kathy,

    What has she been eating and how long has she been eating it?

    I would suspect a long-term exposure to a food intolerance has quite possibly resulted in a leaky gut.

    Changing food is definitely in order. You need to figure out what the problem ingredient/s are. It’s possible that the sensitivity may be environmental instead or in addition to a food sensitivity. You’re in a place now where her complete recovery is going to take a while.

  • Kathy Farmer

    PLEASE HELP!!! I have a Dachshund her name is Coco she is 8 years old. For about a year and half ago she started to have really bad allergies. She started to scratching, watery eyes, sneezing and ear infections so took her to the vet she was put on a allergy shot once a month, the symptoms got better for awhile. Now the shots don’t seem to last for the whole month they last for about 2 1/2 weeks. Now she has new symptoms she chews on her paws to the point of bleeding her ears smell and even though I give her a bath she smells really bad about 2 hours after a bath, her breath stinks. I really don’t know what to do. I have not changed her dog food because not for sure what would be the best. We need help she needs some relief. We need help with the smell as well. PLEASE HELP!!!

  • DogFoodie

    Are you feeding the Acana Singles that contain chickpeas and lentils?

    If you’re not and still want to try the duck and lamb formulas, Chewy.com carries the original varieties that don’t contain either chickpeas or lentils. Look closely at the packaging and ingredients when you make your purchase because they look almost identical.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Not every dog food is perfect for every dog, even if it is well-rated and nutritious. You could go back to his old food until he is no longer gassy, and then pick another quality food to try. Good luck!

  • Elaine

    I was real excited to start my dog on this food, heard nothing but good things about it. He has eaten the lamb and also the duck formula and had been really gassy. I have decided not to continue him on Acana. Had anyone else experienced similar problems?

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Happy that she eats it now. Yes, it is ok to feed her this. Acana is a wonderful food if your dog does well on it. Couch potatoes do very well on a high protein food. It’s always good to top it with a little canned food too. It ups the protein and gives them the extra moisture they need. You can also try topping it with some eggs or canned sardines. I remember you posted that you do walk her so im sure she gets enough exercise.

  • sharron

    she eats it now – just wondering if it’s appropriate for her and yes i probably have made her picky but she isn’t as bad as she was also i have found out that yorkies can be very picky eaters – so it’s a combo of lexee and i

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Hi Sharron, I saw looking through the previous posts that about 5 months ago you were feeding Lexi this and she didnt like it? So you are going to try again? I’m all for rotational feeding and i believe it does not make a dog picky. But somehow i think you have made Lexi picky. Put the food down and if she does not eat it in 20 minutes take it up and give it to her for her next feeding. We as pet parents have control over what our pets eat. I don’t think i have ever seen anyone that switches food as much as you do.

  • sharron

    would this food be appropriate to feed a less active dog

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I don’t know about sodium content, but Acana and THK are both extremely high quality foods that I would highly recommend. I would not recommend Royal Canin, IMO it is a low quality food. Hopefully someone else will answer the question about the sodium.

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