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Then why does this website even exist? Is the owner still present? I was very disappointed when I saw how the Acana/Orijen mess was handled by this list. Not a believer. Do we really know who owns this site anymore? Yes, do your own research and don’t depend on this. I just looked at the dog food lists for Jan.2019. Seriously, 1/2 of them have been in trouble for recalls. I’ve come to find out that many websites like this owners are paid by different food companies to keep their foods high on the list.
The internet will always be lit up with opinions and gossip. However, I know several dog friends that had been having issues with Orijen and Acana. There dogs are now off the food and problems have been resolved. I think that speaks volumes. I started showing dogs over 30 years ago. During that time I have seen dog food companies come and go and obviously seen many problems too. It’s through my vast experience that I’ve made my choice not to continue using Acana. The dog show community is large and we depend on one another for information. We know by sharing our personal experiences it may help other owners. My show dogs have always been my companions first and foremost. The amount of information you collect through knowing many vets/specialists over the past 30+ years and also reputable breeders can’t be bought or learned on some forum. It’s an invaluable education. The breeder of my 2 Collies has been doing so for 40 years. She’s a wealth of knowledge. So, my decision wasn’t frivolous to discontinue Acana.
I’ve written a few posts recently and they haven’t shown up. I hope that’s a coincidence.
Acana Duck and Pear caused an upset to my dog in regards to stools. I put him on another food and a day later he began to straighten out. The Acana didn’t agree with him at all. He’s not a dog with a sensitive stomach, but something in that food made him sick. He’s been fine and back to normal ever since I took him off.
I’ve had the same frustration. I hope the food your transitioning to settles things down completely for both. I had a Standard Poodle who has now passed, but I had her on the canned pumpkin for years along with FirstMate Lamb. It’s not for every dog, but it worked for her. Let us know how your dogs are doing. Good luck.
Didn’t intend to originally, but I put my dog back on PP 30/20 Sport. Once he gets straightened out again after his poor experience on “Go” and Acana, I’ll look for something to mix with the 30/20. I can’t say my dogs have been better off on the boutique foods, and in some cases haven’t thrived on some at all. Again, dissolutioned. I know too many people in the show world that feed 30/20. I see their dogs and they look amazing. And I even tried raw, first back in the 1980’s, and then in 2005. Unhappy both times. Thinking back about the dogs I grew up with, a Poodle and Border Collie. Wonderful companions that lived 16 and 17 years. My mom fed them Science Diet. I’ve always wondered, why did they thrive on that diet?
It’s unnerving. Do any other food companies on the list test for these metals and publish them? Am I to understand that they occur organically? What if all dog foods have significant levels, but Acana and Orijen are the lowest? That’s the information I’d like to have. Will we ever know what’s healthy for our dogs? Then I see my breeder’s dogs and many others in the breed that have been fed PP 30/20 Sport. Eew, right? These dogs coats are enormous, they are healthy and outstanding examples of the breed. Another close friend of mine is feeding the same in another breed. Her bitch took BOS at Westminster in Feb., and BOB at Crufts. All her dogs are on it. The ingredients are ones we’ve all been taught are completely undesirable. I have 2 littermates from her, both males. One I got at 13wks. I took him off the 30/20 soon after and placed him on a boutiquey high end dog food. His litterbrother later became available at 23mos. I decided to get him. The breeder had only fed him the 30/20. To see my boy and her boy, oh my word. Her dog was dripping in coat, my boy on the high end food, wasn’t. And ALL her dogs look like that. They are top winning in their breed. We both have equal experience in grooming, and live 50min. from each other. At this point I’m dissolutioned.
I’m comfortable with what Champion Pet Foods told me yesterday via phone, and also the owner of my feed store. He has toured the Kentucky facility for Acana and was beyond impressed. It is truly considered state of the art. He said there are so many checks and balances in place to insure food safety, he couldn’t believe it, but was very happy at the lengths they go to. He talked about putting booties on his shoes when he entered each section of the plant, and did so over a dozen times along with hand washing too. He said he personally feeds Champion Pet Foods along with his gf, family and friends.
Correction, micrograms to milligrams. There is activity on ********* and FB regarding this lawsuit. The company isn’t taking it laying down from what I’m reading.
Following up, I’ve been talking with and emailing with the owner of the feed store where I purchase my food. He provided me with all the information I needed to feel comfortable with the Acana Duck and Pear I’m feeding. When you read the lawsuit that someone posted here on the forum, read carefully the measurements and claims particularly noting kilograms and milligrams. It speaks for itself.
Thank you for your reply and explanation. I can understand where you’re coming from. Somehow I feel as if I can’t ever be confident or at ease about what I’m feeding. I began changing to what was considered better quality ingredient foods in the mid 1990’s after I had a dog diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Back in the 80’s and 90’s we fed Iams and Eukanuba to our show dogs. gasp! Here in Seattle we had lectures we could attend by nutritionists that specifically studied dog nutrition. It changed the way I looked at dog food forever. Every pet owner wants to know that what they are feeding is safe for their pets. I don’t think that’s ever really possible when feeding a commercial dog food after what we’ve witnessed over the last 20+ years. But, I don’t know what the alternative is, or homecooking isn’t something I want to do. Considering all the issues with human food, what’s to say homecooked is truly safe either?
So what am I to believe? I look at my beautiful dogs and don’t want to think I’d be poisoning them with any food. First comment from my husband was, “do you think a competitor is trying to harm Champion Pet Foods?” I realize anyone can file a lawsuit but at what degree do we take his seriously? I’m not concerned about pet food companies, my dogs are what matters. I hope Mike can shed some light to help those of us navigate through this. Do I abandon the Acana diet they are on? Help!
I feed Acana. I just posted about this as my breeder sent this to me last night. I hope that Mike can help guide those of us feeding this. Is this lawsuit true or a hoax? It looked legit to me. And it’s very expensive to have food tested in the way these 3 people suing Champion Pet Foods did. I’m beyond disappointed if it’s true.