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Acana Sport and Agility Dry Dog Food Review

//Acana Sport and Agility Dry Dog Food Review

Acana Sport and Agility Dry Dog Food Review

Acana Sport and Agility Dry Dog Food

Acana Sport and Agility

Your sport dog needs a diet rich in meats and fats for continuous endurance. The ingredients included in Acana Sport and Agility comes from Canada’s lands which provide quality, regional sources always delivered fresh without preservatives and never frozen.

This biologically appropriate formula contains ingredients and nutrients easy and ready to absorb. The fresh and local fruits and vegetables are fit for human consumption.

Acana Sport and Agility is a meat and protein concentrated diet that all dogs should eat. It also contains a low level of carbohydrates and high-glycemic grains that cause blood sugar levels to increase and fluctuate. This particularity contributes for the reduction of the risk of obesity and diabetes and promotes your dog’s health.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken meal, boneless chicken*, whole egg*, boneless flounder*,, chicken liver*
  • Fat and Oil: chicken fat, herring oil
  • Carbohydrates: whole potato*, sweet potato*
  • Fiber: steel-cut oats, pea fiber, fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: peas, sun-cured alfalfa, whole apples*, whole pears*, , pumpkin* butternut squash*, parsnips*, carrots*, spinach*, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, , marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf
  • Flavorings: lavender, angelica root, meat protein sources
  • Preservatives: fresh products
  • 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.

* Ingredients delivered fresh each day

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 33 % (min.) 37 %
Fat 24 % (min.) 27 %
Fiber 4 % (max.) 4%
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 28 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.5 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.9 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 1400 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin 900 mg/kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Acana Sport and Agility is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?”  and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Compared to conventional foods, Acana Sport and Agility delivers more calories from protein and fat and fewer calories from carbohydrates, reducing the risk of excess of weight and diabetes and promoting your dog’s health.

My advice is:

If your dog is overweight or does not have much activity you should avoid this food due to its high percentage of fat – 27 %.

Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acid are included in the guaranteed analysis. These elements have anti-inflammatory properties and contribute to your dog’s skin health and to his immune and cognitive functions.

Additionally, the guaranteed analysis of this food includes glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate. These elements help to improve joint health by supplementing the nourishment of the cartilage. Consult our article about these molecules and find out more about them.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken meal, boneless chicken, and chicken liver represent high-quality sources of protein. Chicken liver is also a good font of vitamin A and other vitamins and minerals.

Boneless flounder is a first-rate source of fish protein. It’s also a good source of some important vitamins and minerals. Whole eggs are a good resource of protein which are highly bioavailable.

Carbohydrates: Potatoes are a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Sweet Potatoes are also an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and beta carotene.

Fiber: Peas are a value source of carbohydrates and they are rich in natural fiber. They are considered a controversial ingredient because peas can be difficult to digest for some dogs. Pea fiber is a filler ingredient that is being used instead of corn and other grains in dog foods. Like peas, it can be hard to digest for some dogs.
Oats are an exceptional source of fiber, including insoluble and soluble fiber to support your dog’s digestive health.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is an exceptional source of Omega 6 fatty acids which are good for your dog’s skin, coat and joints. Herring oil is a very good source of fish omega-3 fatty acids which contributes for health of your dog’s skin, coat, heart, and brain.

Fruits and vegetables: Sun-cured alfalfa is high in protein and fiber; it’s rare to see it used in a dog food. Apples and pears are exceptional sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Pumpkins and carrots are also good sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, beta carotene and other antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for neutralizing free radicals.

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 and blueberries are sources of potent antioxidants that help support your dog’s health, energy, and long life.

Butternut squash is an outstanding source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Chicory root is a good pre-biotic. Kelp is a natural source of natural organic minerals and vitamins like iodine, potassium and calcium.

Alfalfa 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 helps 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 also been used to treat tape worms, colic, urinary and gastrointestinal infections.

Flavors: Angelica root is used as a digestive aid and flavoring agent. Lavender adds an attractive flavor, which your dog may enjoy. All meat sources contribute to the flavor of the kibbles.
Supplements: The vitamins and chelated minerals included in this dog food are exceptional for your dog. Fermentation products are crucial for the health of your dog’s intestinal flora.

This food does not contain sweeteners, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Acana Sport and Agility we give a 4.9 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone, Acana Sport and Agility seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

The list of ingredients is remarkable. Acana sport and agility is infused with marine-source Omega 3 to support your dog’s immunity and luxuriant skin and hair coat. This dog food features a supreme variety of local ingredients that are passed fit for human consumption, and delivered to fresh each day.

This dog food is ideal if your dog is a sport dog needing lots of energy all day long.

Acana Sport and Agility main benefits:

  • Rich and various sources of meat: chicken, eggs and flounder
  • Fresh local fruits and vegetables
  • Low glycemic alberta oats
  • Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
  • Organic sea vegetables and botanicals to enhance metabolism
  • No wheat, rice, corn or gluten
  • Ingredients are never frozen
  • No preservatives
  • Ideal for dogs needing to maintain or increase weight

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

Acana Sport and Agility Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken meal, boneless chicken, whole egg, boneless flounder, chicken liver
  • Chicken fat, herring oil
  • Whole potato, sweet potato
  • Steel-cut oats, fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Botanicals
  • Fermentation products
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin
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Negative Aspects

  • Pea fiber
  • Peas

Available in: 28.6 lb (13 kg)

By | 2016-12-16T21:42:58+00:00 October 27th, 2014|Review|Comments Off on Acana Sport and Agility Dry Dog Food Review

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

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.