Acana Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Acana Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Acana Dog Food product line includes nine dry recipes, three claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and six for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Acana Senior Dog
  • Acana Light and Fit
  • Acana Sport and Agility
  • Acana Puppy and Junior
  • Acana Adult Large Breed
  • Acana Adult Small Breed
  • Acana Puppy Small Breed
  • Acana Puppy Large Breed
  • Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato (4.5 stars)

Acana Adult Small Breed was selected to represent others in the line for this review.

Acana Adult Small Breed

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 35%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, steel-cut oats, deboned chicken, whole potato, peas, chicken fat, whole egg, deboned flounder, sun-cured alfalfa, chicken liver, herring oil, pea fiber, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis32%19%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%21%35%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%42%29%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 42% | Carbs = 29%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The third ingredient is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The fourth ingredient includes potato. Assuming they’re cooked, potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is flounder. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1

Although it is a quality item, raw fish contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The ninth ingredient is suncured alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, we find herring oil. Herring oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, herring oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Acana Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Acana Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 21% and estimated carbohydrates of about 35%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Acana Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a significant amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Those looking for a grain-free version of the same brand may wish to visit our review of Acana Grain Free dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

07/18/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • 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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  • 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 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


  • 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, 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.