Acana Singles Dog Food | Canada (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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

The Acana Singles product line includes four grain-free dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

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

  • Acana Singles Yorkshire Pork
  • Acana Singles Free-Run Duck
  • Acana Singles Pacific Pilchard
  • Acana Singles Grass-Fed Lamb

Acana Singles Grass-Fed Lamb was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Acana Singles Grass-Fed Lamb

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 35% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 40%

Ingredients: Raw grass-fed lamb (18%), lamb meat meal (18%), whole green peas, whole red lentils, raw lamb liver (4%), lamb fat (4%), fresh red delicious apples (4%), whole garbanzo beans, whole green lentils, whole yellow peas, raw lamb tripe (2%), raw lamb kidney (2%), dried lamb cartilage (2%), lentil fiber, marine algae (1.2%) (pure and sustainable source of DHA and EPA), fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole pumpkin, dried brown kelp, freeze-dried lamb liver (0.1%), salt, fresh whole cranberries, fresh whole blueberries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips, supplements: vitamin D3, vitamin E, zinc chelate, copper chelate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis31%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis35%17%40%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%36%34%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 34%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb 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 second ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

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

The fourth ingredient lists red 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.

The fifth ingredient is lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

However, raw liver 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 sixth ingredient is lamb fat. Lamb fat is obtained from rendering lamb, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

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

The seventh ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The eighth ingredient includes garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this 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 product.

With three notable exceptions

First, we note the use of additional green lentils and yellow peas, both quality sources of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

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 Singles Dog Food (Canada)
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Acana Singles (Canada) 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 35%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 40%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils, peas and garbanzo beans, this looks like the profile of a kibble still containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Acana Singles (Canada) is a plant-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources 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.

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Notes and Updates

12/05/2016 Last Update

  • Sean Lim Jz

    not to mention I’m also letting him try the garbanzo beans and sardines to see if it triggers him first! hope it helps him, it’s really sad to see him itching!

  • Sean Lim Jz

    i’m so glad you replied as I couldn’t find any reviews on this specific ingredient anywhere. You are right, the only way is to try it out. I have a question though, if I see symptoms of the past again, do I stop and revert back to the vet’s diet just to control it again?

  • Storm’s Mom

    All I can say is that Storm did very well on it (after I fed the sample I mentioned, I did feed a small bag of it too), loved it, and I plan to feed it again as a regular part of my rotation. It doesn’t have any of the ingredients you mentioned, so it might work for you or it might not. The only way you’ll know is to try it.

  • Sean Lim Jz

    Hi, is the pacific pilchard recommended though? My cocker has been suffering from itchy skin and has been on the vet diet for awhile now was thinking of trying something limited ingredients to see how it goes. As of now, my suspicions are either Salmon, Lamb, Potatoes and highly suspect is potatoes. It could be all of them too. do give me your input on it!

  • latigra

    Hi Miranda,
    Our dog is now one year old and we purchased him from a breeder in Woodbridge, Ontario. He is the short haired variety. They are very common in Italy. We lived in the north of Italy for 5 years and we had a female Segugio there. They are lovely dogs and very smart. He has struggled with some digestive issues. I saw a wired hair one listed on Kijiji recently. The breeder we bought him from listed the pups on Kijij last summer. I have never seen a breeder in North America either.
    Best
    Tigra

  • Miranda Gillingham

    Hello,

    May I ask where you got your segugio? We just adopted one, but I have no idea where he could have come from as there does not seem to be a breeder in canada or the US that I can locate. Is your dog short haired or wire haired? I would love to know where you got him/her! thanks,
    Miranda

  • Kinny Salas

    Hi Bibi! My dog had chronic recurring demodex mange. I kept changing food on him to starve the yeast but nothing was working. What worked was stopping all ivermectin shots, changing his shampoo to one with chlorhexidine and ketoconazole (ketoseb ps OR Ketochlor) to kill bacteria, fungus and eliminate odor. Then a weekly mange bath with Taktic amitraz meant for livestock. Well the mange and yeast/fungus issue is under control. All her dog food is free of grains, corn wheat and soy even oats and potatoes.

  • latigra

    Our Segugio Italiano, is 10 months old now and has been on Acana Singles Lamb and Singles Duck without any issues for 3 big bags now. We tried many top quality dog foods before Singles as he consistently had soft, runny poops but not with Singles. I would highly recommend Acana Singles. Our dog loves it and his poop looks normal for the first time since we got him at 8 weeks.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Bah! I picked up a small sample-sized back of the Pacific Pilchard yesterday, mainly because I went to pick up another bag of the new Valens Pasture (not rated on here yet (I’ve submitted a request), but it’s the most excited I’ve seen Storm about a food in a long time, perhaps ever!) and they were out, so instead of buying nothing I saw this new variety and thought I’d try it. My thinking was “oh a new fish protein to try!” ..turns out pilchard is another name for sardine! He’s had sardine before..loved it, and loved the sample he got last night (it smells VERY fishy). but bah so much for giving him something new to try!!!!!

  • Anita Ahern

    Did your frenchie have extra soft stool when you went on the duck formula. We have always used the lamb and apple folrmula but the feed store was out so we started this and he hasn’t been normal for 5 days.

  • marcie

    My Boogie was on Orijen Senior & didn’t know they changed formulas too. As soon as I fed him the U.S. Kentucky version, he started vomiting. I went to my speciality pet store & got the Acana lamb & apple because they still had 2 bags left of the Canadian version. Vomiting stopped, but what the heck will I do when I’m out 🙁
    The quality is not the same. They should have left them alone back in 2014 when they didn’t have so many legumes.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yup, Storm’s poops have definitely firmed up and darkened in the 2 weeks he’s been getting Acana Lamb & Apple. He’s doing great on it, and he definitely likes it!! Adding it to the rotation (lamb options without alfalfa (an intolerance/allergen of his (“alfalfa meal” at least), along with poultry) being few and far between).

  • Storm’s Mom

    Started Storm on the Acana Lamb & Apple this morning mixed 1/3 of the Acana portion with 2/3 of his current Fromm Beef Frittata.. I already knew he wasn’t too fond of the Fromm, but this morning he wolfed down the Acana leaving the Fromm to the end. He actually started to walk away after finishing the Acana (leaving the Fromm.. he very rarely will leave any of his food in the dish) but I was like “um no”, so he went back to finish the Fromm. Morale of the story: Storm seems to like the Acana far more.

    I was going to wait to introduce the Acana until he was within a meal or two of finishing the Fromm bag (he can switch cold turkey with no problems), but he was just not doing well or seemingly enjoying the Fromm, so I decided to give him a break. It seems we’re both happy I did 🙂

    His poops weren’t great on the Fromm, so curious to see if those firm up on the Acana, too. I don’t plan to feed the Acana on its own, though.. the protein’s too low.. so once I’ve totally switched him over, I’ll start putting on a canned topper like Tripett or something.

  • Jesse

    Hi everyone, I heard that Acana changed the formula of the Pork & Squash (or more, but I am only aware of this one). Has anyone noticed any changes on the new and “improved” recipe – skin, eyes, GI?

    Also, anyone concerned with Acana moving to an American facility (v. staying in Canada)? I personally trust Champion as a brand, but would like your thoughts.

    My Charlie was recently diagnosed with colitis and after two weeks on really bland food, this food transitioned well and seemed to suit her sensitive tummy.

    Would love to hear your feedback! Thank you so much.

    Jess

  • Suzie

    try kelp and golden turmeric paste

  • Suzie

    usually if it’s the same company and same line switching shouldn’t be to hard from lamb to pork ect.

  • Suzie

    most vets know nothing about a dogs diet. Their only knowledge
    comes from kibble dog food companies.

  • Suzie

    glad you stopped listening to your stupid vet !

  • Amateria

    That is so sad all she needed was some care, but some people seriously don’t care or money issues, I’ve watched every Hope for Paws episode and India Unlimited and stuff on Foxtel, anyways your comment reminded me of a few dogs who were in the same position.

    I’m 100% sure that the Acana will have her back to healthy as she can be in no time at all 😀

    Thanks to you she will live out the rest of her life loved and cared for and when she does eventually pass at least she’ll die happy.

  • Marion

    I rescued a 8 year old Golden Retriever that was abandoned when the owners moved. She was heart worm positive, large tumors on face and also shot in back leg, etc. etc.
    She has a sensitive stomach after her heart worm treatment and the Acana Lamb and apple has worked out great so far. Fingers crossed!!

  • Joanne Debons

    Thank you for the input. My vet had Sam on a “bland” prescription diet and it made things worse. The prescription diet had a lot of corn wheat and by products which I was surprised my vet didn’t have issue with.

  • marcie

    Yes, this was over a yr ago. He was on a royal canine medicated diet that was giving him diarrhea, heartburn and sometimes constpation and vomiting. I decided to stop listening to my stupid vet & switched his food. He loved it! But now he’s getting older so he’s on a senior diet with higher fiber. Good luck!

  • Joanne Debons

    Did you transition to the new food?

  • marcie

    My schnauzer has sensitive tummy & did great with it. But he sure did have gas!! If its a diet for a dog with sensitive digestion, you would think they would leave legumes like chickpeas out! Duh, right? Oh well.

  • Natalie Schwab

    Our Frenchie had Dermodex and ate Acana, Duck and Pear blend and did great, she is all healed up now. :o) The food is great quality and price isn’t too bad, I highly recommend it.

  • Joanne Debons

    Is Arcana singles lamb good for intolerance since it has a lot of legumes and peas I’m concerned about gas

  • Bibi

    I’ve been giving my dog Nature’s Domain (Kirkland brand) and he doesn’t seem to like it, so I’m thinking about changing it. But my problem is that he has Demodex and I know a lot of these good brands contain selenium yeast (or other types of yeast). I know that Demodex mites feed on yeast, so I’m scared that these foods might cause him to flare up. Does anyone have a recommendation or suggestion of a food brand that will work? Anything will be helpful 🙂

  • InkedMarie

    Because your dog has apparently had problems with the runs and itchy skin, I’d do a transition, taking 5 days, just to see how he does. You may be able to switch fast in the future but you don’t know until you do it.

  • Marcia Byers

    Curious if anyone can help me- my guy Duke has been on Acana lamb and apple, we’re on our third bag.. 🙂 He is doing really well on this! So happy to have finally found a kibble that worked and didn’t give him the runs or itchy skin..now with that being said I know Acana is known for being good for rotating between proteins? Just not sure how to go about trying a new protein but staying in the same line… Do you switch cold turkey or transition every time you switch the protein? I would like to give him variety, but kinda scared as over the year of owning him its been a nightmare to find one that worked, anyways acana lamb and apple is the winner thus far! Is it the end of the world if it comes down to never being able to change his food?

  • Pitlove

    Hi Barbara- I understand your confusion as you have gotten a lot of info without any explanations as to why X food would be better.

    I have some food suggestions for you and an explanation of why I chose them. Firstly, and most importantly you have a large breed puppy. Large breeds are unique in that they stay puppies longer and grow longer than medium and small breeds. This also means that they need a strict diet to make sure they grow slow. This helps reduce the risk of them developing orthopedic disorders like hip dysplasia. You want to choose a food that has safe levels of calcium and phosphorus. Most of these diets will be say “Large Breed Puppy” but since AAFCO doesn’t regulate that term the consumer still needs to do their homework and make sure the company is formulating these diets to meet the needs of a growing large breed puppy.

    Three foods that I already know to be safe are Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy, NutriSource Large Breed Puppy and Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed Puppy. There are many others as well I can suggest, those are just my top picks based on the company and the quality of the product.

  • Barbara

    We are getting a new Golden Retriever Puppy who is going to be 8 1/2 weeks old when she comes home. She is currently with her mother and started on Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy. I went to buy a bag at a pet supply specialty store, and was told that it’s okay….but Fromm would be much better. I was told that life stages is out, and changing up the flavors is in. They told me that Diamond also makes Kirkland (which we feed to our Golden who we had for 13 years). My parents just got puppies and are feeding them Kirkland Puppy Food. My cousin suggested Acana Puppy Food. Now I’m totally confused as what is the best without breaking the bank. At the same time, I’d rather pay more if the food is truly better and will help her to be as healthy as possible. Our last dog never seemed to have any issues, was very spoiled though, and probably got more snacks and people food then he should have. Please advise me.

    Thanks.
    Barbara

  • hayley
  • Shea

    Thanks! We got her food in from chewy.com Thursday. I’ve been transitioning it in with her old food. I thought she would have trouble with it but she doesnt. She loves ir so far! Yes I need to get her the duck next time.

  • Justin Lynn

    About the size of a nickel, they are round. We have fed the pork to our 10 pound dachshund, and she didn’t have any issues, she likes the duck better so we switched to the duck a while back.

  • Shea

    I just ordered the Pork and Butternut Squash for my small terrier. It looks great! Just wanted to know how big the kibble size is. She is used to small kibble. . I’m hoping she will like this. Anyone’s dog try this flavor?

  • Pitlove

    Hi- This is more likely a retailer storage issue than anything. I would bring the bag to the store you got it from and show them what you found and ask for your money back. We carry both Acana and Orijen at my work and have never had these issues. It could also be a distributor storage issue. More often than not those are where the issues lie, not with the company.

  • Deb Smith-Utes

    I have used the Acana Singles Lamb and Okanagan Apple, and my dogs seem to really like it. I recently found a large worm in the bottom of the bag and was not only grossed out, but very upset with the cost of the product, the high quality ziploc bag and i also keep my food in airtight containers. I emailed Acana and sent the lot# information and was extremely unimpressed with their lack of ownership for any possible issue. I received 2 separate emails assuring me that the worm in the food could not possibly come from them due to their “high quality standards, and confidence in their quality control procedures”. When a company is “too perfect” to acknowledge and QC issues, chances are good that there are QC issues behind the scenes. When they dismiss an issue without even researching, they have shown me that my pet deserves much better care and products than what they have to offer.

  • Pitlove

    Have you looked at the Acana Singles Lamb and Apple since she is on Fromm Lamb? Also have you looked online for Fromm? chewy.com as far as I known is not out of stock on Fromm

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    My Abbie is having skin issues. Had to take her to the vet on July 28. There’s only so much he can do because she is auto immune. She did have some fleas, which we have got rid off, Then we had to board her to go to Clemson and she got them again. She can only use Advantix 2- can’t use anything absorbed into the skin because of the auto immune. She’s in remission right now and I want to keep it that way. She’s on Fromm Lamb & Lentils, but where I get it, their -2- stores are out due to distribution issues. May have to try Acana. She’s also allergic to chicken, white potatoe and pork……

  • emmajo

    I think I came across this one a while back, I will go look. Thanks a whole lot!

  • emmajo

    Thanks so much! I will check it out, I appreciate your help!

  • Crazy4cats

    Here is a link for a website that has some free recipes that you can design yourself and they also have some recipes formulated by vets that you have to have a prescription for and cost a fee. https://secure.balanceit.com/
    Check it out!

  • Akex

    justfoodfordogs.com
    They are a dog food kitchen in Southern California,balanced and the formulas have undergone feeding trials to prove they are balanced and nutritious. I buy there food (freshly made with human ingredients daily) because its near by my house but they also give out the recipes and you can purchase the make at home nutrient packs to make it yourself with your own meats and veggies. The do it yourself at home packs are really cheap. You are supposed to follow there recipes and each pack has its own recipe( beef, chicken etc) . This.company is revolutionizing dog food industry unlike any other company. If your budget allies, you can also order the frozen fresh food delivered to your home. Check them out.

  • emmajo

    I appreciate your input. I will look into that. Thanks a lot Pitlove!

  • Pitlove

    Ah alright. Honestly your best bet is to try to contact a veterinary nutritionist who can help you balance your meals. Or they might be able to recommend a supplement that will balance it. I would not rely soley on reviews of a product. I think a nutritionists advice is needly to truly make sure your home cooked meals are balanced.

  • emmajo

    Thank you pitlove for the reply. I have seen the Wysong, but one of my girls has a allergy to chicken. I also seen the See Spot live longer but its discontinued. So I came upon the U-stew , I can’t find many reviews about it , but the ones that I have are positive. I have them both on Farmina GF lamb right now, but my girl with the allergies is itching on it and has dark skin in spots from it. I have just given up on kibble, and decided to home cook. I just need to find a good supplement that will give them a balanced home cooked meal. Really thinking about the U-stew but I would like to hear more reviews about it first. If anyone has used this I would love to hear their input on it. Or any other supplement that would be a good choice.

  • Pitlove

    have a look at this Wysong product developed by Dr. Randy Wysong

    http://www.wysong.net/products/cotw-dog-cat-supplement.php

  • emmajo

    I decided to cook for my girls, I’m looking for a good supplement to put in their homemade food to make sure it is properly balanced. Does anyone have any suggestions? A premix or powdered supplement? I have been looking at U-Stew, has anyone tried it?

  • Pitlove

    they most likely developed an intolerance to something in whichever formula you are using. you could simply try a different one.

  • emmajo

    I used to love the food until the new formula change, both my girls turned into itch balls on it.

  • kikki

    Re: chicken – I agree. One of my dogs gets an upset stomach any time he eats poultry. It’s been such a pain finding a good dog food for him that doesn’t include chicken, duck, turkey, or any of their related by-products.

  • smnorth

    I find it interesting that Acana Singles garners only 4 stars. Was this review completed before or after Champion Foods re-vamped their lines? (Several Acana products have “old” and “new” packaging with tiny tweaks to ingredients.) I am trying to balance a senior dog on pork-only, and I am getting great results with this product, which thankfully is chicken free. Side thought: Since chicken is frequently noted to be an allergen, why is it so often incorporated into feed?! Just sayin’ . . .

  • Pitlove

    Terms like “Holistic” don’t have any type of legal meaning. Companies can use it as advertising to sway customers to feeling the food is higher quality. Not all natural foods are created equal however.

    I would not worry about the marketing buzz words used to describe foods, I would look at the ingredient panels and at the company to decide if it’s a food that is worth feeding based on what you know to be true of dog nutrition.

  • sharron

    hi – hope your day is going good – can u explain to me what exactly is holistic dog food and the people that feed it do they also believe in alternative medicine etc and is holistic dog food that much better thanks

  • Pitlove

    Weird, my pitbull is not very active right now and he did not gain weight at all on Orijen. Orijen is higher calories than Acana so you actually might have been feeding too much of the Orijen even if you were going by the feeding guidelines. Rotating within Acana is a fine idea. You can always mix a trial bag of Orijen in there and just try feeding less. If you are not comfortable doing that you still have a lot of variety with Acana.

    Once I get my boys skin issues under control I plan to rotate within Orijen.

  • sharron

    my issue now is with myself not with lexee – since she isn’t that picky anymore, i really could feed her any dry and she will eat it, of course it still has to have wet mixed it – so now i wonder if she should be on this food or that food – i like acana, she likes acana and it is canadian made, so i will stay with it – is there perhaps a better food than acana – orijen makes her gain weight, which she doesn’t need to do, she’s not active enough

  • Pitlove

    thats probably the best idea with a small dog. It’s not a good idea to buy a bag that you can’t finish in about a month or so. You would end up with not very fresh food with a large bag.

  • sharron

    i can’t get through a larger bag of any dry fast enough, she gets bored of the same thing about 3-4 weeks – so when i finish a trial size i buy another bag for about $4.00 – works out quite well

  • Pitlove

    Thank you that is very sweet of you to ask. It’s a work in progress. I’m going to put him back on Orijen after the bag of Fromm he’s on right now. It’s the only food his skin was completely clear on.

    I love the trial size bags that Orijen/Acana do! It’s a great way for people to try such an expensive food without feeling overwhelmed.

    edit: I remember our previous talk about canned foods and the original comment of yours I responded to about feeding mediocre foods and still seeing good results. I laughed because I was literally just saying the other day on the Nature’s Logic review that it bothers me that I see these gorgeous dogs eating ProPlan and why can’t I have a dog thats problem free. I really know how you feel.

  • sharron

    hi – i bought the trial size bags of the lamb, pork, and duck limited ingredients – that way i can change formula every few days so she doesn’t get bored – it was the royal canin chihuahua from the pet store – hope everything is well with you and your buddy – been reading some of the posts about your dog

  • Pitlove

    Glad to hear your girl is doing well on Acana. which Singles formula is she on? Were you previously feeding her prescription RC or regular RC?

  • sharron

    just wanted to say that the acana sure filled up lexee – fed her around 4:00 and there wasn’t any begging at the table when we had dinner, that was around 5:00 – gave her 1/8 cup of the acana with a tsp of wet – works well – i’m pretty sure i will stick with the acana singles and give up on the royal canin

  • theBCnut

    All mammals have demodex naturally in their hair follicles. A suppressed or challenged immune system will allow them to get out of control. Food can definitely affect the immune response.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Almost every dog has demodex mites on their body. It’s a suppressed immune system that will cause them to multiply to the point of creating a problem. One of my dogs developed demodetic mange after a severe reaction to food in her diet. Demodex mange was positively diagnosed. I changed her diet, washed her every 10 days for a month with a natural shampoo containing neem oil and boosted her immune system with echinacea for 10 days. She recovered completely.

  • Mange is caused by skin parasites. Food makes no difference in this case. You need to treat the parasite with something like selamectin.

  • sharron

    have lexee on the singles – i know that you don’t feed as much – it says on the bag 1/2 cup – that’s how much she was eating on the other food she was on – how much do you cut back

  • AVD1975

    Sadly my pup has had mashed-potato textured stools since I switched her to Acana puppy… I’m going to have to change it up again. Any suggestions?

  • Crazy4dogs

    I agree. Even my vet’s office recommends an elimination diet first.

  • DogFoodie

    Unfortunately, allergy tests are notorious for both false positives and false negatives. The only way to accurately identify food intolerances is through the process of an elimination diet. Believe me, if those tests were accurate, I’d be first in line.

  • Crazy4dogs

    My vet says & I honestly believe the only true allergy test you can rely on is a scratch test, like you would do on a human. Others may have different views.

  • Danielle Defalco

    I just learned that you can do an allergy test on your dogs that will determine it’s food allergies!! It seems like not very many people are aware of these things so I am not positive if they are legit or not. I do trust the pet store that sells it though so I’m going to do it for my babies soon when i Catch up on money. I have my dogs on blue buffalo but tomorrow I’m going to start a transition again off of that crap. I’m trying to figure out something I can trust but gosh it’s hard!

  • Crazy4dogs

    So glad you found the cause & amended/deleted your comment. I had a foster with Giardia. It was tough for us too since it didn’t show up at first testing.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Lucy-
    Giardia is frustrating. It can be tough to diagnose. I’m glad you found the cause, treated it and let everyone know that it wasn’t the food! Hope they stay giardia free!

  • Lucy S.

    I deleted my comment because I found the root cause of my dog’s symptoms. They had Giardia, which can be asymptomatic but sometimes shows up as vomiting. Since they were treated, they’ve been fine and we since put them back on the same bag (transferred to a container) of Duck Singles. They are doing just fine and now that they’re well again even finicky Lucy loves it. Kyle, an intolerance wasn’t ruled out but felt it was less likely as both dogs got sick, not that it wouldn’t be possible 🙂

  • theBCnut

    The kibbling process destroys many fragile nutrients, which is why raw feeders feed raw.

  • Kyle

    because of the entirety of the animal being used, it eliminates the need for synthetic supplements to be added. Many raw feeders rarely add supplements to the food as the different parts of the animal provide various forms of benefits

  • Kyle

    might be an intolerance. I know that our pup had problems on any poultry food (vomiting/bloating), have now switched between the Fish and Single Lamb formula with no problems anymore. Plan on trying out the Pork in the coming weeks

  • Lucy S.

    Katie I wrote to Acana and though they’ve not heard from other customers about a similar issue they’re willing to replace the bag with something else. I’m waiting to hear back on next steps.

    I would recommend writing to them too. Acana/Orijen goes through fairly vigorous testing before they ship the foods out, but it’s possible that spoilage could occur afterward. Customer feedback helps them identify if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

    Update: We’re at 9 days on Orijen Six Fish and still no vomiting, so I’m fairly sure the Duck is the cause. If it were just one of my dogs vomiting on Singles Duck I might chalk it up to a food intolerance as it’s their first time on duck protein, but the fact both are vomiting tells me otherwise.

  • Melissaandcrew

    I don’t think Acana is making the original duck or lamb formulas any longer. I think the only version being made is the singles. Their website shows just the one…

  • Katie

    Lucy I am currently experiencing the same issue with a new bag of the Duck singles treats – that is the only issue I can find because my pet has been on the same bag of food for almost a month. Were you able to find out any more information?

  • Lucy S.

    Yup, I’m aware of the difference. While I no longer have the bag, my online order invoice says Singles, so unless they made an error packing up the order (the bags look pretty identical so wouldn’t be impossible) it should be the Singles. I bought a bag of Orijen Six Fish as my local store doesn’t carry Acana and switched them over without transition. They haven’t vomited 3 days in.

  • DogFoodie

    There are actually two different Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear formulas. The singles and the original formulas. Are you sure that you’re feeding the same formula that you usually feed?

  • Lucy S.

    We are big fans of Acana, our two dogs have been eating it for two years now, switching proteins between the Regionals and more recently Singles with every bag. They just started a new bag of the Singles Duck for the first time a week and a half ago, and since then both dogs have been vomiting about every 2-3 days each.

    Nothing has changed during this time in terms of their environment, treats/chews, and haven’t been given any medication. They will vomit within 30 minutes to a few hours after feeding time. Their stools look normal and their energy level is the same.

    They switched to the Singles line three bags ago from Regionals and had no issues switching proteins without a transition. I am not ruling out either a quality issue or a food intolerance issue, though it’s odd that both dogs are vomiting.

    Has anyone experienced this with Acana Singles Duck and Bartlett Pear? Or has anyone experienced vomiting when switching proteins? I was told you can switch between them without transitioning on Acana by multiple folks at the feed store. Thanks.

  • Kinny Salas

    I thought Emma was one of the stuffed toys in the bin! I was straining my eyes looking for the dog in the photo

  • Dog_Obsessed

    DFA rates foods on ingredients and nutritional analysis only, so Champion being an awesome company doesn’t contribute to the rating.

  • Ray Korbyl

    It was hard to read because I was editing it because I used some bad words in it ,so I had to change the wording..

  • aquariangt

    Your paragraph was a bit difficult to read x.x I think most of us agree that Champion is a fantastic company, and 4 stars is a fine rating, I feed 4 star foods happily. The reviews have nothing to do with the company itself (as evidenced by Diamond and Blue Buffalo products receiving 5 stars) It is solely based on ingredients and the GA of the food. The reason this hasn’t hit 5 stars is because it is a bit lower in protein than some of the 5 star foods. I wouldn’t be concerned about feeding it at all. I don’t personally because of the kibble size, but I would with a bigger dog

  • Ray Korbyl

    I have to say that this dog food should be a 5 star,I don’t no why it isn’t and there’s another thing I would like to share is I did a tour of the Champion pet food facility in mornville Alberta,Canada and they are the real deal,there food is truly human grade food and you could eat off the floor anywhere you go in that facility,its cleaner than my house and anyone that knocks orijen or acana is full of poop because they truly are a family run business and there not in it for the money there in to make the best dog food on the market, and there quality control is top notch,I truly think that the dogs that have issues with there foods is not because the quality, its because it is far more superior than any other dog food on the market and it is real meat and real fish and real alfla not GMO and there facility is state of the art and no other dog food companys use it,just orijen and acana …And no I do not Wrk for the company,I Wrk in the oil patch and booked a tour and I am glad u did because I no how much effort they truly put into there products.I wasn’t feeding there products to my dog but after the tour I am trying acana singles pork and butternut squash and I also bought there lamb and okanagan apples, I have a dog with allergies and I still don’t no what it us to,I am thinking its chicken and or alfla,but still don’t no so I am trying a can as limited ingredients to see if one if them will Wrk.

  • Kyburz Willowynd

    My pups adore these foods, but I’m worried about the lack of supplements in these formulas. I mean, it would be great if it were not necessary, but from my understanding extruded dog foods really loose some of the nutrients in the food due to high cooking temperatures. Now if you look on the Acana website, it says: ” we slow-cook our foods at low temperatures (90C/195F).” … so maybe I don’t need to worry? Anyone have any thoughts on this? thanks!

  • Kinny Salas

    Whenever Orijen Adult runs out on the shelves I switch my chow to this and her Demodex mange just flares up. I am surprised because the new formulas are now grain and potato free. Well to be fair all other grain free food available I have tried even orijen six fish and acana Pacifica causes her flare ups. It’s just Orijen adult, canidae pure sky and Orijen regional red she is safe from. Maybe it’s the higher protein and lots less lentils.

  • Cheryl, Pepper & Millie-Belle

    Hi Oliver,
    She is precious, she looks like my older gal.
    If you don’t mind me asking what type of skin issues were you dealing with?
    Mine had problems with grass.
    How much does she weigh?
    Aren’t they just the greatest

  • Oliver

    I switch my dog food from go natural duck potato to Acana lamp and Apple recently. and my Mini schnauzer love this formula so much. this is the only food I have ever seen in past 5years she eat so well. she gain weight after two weeks, and skin problem previously improved. I feel very happy to choose this food for my dog. how come I didnt choose it early?? I really recommend this dog food to All the dog lovers.

  • Ezra’s mom

    Thank you so much for responding so quickly and thoroughly! The new NVI formula is definitely responsible for a big change in his pooping patterns. He used to go 2–3 times a day (usually 2); now he goes once a day and it’s huge! I don’t know that that’s necessarily bad, but it doesn’t seem optimal to me. Ezra has a lot of environmental allergies and dry skin, so the itching could be from that (it’s been unusually dry here for the past
    couple of weeks after record rains, and he is very sensitive), as opposed to the new food. We know he is allergic to either peppermint oil or fish oil, as the fish oil supplement a vet recommended for his skin issues made it much, much worse (not sure if it’s the peppermint oil they put in it or the fish oil itself). We’ve always fed him lamb-based foods (since chicken made him sick — diarrhea), though we do give him other proteins for treats, as well. He can be a picky eater, too. We like the ZiwiPeak, but don’t want to feed that exclusively for several reasons: 1. We like to use his kibble as treats fairly regulary, and ZiwiPeak winds up as dust in the treat bag; it also does not work as well as kibble in a Kong, which we use for meals. 2. My gut tells me he needs more fruit- and veggie-based stuff in his food. 3. It is insanely expensive! So we’ve used a combination of the NVI LID and Ziwi Peak. We learned the hard way that changing his food needs to be done very slowly (we transition for about a month!), as we made him very sick when we first adopted him by changing his food too quickly (first-time parents). That’s why I am going insane trying to choose just the right kibble to replace the NVI. We give him Lotus small-bites lamb kibble as treats, so I was thinking of switching to that, but it’s not as highly rated AND it contains an egg product, which I try to avoid (primarily to the chicken allergy). He actually loves rice and quinoa, so I don’t feel the need to go grain-free. I am thinking about the Acana Lamb and Apple (this one: http://www.chewy.com/dog/acana-lamb-okanagan-apple-formula/dp/34856).

  • DogFoodie

    I think the Acana Lamb & Apple is great. I personally would choose the grain inclusive formula rather than the grain free because mine is sensitive to chickpeas and lentils which the Acana Singles variety has. Chewy.com carries both. They also carry both Duck & Bartlett Pear.

    I still use NVI LID Duck, but no longer care for the lamb formula. I don’t like the formula changes either. Would you consider the duck, turkey or rabbit formulas of the NVI.

    Actually, it concerns me that your dog is still itchy on the NVI LID. He’s still reacting to something. How’s his stool? Does he have dry skin that some Omegas in the form of fish or other vegeterian (if required) added to his food. Mine can’t have any fish, including fish oil, so I use either Ovega-3 algae oil or Springtime Natural’s Skin & Coat Oil, both are vegeterian.

  • Ezra’s mom

    Hi DogFoodie My Ezra has eaten Nature’s Variety Instinct LID lamb (with a bit of ZiwiPeak lamb), since we discovered he is allergic to chicken. Nature’s Variety recently changed the formula. It lost a star on this site, and it isn’t doing that well for Ezra: itchier and fewer poops. So I’m looking for a limited-ingredient lamb kibble to replace the Nature’s Variety. Considering the Acana lamb and apple single. Would love to know your thoughts, since you like Nature’s Variety, too. Thanks!

  • minto5

    Hi Crazy4cats! Yes the Phytomucil does wonders. I saw the powder too but have only tried the liquid. It’s great stuff!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi minto5-
    I have used phytomucil with success as well. It also comes in a powder form for those of you with larger dogs that are interested.

  • minto5

    Thanks! They are little munchkins for surel Full names are Emma Lou and Ivy Jo , lol, They only get called first and middle name when they are getting reprimanded, lol!

  • Dori

    Awwww! So darn cute. They’re adorable. Love their names too.

  • minto5

    Thanks, I finally saw them!

  • minto5

    Emma was a couple of years younger than she is now , I couldn’t find any recent pics, but she still looks the same…and Ivy pics were taken about when she was a puppy of about 3 or 4 months old i think. They are both small pugs, Emma 14 pounds and Ivy 13. Thanks, I think they are adorable too, lol!

  • minto5

    Sorry I had to leave for a bit, hubby got home from work, lol! Thank you, I think they are too, course I am a bit bias..and yes, they are very spoiled, but they are spoiled in a good way, not the bratty type of spoiled, lol..

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I see the pics. They are ADORABLE! They look just like puppies!

  • theBCnut

    Sometimes it takes a few minutes for pictures to show up.

  • minto5

    I loaded a pic of my girls but now don’t see it, can anyone see it? I am posting another. The first 2 pics are Emma my 4 year old, and the last 2 are of Ivy, my 1 year old .

  • DogFoodie

    I can see them!

    Very cute! They’re absolutely adorable. Those look like two very pampered little pugs!

  • minto5

    I loaded a pic of my girls but now don’t see it, can anyone see it? I am posting another. The first pic is Ivy, my 1 year old and the second one is Emma, my 4 year old.

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  • minto5

    My youngest Ivy, since the day I brought her home had soft poo and every few days throwing up…I took her to the vet 4 times, and they tested her for different things, all negative. So I started searching online, and found something called Animals’ Apawthecary – Phytomucil – Herbal Digestive Tincture for Dogs and Cats sold at Amazon, and put her on that, it has slippery elm in it and settles their stomach…and also I put Ivy and Emma on a probiotics since I think all dogs need that…since then, she has never threw up again. I don’t know how the Apawthecary would do for food intolerance, but for something like acid reflux or just a sensitive tummy, it is a god-send. Maybe you could try that. I know for Ivy, it completley cured her. I keep it in the fridge just in case I ever need it again.

  • minto5

    Thank you. I have tears in my eyes with what you said about him feeling safe in my arms. I think that also, and not just that but I think he held on as long as he could with his illness because he knew how much he was loved and how much I needed him. He was always happy and loving up until a week before he passed… We had a very strong bond, as I also have now with my 4 year old Emma. WIth Ivy too, but not as much as Ivy just turned a year old and is still in the puppy stage and more independent..but we still are close.. I still dream about Boogie at times and those dreams make me happy and sad at the same time. I can’t imagine being without a baby either, they are one of the few things in life that you can count on and they love us as much as we love them. They are a precious gift.

  • DogFoodie

    Food intolerance issues. Sam is my beautiful 2-1/2 year old Golden Retriever, who has been a challenge since the start. He can’t have fish or fish oil. He can’t have flax, garlic, chickpeas, lentils or beans. Not a long list, but you wouldn’t believe how often fish and flax are added to foods for the additional Omegas. I give Sam a vegeterian Omega 3 algae supplement, called Ovega 3.

  • minto5

    Thanks for telling me! I read on here alot, I don’t know how I missed that Wellness cut ties with Diamond. That’s good to know. I did read about THK, and in their case, I don’t hold that against them as they were so honest about it and came forward. It can happen to the best of them… I also thought about Fromm, which I had feed Emma about 3 years ago with no problems..and even though they have never had a recall, I don”t trust them after reading on here about the underhanded way they have acted.

  • DogFoodie

    That’s so kind of you!

    I agree with you, I believe another pup would help to ease my friend’s grief.

    I wonder if your pup decided to let go, because he wanted to spare you having to going through the euthanasia. He knew it was OK to let go when he was in your arms, where he felt safe.

    I’m so sorry. And, I’m so glad you have your pups now. I can’t imagine being without one. They bring so much to our lives. : )

  • minto5

    I feel so bad for your friend. She sounds just like me. In my case, getting another so soon is what saved me. I wasn’t trying to replace Boogie, but just to fill the enormous hole that was left in my heart when he passed. For me, getting another baby absolutely got me out of that black hole. It gave me something to focus on besides my pain as I was so busy with her , you know how much work puppies are! I would advise anyone to get one as soon as they can, as I truly believe that it helps tremendously with the grief. I still miss Boogie to this day, and if I hadn’t of gotten Emma so soon, I think I would still be grieving . So I really think getting another would help your friend alot. I know it sure did me, and others I know also. Tell your friend God Bless, and I am going to send a prayer right now for her.

  • DogFoodie

    No worries about Wellness as far as recalls. I know that’s the brand you see feeding your pup that passed. They completely severed ties with Diamond after the last recall. I’d prefer no recalls also, but the way a company handles the recall is important to me. Like, for example, The Honest Kitchen, had a recall due to a concerning batch of parsley. They were very upfront about it. Plus you’re feeding a rotational diet now, so you don’t have to be concerned about prolonged exposure or dietary deficiencies.

  • DogFoodie

    A friend recently lost her Bichon after she ate a bunch of raw onions at a picnic. My friend ended up being off work for two and a half weeks. I haven’t said anything to her about this, but I can’t help but think maybe she shouldn’t wait to get another dog. She’s single with no children and her pup was her world. You’re definitely not crazy!

  • minto5

    I have had Emma on numerous foods before I settled on the Acana, with really no problems with the other foods. The reason I settled on Acana is because of them never being on the recall list. And I heard mostly good about them, and the ingredients were good. Never being recalled is important to me, and one of the many things I look for when choosing a food. Really, I can feed her anything, she is as tough as an ox , lol. My other is a little bit more sensitive in the tummy area though. But she does great on both the Farmina and Acana. I am afraid of the Wellness now, and the NV because of the recalls. I used to feed homemade when Emma was little, but was afraid I wasn’t giving her everything she needs. I do feed some fresh veggies and a little chicken breast for treats though. Thanks for the suggestions! I may not try the Annamaet after your suggestions. Finding a good dog food shouldn’t be this hard!

  • minto5

    Just wondering, what problems does your one dog have?

  • minto5

    I am so sorry for your loss! Labs are beautiful dogs, I have know a few and they are so lovable. I sure know how it feels. I had to take off work for 2 weeks when my male passed, I couldn’t even function, His health didn’t really improve as he got older, just the allergies and seizures part… At 11 he was diagnosed with CHF and kidney failure. He did great until about the last year of his life and then slowly started to recline , especially the last 2 weeks. The last week of his life was really bad, and we had made the heart-wrenching decision to put him down, as we didn’t want him to suffer. That next morning ,after our decision to let him go, he went into a seizure and died in my arms before we reached the vets office. I was completely traumatized. When Boogie died, I couldn’t even function. It was horrible..It’s a terrible thing to go through, as you well know..I think my family thinks I’m crazy the way I care so much for my babies. I do anything for them to keep them in the best health as possible. They are my life. In my case, I only waited a month before I got Emma, as the pain and emptiness was so bad after losing Boogie…and I though maybe getting another would help get me through, and it did… She brought me back to life, and then 3 years later I got Ivy. Getting Emma helped me through my grief of losing Boogie. For me, it was the right thing to do. I know for others, they need to wait before getting another, as we all get through it the best way we can, each in our own way. I can’t imagine my life without having a baby around, but it sure is pure hell when we have to say goodbye.

  • DogFoodie

    What a blessing for his health to have improved as he aged!

    It’s so painful when we have to say goodbye. I’ve been there, too. It was so hard when I had to let my lab go, that it was nine years before I could bring myself to get another dog.

  • DogFoodie

    Hmm, I think I’d hold off. The Annamaet Manitok had multiple animal proteins, plus some other potential problem ingredients. I honestly think I’d put him on a limited ingredient food and see how he does. He needs to be on it for a while, until all those histamines can clear out.

    I love Nature’s Variety Instinct LID. Wellness also makes some good LIDs.

  • minto5

    Yes, I was meaning pugs in general are itchy, but neither one of mine have ever been, except the one pug that got itchy with the Farmina. Neither one of mine have ever been itchy before. It’s funny you said about the Omega’s, I just went to Chewys and ordered the Acana, and also ordered the Grizzley’s Salmon oil after reading that would help with itchy skin. Even though they both do great on the Acana, I thought adding the Omega would be good for them anyway. I don’t think my one pug is predisposed to itchy skin, as she has never had it before, just has a reaction to something in the Farmina. I think Farmina is a great food though.

  • theBCnut

    I have them on order, so I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m hoping for good results. They don’t have any ingredients my dog can’t handle, but he’s never had that high a level of peas, beans, and lentils, so I have no idea if he’ll be gassy or anything. I’d be afraid with pugs too, with their reputation for being gassy.

  • DogFoodie

    Are you saying your pups are itchy anyway, or pugs in general, are itchy anyway? What about when they’re eating the Acana?

    Have you tried adding some extra Omega 3’s? Fish oil might help or half a tin of sardines once weekly.

    I would also been concerned they were reacting to an ingredient in the food. Maybe take a look at a true limited ingredient food. I’ve had great success with Nature’s Variety Instinct LID.

    Also, Sandy, who is a moderator here fosters pugs and she might also have some suggestions.

  • theBCnut

    I haven’t tried them yet, so I don’t know if he can handle that much, but in general, he doesn’t have any issue I know of with peas and lentils.

  • minto5

    My one pug never had a problem with skin allergies until the Farmina ND. Now her skin is dark in places and she rubs her face and scratches. I think it is the brewers dried yeast or maybe the beet pulp in it. My other pug has no problems. Do you think the Annamaet will be ok? I read the ingredients and don’t see anything that might bother her. I will be trying the Annmaet Manitok formula.

  • DogFoodie

    Can he eat all those lentils without a problem?

    You’re right, the packaging is virtually identical, with the exception of the word, “singles.”

  • DogFoodie

    I can do Annamaet for one of my dogs…, the one who can eat anything. I wish I could use it for my problem pup. Good luck trying it in your rotation!

  • minto5

    I”m happy you are having good luck on the new line. I’m afraid to try it as pugs are itchy anyway and I’m afraid and pretty sure they wouldn’t do well on it.

  • minto5

    You are very welcome! I was blown away! I wonder if the backlash against the new line had anything to do with it? I was so upset and have been searching for a new food. Last bag I bought was Farmina. One of my pugs does well on it, the other has some skin allergies on it. So I have been on the search. I called Chewy after noticing they still had the old formula on their website. I called to see how much they had in stock. Chewy had no idea they were keeping the old formula either, so good thing I called! So now we know we can still get the old formula. I wonder why Acana isn’t saying that they are still making the old formula? Strange. In any case, I am so glad I checked on this and don’t have to worry about switching and can still feed Acana. I have heard good things about Annemaet so I think I will start rotating with that. I have had good luck with the Duck with both my pugs, never tried the Lamb, but might add that to my rotation. No way will I try the new formula. My pugs would be an itching nightmare on that, I’m afraid. Good luck on trying Acana again!

  • theBCnut

    And I have the opposite issue. Micah couldn’t use the old formulas, but the new ones give him 3 more options, but I’ll have to remember to make sure I see Singles in the name.

  • DogFoodie

    Seriously?!

    That seems so weird. I just figured they were depleting their old stock. The “old” formula isn’t on the Acana website.

    I have dog with food intolerance issues and this is one of the few that doesn’t have any of his problem ingredients. I never had luck with Acana before, but I think I’ll try it again. I wouldn’t go near the new formulas with all its lentils, etc., but the old one is worth a shot.

    Thanks for letting us know!

  • minto5

    Hi everyone. I just thought all would like to know that Acana will continue to make both the old and new formula in the singles line. I talked to Ariel at Chewy.com, and he called them for me after my concerns and they assured him they would be continuing the old formula . They have it right now at Chewy. The new line is called

    ACANA Duck & Bartlett Pear Singles Formula Dry Dog Food and the old formula is called

    ACANA Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula Dry Dog Food. I for one am thrilled about this. Off to Chewys to order some right now!

  • malrescueSATX

    Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. I guess I should have stated it slightly differently as I am not so much “worried” about all the legumes as simply not thrilled about it.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Malrescue-I have tried the lamb only to date, and all love it. The only reason I have not tried the grain free duck is because they have not had it in stock. Also used the Pork formula. Dogs have eaten both without issue or negative consequence.

  • malrescueSATX

    The new formularies have been out a few months now and was wondering what everyone’s thoughts were???
    We have had pretty good results with most of our pack (all huskies and malamutes) but one seems to not want to eat it all the time and we are having to rotate flavors a little faster than we used to, but all seem healthy and happy. A little worried about the legume overload. Thinking of going back to using more of the Acana Regional Line or at least a combo of the two in order to increase meat protein a bit and downplay the legumes a little. Personally, we never minded the single grain formulary that featured steel cut oats.

  • Julie Rogers

    They sure went overboard on the lentils and beans. There’s nothing wrong with Steel Cut Oats and my dog loves the old recipe. They already make grain-free foods so I don’t know why they didn’t add a Duck Meat food to their Regional’s line.

  • Melissaandcrew

    I think its nice to off the potatoes and oats but replacing them with a boat load of peas and lentils does not make me smile.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I can stand the trend toward chickpeas and lentils! A have one dog who does very poorly on them and have heard so many others here talk about their dogs developing gas and loose stool on legumes heavy foods.

  • Jeremy

    I don’t know, personally I think dropping the white potato and steel cut oats is a very good move.

  • Julie Rogers

    Looks like the new Duck and Bartlett Pear formula isn’t as high of quality as the old formula. They haven’t released the new formula in Washington State yet so I think I am going to stock up on the old formula while I can still get it. Looks like Acana is getting a bigger bang for your buck but you and your dog aren’t.

    NEW:
    INGREDIENTS

    Duck meal, deboned duck*, green lentils, red lentils, duck
    liver*, pears*, duck fat,

    green peas, yellow peas, algae, garbanzo beans, pumpkin*,
    carrots*, freeze-dried

    duck liver, kelp, chicory root, ginger root, peppermint
    leaf, lemon balm, mixed

    tocopherols (preservative), dried Enterococcus faecium
    fermentation product.

    OLD FORMULA:
    Duck meal, deboned duck,
    steel-cut oats, peas, whole pears, whole potato, duck fat, duck liver,
    sun-cured alfalfa, oat flakes, algae meal (source of DHA, EPA), pea fiber,
    whole apples, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots,
    spinach, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, minerals, vitamins, 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

  • PW

    I have 3 Shelties – we were using Lamb and Apple original formula. Bought bag of new formula – 2 Shelties had no issues, but my youngest Sheltie is not doing well on it. I introduced it slowly but even then it caused him to have loose stool.

  • Freeholdhound

    Not a complete hit here. Harry eats it, but certainly doesn’t run to the bowl like the Natures Logic. I know Lamb isn’t something he’ll go for so thinking of giving the Duck a shot.

  • Nectarmom

    2 weeks later the Acana Pork and Butternut squash is a complete hit with my shihtzu and she runs to her bowl.

  • Freeholdhound

    Still mixing with NL Beef here also & all is well here too.

  • nectarmom

    So far so good with the Pork and Butternut Squash. I am still mixing Brother’s Complete and Nutrisca lamb and chickpea and all is well. Well except my shih Tzu but I don’t think any food will ever agree with her after the Darwin’s issue. But I am quite thrilled with the 3 foods I am using with my crew.

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  • Dori

    Sorry C4C. Just couldn’t help myself. LOL : ) (You did sound a bit like my mom there for a moment). HA HA

  • Freeholdhound

    That’s what I did too. The Last bag of Earthborn Holistic GPF didn’t seem to go over as well as his Natures Logic Beef. Another option would be great

  • Crazy4cats

    Dori!!! You watch your language, young lady! LOL 🙂

  • Dori

    DAMN! That’s a lot of of legumes and peas and on top of that they’ve added garbanzo beans. I’ll have to pass. I’m sure my girls would like it but it would definitely not agree with Katie.

  • Betsy Greer

    I know one of my two dogs could try it, at least for a short time. The ingredients are so pea and legume heavy, but I like the rest of the formula. Green lentils, red lentils, green peas, yellow peas and garbanzo beans.

    Ingredients:
    Deboned pork, pork meal, green lentils, red lentils, pork liver, butternut squash, pork fat, green peas, yellow peas, canola oil, algae, garbanzo beans, pumpkin, carrots, pork kidney, freeze-dried pork liver, kelp, chicory root, ginger root, peppermint leaf, lemon balm, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, zinc proteinate

  • nectarmom

    I just saw it too and ordered me a small bag to see if we can use it in rotation.

  • Freeholdhound

    Just saw the new Pork & Butternut Squash recipe available on Chewy.com. Finally!

  • guest

    I just picked up the “New Formula” bag in Calgary, Alberta. Can’t wait to try. Had my Yorkie & my Shih-tzu on Royal Canin and wan’t to transition them off. Here is hoping! xx

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you! Appreciate your help!

  • theBCnut

    They have reformulated it. The old formula is what those reviews are for. The new formula is so new that it still isn’t available most places in the US.
    Sent from my iPod

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you. Good to learn. We still can’t use it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Acana Singles aren’t new, but have recently been reformulated.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Dr TIMS website announces that his BEEF FORMULA is about to arrive at Chewy. Our GSD has done GREAT on Dr Tim’s Persuit. I don’t think of Dr Tim’s as a sneaky dog food company. I hope I’m right. He seems honest and truly caring. He has strong reasons for his formulations, and they seem to work for lots of people.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Even by wet -behind- the – ears self picked up on that and thought the same. My dogs cannot do lentils so we shall not try it. I thought Acana was a “much better than average” company, maybe they are falling for the old average tricks.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I must be totally ignorant but at CHEWY.COM there are REVIEWS for this food that are dated 2012. I thought it was “NEW” as they advertise on their site with that big red “NEW!” sign on front of the bag. What’s up?

  • Betsy Greer

    Here’s Champion’s response to my inquiry as to when the new Acana Singles would be available in the US:

    Hi Betsy,

    Thank you for your email and interest in ACANA!

    We are hoping you will see the new Singles diet formulations on store shelves this summer. The website is showing the new ingredient lists, as well as updated guaranteed and typical analysis for the diets, however, they are not yet available. We are hoping to be able to ship them out to our export markets soon, but, I don’t have a firm date at this time, sorry. You can stay tuned to our website or check back with us at a later date to see if we have an expected date for availability.

    If you have any other questions or I can be of further assistance please do write back.

    Warm Regards,

    Ruth Customer Care Champion Petfoods LP

  • Will Moase

    I am from pei and they dont have the new formula…but I was in ontario last week and decided to look for it at global…found it in burlington…but they didnt even now they had the new formula on the shelf

  • theBCnut

    They are in the process of distributing the new formula now, but it is still not available much of anywhere in the entire US.

  • Amanda Darling

    They must have updated their formula since this review; this food does not contain oats or potatoes. It is grain-free and high-glycemic carb-free according to the current ingredient list. Would like to see an update to the review; thinking of trying this for my allergic mess of a sheltie. We’re on instinct limited ingredient at the moment, but still not 100%.

  • Betsy Greer

    No spoilers, he’s very tight lipped as to be expected.

  • Bobby dog

    You need to get some spoilers for us WD fans! 😉
    Alright, very disappointed at the season five preview. Survivors running then hiding from zombies?!?!?! I waited all weekend for that!! lol

  • Betsy Greer

    Me too, Losul!

    Thank you!

  • losul

    I saw where you mentioned on the forums about the Swanson Biocore the other day. I already bookmarked it for future reference.

    Glad you found a great digestive enzyme for your dog, and I hope you find several more good foods for his rotation soon!

  • Betsy Greer

    I’ll be darned!!

    I’m still willing to try it. I found a digestive enzyme that works great for my dog, Swanson Biocore. It’s worked great for him so far. We tried a food with chickpeas once without it and the results were horrific. I’d like to see if it helps since he only has one food that he can eat are all right now.

  • Betsy Greer

    Who me!? ; )

    I’ve caught a bit of it here and there. I’m just reminded of how frustrating it was that a few people who should’ve and didn’t, off the governor when they had the chance.

    My friend’s son is Gareth at Terminus… no spoilers though.

  • Betsy Greer

    It seems good to me. They say it’s not needed because it’s nutritionally complete without it. I just wonder what the cooking process does to the nutrients. For my dog with mysterious food intolerances, it’s less too react to!

  • losul

    Looks like another with legume overload. I think I would have preferred the old formula oats/peas.

    Agree it’s interesting that the only vitamin/mineral added is zinc.

  • Bobby dog

    Betsy is probably busy watching the Walking Dead marathon!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Betsy-
    I’m supposedly signed in as you right now. Actually, it says “howdy, Betsy,” about half the time. Anyway, do you think the addition of only one supplement is good or bad? The new food I’m trying now doesn’t have supplements added either and I’m thinking maybe that is good because from what I’ve read on here, most of them aren’t active anyway? What are your thoughts?

  • Betsy Greer

    I assume that’s in store availability? I’d order some right now if I could find it.

  • Betsy Greer

    I just emailed Champion. When I receive it, I’ll share their response.

  • Freeholdhound

    Not on shelves here yet. Online searches (for the Pork/Butternut Squash) pull up limited sites mostly in CA.

  • Betsy Greer

    Not yet, but I only look online and not in the stores. Shoot! I thought Will was in one of the New England started, but I just realized he said Burlington, Ontario.

    I wonder if it’s anywhere in the US?

  • theBCnut

    Have you got the new formula yet? We still don’t have it. The old one is a no go for Micah. The new one would be worth trying, but I agree a name change is in order, Lamb and Lentils. Oh well, they won’t listen to us.
    Sent from my iPod

  • Betsy Greer

    I also find it interesting that it only has one supplement added.

  • Betsy Greer

    Agreed, for sure!! Like Whole Earth Farm’s Beef and Lamb, with pork as the first ingredient.

    The new Acana formulas do look more accurate in that regard though. Here are the ingredients in the Lamb & Apple:

    Lamb meal, deboned lamb*, green lentils, red lentils, lamb liver* apples*, lamb fat, green peas, yellow peas, canola oil, algae, garbanzo beans, pumpkin*, carrots*, lamb tripe*, lamb kidney*, freeze-dried lamb liver*, kelp*, chicory root, ginger root, peppermint leaf, lemon balm, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

    Now that I post that, it looks like it should be Lamb & Lentil!

  • theBCnut

    It’s got more oats and peas than apple. I will never understand why dog food companies name foods the way they do. Do they think the oats and peas will disappear if they ignore them? I suppose some consumers won’t read the label and will be fooled…

  • Betsy Greer

    I’d love to try it for my dog with food intolerance issues, but haven’t had too much luck in the past with chickpeas and lentils.

  • Will Moase

    found the lamb and apple…new version ..in burlington ont…my dog seems to like it

  • sharron

    hi – i have lexee on a dry food that has 16% fat, i mix a tbsp of canned bison tripe that has 4% fat – my question is: am i feeding her food that is too high in fat – should i get another dry food that is lower in fat? – thanks

  • sharron

    i’m in canada

  • sharron

    going to try the pork and squash tonight – will let u know if it’s a hit or not
    got it at global pet

  • Nectarmom

    I called all around my local feed stores and they said they still have the old formula’s and hadn’t heard anything about any new formula for the singles coming out. I wish Acana would let us know something.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I just checked on Chewy.com and they still have the old ones.

  • Freeholdhound

    I agree. I really want to try the Pork / Butternut Squash with Harry.

  • Nectarmom

    I think by Acana’s website the new singles are out. I wonder who is carrying them.

  • Nectarmom

    I am looking forward to the change and I wish it would come on already. Limited ingredient is something my girls need since we have such allergy symptoms.

  • LJN

    My dog was loosing her hair and scratching up a storm. I have had her on a grain free diet for 4 years now and her current food changed formulas and no longer was providing her relief. I switched her to the Acana Singles Lamb and Apple last month and her coat is softer than ever, her digestive issues from her colitis nearly all gone and she is no longer scratching uncontrollably. I think the new formula is great.

  • malrescueSATX

    This is causing some confusion already. Acana does get apples from the Okanagan Valley but not from Okanagan Specialty Fruit Co. They tout both local growers but specifically state no GMO’s.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The new singles aren’t on the market yet. The website says summer 2014.

  • Nectarmom

    Was this updated to the new formula? Because on Acana’s website they list the singles as having no white potato or steel cut oats? Has anyone tested the new singles?

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  • Kinny Salas

    In my case oatmeal works for her in terms of firm poop plus she is prone to constipation so oats really get things moving. chow chows are also prone to obesity, heart problems and diabetes. The oatmeal lowers cholesterol without boosting her sugar.

  • Freeholdhound

    Thanks all for the info. I know a formula change is so frustrating when the food has been working, but for me the changes make it possible to try these new ones out.

  • theBCnut

    I read somewhere that they wouldn’t be available in the US until some time this summer.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Our store had a shipment in but all old formula.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Not yet, but two weeks ago, the local petstore was out of the lamb in the large bags. I am going over today, so guessing that may be wahy.

  • Freeholdhound

    Any one see the new formulas on shelves yet?

  • Nicole

    Sorry to be a pain, but here is another food to look into…very simple ingredients and one protein source. I’m just sharing what I’m finding with you since you’re on the same boat. 🙂 These are cooked meat products. I don’t feed raw to my dog with the exception of an occasional dehydrated lamb medallion.

    http://www.grandmalucys.com/artisan_lamb_p/73003-2.htm

  • Nicole

    I was just looking at the recipes…there is a lamb recipe. I’m thinking you can substitute organic steel cut oats for the brown rice (or use parboiled brown rice). You can always call them and ask…they are very friendly and knowledgeable.

  • Nicole

    Hi Claire,
    I agree…I’m pretty bummed myself. I guess I’m lucky that my dog doesn’t seem to be too sensitive…it’s chicken we have to watch out for. I’ve never offered lentils to my dog, so I guess we’ll see. I know how frustrating finding the perfect dog food can be. If you are interested, there is a place near my home called Just Food For Dogs that sells and ships the vitamin and mineral packets they use in their fresh-cooked meals. So you can cook the meals, add the vitamins, and then freeze them long-term. They also have videos showing you how to home cook the food. I am hoping to someday make these meals at home for my pup. Here’s the link: https://justfoodfordogs.com/products/do-it-yourself/

    Good luck and let me know if you find anything good!

  • Claire

    I am SO angry about the formula change. My dog cannot tolerate lentils and this was one of the few dry foods that worked for him. He needs single protein dry foods (lamb, duck, pork, or salmon are the only safe proteins)I now have to scratch the entire line off the list of foods for him. I would much prefer oatmeal in a kibble than lentils.

  • Nicole

    Gosh, I hope so! She had a full blood panel and was hospitalized. Following this, my vet recommended temporary reduction in protein. In a few months, we are going for a follow up and if everything looks good, we can switch. 🙂 So far, things are going well.

  • dchassett

    Is your vet sure it’s the higher proteins foods? Could it be that it’s the higher fat in foods. That does cause vomiting and diarrhea. I guess all dogs tolerate different ingredients differently. Usually it’s the too high fat content or the outrageous carb count. My little girls are on really high protein foods, moderate fat and low carbs and grain free. For them, so far so good.

  • Nicole

    Hi dchassett! There’s no significant reason other than I don’t want to change her formula too much until her follow up vet visit in 4 months. Since she’s doing well on salmon potato/lamb and oats, I want to keep it consistent. Fortunately, I just found out that the new Acana formula won’t be available until summer here in the US so I think it will work out. Nature’s Logic looks great…I may add it in the future.

  • dchassett

    Just wondering why you want oatmeal in the food? Any particular reason? Just curious.

  • Nicole

    No, I haven’t. The raw I was giving her had probiotics in it…but I didn’t add any independently. I might look into that when I switch. 🙂

  • Storm’s Mom

    Do you add probiotics and digestive enzymes to her food? That may help immensely with the sensitivity/vomiting/diarrhea when trying higher protein foods.

  • Nicole

    Thank you for the rec Storm’s Mom! My girl is very sensitive to rich foods and the higher protein kibbles I’ve tried have caused vomiting and diarrhea. She had to be hospitalized when I tried to switch to raw. 🙁 My vet (who is a raw food advocate) recommended keeping the protein below 30% for a while. So the reduction isn’t forever either. For this reason, I don’t mind grains in her diet, and I do supplement her with fresh cooked fish and salmon oil, which she loves. I am going to try Acana’s new formula, and hope all goes well, but I also want to explore different foods and try the occasional rotation. So far, lamb and salmon don’t seem to cause a reaction, and she doesn’t appear to be sensitive to any of the supplementary ingredients (fruit, veggies, herbs, etc.). Thanks again!

  • Storm’s Mom

    You might want to look at Nature’s Logic Lamb as an alternative. It’s lamb and millet (rather than oatmeal) ..with no peas ..so a great option for a rotation. It’s got 32% protein on a dry matter basis.. would that be “close enough”? Why does she need less than 30% protein?

  • Nicole

    I have mixed feelings about the change. I slowly started incorporating their lamb and apple formula with no adverse reaction from my girl. I would like to keep her on a lamb and oatmeal formula if possible. I’m not sure how I feel about peas in large quantities…not to mention the exclusion of the fruits and veggies in the current formula. If anyone can recommend a great lamb and oatmeal dog kibble (that isn’t crazy high in protein…she needs < 30), I'd greatly appreciate it!

  • Melissaandcrew

    My crew loves the grasslands. What is interesting to me, is that despite the lentils and peas increase, the meat content is up from 45 to 50percent…

  • Karina Salas-Amparo

    I know, right? I am willing to drop the potato but not the steel cut oats. All these lentils and peas just raise the protein percentage but not from meat which is what they really need. I may just search for new food if Acana regionals line does not make it to the Phils. when my old formula stock runs out. Dying to try Grasslands.

  • Daniel

    The old formulas did have potato. Chewy.com still has them listed if you want to take a look. Personally I will no longer be feeding Acana as I’m terribly annoyed with this formula change. I’d much rather have some steel cut oats than tons of lentils and peas!

  • Kinny Salas

    They reformulated their Single ingredient line. Protein for lamb and apple and duck and pear now 27%. They also have a new flavor. Pork and butternut squash. Catch: The calories per cup for both variants are lower though so you have to feed more. I am worried about the price increase as well. I hope when my existing bags run out that my dog can still tolerate the new formula especially for duck and pear. Hunting for compatible food for a sensitive dog who is a picky eater is not fun. Does anyone remember if the old recipes have potato? Because these new ones are potato free as well as 50-50 instead of the original 45-55.

  • InkedMarie

    Put limited ingredient foods in the search here on DFA, a list will come up. I like Natures Variety lid foods. Others to look at, varying qualities, are Canidae Pure, Zignature, Horizon Legacy, canine Caviar. I’m sure I’m missing some. If I was you, I’d steer clear of Natural Balance.

    I would probably steer clear of chicken.

    It’s a small picture but look to the left, that’s Gemma, a 10 yr old sable that we adopted last year. She’s the fourth we’ve had. Our first was a tri in the 80’s, we then had a large blue Merle ( he was 20″ tall & 34 pounds), followed by a red sable who was 11 when she came here, in poor health. I imaging I’ll always have a sheltie!

  • Kinny Salas

    My grain free quality choices here in the Philippines are very limited. Chestnut did great with Canidae Pure’s line – sky and elements. She hates the taste of go natural, orijen 6 fish and taste of the wild prairie.

  • Mary Nolan

    Hello Sheltie Mom! When I got Jess, breeder, he had diarrhea from the get go. Has been on Iams Prescription Intestinal Dry. His symptoms have improved, but I use pre and pro biotic + Sea Greens daily. He started developing itching and seasonal allergies last year. He’s on Benedryl daily. What food to feed? I want a limited ingredient food. He can’t handle beef. Any info on foods would be greatly appreciated. What kind of Sheltie do you have? My boy is a Bi-Blue Merle. TY

  • Mary Nolan

    Thanks Kinny! My boy is on that bag of crap from Iams. Hard to know what to use. What, if any other foods have you used? Thank you!

  • Kinny Salas

    Hi Mary!
    Yes my allergic dog is thriving on Acana Duck and Pear. 80% less scratching and no hair shedding.

  • InkedMarie

    Welcome from another sheltie person! What is he intolerant to? You said he’s itchy: doe he just scratch or cause damage?

  • Mary Nolan

    Kinny my 2yr old Sheltie is on a prescription diet for food intollerance.
    He’s been on since a puppy. Has allergies of itching. Recent review of his food showed a recent change of ingredient. Corn grits first ingredient, brewers rice is 2nd and 7th is chicken flavor. Want a change ! Do you still like Acana? Thanks

  • bishop05

    That’s great to know kinny. I have always used Acana Pacifica and Amicus. and Blue Bufallo but according to this post http://acanadogfoodhq.com/acana-dog-food-recall
    Acana has never had a recall..
    That’s explendid..
    I think I might just stick to that only

  • Kinny Salas

    I wanted a different protein source aside from chicken which my Chow Chow’s Orijen LBP has. Did not want her to get an intolerance so I decided to use Acana Duck & Pear as part of her rotation. Wow, she loves this and gobbles it up even without toppings. No itching and solid stools. Much bigger stools compared to Orijen but still okay. Will add Acana Lamb and Apple when she is older (only 8.5 months) as the Calcium on that is 1.6.

  • I wonder how the Okanagan Specialty Fruits GM “Arctic” apples will affect Canadian dog foods, especially Acana’s Lamb and Okanagan Apple formula!! Champion Pet Foods does tout that it uses local produce.

  • cebg

    The Acana duck and pear is reportedly low in copper ppm per serving per the company. What other foods fit that category. Many dogs are having liver issues and low copper foods are a must. Any info to help find one to switch off to?

  • Pattyvaughn

    He may have an intolerance to one or more of the ingredients.

  • chiapink

    Just got this Acana formula for my pup yesterday, fed him three times with it and all three times he acted squirrely, itching, crying, restless, so today I dumped it, I really like the other formulas for our other dogs, such as Grasslands and Ranchlands, but for some reason this food did not agree with my pup.

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    natural balance limited ingrediant lamb & rice… works wonderfully for my GSD… she is allergic to potatoes and chicken…maybe it could work for your dog too

  • Yorkie mom

    I was given some toppers for my dog at the pet store. I found online that it had 38% carbs. That added with the carbs in the dog food could be causing your dog problems.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Thanks, Malrescue and Melissaandcrew. I’ve been pondering all this myself lately as we seem to still be searching for something that works for all (there may not be such a thing). I had finally settled on NB, which was working great, but with their merger I changed yet again. Wonder if I should just use them 🙁 I was using 4Health grain free fish, and while it is working for the most part, the kibble size is just too big. I got a sample of Earthborn Ocean Fusion and thought it was great, kibble size and all, but when I actually bought a small bag the kibble size was different than the sample bag! Not good, imho. I talked to EB about it, but they just said there are variances yada, yada. The Coastal Catch has some ingredients I don’t want. I’m now trying to decide between Holistic Select Anchovy (the regular and grain free…I’ll try both) and Nature’s Variety LID Turkey. I might try Acana again in the future. The NV has quite a high fat percentage (and also the ash content) and that makes me nervous. I would love to have a few I could use that won’t bother Laverne’s colitis, etc.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Steve-
    Most of us add toppers, not because we have to, but because we believe the dogs are better off having a combination of dry with canned, raw etc. Like you I tend to feed Acana, however, no matter how good it is, I still rotate add different foods to it.

  • Hey, I been pondering your post. My first thought was maybe something easy like it was too quick of a change of food but after a couple of months that should have sorted itself out.
    I use Acana (mostly Wild Prairie Grain Free) and have used the Duck with no complications. While the Duck and Lamb formularies are the only 4 star foods that Acana makes; it still has considerable meat content in comparison to MOST foods. My first recommendations would be: 1) cut the additives, being on Acana should provide more than enough of what they need or 2) change formulary to the lamb or Chicken w Burbank Potato (5 star), plus cut the additives and see what happens. The additives are probably making it too rich or the duck (single protein formula) is not agreeing with the stomache.
    Once we went to Acana, we no longer had to add anything in order to get our dogs to devour their food. Hope that helps, let me know.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’ve been feeding Acana Duck for two months now and it looks like Lucy, my mixed breed, needs a different food. I love Acana and I have to admit I’m not really sure if the problem is Acana or the freeze dried toppers I’ve been using but I think it’s time for a change. She started vomiting off and on (not every day) and her stools were becoming inconsistent (loose one day, constipation another). She also started acting like her stomach was bothering her. Something tells me she was having trouble with the fat percentages, but Idk. The Cavs were doing okay with the feeding regimen, not what I would call fantastic but okay. They were doing fantastic at first, but lately just seem to be doing okay. I do like to feed the same foods to all of them if I can so I decided to look for a decent food that is lower in fat that is easy for me to get, and go back to using lower fat canned food as toppers, like Weruva or Simply Nourish. I decided to go with Wellness Small Breed Healthy Weight for the kibble. I’d love to use Core RF, but Lucy seems to think the kibble size is too big lol. Sure wish Wellness would make a Small Breed Core RF! I’d also love to use Merrick Sr. but just can’t bring myself to go back to them. Grain inclusive foods don’t seem to bother my crew so we’ll see how this “rotation” goes.