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Acana Adult Large Breed  
four and a half stars

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From the Acana Website:

For Large Breed Dogs 1 Year and Older

Mother Nature evolved dogs of all breeds as carnivores, biologically adapted for a diet rich and varied in meats, with smaller amounts of fruits, vegetables and grasses.

That's why ACANA Adult Large Breed is bursting with with cage-free Cobb chicken and whole eggs from local prairie farms, wild-caught flounder from Vancouver Island, and sun-ripened fruits & vegetables from the Okanagan Valley - all delivered fresh and preservative-free each day.
Chicken meal, steel-cut oats, deboned chicken, whole potato, peas, chicken liver, whole egg, deboned flounder, chicken fat, sun-cured alfalfa, 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.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude protein (min.) 33%
Crude fat (min.) 14%
Crude fibre (max.) 4%
Moisture (max.) 10%
Calcium (min.) 1.6%
Phosphorus (min.) 1.1%
Calcium: Phosphorus Ratio 1.4:1
Omega 6 (min.) 2.5%
LA (min.) 0.3%
Omega 3 (min.) 0.9%
EPA (min.) 0.4%
DHA (min.) 0.4%
Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio 2.8:1
Glucosamine (min.) 1500 mg/kg
Chondroitin sulfate (min.) 900 mg/kg

The main ingredients

Chicken meal is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more chicken meal than any other ingredient. Chicken meal is concentrated, and contains around 300% the protein of fresh chicken.

The next ingredient is steel-cut oats. Oats provide both insoluble and soluble fiber to support digestive health, allowing food to move slowly through the digestive tract to optimize the absorption of nutrients. Oats are also a protein source, containing about four grams of protein per ounce

The third ingredient is deboned chicken. Chicken contains a lot of water (between 80 and 90%), which is lost during the cooking process, so after processing this chicken may actually represent a smaller part of the total content. Chicken is a good protein source, as well as containing Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Niacin, and Selenium. Chicken also contains fatty acids

The fourth ingredient is whole potato. Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and manganese.

The fifth ingredient is peas. Peas provide a good supply of protein and dietary fiber. They also are a natural source for vitamins C and K. However, some dogs experience problems digesting peas because of the fibrous cellulose contained in the peas.

Other ingredients of note in Acana Adult Large Breed

Whole egg: Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. the shell from the whole egg is a great source of calcium to promote bone health.

Flounder: Flounder is an exceptional source of protein, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Selenium. It also is a good source for Vitamin B6 and Magnesium.

Although raw fish of most kinds is a quality ingredient for dog foods, it is important to realize that raw fish is about 80% water, so after processing this item will represent a much smaller portion of the total content.

Chicken liver: Chicken liver is a good source of protein, fat, and vitamin A. Chicken livers are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and amino acids vital to your dog's health.

Chicory root: Chicory root is rich in simple sugars and the polysaccharide inulin. Studies suggest that inulin can have a beneficial effect on the gut's 'good bacteria' which is making it increasingly popular as a prebiotic and as a source of soluble dietary fiber. Inulin is also fairly sweet making it a popular natural dog food flavor enhancer.

Chelated minerals: Chelated minerals are those minerals that are chemically attached to protein, which makes them about 20% more readily absorbed. Chelated minerals are typically associated with higher quality dog foods.

So is it a good dog food?

Acana Adult Large Breed contains four sources of meat protein, two of which show up in the top five ingredients. The other two include deboned flounder and chicken liver.

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 37% protein and 15% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 40% and a fat to protein ratio of 41%.

This shows Acana Adult Large Breed contains above average protein, near average fat, and a below average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that Acana Adult Large Breed is an above average dry dog food, with a notable amount of meat, and is therefore highly recommended, receiving four and a half stars.

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