Acana Puppy & Junior

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  • Acana Puppy & Junior
  • Published on: March 18, 2015
  • Last modified: June 8, 2015
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Review Summary:

In this recipe you will find a large variety of pure wholesome ingredients that provides a diverse source of nutrients. There are various good meat sources, which deliver excellent relatively high levels of protein that have a balanced essential amino acid profile. There is fish and fish oil for needed Omega -3 fatty acid. Then there are various vegetables and fruits. The calcium content is relatively high too, which is especially important to young puppies that are growing. On the package it discloses vitamin, mineral, Omega fatty acid, and even each essential amino acid content, which is all very helpful understanding the nutrient content. The added minerals are proteinate for better body absorption. All this comes with a relatively higher price, but if you can afford it, it is a very healthy choice. Overall, this recipe provides needed quality nutrients for a growing a puppy and is considered excellent.


  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Contains multiple good straight meat sources
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Relatively higher in calcium
  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Discloses extensive nutritional information
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    32% (min) 19% (min) 4% (max) 10% (max) 27% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 441 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 21 000 IU/kg
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E 410 IU/kg
    Calcium 1.7%
    Phosphorus 1.1%
    Selenium 0.8% mg/kg
    Zinc 250 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.4%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 2.3%
    Omega-3-acid 0.9%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.5%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. chicken meal
    2. steel-cut oats
    3. deboned chicken
    4. whole potato
    5. peas

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Oats are a cereal grain that is high in carbohydrates and a good portion of this is comprised of dietary fiber. It also offers protein too amongst other nutrients.

    Chicken is a good source of protein with all the essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of


    All Ingredients

    chicken meal, steel-cut oats, deboned chicken, whole potato, peas, chicken fat, whole egg, deboned flounder, sun-cured alfalfa, chicken liver, herring oil, pea fiber, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender.

    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.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Champion Pet Food LP
    Location(s): Morinville, Alberta Canada


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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