Acana Regionals Dog Food | USA (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

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

The Acana Regionals product line includes four dry dog foods.

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

  • Acana Regionals Grasslands [A]
  • Acana Regionals Wild Atlantic [A]
  • Acana Regionals Meadowland [A]
  • Acana Regionals Appalachian Ranch [A]

Acana Regionals Appalachian Ranch was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Acana Regionals Appalachian Ranch

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 35%

Ingredients: Deboned beef, deboned pork, deboned lamb, lamb meal, beef meal, pork meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, beef liver, beef fat, catfish meal, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, deboned bison, whole catfish, herring oil, sun-cured alfalfa, natural pork flavor, beef tripe, lamb tripe, lamb liver, pork liver, beef kidney, pork kidney, pork cartilage, dried kelp, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, carrots, red delicious apples, bartlett pears, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried pork liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis33%17%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%19%35%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%39%29%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 29%

The first three ingredients in this dog food are beef, pork and lamb. Although quality items, raw meat 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, these items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The next ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component. This item is inclusive of water.

Next, we find beef fat. Beef fat (or tallow) is most likely obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Although it may not sound very appetizing, beef fat is actually a quality ingredient.

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 five notable exceptions

First, we note the use of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe also includes green lentils and yellow peas, additional sources of quality carbohydrates.

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

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

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 one chelated mineral, a mineral that has been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Acana Regionals Dog Food (USA)
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Acana Regionals (USA) 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 38%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 35%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 35% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Acana Regionals (USA) is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats and meat meals 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.

Acana Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls sorted by date. Or view the same list sorted alphabetically by brand.

To learn why our ratings have nothing to do with a product’s recall history, please visit our Dog Food Recalls FAQ page.

Get free dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. Subscribe to The Advisor’s recall notification list.

Dog Food Coupons
And Discounts

Readers are invited to check for coupons and discounts shared by others in our Dog Food Coupons Forum.

Or click the buying tip below. Please be advised we receive a fee for referrals made to the following online store.

A Final Word

The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.

The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.

We rely entirely on the integrity of the information provided by each company. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the specific data a company chooses to share.

Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

We rely on tips from readers. To report a product change or request an update of any review, please contact us using this form.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.

However, we do receive a fee from for each purchase made as a direct result of a referral from our website. This fee is a fixed dollar amount and has nothing to do with the size of an order or the brand selected for purchase.

Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.

Notes and Updates

11/13/2016 Last Update

  • Storm’s Mom

    Just to clarify, Acana products sold in Canada are still made in Acana’s Canadian plant, it’s just product sold in the US that they’ve moved to US production. They had to change formulas when they moved US production because they weren’t able to source the same ingredients in the US to the same standard (of “freshness” I think) they can in Canada because of where the plants are located. The rating would’ve changed because there’s less meat protein in the US formulas now, with more protein coming from non-meat sources.

  • B Glavin

    It is no longer manufactured in Canada it’s now manufactured in the USA i tried all varieties of the new food. My dog dislikes it i am trying to find another dog food but can’t find one that was like to old champion Canada manufactured Orijens or Acana brands. So confused why the change in ingredients or recipes that were a success to their newer recipes that has failed my pet.

  • Scooch1974

    it is sold on

  • GloryBell

    Then, how do I feed my puppy healthy?

  • Carol Cox

    Thank you, for posting that

  • Kristi

    Yes Acana & Orijen are only sold at non-chain retailers specifically to support the small businesses. You can use their website to find your closest local pet store that sells Acana.

  • Use their store locator to find your nearest authorized retailer.

  • Keeks

    That explains why I saw it listed on websites I didn’t recognize. I haven’t ever checked for it locally. Thanks.

  • haleycookie

    Acana is produced by champion pet foods. Chewy is owned by petsmart. Champion will not suppl to large chains such as the ones you mentioned. Acana can still be bought on some (not a lot) online places but you’re gonna have the best luck at small family own places. Petvalu, specks, and mom and pop stores are likely gonna carry Acana

  • Keeks

    As of today, it doesn’t seem like this is sold anywhere in the US. I tried Chewy, Petsmart and Petco, the major places. Is there a reason it’s not sold here any longer? Perhaps this page can be updated?

  • Kaylee Davenport

    I was suggest you look into other possibilities, aside from diet. How long has she been back on the Acana? Is she itchy or uncomfortable? If so, your best bet would be a trip to the vet and get a full blood panel and a skin scrape at the least to start. If nothing shows up there, your vet may recommend allergy testing or medicated bathing.

    Fleas can also cause skin problems due to FAD (flea allergy dermatitis) so make sure she doesn’t have any fleas before you waste money at the vet – just don’t buy OTC flea meds!

    ***If she’s not uncomfortable or if cost is an issue, you can simply try some medicated bathing yourself, but do your research as not all are as safe as they claim!

  • Susan

    Here you go, click on links below also there’s a class action law suit against Wellpet LLC and C Berwin Corporation, the lawsuit is based on testing CLP did on “Wellness” Core Adult dry Ocean Fish G/F formula & “Wellness” Complete Health Adult Dry Whitefish & Sweet Potato formula, one of the dry fish kibbles my boy ate & became very ill & vet just blamed his IBD, we didnt once think hey it’s his kibble that’s making him vomit & unwell …

    Can I ask 1 question if you had a baby & 1 of the baby foods you were feeding your baby was in the top 10 toxic CLP baby foods would you continue feeding your baby that baby food?? It’s the same with your dog, stay away from the fish kibbles, add fresh fish where you know it was caught or add the tin sardines or salmon & find out where it has come from…

  • I_Alexios

    There’s a reason this study hasn’t gained any mainstream media attraction…and something like this normally would.

  • CookiePussSonOfFudgie

    I just wish they would post their lab findings. They say they test for 60+ pesticides and 75+ toxins but they don’t list any results. They just have a bar that gauges “Product Purity”. It would be great to see what actual toxins/contaminates were found and at what levels.

  • Susan

    CPL did release all their test findings to all the pet food companies that had high toxins & contaminates in their pet foods, there’s a link somewhere that I posted showing CBS interviewing CLP… CLP has just tested the best selling brands & more brands that weren’t tested last time…the results will be released very soon, we’ll see if these pet food companies that test very high in toxins have cleaned their act up & stopped buying cheap fish & meats full of toxins…we’ll see if they love money more then dogs & cats health…

  • anon101

    See posts below by l_Alexios and Mike Sagman (moderator)

  • I_Alexios

    Honestly I can’t beleive a dog would suffer kidney failure after such a short period of time eating a certain food, especially since this doesn’t seem to be a wide spread problem.

  • I_Alexios

    They’re very dodgy. They shut down the comments section on the Reddit page because they wouldn’t answer questions on the validity of their testing. There is also a facebook page demanding they release the details and background of their testing. Their vet is actually affiliated with another dog food company. I think it’s unwise to put much stock in a “study” that seems skewed towards inferior, but large name, brands.

  • Susan

    Hi Anne, yes Green Lipped Mussels are excellent, very high on Omega 3 what’s needed for skin & joint health, sometimes when a kibble isn’t balanced properly & too high in Omega 6 & way to low in Omega 3 the dog will start to have skin problems…..Malaseb shampoo does help real dry skin, see how Zena does after seeing the groomer & using their shampoo, if there’s no improvement with Zena dry skin next time she is due for her bath buy a oatmeal shampoo & conditioner that’s for very dry skin, so it can be used when she gets groomed again….
    I just looked on “Chewy site” & there’s a few cheaper shampoos then the Malaseb the “Virbac” Epi-Smoothe shampoo for dry itchy skin, rehydrates & moisturises the skin, it’s on special at the moment & it has the matching the Virbac Epi-Smoothe cream rinse leave in conditioner 1/2 price conditioners are good to use when the skin is real dry. You’ll start to see an improvement with skin within 1 month..

  • anon101

    Malaseb is a wonderful shampoo, but often is not necessary. It is usually recommended or prescribed by a vet for dogs that have atopic dermatitis, in conjunction with other treatments for environmental allergies.
    I find a gentle shampoo such as Sergeants Fur so Fresh All Purpose dog shampoo to work well, unless your dog has a specific skin condition, then it may be best to consult a veterinary dermatologist.
    I use 1 krill oil capsule daily for my dogs, can’t say for sure it does anything though……..
    I stopped using other supplements on the advice of my vet. A lot of them are scams and a waste of money.
    Zignature is a good food, imo.
    This is not veterinary advice; consult your veterinarian.

  • Kasia Rozowski

    Malaseb is amazing!

  • AnneW

    I have shampoo with lanolin in it, I’ll have to look into the Maleseb. I also bought some Icelandic Fish oil to put on their food. I have noticed over the last week, her coat is starting to soften up and get it’s shine back. Maybe I am just impatient? 🙂 I’m hoping another trip to the groomer will help with the remaining dandruff. I’m also looking at switching to the Acana Regionals over the Heritage since they are more meat based and Heritage is plant based. Maybe that’s part of the issue? Right now I’m switching to Only Natural Pet, which has the green lipped mussels in it! Funny you mentioned that! I’ll have to see about adding some of those in treat form too. Thanks!

  • Susan

    HI are you bathing in a good medicated shampoo like “Malaseb” medicated shampoo? Malaseb can be used daily & puts moisture back in the dogs skin & kills any bacteria & yeast that might be on the skin, my boy feels so soft after having his weekly bath in Malaseb shampoo, you can buy on Amazon if you live America or get from vet, also buy tin sardines in spring water add about 3 sardines to 1 of his meals a day, his diet needs more Omega 3. I feed “Taste Of the Wild” Sierra Mounatin Roasted Lamb or there’s TOTW Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon, my boy has a beautiful shinny coat also buy “K-9 Natural” Green Lipped Mussels chewy sell them, give about 2 mussels a day as a treat, the Green Lipped Mussel are VERY healthy & have Glocusamine & Chondroitin in the shell will help with joints, bones, skin, heart, brain…

  • Susan

    Hi, Clean Label Project test for toxins & contaminates in pet & human foods, even though Purina doesn’t have the best ingredients in some of their cheaper formula’s Purina must buy & use very clean ingredients that don’t have toxins & contaminates, CLP is doing more test on more pet foods & will be releasing these test results end of August… I’m keen to see if Orijen & Acana cleaned up their act & changed their suppliers where they get their fish & meat from..

  • CookiePussSonOfFudgie

    I just went to that site and they rate Purina Dog Chow 5 stars haha

  • AnneW

    I recently switched back to Acana after trying NutriSource Grain Free. I gave the food a try as my friends dog was on it and had such a shiny soft coat, thought well why not. My Lab/Aussie Shepard mix started to have dandruff and that’s never been a problem so I went back to Acana Heritage Meats, and now it’s the USA made formula. My poor Zena has not improved, her skin is still flaky and her coat is not as soft as it had been on the old formula. I’m even adding coconut oil. We had been feeding Merrick at one point with similar results to the old Acana formula, but I’m afraid to try them now that Purina owns them. Anyone else having an issue with the new formula?

  • Susan

    Hi Lotta, I would look for a kibble that has lower fat & less proteins, make sure the Kcals per cup are under 360Kcals per cup, I just looked at all the meats, too many ingredients in the Acana Regionals Appalachiian Ranch above, if my boy ate this formula he’d have a IBD flare, there’s way too much protein, stay away from kibbles that have Chickpeas & Lentils as these are very hard to digest, they’re a cheap filler, I have found kibbles with Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, egg seem to be the best for sensitive stomach’s, sweet potato, potato & egg digest real easy & the kibble should have just 1 single protein, look at the ingredients to “Taste Of the Wild” Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb….. Kcals are 338Kcals per cup, fat-15% protein-25%, fiber-4%, this seem to work really well for dogs with Gi problems…Some dogs just can’t cope with all these different ingredient’s, it’s way to rich….

  • Thanks for your offer to post results here.

    However, results from just one more sample will not negate the scientific need for a statistically significant sample size. You can read about the mathematical principle of “statistical significance” here:

    The results of any single study cannot possibly prove or disprove the original study.

    Testing any (human or pet) food, the results can differ significantly from day to day based on the specific farm or batch used as a source for any one individual ingredient.”

    As with any laboratory study, it is absolutely critical to collect a statistically significant number of test samples from multiple batches to avoid a misleading variable known as sampling error.

  • Caroline C

    I sent a sample from the bag of ACANA Wild Atlantic that I purchased in April to an independent lab. I will post the results when I get them from the lab.

  • Caroline C

    Just this week I sent a sample of the last bag of ACANA Wild Atlantic that I purchased to an independent lab for testing. This bag was purchased in April and my dog was diagnosed with kidney failure in early May. I will post the findings when I receive them from the lab.

  • Chelsea

    I now know of 3 dogs that have died shortly after switching to the new USA formulas, all from the same thing “unidentified mass on spleen/liver”. All were different ages and breeds and in different cities/states. Only common thing was the food. Don’t know if it’s related or not but I know my remaining 2 dogs are doing much better on a different food. They were so lazy and just seemed out of it. Since switching it’s like I have puppies again!

  • Krista

    Wow this is interesting to hear! Did the vet say that the ingredients used caused the gas and bloating or was it just the volume of ingredients being used? I will say I’ve counted the ingredients in Acana and it’s over 30 ingredients and up to 40 in Orijen. It’s seems ridiculous that this is the case. A dog food shouldn’t have much more than 10 ingredients and preferably less than 15. (Not including vitamins and minerals)

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Why has this rating dropped from being a 5 star to a 4 1/2 stars? What was the change for the drop in stars?

  • Kim Tomich

    We feed our Minpins Honest Kitchen base mix, switching every other time between Kindly and Preference and raw, which is mainly venison since my husband is a hunter. My boys love The Honest Kitchen and are doing great. Been eating it since they were puppies, both are 4 now. I add more water to make it more soupy to make sure they get enough water.

  • Exercise caution when relying on these kinds of reports.

    When testing any (human or pet) food, the results can differ from day to day and vary significantly based on the specific farm or batch used as a source for any individual ingredient.

    As with any laboratory study, it is absolutely critical to take a statistically significant (large) number of test samples from multiple batches to avoid a potentially misleading variable known as sampling error. Read about that here:

    In addition, guidelines used for interpreting the results can also be change or manipulated. This can cause certain products to be move from one rating to another. And even from “best” to “worst” lists. Read about that here:

    Hope this helps.

  • Caroline C

    I would suggest going to CleanLabelProject .org and looking at their independent findings about the purity of this brand of dog food. It is not good!

  • Caroline C

    My dog developed kidney failure after 2 months on the reformulated Wild Atlantic formula. Previously she was on the Pacifica Regional formula. Acana’s fish based dry food changed drastically when they moved the manufacturing to Kentucky.

  • Caroline C

    Within 2 months of feeding my 6 yr old Labrador the reformulated Wild Atlantic, she developed kidney failure. My first indication was that she was not eating as a labrador should and I took her to the vet thinking it was her teeth. A routine blood test before the teeth cleaning should extremely high levels of BUN (72mg/dL) and CREA (4.7mg/dL).
    Has anyone else had any issues with this new formulation? I would like to get the food tested by a laboratory, but that his very expensive.

  • We started our Boxer on Acana Duck and Pear when we got her at 6 weeks (did the gradual change from Puppy Chew. Most of the time her poops are fine, every once in a while start fine and end up dairy queen. She is now 5 months and the last bag we got, she started with fine poops before eating … as day goes on the poop gets looser. Has anyone had problems with the Duck and Pear recently?

  • Christina Lyons

    They really need to update their reviews on Acana. They no longer use the sun cured alfalfa in their ingredients. They use lentil fiber.

    This is the ingredient list for this formula on their website:
    Deboned beef*, deboned pork*, deboned lamb*, lamb meal, beef meal, pork meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, beef liver*, beef fat, catfish meal, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, deboned bison*, whole catfish*, herring oil, lentil fiber, natural pork flavor, beef tripe*, lamb tripe*, lamb liver*, pork liver*, beef kidney*, pork kidney*, pork cartilage*, dried kelp, whole pumpkin*, whole butternut squash*, kale*, spinach*, mustard greens*, collard greens*, turnip greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried pork liver*, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product. * delivered fresh or raw Our only supplement: Zinc. Our only preservative: Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols).

  • Mia Winters

    Me too! Same! I need help what is the best? I’m so confused. I wanted to try acana or natures variety or wellness but now I don’t know. I have him on rachel ray grain free right now and freshpet dry kibble grain free

  • Mia Winters

    What dog you feed your dogs?

  • Mia Winters

    I’m wondering why this dog food went from 5 stars to 4.5. Did they change it and the ingredients?

  • Elvis Johnson

    the only 2 DRY foods that do not have synthetic vitamins are Champion and Natures logic.

  • Tomiko Swart

    Hi everyone, I have a complaint about Acana, We have 2 cats ( 1 year old) has been on acana since they were 8 weeks old, well… about a few months ago we had to go to the American made Acana bags.. all was well, no issues. So all was good until about a month ago, They got terribly sick, Vomiting to the point that it was pure foam coming out, completely dehydrated, rushed to the emergency vet, $800, for anti poison, anti vomiting and anti diarrhea injections and each a subcutaneous fluid injection for dehydrations. All good till 2 days after the vet visit, they did not eat any acana after vet visit, until 2 days after the male only ate some of it (brand new bag), Again, extreme vomiting, diarrhea and shaking like he got poisoned! So of to the emergency vet 2am in the morning. They took CBC, x-rays and did an exam. Doc said CBC is clean, x-rays are clean no obstruction, However he has extreme gas in his intestines build up after just 2 days of seeing him.( we just thought he was fat as he has always had that fat tummy) He asked what he was on, we showed him the bag of acana. He said to stop feeding it immediately, Way too much ingredients that causes gas. We took them of it and it was like night and day difference. After spending another $1600 at the vet, they are both doing great. We contacted Acana (champion pet foods) She gave us the ” our food goes through inspection phases to ensure quality” reply. We were very upset and disappointed in them.I know its a long “comment” and about our cats, however we are planning on getting a lab puppy at the end of the year, so glad and sad that we found this out before he would have gotten sick. He will be on Honest kitchen and raw. Please if anyone is feeding this to their pets make sure you watch their stomachs Bloat is most of the time deadly.

  • LunaLove

    Thank you for your response. The only thing is I have tried Acana and my dogs didnt do well on it. Not sure if it was the pinto beans or not as one of my dogs started to need anal glad expressions every 2 weeks and has never had this problem before. I wanted the Acana to work. But over all I think it was too much for them to handle. I think plant based food work better for my dogs even though I prefer meat based. Ive had all three since puppies so youd think I could make the switch but they just dont do good on them. I am feeding Zignature and that works for them. I tried Canine Caviar and it made two of three dogs terribly sick as they were the only two I started to switch. I also tired Go! Duck LID they didnt tolarate that well but have ate Duck Zignature with no problems. I would like to check into Natures Logic but if the ash is too high I wont feed it. I would also like to see about Canidae pure Lid Grain fee small breed salmon.

  • aimee

    Hi Memphis’s Mom,

    Iv’e never considered meat a very good source of vitamins. The loss through cooking seems pretty immaterial to me.

    For example NRC recommendation the B1 for my dog is ~1mg her caloric content /day is about 900 kcals

    From USDA nutrient database source raw ground beef 15% fat 1lb of ground beef has ~ 0.2mg thiamine and 979 kcals. An equivalent calories of cooked 85% lean beef has 0.16 mg thiamine

    So yes there was loss from cooking but does that really matter? The raw meat was deficient by 0.8 mg and the cooked by 0.84 mg.In either case I need to use a different source to meet her Vit B1 need

    My dog’s B 2 recommended amount is ~2.25 mg and 1 lb raw beef supplies 0.68mg and cooked is reported as 0.69 mg. In this case no loss was reported from cooking and in both situations the nutrient is deficient.

  • InkedMarie

    No problem.

  • Memphis’s Mom

    I apologize for false information. I forgot about the heat processing and how it reduces the meat to just about a fraction of its original weight, so it ends up having just about the same nutritional value as a named meat meal. So sorry InkedMarie and Storm’s Mom. I guess we can’t be right all the time?

  • InkedMarie

    Thanks,you beat me to it & said it better than I would have.

  • Storm’s Mom

    What are you suggesting should be the 1st or 2nd ingredients if not meat meals? You do know that if it just says “chicken” as the 1st ingredient instead of “chicken meal” on the label, there will actually end up being very little “chicken” left from that 1st ingredient after processing, yes? (because ingredients have to be listed on the label by weight BEFORE processing, not after) In other words, even if it says “chicken” as the 1st ingredient (or even “chicken, turkey, and salmon” as the first 3 ingredients, say) followed by “chicken meal”, you know your dog isn’t actually getting more “chicken”, “turkey”, or “salmon” than “chicken meal” in the bowl anyway, yes?

  • Memphis’s Mom

    In my opinion, named meat meals are better off as the third, or fourth ingredient, backed up by whole or deboned meats.

  • Memphis’s Mom

    Well, I wouldn’t feed it because after cooking it looses its natural vitamins and nutrients. Red meat for example contains vitamin B1, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. When any type of red meat is rendered, all of those important vitamins and nutrients a dog needs for overall health are gone, so the company will need to add synthetics, but Nature’s Logic doesn’t and that’s what they use as the first ingredient, a named meat meal. They don’t add another source of meat that’s not been rendered until near the 7th ingredient on the ingredient list, which often contains less than one percent of. Again, since Logic doesn’t use synthetics, your dog is barely getting any vitamins, minerals, or nutrients that he/she needs to support overall health.

  • InkedMarie

    You said you wouldn’t feed a certain food because the first ingredient is a named meat meal. A named meat meal is a good thing.

  • Memphis’s Mom

    Ok? What point are you trying to prove here? I just read it.

  • InkedMarie

    In the search here on DFA, type meat meal in it and read the first article

  • Memphis’s Mom

    The reason I wouldn’t feed the dry version is because the first ingredient is a named meat meal. It may not sound bad, but often meat meals are rendered or cooked at very high temperatures. Say a pet food company was going to render a whole chicken into chicken meal, a whole chicken contains natural vitamins and nutrients that help with your dog’s overall health. When rendered, it looses all of its nutrients. It contains nearly 300% more protein though than fresh chicken, but I am very suspicious with pet food that has named meat meals as the very first ingredient. Nature’s Logic includes liver and plasma as the 7th ingredient, or so, but there is little of it, since it’s lower on the ingredient list. Also, I feed a brand called Acana. Acana’s protein is meat based, unlike Nature’s Logic, which is plant based. In my opinion, you should be feeding your dog a meat based protein diet. Acana only adds zinc, synthetic zinc is usually harmless, I don’t know of any dogs who have had problems with it. However, too many synthetics can be life threatening. Stay away from kibble that has synthetics covering up half or more of the ingredient list. I would only feed Nature’s Logic canned food, not dry for my dogs nor my cats. The canned version of Nature’s Logic has protein that is meat based, making it an ideal canned food for me and many other pet parents. It’s free from starch/tapioca, and potatoes, but it does have brewers dried yeast. Acana is also free from starch/tapioca, and potatoes and has no yeast. Here is a link for Nature’s Logic canned: Here is a link for the Acana formula that we are currently feeding:

  • LunaLove

    what do you mean by a vitamin pack?

  • LunaLove

    why wouldnt you feed the dry? i wanted to feed natures logic but last i checked the ash was high

  • Memphis’s Mom

    The brand Taste of the Wild was also included in a salmonella recall in 2012. I don’t like the idea of healthy dog food made in the same plant as unhealthy dog food. Taste of the Wild could contain traces of corn, wheat, or soy, since it’s manufactured by Diamond. Not to mention, there are tons of synthetics covering up the ingredient list. They also use a lot of potatoes and sweet potatoes. They even use sweet potatoes in their canned recipes. Potatoes and sweet potatoes are high in glycemic index and high in carbs. Nature’s Logic is an excellent brand, but it’s very expensive. Nature’s Logic is probably one of the only canned dog food brands I’d ever feed my dogs, I wouldn’t feed the dry version of it though.

  • Memphis’s Mom

    I don’t exactly get what you’re asking here. I’m pretty sure when cooking the food Champion doesn’t add supplementation. I do know though meat-rich dog foods, such as Acana, contain zinc naturally in the meat they use. Natural vitamins from meat have only good affects on your pup, no bad affects since it’s natural. Unless your dog is allergic to the named meat. Clearly this is a balanced dog food, only one synthetic added. If you do research, you may find that zinc is one of the essential trace minerals in a dog’s diet to maintain good health. I would only trust articles written by a vet, and that’s where I found that information. Too much synthetic vitamin packs can cause serious problems. Now if you ask me, and unbalanced diet would be the new product line by Purina called Bella Natural Bites. More than half of the ingredient list is covered with synthetic vitamin packs, disgusting. Anyone feeding that is on the road to serious health problems and expensive vet bills.

  • Jon Zadra
  • Chelsea

    Has anyone had any discussions with Champion about the freshwater fish used in the foods? They are locally sourced in Kentucky and the entire state is under advisory about the consumption of Kentucky caught fish due to high mercury levels and PCB’S (in certain levels). Only response I have recieved from Champion is basically they test for heavy metals. With catfish meal being as high as the 4th ingredient in some formulas I don’t see how that isn’t crossing the line of servings advised by the EPA. Average 150# healthy adult is only supposed to eat 1- 8oz serving of blue catfish per month, feeding a dog 4 cups per day every day seems like it would cause poisoning over a short period of time.

  • Angela Renee Everts-Miller

    I was looking into Nature’s Logic, and the 2nd ingredient is millett, a grain. We’re trying to go grain free or at least very low grain. Also, it contains a disproportionate calcium to phosphorus ratio for fast growing large breed puppies. It’s extremely difficult to find everything that I want in a large breed adult/puppy kibble!

  • Sydney

    Nature’s Logic 100%

  • Sydney

    It’s actually concerning that they only add 1 synthetic vitamin and do not do the AAFCO feeding trials. The only company in the world that is synthetic free is Nature’s Logic, and they have completed the AAFCO feeding trials and is complete and balanced without any added vitamins or minerals. This is way way way better that those huge vitamin packs, but the fact that Champion products only have 1 listed and did not complete the feeding trials is concerning. Check out Logic.

  • Sydney

    Nature’s Logic! Stay away from TOTW. They are manufactured and owned by Diamond, and I would NEVER trust that company with my baby. Logic is high protein, low carb and low glycemic. They also don’t add any synthetic vitamins (a vitamin pack) like all other dog foods. Just food made from food. I’d never feed my dog anything else.

  • Cathy Koh

    By the way, if you really want access to only the Canadian types, move to Canada or Singapore loh. Easy as that.

  • Thomas Bushey

    Easy Homemade Raw Dog Food Recipe 🙂

  • Thomas Bushey
  • Mf

    HI there I have a french bulldog 9 mo old and has minor skin issues in the armpits and folds, she is licking her legs a bit more and I would like to try a food that does not have chicken or rice in it. Are there any recommendations here? I am also thinking totw southwest canyon brand too. Thanks!

  • Bobby dog

    Well hello C4c:
    I do rotate recipes within a kibble brand, but I pretty much stick to kibbles with fat %’s between 8-12% so that does limit choices in some brands.

    I’m all for variety as long as it does not consistently upset the dog’s digestive system or cause any other health issues.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi BDog-
    Do you feed the same exact recipe for four months. Or, do you rotate flavors of the same brand before moving on to a different one?

  • Krista

    Sounds good. I will try monthly and see how she does. I think she would be able to handle cold turkey switches since she is healthy, and doesn’t have very many (if any) sensitivities but I will see. Thanks for your help!

  • Bobby dog

    I now rotate every four months so I can see how his skin and coat do on each brand. So far each one has kept him healthy and looking fabulous. As long as he is doing well rotating every four months or so I plan to keep feeding him this way in the future.

    Though I won’t rule out trying a new food here and there!

    Changing brands monthly would be up to your dog. How much transition is needed would be up to your dog as well. My dog can switch cold turkey no matter what type of food I feed him. That’s not the case with every dog. Some dogs don’t do well on rotational feeding and that’s okay too.

    I can’t necessarily recommend a brand since you won’t know if it’s a fit for your dog until you try it. But, these are what I have settled on for Bobby’s current rotation. Nothing is written in stone. If something ends up not working out I’ll move on to a new food or feeding regimen according to his needs. His current rotation is Purina Pro Plan & Beyond, Wellness, Exclusive, and Fromm.

    I think it’s important not to get stuck on having to feed one brand or type of food. Sometimes a food will never agree with your dog and you just need to continue the search for that perfect food. Listen to your best friend!!

  • Krista

    This sounds good. I think 4 is a good number to choose. Do you think it’s ok to change brands monthly? Or would you do it more gradually? So far I like Acana and Fromm but I’m also considering adding tatse of the wild and maybe one more into the mix. I’ve heard zignitures good. Do you have any good reccomendations?

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Krista:
    When I was first trying out different kibble brands I switched after each small bag. I wanted to make sure the food agreed with my dog. I never found a food he didn’t do well on, just a few he didn’t seem to care for much.

    Now I rotate between four kibble brands (grain and grain free) about once every four months.

    For toppers I feed a few different brands of canned and various fresh cooked foods throughout the week. Raw toppers change every month or so.

    Good luck on your journey!!

  • Krista

    That makes sense. A small bag will last a month for my dog. I could only see buying two at a time but it would stay fresher if it was one.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I typically only have open/feed 1 brand of kibble, 1 brand of canned, etc at any given time. My guy’s only 26lbs, so I wouldn’t go through food fast enough to keep it “fresh enough” if I had more than one open at a time.

  • Krista

    Great, thanks! I just bought a bag of Acana and Fromm both of which my dog loves!

  • Krista

    Good to know, thanks. I will defiantly add more to my rotation. Is it ok to feed two brands in one day?

  • Storm’s Mom

    I’ve got maybe 5 or 6 “staples” (each of kibble, canned, and freeze dried) around which I intend to rotate at any given time, and then I throw in something new on the market or just newly available in my city whenever I find something, and sometimes one of those will get added to the rotation. In other words, it’s a constantly expanding and changing rotation 🙂

  • sandy

    I might have around 10 different brands which includes dry, canned, raw frozen and freeze dried. The pugs’ pantry looks better than mine.

  • Krista


    for the people that feed rotational diets, how many brands do you rotate between? I’m thinking 2-4 is good. What are your thoughts? I’m thinking of rotating between Acana and Fromm grain free and maybe one or two more. So far my dog has done really well on these.

  • Krista

    I noticed that this brand only uses zinc as a supplement and nothing else. Wouldn’t cooking the food require added supplementation? I’m concerned that this wouldn’t be very balanced.

  • Francesca

    Carrots are very healthy. I give Casey 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin every morning and instead of snacks I give her blueberries and chopped up kale. I noticed her hearing might be starting to go as well and I always used hand signals for that reason. I too give Casey one Dasuquin per day. She tore her ACL last Feb and had to have surgery. Recovery was not fun at all! Have to get her to lose one pound because she loves to eat. LOL

  • Devan

    Thanks. That’s interesting about the scooting behavior – I’ll keep an eye out for anything unusual.

    As far as her turning 16 a couple weeks ago, I give most of the credit to her apparent good genes. Although her back legs aren’t as strong as they used to be, she still runs across the yard if she sees a squirrel or tears through the house if I shake my head and say “No” to her. For my part, I like to rotate her food every once in a while (it just didn’t seem healthy to feed her the same thing every day for years). I also give her a daily supplement of Dasuquin w/MSM and raw, organic baby carrots as a treat a couple times a day. Although her hearing isn’t great, she recognizes small dogs and foxes at least 50 yards away. Maybe it’s the carrots? 🙂

  • Francesca

    Wow 16 years old!! You must be doing something right. My cockapoo turned 13 today. My dog loved Acana Wild Atlantic (it’s higher protein 33%) however I noticed whenever she ate it the next morning when she woke up she would scoot on the floor. I took her to the vet and she had her anal glands expressed. There has to be something in the Wild Atlantic kibble that makes her scoot. Once I stopped giving it to her no more scooting.

  • Devan

    My 16 year old cockapoo also loves everything. It makes a simple walk especially stressful for me when the cicadas are out!

    She has always been on dry food which I like to rotate every so often. I usually switch out one variety every 9-15 months or so with a chicken kibble for breakfast and fish variety for dinner.

    For breakfast, she currently eats Nulo Chicken (Adult or Senior, whichever is available and/or fresher) and ACANA Freshwater Fish for dinner. I’m currently in the process of transitioning the latter for ACANA’s Wild Atlantic.

  • InkedMarie

    Up above it says “USA”….if you go to the alphabetical listing, there is a “Canada” review as well.

  • kelemvor

    Did these rankings get redone after the reformulation and change in factory locations? I know Acana was 5 *s before but don’t know if it should be any more.

    Copied from a different site:
    Comparing the first few ingredients of Pacifica to the “replacement” product from KY

    Pacifica – Boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, whitefish meal*,
    green peas, red lentils, boneless herring, boneless flounder, herring
    oil, 421 calories/cup

    Wild Atlantic (new) – Whole mackerel*, whole herring*, whole
    redfish*, silver hake*, mackerel meal, herring meal, whole green peas,
    red lentils, pinto beans, pollock meal, cod meal, catfish oil, 396
    calories/cup 6% decrease in calories

    A move from meal to meats which are 80% water resulting in a lower meat content, and catfish oil? Really?

    Lets look at Wild Prairie – Deboned chicken, chicken meal, green peas,
    turkey meal, chicken liver oil, field beans, red lentils, deboned turkey,
    whole egg, deboned walleye, 434 calories/cup

    Compared to Meadowland (new) – Deboned chicken*, deboned turkey*,
    chicken giblets* (liver, heart, kidney), turkey giblets* (liver, heart,
    kidney), chicken meal, catfish meal, 396 calories/cup 9% decrease in

    Again, far less meal, and the addition of catfish, the garbage scows of the lakes, not a quality ingredient.

  • Pam c

    Maybe Timberwolf legends? Planning on ordering off their website when I run low on food. Some of the formulas have no chicken, turkey, potatoes or chickpeas. Protein levels are 30+%.

    I was feeding my dog the Canadian Regional grasslands, ranchlands and pacifica. If I travel to Canada I’ll definitely pick up the Acana Canadian Regionals.

    Unfortunately my dog will not eating the new kentucky formulas. One reason is the ingredient changes.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    I’m sure Acana makes one.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    Why look for something else…… Is it not available up there anymore……

  • papillon

    I’m on my last bag of Canadian formula Grassland. My papillon is 12 years old. Anyone suggestions on comparable dog food?? Thank you.

  • Marie Abate

    Thank you

  • Pitlove

    Hi Marie-

    Take a look at Dr. Tim’s Kinesis (not the grain free one). It’s safe for a large breed puppy and formulated but a veterinarian and a veterinary nutritionist.

  • Marie Abate

    Can any one recommend a large breed puppy food

  • Francesca G

    My 13 year old Cockapoo loves Nulo and I alternate between Acana and Nulo (senior and weight management). I also just bought Acana duck and my dog loves that too. My dog loves everything! LOL

  • Diane

    I was just reading about Nulo I never heard of that food. I need a grainfree canned without potatoes and peas and this seems to fit the bill but am concerned there was no information on this food

  • Lori

    We adopted an 11 year old Yorkie who had lots of skin and ear problems. He was on a poor quality food so we switched him to Orijen Adult with good results. When I went back to get more I learned of the switch to the Kentucky plant, and Orijen Adult is no longer available. I purchased Orijen Orignial which is suppose to be close to the Orijen Adult. Comparing the ingredients I could see that there is a lot more bean ingredients than their Adult food and other changes too. Unfortunately, my Yorkie started having serious diarrhea after being on the new food for 4 days. He also wouldn’t eat all of it. Which is really weird, because he eats anything! I’m going to slowly transition him (rice and chicken with small amounts of Nulo, increasing the kibble each day) to Nulo Chicken which received 5 stars on I hope it works out, as finding a new food is frustrating!

  • Crazy4dogs

    The best thing to do is try a slow transition and see if you and your dog are seeing/showing good results (firm stool more energy, better coat)

  • Gina McBride

    Hello! I have been feeding my almost two year old Shih Tzu Hills Hill’s Science Diet but have been reading a lot of bad reviews. I was considering switching her to Acana but I am undecided. I’ve been trying to research but I’m pretty overwhelmed. Any suggestions?

  • Scott Cleveland

    I fed Origin with good results, but my VET didn’t like the high protein, so I switched to Acana Wild Prairie. Fed this food for 2 years to 3 dogs and was real happy with it. I was surprised and disappointed to learn with no advance notice that the formula and manufacturing plant was moved to Kentucky. Living in the Northwest it makes no sense to me that the Canadian formula is no longer available to me. No warning? This is what you feed your dog’s now! Wrong! Going after that East Coast market? Champion, you lost me as a customer. Unless and until regional Northwest ingredients are available.

  • Wendy Abbey

    I really wish my dog had transitioned. I had read all the negative comments and thought out ridiculous. Then I received the new formula. I slowly started to add the new food in with the old version. Two weeks ago my very healthy 3 yrs old dog threw up 4 times in a day. Next day I took him to the vet. Full examine and blood work. Nothing was found to be wrong. So it was diagnosed as upset stomach. Two weeks later, diarrhea and vomiting. I’m going to take him off Acana and see if his digestive issues clear up.

  • I_Alexios

    My dog has transitioned to the new regional formulas perfectly. His weight is good, his condition is excellent. I’m very happy with the new foods. I like the higher protein percentage, the increase in meat and that the vitamins are naturally sourced from the ingredients instead of additives. I loved the original formulas, I really love these new ones.

  • Alice Maida

    Hi Bojangles, Thank you for the info. It just seems a shame being I live in the USA my dog has to find another food.
    I am not able to get the Canadian formula any longer. I wish I could, she did so well on it. I guess this means the Orijen also. Such a shame.

  • bojangles

    Hi Alice,

    The reason the formula changed was because of their company policy that all ingredients must be sourced locally.

    It looks like the ingredients local to their plant in Kentucky are causing issues with some dogs that did well on the Canadian formula.

    Go Canada 🙂

  • Alice Maida

    Hi, thank you for the reply. I did take her to the vet when it first started. She needed meds for the inflammation and an injection. He said it is an allergic reaction as I thought it was ear infections. When speaking about what she was eating he said to check the formula ingredients. I compared the Canada to the USA. Not the same. I’ve tried all the limited ingredients also from the USA plant. Still itchy. The ingredients are not the same. Too bad. I also have a friend who was feeding her dog Acana. Same problem with her dog when purchasing the new formula. Also mine is having too many bowel movements with the new formula. I am trying to find a high premium food to switch her to. Such a shame, she’s been on Acana for 4 years

  • KcQ8ov

    Have you taken the dog to a veterinarian and gotten a diagnosis? That is where I would start. Food sensitivities usually result in diarrhea and vomiting not pruritus. Pruritus may indicate environmental allergies which would have nothing to do with the food.
    Go to forums and search allergies. Good luck

  • Alice Maida

    Hi Nancy,
    I am having the same problem with my German Shepherd. Also at my wits end. I am going to try Wild Calling and Canine Caviar. I hate taking her off the Acana but her itching is terrible with the new formula. She even nrred vet car for the inflammation. Just awful. This is what I am trying at suggestions from a retailer. Please let me know if you find any other high quality food.

  • Alice Maida

    Thank you DoodleDad! I will look into the HorizonLegacy and the Pulsar. The Orijen is also causing her to itch. Why would they change a good thing? I will also check into the contents of both. My German Shepherd is 6 and weighs about 100 lbs. I don’t want anything too rich either but still want good quality. Thank you again .

  • DoodleDad

    Several months ago, I almost switched to Acana for my 10-year old Goldendoodle with chronic, severe ear problems. Concerned with the Canada/US conversion, I instead opted for Horizon Legacy. The Legacy formula appeared too rich for my old girl so I transitioned to Pulsar, also from Horizon. I can not be happier over the change. Ear issues are gone. Along with being grain free and reasonably priced, Horizon appears to be a solid Canadian company.

  • Nancy Helton Hope

    The new Meadowland formula of Acana is making my dog ( Lab/ Shar Pei mix) itch, constantly lick and smell bad. I would really appreciate some ideas of what other kind of food I should switch him to. The original formula of Acana was such a perfect fit for him and now I don’t know what to do! Plus, the fact that the price has gone up while the bag size is smaller enrages me! I have been reading over all the other 5 star foods and I feel like my brain is going to explode! So much information, but should it really be this hard to find a quality dog food? I am going cross eyed from all the info. Please help!
    Jax and I would love to hear if you all are having the same problems with the new formula and what food you have switched to.
    Thanks so much!
    Nancy Hope

  • theBCnut

    Every time you change foods, you have to watch the change in calories. Little dogs don’t need much of an increase to gain significant weight.

  • Francesca G

    My 13 year old cockapoo loves Acana Wild Atlantic and Fresh Water but they are both too rich for her. She gained 2 1/2 pds in one month. She weighs only 16-17 pds and she is a small dog. I started her on Open Farm Whitefish (all natural grain free) and I am also getting GO by Petcurean (Canadian company and supposedly very good). I called a lot of pet stores and nobody had anything bad to say about Petcurean. Open Farms is a family run company and the customer service has been amazing!

    I never fed my dog the old Acana but if I did I would probably be disappointed with the current changes. I used to feed my dog Zignature Salmon and Trout until I found out the sodium level is 2.00% and that’s insanely ridiculous. I plan to rotate Petcurean and Open Farm and throw in a couple of pieces of Acana.

  • Alice Maida

    Please let me know what food you find with the same quality. I’m at my wits end looking for a good food.

  • james

    orijin has recently changed their recipes as well I’ve noticed loose stool from one of my dogs with the change i came to this web site to decide if i wanted to change to acana but with all these comments i think i’ll look elsewhere

  • Tommi Poodle

    Dr. Karen Becker & Dr. Greg Martinez ( Dog Dish Diet) interesting info dog owners must know! check it out website and everywhere fb page, youtube etc…

  • Chris K

    Thank you, good to know! Interesting though because my dogs are not related to each other so you wouldn’t think both could not tolerate the food. Also they’ve always had dried organs as treats with no problem. Must be the veggies.

    I switched one dog to VitaPet and the other to Canidae. It’s been only 5 days but stool is firm again for both. The ear infection is almost gone too but I can’t tell if that’s because of the food change as I’ve been cleaning with vinegar as well.

  • Tommi Poodle

    not only they change name, they change some ingredient and more veggies and kibbles are harder and the color are darker too, a lot more organ meats, I think that’s why cause loose bowel? or could be not tolerated with other new ingredient in the food

  • Tommi Poodle

    I am very, very disappointment about new formula Acana USA dry food!! My poodle likes to eat old formula Acana wild prairie and grassland, he can digest good so far and he likes it!! ,
    he tried the new formula Acana food but he walked away and ate the old formula,
    Ahaaaa~~ Not recommend for small dog these new formula kibbles cause all of them has hard texture kibbles, not easy to break and bite when you add water to these kibbles, see how slow soften kibbles,,
    needed to add some water to kibbles for better digestion and prevent future urinate blockage,, or drink enough water everyday!

  • Crztini

    My two dogs have been eating Acana for just under a year, the Ranchlands specifically for the the last 6 months. They were having small firm stools on this food but recently that’s changed. Now they have larger, softer, smellier stools. One has off and on diarrhea, the other an ear infection (which he hasn’t had in 7 years!). Both are itching and smell yeasty. I finally put two and two together and realized the food changed – the bags look exactly the same they just changed the name from Ranchlands to Appalachian Ranch. We’ve gone through two bags of the new stuff but the problems escalated.

    There’s too many things going on to be a coincidence because my dogs are not sickly, they were in pretty consistent shape until around the time the bags switched. I’m going to switch to Orijen and see if it helps but I believe they’re the same company so they might use the same sources.

  • Johnny

    You can try the Pure Balance brand from Walmart. They have Trout or Salmon (if you like Pacifica) and seem to get pretty good reviews. I rotate between Acana and Pure Balance myself in order to offset the huge cost of Acana. My dog does well on both.

  • Keith Tong

    I am having sticker shock with this new Acana-USA. I thought there may be a tiny benefit to having food produced in Kentucky and sold in Ohio, rather than Canada sold in Ohio. The bag is smaller and the price went up! $79.99 for this 25 lb bag. I have fed my Newf Acana since he has been 12 weeks old. Mostly Pacifica, but I have used other meats as well, but this is getting ridiculous. I haven’t had negative food reactions with him, just shock for me!

  • Alice Maida

    Hi Caitlin, Acana originally cleared these problems for her. Now with the new formula it is starting again. I think I will try Orijen or Wild Prairie. Wild Prairie offers a Bison.

  • Caitlin Gwinn

    My German Sheperd is having the exact same issues, itching, ear infections. The vet recommended Royal Canin and he has been on it for over 6 months, he lost a little weight, which he needed to do, but no improvement on his consistent itching or ears! Im on this website to find a new food 🙁 We went with the Blue Wilderness Denali Dinner, hopefully it will help my pup.

  • Alice Maida

    I have been feeding my German Shepherd Acana for the past 4 years. It helped with her itching and eliminated loose stools. All was well until the new formula, it’s just not the same. itching and inflammation in the ears are both back to the point she needed vet care. Not the same.