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Acana Classics Chicken and Burbank Potato

Est. $35 for a 15-lb. bag
Reviewed
January 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Acana Classics Chicken and Burbank Potato

Pros
  • Table-quality Canadian ingredients
  • High- quality carb sources (including grains)
  • No low-value fillers
Cons
  • Not as meat-rich as rivals
  • Costs as much as some grain-free foods

Bottom line

Orijen's slightly cheaper sibling, Acana dry dog food, is made with the same meticulous attention to quality. Acana does use grains, though, and more plant protein (peas, lentils, etc.) than meat-rich Orijen.

Ingredient quality

Extremely high quality -- but it does contain grains. Acana is made by the same company as the top-rated Orijen Adult Dog (Est. $45 for a 15-lb. bag) . Both are made from Canadian meats, fish, eggs and produce, delivered fresh daily.

Orijen is extraordinarily meat-rich, while Acana uses more meat meals (rendered meat and bone), peas and lentils. Some flavors, including Chicken and Burbank Potato, contain oats. Some experts argue that dogs evolved to eat mostly meat -- not all those carbs. But plenty of owners say their dogs absolutely thrive on Acana.

Product safety

Locally made. Like Orijen, Acana makes all of its food in its own Canadian factory, using human-grade Canadian ingredients. These foods use no artificial preservatives, and only the safest selenium supplement (selenium yeast, not sodium selenite). We found no recalls for Acana on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website, which tracks pet food recalls back to 2007.

Value

Costs as much as some grain-free foods. Some Acana varieties (including Chicken and Burbank Potato) cost less than Orijen -- because they include grains. Acana's grain-free varieties cost nearly as much as Orijen, but they use less meat and more legumes for protein. For the money, reviewers prefer Orijen.

You can go grain-free for the same price as Acana. Evo Turkey & Chicken Formula (Est. $30 for a 13.2-lb. bag) is grain-free, gets strong reviews and costs about the same per pound as Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato. However, Evo is owned by Procter & Gamble, and it doesn't have Acana's spotless recall record. If you don't mind the grains, Acana is a high-quality food that gets great reviews.

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Our Sources

1. PetsumerReport.com

PetsumerReport.com scrutinizes many brands and flavors of dog food, including Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato. Susan Thixton identifies good and bad ingredients, keeps track of recalls and rates each food based on its quality and safety.

Review: Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato Dog Food Dry, Susan Thixton, As of January 2014

2. DogFoodAdvisor.com

Based on his evaluation of another flavor (Acana Adult Small Breed), Mike Sagman awards Acana dog food a perfect 5 stars. He includes Chicken and Burbank Potato in that rating, but he notes that a couple of other flavors have less protein and rate lower.

Review: Acana Dog Food (Dry), Mike Sagman, Updated Feb . 17, 2013

3. PetFoodRatings.org

Editors here have strict criteria for dog foods -- and Acana (like its corporate sibling, Orijen) is one of their favorites. They find absolutely no drawbacks to Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato, with its high-quality ingredients.

Review: Acana Classics Chicken and Burbank Potato, Editors of PetFoodRatings.org, Not Dated

4. DogAware.com

Acana makes this list of recommended dry dog food. Mary Straus says all Acana foods are high-protein, low-carb and made with human-grade ingredients free of hormones and antibiotics.

Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, Updated Oct. 23 , 2013

5. Whole Dog Journal

Whole Dog Journal's lists approved dry dog foods, alongside this accompanying article explaining exactly what ingredients to look for (and avoid) in a top-quality dog food.

Review: Whole Dog Journal 's 2013 Dry Dog Food Review, Nancy Kerns, February 2013

6. Chewy.com

Whole Dog Journal's lists approved dry dog foods, alongside this accompanying article explaining exactly what ingredients to look for (and avoid) in a top-quality dog food.

Review: Whole Dog Journal's 2013 Dry Dog Food Review, Nancy Kerns, February 2013

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