Special Needs





Introduction – Background

This company works to make biologically appropriate pet foods. They use locally sourced ingredients and make the food in their award-winning kitchens. 


Deboned beef, deboned pork, beef meal, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, whole green peas, pork meal, beef fat, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, deboned lamb, pollock oil, lentil fiber, natural pork flavor, beef tripe, beef liver, beef kidney, pork liver, pork kidney, beef cartilage, salt, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried kelp, whole pumpkin, collard greens, carrots, whole apples, zinc proteinate, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried pork liver, freeze-dried lamb liver, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rose hips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product

First, let’s look at lentil fiber, this is a by-product and offers very little nutritional value.

The next thing we need to look at is the first three ingredients are animal protein but of the next 9 ingredients, 6 are legumes. Legumes contain about 25% protein. With 6 different legumes added we must consider the fact that they are adding in a lot of the protein content of this food. Why does this matter? Two reasons 1. dogs are not able to absorb and use the protein of plant sources like they can animal proteins. So, legume proteins aren’t doing all that much for your dog. 2. Plant proteins have far fewer amino acids when compared to animal proteins. Your dog needs all amino acids to thrive.

Guaranteed Analysis 

Crude protein 29% (min)

Crude fat 17% (min)

Crude fiber 6% (max)

Moisture 12% (max)

Dietary starch 23% (max)

Sugars 2% (max)

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) 0.15% (min)

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) 0.15% (min)

Calcium 1.4% (min)

Phosphorus 1% (min)

Omega-6 fatty acids 2.1% (min)

Omega-3 fatty acids 0.8% (min)

Glucosamine 300 mg/kg (min)

Total Microorganisms (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus casei) 100MM CFU/lb (min)

The calories from this food come mostly from fat (39%), then carbs (33%), and lastly from protein (28%). It is better for the calories to come from the fat than carbs for your dog. But it would be best if the calories come from protein for your carnivore.

The analysis also shows glucosamine which is great for your dog’s joints. The recommended amount to support joints is 20mg per pound of your dog’s body weight. It is unlikely that the 300mg/kg of dog food is going to have many benefits to your dog.

The analysis also includes omega-6 and omega-3 (also DHA and EPA which are omega-3s) in the analysis list. These are considered essential fatty acids, so their inclusion in your dog’s diet could be great! Unfortunately, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are very delicate and exposure to heat (such as the cooking of kibble) is likely to render these essential fatty acids useless.

There are three different probiotics listed here, probiotics are great for your dog. However, probiotics are living things and do not survive the high heat of kibble processing very well, if at all. It is unlikely that these probiotics will have many positive benefits for your dog.

Flavors available

  • Free-range poultry
  • Red meat
  • Freshwater fish
  • Meadowlands
  • Wild Atlantic
  • Grasslands
  • Appalachian Ranch


Choose from puppy & junior, light & fit, limited ingredient, and paleo.

Approximate Cost

Small dog up to 11lbs $24/month

Medium dog up to 44lbs $60/month

Large dog over 100lbs $120/month


This is an alright food. Most of the calories come from fat and not carbs which is good. However, it would be best if they came from protein. Acana offers a nice variety of foods all grain-free with more kinds of meat than most companies. There is a large number of legumes in their food however and this is adding less bioavailable protein to the food.