Acana Adult Large Breed Review

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Acana Adult Large Breed Review

Acana Adult Large Breed

Acana Adult Large BreedAccording to the company that produces Acana Classics Adult Large Breed Dog Food, it contains cage-free chicken and locally and regionally-grown vegetables and eggs, and fish that comes from close proximity.

They use fresh ingredients.

Acana uses local ingredients which are really fresh – so they’re never frozen or processed and arrive fresh and preservative-free every day.

This dry dog food is prepared with 60% of chicken, fish, and eggs. Acana matches your dog’s evolutionary adaptation to a protein rich diet.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken meal, deboned chicken, chicken liver, whole egg, deboned flounder
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, herring oil
  • Carbohydrates: steel-cut oats, whole potato, pea, sweet potato, pumpkin
  • Fiber: pea, pea fiber, chicory root, steel-cut oats, kelp
  • Fruits and vegetables: whole potato, peas, whole apples, whole pears, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf,
  • Flavorings: lavender, angelica root
  • Preservatives: natural source
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.
Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our detailed ingredient analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 33 % (min.) 37 %
Fat 14 % (min.) 16 %
Fiber 4 % (max.) 4 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 39 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.5 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.9 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 1550 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin 900 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

This dog food is contains about 37 % protein on a dry matter basis. This value is a reasonably high quantity of protein but not an excessive amount.

The 16 % fat is a low to moderate amount which is suitable for large breed dogs. A heavy large breed dog is more at risk of developing joint problems. The 4 % fiber is the set level for the dog food industry.

Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acid are included in the guaranteed analysis of Acana Classics Adult Large Breed Dog Food.

Deficits of omega 3 and omega 6 are associated to a variety of health problems (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes). Additionally, they have anti-inflammatory properties and contribute to your dog’s skin health. Thus, content in these essential fatty acids are always a positive aspect.

Additionally, the guaranteed analysis of this food includes glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

Glucosamine is a vital building block of healthy cartilage and a key ingredient in cartilage metabolism. It helps to improve joint health by supplementing the nourishment of the cartilage with more glucosamine than the body generates itself.

Chondroitin sulphate acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, thus it provides additional joint support. Chondroitin is a component of animal cartilage and meat.

Detail Nutrient Anlysis

Protein: Chicken meal, deboned chicken, and chicken liver are all high-quality sources of protein for your dog.
Chicken liver is a good font of vitamin A and other vitamins and minerals.

Deboned flounder is a high-quality source of fish protein. It’s also a good source of Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Selenium.

Whole eggs which also provide a good resource of protein and which are highly bioavailable.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is an exceptional source of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) which is good for your dog’s skin, coat and joints.

Herring oil is a very good source of fish omega-3 fatty acid (EPA e DHA) which is good for your dog’s skin, coat, heart, and brain.

Carbohydrates: Cooked potatoes are a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. However potatoes have a reserved nutritional value to a dog.
Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and beta carotene.
Peas are a value source of carbohydrates and they are rich in natural fiber. However, peas hold about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when evaluating the meat content of this food.

Fiber: Pea fiber is mostly a filler ingredient that is being used instead of corn and other grains in dog foods. Some dogs have difficulty digesting pea fiber.
Kelp (seaweed) is a good natural source of natural organic minerals and vitamins like iodine, potassium and calcium.

Chicory root is a good pre-biotic that helps beneficial bacteria to grow. Sun-cured alfalfa is high in protein and fiber; it’s rare to see it used in a dog food.

Oats are an excellent source of fiber, consisting of both insoluble and soluble fiber to support digestive health. Pumpkin is another excellent source of dietary fiber.

Flavors: Angelica root is used as a digestive aid and flavoring agent. Lavender adds an attractive flavor, which your dog may enjoy.

Fruits and vegetables: Apples are an exceptional source of: pectin, vitamin C, other antioxidants, flavenoids, soluble and insoluble fiber, beta carotene, potassium and boron. Pears are a dietary source of: pectin, potassium and fiber.

Pumpkin is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Carrot is a font of carbohydrates and fiber and it is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant essential for neutralizing free radicals. Carrots help to support the immune system and digestion. They are also beneficial for the skin and eye.

Spinach is exceptionally rich in: carotenoid (beta-carotene and lutein) and quercetin, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties. It is also a good source of magnesium and manganese.

Cranberries include powerful antioxidants and natural acidic properties that may support urinary tract health.

Butternut squash is a food source rich in complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fat and sodium. It is an outstanding source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Alfalfa is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It is considered to be a very nutritious herb, and is used to increase appetite, ease certain allergic reactions, help poor digestion and reduce the inflammation due to arthritis and rheumatism.

Sweet fennel supplies vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and potassium. It is also recognized to help with indigestion, bloating and flatulence. Fennel can also help to fresh your dog’s breath.

Peppermint leaf improve metabolism while nourishing and toning your dog’s digestive tract.

Marigold flowers support and maintain strength of coat color and skin pigmentation. It helps the dog’s natural resistance to allergens.

Juniper berries are used as a diuretic and blood purifier. This herb is particularly significant for dogs with urinary or prostate problems. Juniper berries have been used to treat tape worms, colic, urinary and gastrointestinal infections.

Preservatives: natural source

Sweeteners and dyes are absent in the ingredient list.
Supplements: All the vitamins, minerals and amino-acids included in the food label do well to for your dog.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Acana Classics Adult Large Breed Dog Food we give a 4.9 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Acana Classics Adult Large Breed Dog Food looks like to be a highly recommended dry dog food for adult large breed dogs.

Acana Adult Large Breed includes a diversity of regional ingredients that are approved “fit for human consumption” and delivered fresh each day. The ingredients are really fresh, thus they are never frozen or processed and arrive fresh and preservative-free every days.

Acana’s main benefits:

  • Fresh local fruits and vegetables
  • Low Glycemic Low Carbohydrate (oats)
  • Locally grown ingredients
  • Marine-source Omega 3
  • Enhanced Metabolism: organic sea vegetables and botanicals (juniper berries, lavender flowers, sun-cured alfalfa and peppermint leaf)

Low-glycemic carbohydrates digest more slowly. They are a good font of dietary fiber, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.

Large breed dog put more weight in their joints so they are predisposed to have joint diseases. As pointed above glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are very important supplements to maintain healthy joints.

The botanicals included in this dog food serve as stimulants and builders to buttress organs and tissues, facilitate digestion and help remove toxins.

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Acana’s main benefits

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken meal, deboned chicken, chicken liver, whole egg, deboned flounder
  • Chicken fat, herring oil
  • Steel-cut oats, whole potato, sweet potato, pumpkin
  • Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Natural flavorings
  • Natural preservatives
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate

Negative Aspects

  • Pea and pea fiber

Available in: 12 oz (340 g); 5 lb (2.27 kg); 15 lb (6.8 kg); 28.6 lb (13 kg )


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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