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Acana Chicken & Burbank Potato  
five and a half stars

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From the Acana Website:

For all breeds and life stages

By nature, all dogs are evolved as carnivores, biologically adapted for a diet rich and varied in fresh meats with smaller amounts of fruits, vegetables and grasses.

That's why ACANA Chicken & Burbank Potato is loaded with cage-free Cobb chicken and whole eggs from local prairie farms, wild-caught flounder from Vancouver Island, and Okanagan Valley fruits & vegetables - all delivered fresh each day to nourish your dog completely.
Chicken meal, deboned chicken, whole potato, steel-cut oats, peas, whole egg, deboned flounder, sun-cured alfalfa, chicken fat, oat flakes, chicken liver, chicken liver oil, 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, rosemary, 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.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude protein (min.) 28%
Crude fat (min.) 17%
Crude fiber (max.) 4%
Moisture (max.) 10%
Calcium (min.) 1.3 %
Phosphorus (min.) 1.1%
Calcium: Phosphorus Ratio 1.2:1
Omega-6 (min.) 2.5%
LA (min.) 2.4%
Omega 3 (min.) 0.7%
EPA (min.) 0.3%
DHA (min.) 0.3%
Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio 3.6:1
Glucosamine (min.) 1200 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 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 third ingredient is whole potato. Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and manganese.

The fourth 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 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 Chicken & Burbank Potato

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.

Angelica root: Angelica root has been commonly used in medicines formulated for dog skin allergies. It most likely is used in this case as a digestive aid and to add additional flavor to the dog food.

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 Chicken & Burbank Potato 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 31% protein and 19% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 42% and a fat to protein ratio of 61%.

This shows Acana Chicken & Burbank Potato contains above average protein, above average fat, and below average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that Acana Chicken & Burbank Potato is an above average dry dog food, with a significant amount of meat, and is therefore highly recommended, receiving five stars.

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