Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula Review

//Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula Review

Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula Review

Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear Formula

Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear FormulaAcana 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
    Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Zinc proteinate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our detailed ingredient analysis and find out why.
*delivered fresh

Nutrient Analysis

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.

Final Comment

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
Limited ingredients diets are planned to reduce the probability of a dog have an allergic reaction to something included in the food. Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear Formula is indicated for dogs with a sensitive digestion and it has a unique source of animal meat protein (duck). However, this food has extra ingredients, including botanicals and carbohydrate sources (e.g. lentils), which could set off an allergic reaction. The peas in the food are also a plant source of protein which some dogs have trouble digesting.


Although, Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear Formula have only one meat source – duck - when you feed your dog this diet you should keep in mind that he could be allergic to any of the other ingredients included in the food.

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

Positive Aspects

  • Duck meal, deboned duck, duck liver, freeze dried duck liver
  • Duck fat
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Natural preservatives
  • No dyes or sweeteners
  • Omega Fatty Acids
  • Glucosamine and Chodroitin sulphate

Negative Aspects

  • Green Peas
  • Yellow peas
Available in: 0.75lb (340 g); 4.4lb (2 kg); 13lb (6 kg); 25lb (11.4 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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