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10/26/2017 Last Update

  • Jason Higgins

    I had used Acana large breed puppy dog food for a little over a year. Never had any issues with it, dog enjoyed it and was healthy as can be… I then noticed my dog was getting sick with the last bag I bought. Took him off and to the vet, changed dog food, all was well. Several weeks later I went back to using up what was left of the Acana puppy food. Dog started getting sick again… I can say with certainty the dog food is what made my dog sick and I’ll never buy this brand again.

  • twinkle2596

    Hi ,

    Through which company do you get your raw food? I’m also located in sa and want to switch to raw

  • Jenni SooHee Lee

    I just ordered Acana Cobb Chicken and Green since I heard a lot about the reputation of this product. My dog needs dog food that contained low protein so I switched from Orijen. But, after read all review, now I feel concern about the product.. How critical the issue it is? Does it apply only to US product?

  • Diane Fuller

    Must be toxins not normally tested for, the state Dept of Agriculture tested the food for obvious toxins and came back with nothing. My guys are struggling right now and am beyond worried that I might lose them. Thanks for the advice, hopefully, I can find the links.

  • Susan

    HI Dianne,
    very Sorry what has happened with your dogs,

    This is what they’re hiding did you know Acana has tested very high for Toxins, Metals & Contaminates, I am NOT allow to post the link & name of the company on DFA they did an extensive study & have released 2 studies 1 in March & another study in August, so google “Pet Food Toxins” & you’ll see the site I’m talking about then look for a dry or wet food that gets 4 & 5 stars…. Canidae did very well in the study, have a look at Canidae” Pure Meadow Senior formula, the protein is 28% min & the fat is low at 10.80 max…Canidae is very easy to digest & has limited ingredients about 8 ingreients I think here’s their link. https:/www.canidae.com/dog-food/products
    or start feeding home cooked meals even if you feed 1 cooked meal & the other meal a dry kibble but try & limit the dry kibble, it’s not good.. Dr Judy Morgan has some really easy good balanced recipes yu make & freeze in sections.

  • Diane Fuller

    Two of my older dogs were eating Heritage Poultry, the other dogs on a diff food. Opened a new bag, gave them one meal out of the bag and both became critically ill within the next 12-24 hours. Both were taken to the emerg vet, put on IVs and diagnosed with HGE, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Vomiting, horrific diarrhea and were passing large amounts of frank blood. Acana/Champion Petfoods would not do anything but stonewall me for two weeks. The one person that I spoke to, Diana, was condescending, rude, lied and contradicted herself. Three weeks later, my guys are having ok days and bad days. Due to their ages , their prognosis is guarded. This dog food company doesn’t care about its customers and their pets. They seem to be trying very hard to hide something. And Hollywood Feed who sold me the food instructed their cust svc employees not to speak to me. Makes one wonder what is really going on with this food. Lastly, Champion Petfoods never even answered the BBB complaint.

  • Dee

    You can try Petkind beef tripe kibbles from chewy.com. I saw a recipe on the fab frenchie Facebook to cook food for your dogs I think I will try that. Below is the recipe. The update the change was if you don’t do the children vitamins use the wholistic canine supplement found on Amazon to add. I’m attaching the recipe. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51602a928c3f2f99647ec15fb53041741a3154d18f26e304271c39c4f43e6447.png

  • Monique S

    Two of my elkhounds have been developing excessive amount of lipomas, skin infections, ear infections, excessive weight gain, excessive appetite. They have been fed Acana Ranchlands. The male went blind from SARDS. With this diagnosis I decided to make my own dog food. Since they have not been eating Acana, there has been no infections, they are loosing weight and smell better. I feel so guilty that I could have been feeding my dogs food that has made them ill. I know the cause of SARDS is unknown, but I can’t help but think diet has played a role in my dogs case. I will never fed another dog of mine kibble of any brand ever again.

  • Martin Kimble

    im just saying no sea fish are safe anymore not for u or your dogs…

  • Dee

    if you’re paying $81 for a 25 lbs bag would you want to feed this to your dogs when this company said they are using high quality food but it ends up being toxic to your four legged friends?? Not to mention vet bills for health issues.

  • Martin Kimble

    i mean all fish contain metal this days in usa get real

  • rebecca

    Ow thank you for your information susan. Hv nice day

  • Susan

    Hi, go on the CLP site again, go to the top of the link & click on “Product Ratings” all the 5 star dog foods all come up then 4 star then 3 star etc, to your left are links to only wet dog foods & only dry dog foods, you can click on them or do what I do don’t feed any fish foods, Turkey & Chicken seem to have least toxins “I and Love and You” & “Canidae” got 5 stars Canidae has their Pure range & small breed formula’s, all Canidae’s kibbles are nice a small for small so easy to digest & small mouths, I rotate & feed the Pure Wild, Pure Land & the “Pure Meadow” Senior was really good if your dogs are 7+ & Canidae’s All Life Stages Platinum lower in fat… Best to add some cooked chicken, steamed green veggies, as a topper to your dogs diet, if you want to add some fish add some human tin salmon as a topper & the “K-9 Natural” freeze dried Green Lipped Mussels are really good to give as a treat every day, Chewy sells them…
    https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • rebecca

    Hi susan. Iam so shock with that result. So what recomendation dogfood should i use? Because i used acana for longtime. I have two pomeranian puppy. Thanks

  • rebecca

    Hai i am rebecca. At first i have 2 baby pomeranian puppies. And i gave them acana. Iam so sad read this reviews of acana. Because i believe acana have a good inggredient with their product. But the result said acana changed their ingredient and make many dogs are sick. So i have to replace it. Please give me recomendation of product should i use. Thanks guys

  • Dee

    I agree. All kibbles brand suck. I tried home cooking for them but they don’t like it plus I don’t know what supplements I need to add. I’m trying the NomNomNow food that’s home cooked and delivered weekly. Going to try if my dogs like it. So far the reviews look good will see if dogs approve. It’s hard to find food dogs are not allergic to and companies that are honest and care for the well being of pets. Sigh.

  • haleycookie

    It’s important to know that all kibble is kinda processed crap. I mean some are definitely better than others but at the end of the day the healthiest thing you can do for your animals is feed them a cooked/raw unaltered diet. I’ve had my cat puke kibble up hours after eating that was totally Undigested after sitting in her guts for so long. In my opinion it’s all kibbles that are like that. She never vomits up raw or canned. Just kibble. Any kind of kibble the best of the best and the worst of the worst she’s been fed in her life and she always pukes it up at some point.
    And on the fish topic I don’t really concern myself with the finding of the clp simply because it seems like common sense. And dog/cat food companies just don’t care. I mean pregnant women and young children aren’t even suppose to eat any kind of fish because of the heavy metals. And a healthy adult is adivised at only one fish meal a week at most. Why on earth would anyone feed fish to their animals? My female cat is the size of a new born infant. Why on earth would I expose her to something that’s so toxic to humans children shouldn’t eat it? It’s just crazy to me tbh

  • Dee

    My dogs vomited food that looked undigested after many hrs from the Acana mackerel and freshwater fish that I have soaked. You can see pic. When I emailed Acana after I found out about the clean label project they replied back saying dog food with fishes naturally contain a higher concentration of heavy metals than food that contains meat. Can you believe that? Never going to feed this brand to my dogs ever. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6aceb84526d72ddce612a7882c76d454efab8da39dba0d4788339effe4983eae.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0999a3716be45934ba321462730367ae599fa629d53eca5800aa0ac70837d812.png

  • Dee

    This is the email response from Acana when I wrote to them that my dog’s and brother’s dog who live far away vomited while on tha Acana Makerel and freshwater fish. This is their response that it’s “natural to have high concentration of heavy metals in dog food containing fish”. As for me I am staying away from Acana and orijen. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0999a3716be45934ba321462730367ae599fa629d53eca5800aa0ac70837d812.png

  • Dee

    Thank you. This is scary. The Acana Appalachian also have some fish in their ingredients also. Now I have to find a new brand to feed.

  • Laura Smith Morton

    I switched my dog about three months back to Acana Refionals Wild Atlantic as the food came recommended to me by multiple trusted sources. I had been feeding my do Purina Just Right (custom blend) with no real issues except slightly dry skin. So I decided to see if she would do better on Acana Regionals.

    She seemed to do okay on the bag of Wild Atlantic, but nothing really changed from when she was on Purina Just right. Once that bag was gone I tried Acana Regionals Grasslands. Things have gone downhill for my border collie. She started itching quite often and licking and biting the inside of her front legs. I thought maybe it was seasonal allergies.

    Then came the vomiting. The first time she did it she vomited twice back to back with all her breakfast coming up. She seemed fine otherwise so I let it go. Then, about three weeks later she vomited again. This time about 4 times in a row and all breakfast came up. I was so confused as again she was acting normal otherwise. I was racking my brain trying to figure it out. I called a new holistic vet and set up an appointment for a consult in a couple weeks (earliest appt). Now, tonight, 4 days after the last vomiting incident, she woke up in the middle of the night and vomited. No food this time. Just bile.

    So I started researching Acana and have found that many other pups have gotten sick! Ahhhh! Insert panic. Aparrently Acana has made some factory changes and people are having issues. So back to Purina I go. I felt like I wasn’t giving my dog a high enough quality food, but I think I just got a lesson in “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

    I have to order the Purina Just Right so until it is delived I guess it’s turkey and rice for my girl.

  • Susan

    Hi Dee, try not to feed kibbles that contain fish, look at this http://www.cleanlabelproject.org/product-ratings/pet-food/
    My boy got sick after eating, Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion, Wellness, Whitefish & Sweet Potato & Holistic Select, Salmon grain Free, my vet kept saying it’s just Patches IBD he’s having a flare, then she said feed an Australian kibble try Meals For Mutts, Salmon & Brown Rice & he didn’t vomit & had no sloppy poos, then this year I saw “Clean Label Project” testing on pet foods, the worst top 10 that were high in Toxins & there were the fish kibbles I was feeding Earthborn Holistic came 7th & Holistic Select came 10th & now there’s a lawsuit against Wellpet for their Wellness Core Adult dry Ocean & Wellness Complete Health Adult dry Whitefish now I stay away from any American fish foods….

  • Dee

    I was giving them the Acana Appalachian and was fine. Just added the freshwater fish and the mackerel and both dogs been vomiting and loose stool. I was so scared and posted on forums and people were experiencing the same symptoms. I also reported to Acana. The pellets that he threw up from 7am at 4 pm weren’t even mush but whole pellets! I have pic to prove.

  • Fiend

    I was using the Heritage Freshwater Fish formula, which was a GREAT food… until it wasn’t. One dog has been having loose stools and both no longer want to touch their food, and when they do eat it, they throw it back up. The kibble even looks different – I compared it to an old piece of kibble I happened to have and it’s now lighter/less dense. I emailed Acana but they claim there have been no changes to the recipe, even though SOMETHING clearly changed. They told me they are aware that people have been having issues, and that not all dogs are compatible with certain diets. I don’t doubt that, but if supposedly nothing changed, why are both dogs suddenly reacting badly to it? I am very sad because I was so loyal to Acana and I used to enthustically recommend it. I’m going to try out Victor next, hopefully it works out better.

  • I_Alexios

    There is something very dodgy about the complaints. I don’t believe them I’m guessing trolls and people who work for other brands.

  • I_Alexios

    No problems when I was feeding the the Canadian formulas, no problems with the US formulas (which I think are an improvement over the originals). This is a great food. I do a rotation of: Appalacian Ranch/Duck and Pear/ Appalacian Ranch/Wild Atlantic. My dog is thriving on it. My vet instructed me to keep feeding Acana at my dog’s most recent yearly exam. As he said, “There’s some really good dog food out there then there’s this stuff. It’s way beyond anything else.” From my experience, he’s right.

  • Danielle

    Amazon no longer carries Acana or Orijen not because of their choice, but because Champion only wants to be affiliated with companies who not only appreciate their customers, but love amd care about their animals as well. This is the same reason why Chewy will no longer carry Champion foods, because they do not want to be affiliated with Petsmart who bought the company. I have been using both Acana and Orijen for my two dogs and they are doing amazing on it – it is from the Kentucky factory. From the research I’ve done on the differences between the American production vs Canadian is the American ones contain higher protein and more raw meat – which would tremendously affect your dogs stomach if he wasn’t slowly adjusted to new the food from the old. The company itself still has the same values it always had, otherwise they would care more for profit and decide to let Petsmart sell their products. Just make sure that if Champion food you purchase is American you wean your baby onto the food slowly to not upset his stomach and I’m sure your baby won’t experience anymore digestional upset.

  • Vickie Green Neff

    Agreed, I just put both my pups on this food. little bitty guys Rocky is 2 and 11 pounds Buddy is a 5 month old puppy so far both are doing wonderful. Rocky was on low fat royal canine diet for almost a year stupid vets recommend garbage he has been on Acana grasslands for almost a month huge difference I switched very slow. they have great stools and love this food. Rocky took his first piece and went and rolled all over it before finally eating it that is what he does with raw food. so wish I would have known about this food before. Blessings to you and your pets : )

  • Linda Luette Turpin Messersmit

    Since coming to America with their manufacturing….this food has become no more than another american made duplicate….could see the difference in my dogs almost immediately…..back to Canada I go

  • LunaLove

    i heard acana was high in copper could that be the cause of so many liver/kidney problems with dogs on this food?

  • Caitlin

    So glad I saw your comments. My goldendoodle has been eating Acana for his whole life, and I just bought a new bag four days ago, and he started having “mud pie” stools and diarreha. I didn’t connect the two until after the fourth day of it not getting better I wondered if the food was bad so I looked up recalls and saw this message board. I checked the bag, and of course it is from the US plant – first time I’ve had a bag not from Canada. Hugely dissapointing and very concerning. I called amazon (which is where I always order it from) to ask for a return, and they immediately decided to no longer sell it out of fear that it will continue harming more dogs and didn’t want to take any chances. You’ve got love amazon and their quick action to protect not only their customer’s but the doggies of the world as well! It hurts me to say it, but STAY AWAY from this food until they can figure out what is going on.

  • now i can see why my 8 months old puppy throw up all his Acana Yorkshire Pork yesterday, and it happens couple hours after every meal. So i have to find other brand beside Acana n Orijen cause its already made in US.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Francesca! We apologize for any inconveniences you’ve had with our product, however our sodium levels are as so:

    Salmon-0.72%

    Venison-0.60%

    Kangaroo-0.67%

    Whitefish-0.51%

    Duck-0.70%

    Lamb-0.62%

    Trout & Salmon-0.57%

    Turkey-0.54%

    Zssential-0.52%

    Catfish would be 0.63%

    Pork would be 0.54%

    If you have any concerns, as we’ve said before, please contact us directly.

  • Amanda Bolton

    Is this only in the us? I live in Canada and my dog was in the hospital and was sooo sick with all the same symptoms that you are all mentioning. The vet couldn’t find anything, so I decided to look further and saw these reviews.

  • Miche

    We had all the same issues, vomiting every morning, increased sickness, PH balance all out of wack, and all allergies returned no matter what type we bought, even the fish which used to be good. it is true the food doesn’t smell right anymore even to my nose. It got so bad we ended up with a $1000 vet bill for bacterial issues and stomach problems. Of course it took a while to put all this together because you trust the food and had been buying it for so long in the past with no issues. Stop buying Acana now, it is dangerous for your pets. I used to trust it and am so disappointing in this brand.

  • Katwomanj

    Going to stop feeding this to my cats! My friends and I were across the bay and almost went by Pet Food Express on the way home and I was trying to tell them about Acana and how it’s one of the top lines that there is. I went to look it up online under Acana dog for them to prove it to them and was shocked at the amount of people that said they had to take their dogs off of that or could not feed them that- that they were having digestion problems, intestinal problems and vomiting since they opened the plant in Kentucky instead of just the Canadian version. When I think back to when my elderly cat stomach started rumbling coincides with when I started them on Acana!…and they have been vomiting more often and I thought maybe she was getting IBS or IBD possibly kidney issues even though her pretty recent/previous tests came out fine?! I was even giving her PepAC! I was about to take her into the vet but I think now I’m just putting them on Taste of the Wild only until I find something even better that works and see if it goes away. By the way people with young Pats have a claim that’s also so it’s not just an elderly thing but I had my neighbor put his cats on it and his older cat has been having issues so I told him to stop using it as well and see what happens. Too bad you put your faith in what you think is a fantastic expensive product and then you see that what you thought was a possible serious health issue could just be this food alone. Be careful, watch for signs – I hope more people read this !

  • Leana Vannatter

    My dog Bouvier has been on this GP paste for the last 2 years, it is great even my husband takes it for his back. If I run out of GP and Tess dont get for a day or two I see the difference. She is 11. I make the paste every two weeks as it stays fresh in your fridge for two weeks only. best you can give your animals and yourself.

  • Rick

    Ceased using Acana. My rough collie started on this and the plan was to keep her on one brand. I am disappointed to say the least. Ever since Champion moved to the states my dog has loose and runny stools. I first thought it was just a fluke, or spoile bag. I switched formulas, and no luck. Every time i tried to reintroduce Acana same thing. Now she is off it shes doing fine. I recommend avoiding this brand as long as its made in the states. They increased price, reduced quality and size of bags. Sadly any grocery store brand is just as good as the USA made Champion foods. Dont waste your money on a poor product that used to be amazing. They cut corners on every aspect of this food.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I serve it right from the fridg, no problem. Now, if the kibble was in the freezer I would transfer it to the fridg a few hours before serving.

  • theBCnut

    That’s a great idea, just make sure you don’t open the bags until they come completely back up to room temp, or condensation will dampen the food and spoil it. I’m sure you know this, just posting it for others.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I sometimes freeze the divided bags of kibble.
    BUT, it is best to call the specific kibble company and ask first, if this is okay. I have heard conflicting reports that it is not necessary and can change something with the oils, therefore not recommended. Hope this helps

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    When I buy a large bag of kibble that will last for more than 2 weeks. I divide it up into tightly sealed freezer bags or containers and store in the fridg, about a 2 week supply in each bag, therefore the kibble is not constantly being exposed to air. Seems to keep it fresh. Of course, if you can afford to, buy smaller bags instead, for maximum freshness.

  • theBCnut

    Something to keep in mind. As soon as you open a bag of dog food, the oxygen starts working on the fats in the food. You should not get bags bigger than what will last you about 2 1/2 weeks.

  • Marsha

    I checked this site today because my dog has been having digestive issues for about 4-6 weeks and then I realized we had just bought a new bag of ACana Heritage about that long ago. We only feed kibble about 1/4C for treats a night but on the odd day, he gets a meal of kibble. Last night , all kibble, he has thrown up three times today- all the kibble. Our old huge bag must have been the end of the last formula. There is SO MUCH pork in the AMerican formula… he can;t eat pork. SO disappointed.

  • Todd

    We’ve had the same issues with our dog. She’s been on Canadian Acana for years with no health issues. After the plant switch to Kentucky this summer, we couldn’t get her to eat it anymore. We tried dusting it with treats and heating it, which she would eat, but it made her lethargic and vomited at times. We were at a loss (didn’t know they changed plants until we saw this post) so we changed her food to another brand and she’s back to her normal self. Should have known better when she wouldn’t go near the stuff anymore, they are smart animals and know when something is not right. I will be calling Acana tomorrow as well.

  • Keli Bitow

    I started my Pug on the Six Fish almost 2
    year ago, it was recommended by my local pet store, because he has sever allergies. I saw an immediate difference and it was a relief to see him not constantly itching and not needing shots in the summer. I personally was extatic that i finally found a dogfood that helped with his allergies! Naturally when i bought my bulldog puppy a little more than a year ago he also went right on Origins. SADLY!! with the formula change however, my Pugs allergies are back and my bulldog who never showed signs of allergies, cant hardly sit still long enough without needing itching to sooth how badly his skin itches, he runs around whining it itches so bad. I have changed started making my own food for them again, but with my busy schedule having a dryfood was easier. I was ready to be a customer for life, but now I am back on the hunt for a different brand of food that will help with there allergies. I am very sadned by the formula changes, and ive tried different versions including the Acana lines. Completely Disappointed.

  • SEL

    My dog has been eating Acana’s Ranchlands and loving it for a while now. However, the last bag I purchased didn’t look or smell the same. Instead of all dark kibble, it was a mixture of light and dark pieces. And the food didn’t smell as “meaty” as usual…just kind of bland. She wasn’t very interested in eating it, but did eventually (although not all of it, and not enthusiastically) and within two days had mucusy-diarrhea throughout the night, and all day. I pulled her off of it immediately and went back to the Performatrin Lamb & Rice she used to eat as a puppy and she was instantly better. I talked to Champion Pet Foods (makers of Acana) who said there’s no recalls on that lot # and they test each lot before it leaves the plant…but still…it didn’t look right, smell right, and wasn’t palatable to my dog, and obviously made her sick. The pet store refunded me the money, but now I’m hesitant to buy anymore Acana. I think I’ll stick with Performatrin.

  • sharron

    thanks again – yes i think it was the food, she rarely vomits