Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula
Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear Formula is a dry dog food. It is made with cage-free duck and fresh bartlett pears.
The pumpkin and regional botanicals (e.g. chicory and ginger root) are delivered fresh to the manufacturer and provide a rich source of soluble fiber to support healthy digestion.
Additionally, marine algae are used as a source of omega fatty acids to support immunity and healthy skin and hair coat.
This dog food is a limited ingredient formula free of chicken, eggs, dairy, wheat and corn. However, you should not forget that it has some ingredients, including botanicals, which could set off an allergic reaction.
Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear Formula is a low glycemic, low carbohydrate diet. It is free of high glycemic grains (e.g. rice and corn). These are associated with obesity and diabetes. High glycemic grains break down quickly, causing a rapid and large rise in your dog’s blood sugar.
Dog Food Analysis
- Protein: Duck meal, deboned duck*, duck liver, freeze dried duck liver
- Fat and Oil: Duck fat
- Carbohydrates: Green lentils, red lentils
- Fiber: fruits and vegetables
- Fruits and vegetables: Green lentils, red lentils, pears*, green peas, yellow peas, algae, garbanzo beans, pumpkin*, carrots*, kelp, chicory root, ginger root, peppermint leaf, lemon balm
- Flavorings: Duck meat and fat
- Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
- Dyes: absent
- Supplements and minerals: Zinc proteinate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
|Guaranteed Analysis||Dry Matter Basis|
|Protein||27 % (min.)||30.7 %|
|Fat||15 % (min.)||17 %|
|Fiber||6.5 % (max.)||7.4 %|
|Moisture||12 % (max.)||NA|
|Carbohydrates||NA||44 % (EV)|
|Omega 6||1.6 % (min.)||NA|
|Omega 3||0.8 % (min.)||NA|
|Glucosamine||1200 mg/Kg (min.)||NA|
|Chondroitin Sulphate||1000 mg/kg (min.)||NA|
(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)
Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
The fiber percentage is above the limit established by AAFCO. However, dogs presenting a sensitive digestion frequently have diarrhea and feeding this dogs a higher fiber formula will result in larger and firm stools.
Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acid are included in the guaranteed analysis. They have anti-inflammatory properties and contribute to your dog’s skin health.
Glucosamine helps to improve joint health by supplementing nourishment to the cartilage. Chondroitin sulphate acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, thus it provides additional joint support.
Detail Ingredient Analysis
Protein: Duck is a new source of protein, which might benefit dogs with sensitive skin and digestion. It is an exceptional source of high quality protein and fatty acids.
Duck meal is a good source of meat protein. It is more concentrated than whole duck. Duck liver is a first-class source of protein that is loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Fat and oil: Duck Fat contains vitamins A, D, E and K and it is a great source of both omega fatty acids (3 and 6).
According to Acana, all of the duck in the food is “passed fit for human consumption.”
Carbohydrates: Lentils are a source of protein, iron and fiber. Lentils are a value font of carbohydrates. However, they include about 25% protein, a feature that must be measured when judging the authentic meat protein content of this dog food.
Fruits and vegetables: Peas provide fiber and protein. Some dogs have problems digesting them properly. Thus they can cause digestive problems and diarrhea in some dogs.
Bartlett pears are high in fiber and vitamin C. They provide choline, some omega-6 fatty acid and some natural vitamin K. Carrots and Pumpkins are good sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Algae and kelp are good sources of minerals such as iron, iodine, potassium, and trace minerals. Kelp helps support health, reproduction, digestion. It helps maintain a healthy stomach and promotes healthy skin and coat.
Peppermint is a digestive aid, eases gas and bloat. It controls flatulence, diarrhea and colitis, for example.
Garbanzo beans are a fiber-rich legume. Chicory root is used to promote the growth of helpful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.
Lemon balm is a soothing herb that calms and relaxes. It is also a digestive aid that neutralizes gas in the stomach and intestines. Ginger root helps calm a painful stomach.
Preservatives: Acana uses mixed tocopherols which are natural preservatives.
Sweeteners and dyes are absent in the ingredient list.
Supplements: Zinc Proteinate is better assimilated than common minerals in the dog’s intestinal tract. Enterococcus faecium fermentation product is added to dog food as a digestive aid and to augment the number of healthy bacteria in the stomach which may present health benefits.
Based on the ingredients included in Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula we give a 4.9 stars score.
Evaluating by its ingredients alone Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula looks like to be a highly recommended dry dog food.
Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula main benefits:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Duck as a single source animal protein
- Duck Meal is made only from fresh duck meat, bones and cartilage
- Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear is infused with marine-source Omega 3 (DHA, EPA) to support immunity and healthy sink and hair coat
- Organic sea vegetables and botanicals (e.g. peppermint leaf) improve metabolism and improve the condition of dogs with a sensitive digestive tract
- Bartlett Pears, whole pumpkin, carrots, and regional botanicals (e.g. chicory and ginger root) provide a rich source of soluble fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants
The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.
Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula