Acana Regionals Dog Food Review | Canada (Dry)

Rating:

Acana Regionals Dog Food (Canada) receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Acana Regionals product line includes the 4 dry dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Acana Regionals Pacifica [A]
  • Acana Regionals Grasslands [A]
  • Acana Regionals Wild Prairie [A]
  • Acana Regionals Ranchlands [A]

Acana Regionals Grasslands recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Acana Regionals Grasslands

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Raw grass-fed lamb (8%), fresh duck (8%), fresh eggs (8%), lamb meat meal (8%), whole herring meal (7%), turkey meal (7%), whole green peas, whole red lentils, whole chickpeas, fresh wild-caught northern pike (4%), raw lamb liver (4%), fresh duck giblets (liver, heart, kidney) (4%), fresh turkey meat (4%), lamb fat (4%), whole green lentils, whole pinto beans, whole yellow peas, sun-cured alfalfa, pollock oil (2%), lentil fiber, dried lamb cartilage (1%), raw lamb tripe (1%), dried brown kelp, fresh pumpkin, fresh butternut squash, fresh parsnips, fresh green kale, fresh spinach, fresh mustard greens, fresh turnip greens, fresh carrots, fresh apples, fresh pears, freeze-dried liver (lamb and duck) (0.1%), fresh cranberries, fresh blueberries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips, vitamin E, zinc chelate of amino acids, copper chelate of amino acids, Enterococcus faecium

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis35%17%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%19%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%39%28%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 28%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains up to 73% 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 second ingredient is duck, another quality, raw item inclusive of moisture. 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 third ingredient includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The next ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The fifth ingredient is herring meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The sixth ingredient is turkey meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

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

The eighth ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

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 Acana product.

With 5 notable exceptions

First, it’s important to note that a number of ingredients included in this recipe are each a type of legume:

  • Green peas
  • Red lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Green lentils
  • Pinto beans
  • Yellow peas

Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.

If we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination may occupy a significantly higher position on the list.

In addition, legumes contain about 25% protein, a factor that must also be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of dried 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.

In addition, we find lentil fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from lentils. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

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.

And lastly, this food 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 Regionals Dog Food Review (Canada)

Based on its ingredients alone, Acana Regionals Dog Food (Canada) looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

Which means this Acana product line contains…

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 various legumes and dried alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Acana Regionals (Canada) is a grain-free dry dog food using a significant amount of named species as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Acana Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

06/03/2020 Last Update