Acana Dog Food Ingredients

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Acana manufactures roughly 40 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Acana ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Acana uses roughly 199 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Acana, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. turkey meal
  4. red lentil
  5. whole green pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Acana is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by turkey meal, red lentil, and whole green pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Acana does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 40 Acana dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Acana does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Acana have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 199 Acana ingredients. According to our data, Acana does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 2 controversial ingredients inside Acana products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Acana ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Acana Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Acana Classics (Canadian) Classic Red

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Acana Classics (Canadian) Prairie Poultry

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Acana Classics (Canadian) Wild Coast

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Adult Large Breed

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Adult Small Breed

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Adult Dog

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Acana Original Dry Food Feast Formula

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Acana Original Dry Food Free-Run Poultry Formula

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Acana Original Dry Food Freshwater Fish Formula

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Light & Fit

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Acana Original Dry Food Light & Fit Formula

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Acana Original Dry Food Red Meat Formula

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Acana Original Dry Food Paleo Formula

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Puppy & Junior

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Acana Original Dry Food Puppy & Junior Formula

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Puppy Large Breed

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Puppy Small Breed

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Senior

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Acana Heritage (Canadian) Sport & Agility

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Acana Regionals Appalachian Ranch

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Acana Regionals (Canadian) Grasslands

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Acana Regionals Grasslands

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Acana Regionals Meadowland

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Acana Regionals (Canadian) Pacifica

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Acana Regionals (Canadian) Ranchlands

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Acana Regionals Wild Atlantic

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Acana Regionals (Canadian) Wild Prairie

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Acana Singles Beef & Pumpkin Formula

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Acana Singles (Canadian) Free-Run Duck

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Acana Singles Duck & Pear Formula

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Acana Singles (Canadian) Grass-Fed Lamb

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Acana Singles Lamb & Apple Formula

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Acana Singles (Canadian) Pacific Pilchard

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Acana Singles (Canadian) Yorkshire Pork

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Acana Singles Pork & Squash Formula

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Acana Singles Turkey & Greens Formula

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Acana Singles Duck & Pear Formula Dog Treats

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Acana Singles Lamb & Apple Formula Dog Treats

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Acana Singles Mackerel & Greens Formula Dog Treats

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Acana Singles Pork & Squash Formula Dog Treats

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