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Old 12-11-2010, 07:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So in preparing for our spoo, who is still months away hehe, I have been trying to select a dog food brand to go with. I think I've decided on champion foods, and was initially set on orijen but the more I read the more I am starting to think that food should be used for high performance dogs-sporting and such, and I'm not sure I think it's suitable to what I would want to feed to a dog who isn't quite that active.

So I've been looking at Acana instead, and I wonder what your experiences are with it? I know they have a regular line and a grain free line. I'm still kind of confused on why Acana would need a grain free line when they Orijen already? And do you think the Acana grain free (I believe it's lower protein) is more along the lines of what I'm looking for?

Is there a disadvantage to feeding the regular Acana instead of the grain free version? Your thoughts please

And for the record, while I totally respect raw feeding, and I don't mind at all hearing about it-it is not an option for me. I am a bit of a neat freak and can't handle the clean up I would have to do afterwards to be comfortable with it (even if I fed outside) because I would be sure the dog had bacteria all over it that I would have to get rid of Just not something I am comfortable with at this point to do in my own home
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Orijen was too much for my spoo, but she does great on Acana. We tried one of the grain-free varieties, Prairie, and she's thrived on it. However, we haven't tried the new formulation.

I have heard some people say their dogs do better on grain-inclusive foods. You may have to try both to find out for yourselves.
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I switched Cosmo from Innova to Acana Wild Prairie last month. He's had a few ear infections so I wanted to see if going to grain free would help. He's still young( 8 mos now, 7 mos when I changed) so I was also uncomfortable with Orijen so went with the Acana instead. the Wild Prarie is 33% protein and was much lower than than all the Orijen's I looked at.

He seems to be doing well on it and his ears have been much better. However he doesn't seem to like it much. He doesn't eat with the same gusto. He did get some dental implants just prior to my switching him though so I won't try changing again until after that comes out as that might have slowed his eating down I"m thinking.
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I feed my little girl Acana small breed and she does great on it. She has a really sensitive stomach and will get loose stool anytime she has even a slight change in her food but with acana the transition was pretty smooth, only had soft stool for about a day. She enjoys it alot and i find her coat doesn't matt when on this food as well. You dont see as much difference in coat quality i find with foods like with some shiny coated dogs but thats the big difference i found. that and a softer coat.
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Acana is a very nice food. Go And Now are another 'newer' (been out 2- years?) foods on the market that i really like. "now" is the grain free version
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Acana is a very nice food. Go And Now are another 'newer' (been out 2- years?) foods on the market that i really like. "now" is the grain free version
I LOVE the "Go" brand especially for cats but it is SOOOOO expensive. This is why i chose acana in the end, still great ingredients and a bit more affoardable at 25$ a bag.
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Since this thread was started I've recently switched Cosmo from the Prairie formula to the Pacifica and Orijen Regional Red(one in the AM and one in the PM). We're still struggling with ear issues so I wanted to get him on a different protein to see if it was the chicken since we were on Innova before the Acana Prairie.

I also wanted to change my Greyhound off of his CA Natural Lamb and Rice. he's been on this since a baby due to allergies and sensitive stomach but I wanted to be proactive and find something before Proctor and Gamble started messing with Natura's formulas. The Acana Lamb and Apple formula looks like a perfect fit for him but the non-grain free formulas aren't available in the US. I called to ask Acana about this and unfortunately they list milk thistle as a food additive and, while approved in the US as a supplement, it is not approved as a food additive. Disappointing. They said they are researching changing their non-grain free formulas to meet US standards.

Also disappointing is that their Acana (grain free) Grasslands is a lamb based food that contains chicken fat. I know I feed lamb as my dog can't tolerate chicken and that wasn't uncommon.....
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I feed Maggie Acana Grain Free...I have purchased it online but we now have a holistic high end dog food store in my town so I buy it there. I have been very happy with it. Maggie has Addison's so I have to use good food. I would anyway but...It is expensive. I joke if my parents and most of friends had any clue what I spend for dog food they'd stroke out. When I go to my neighbors and see the bag of Beneful they are feeding their lab my heart races.
All that to say I have not had any issues. She eats it fine. I add water to soften it up some and because of her Addison's I am instructed to put some salt on her food. Kosher all natural sea salt from Trader Joe's (They didn't tell me use that I just do.) I was gonna step up to Orijen (same company) but I think there is too much protein in it for her. She's not the most active dog in the world and she's pushing 8. Anyway, that's my opinion on this one....
(she does have some brutal gas on occasion though)
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I just switched the girls (7 months old) yesterday from Royal Canin puppy food to Acana Prairie Harvest Adult, and they love it! Good digestion and their poopies arenot soft.
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Yeah I noticed a difference in that right away too. She was on Eagle pack when I got her, so I switched over slowly. She did have some diareah the first few days but I attribute alot of that to the stress of the move. In one house for 6 years and bam next day she's with me....but once we got past that, it's easier to clean the yard and they are smaller too. Ok this is gross Im moving on
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