Acana Classics (Canadian) Review

Classic Red

Acana Classics (Canadian) Classic Red

PawDiet Rating

5.00

Review of Acana Classics (Canadian)
Classic Red

This product is manufactured by Champion Petfoods.

According to our data, this Acana recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Acana Classics (Canadian) Classic Red is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Acana Classics (Canadian) Classic Red with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is produced by cooking lamb using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of lamb and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The second ingredient is steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals. Whats more, non-contaminated oats are gluten free; however, oats are typically processed and grown near ingredients which contain gluten and therefore contamination is not unusual. Always check the packaging to ensure the product is gluten free if your dog has allergies to gluten.

The third ingredient is angus beef. Although angus beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.

The fourth ingredient is yorkshire pork. Although yorkshire pork is an excellent protein source, raw pork contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of pork is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.

The fifth ingredient is lamb fat. Fat is an important part of your dogs diet, lamb fat in particular is a good source of essential fatty acids.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Acana Classics (Canadian) Classic Red are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Acana recipe.

Next we have whole red lentil. Whole red lentils are rich in diary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Lentils also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.

The next ingredient is whole green pea. Whole green peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.

Then we have whole green lentil. Whole green lentils are rich in diary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Lentils also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.

Moving on, we have lamb. Lamb is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, lamb contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of lamb is dramatically reduced after cooking.

Moving on with this review, we have whole oats. Whole oats are an excellent carbohydrate source with considerable nutrients in addition to dietary fiber. More specifically, oats are rich in B vitamins and various minerals including manganese.

The next ingredient in this review is beef liver. Beef liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, beef liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

Our next ingredient is pork meal. Pork meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking pork until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with pork (i.e. pork meal).

The remaining ingredients in this Acana Classics (Canadian) recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Acana Classics (Canadian) Classic Red is 5.0 out of 5.