HAVING EVOLVED FROM THE GRAY WOLF, YOUR DOG REQUIRES A DIET RICH IN PROTEIN FROM WHOLE, QUALITY ANIMAL INGREDIENTS.
ACANA AMERICAN WATERS + WHOLESOME GRAINS is brimming with protein and nutrients from whole, raw, wild-caught herring, mackerel, catfish, Acadian redfish, and perch, along with fiber-rich, gluten-free grains. Our animal ingredients include fish, organs, and bone, providing nutrients naturally, promoting peak health and keeping your dog happy, healthy, and thriving.
MOTHER NATURE MATCHED THE NUTRIENTS IN WHOLE GAME, FISH OR FOWL TO PERFECTLY MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUR DOG.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MEAT!
Modern dogs are built like their ancestors and we believe they should eat like them, too. How do you know if your dog’s food is Biologically Appropriate? Simple. Just answer our 3 meat questions.
Entirely free of gluten, potato, or tapioca, ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains is loaded with 70% animal ingredients — more than twice as much as some pet specialty dog foods.
1/2 of the animal ingredients in ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains are FRESH or RAW, supplying essential nutrients in their most nourishing form. The other half are dried or oils to provide a strong and natural source of nourishing animal protein and fat.
ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains features a rich variety of regional ingredients that are raised or fished by people we know and trust, and delivered to our DogStar Kitchen fresh or raw!
Whole Atlantic herring, whole Atlantic mackerel, whole catfish, herring meal, mackerel meal, catfish meal, oatmeal, whole sorghum, whole millet, oats, sunflower oil, whole Acadian redfish, whole perch, natural fish flavor, ground miscanthus grass, safflower oil, catfish oil, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, dried kelp, mixed tocopherols (preservative), freeze-dried cod liver, copper proteinate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, chicory root, turmeric, citric acid (preservative), rosemary extract, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.
Your dog is a carnivore and shares his anatomy with the gray wolf, which means his body, teeth, jaws, and short digestive tract are adapted for a diet rich in animal protein and fat.
Based on this biological fact, and to produce a nutritional analysis that mirrors the diet Mother Nature would provide for your dog, ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains is rich in nourishing animal protein and oils, while excluding rice, potato, tapioca, and long lists of synthetic ingredients found in some dog foods.
|Crude protein (min.)||31 %|
|Crude fat (min.)||17 %|
|Crude fiber (max.)||6 %|
|Moisture (max.)||12 %|
|Dietary starch (max.)||25 %|
|Sugars (max.)||2 %|
|EPA (min.)||0.2 %|
|DHA (min.)||0.3 %|
|Calcium (min.)||1.8 %|
|Phosphorus (min.)||1.4 %|
|Omega-6 fatty acids* (min.)||2.3 %|
|Omega-3 fatty acids* (min.)||0.9 %|
|Total Microorganisms* (min.)|
(Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus casei)
*not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
Just like you, your dog is a unique individual and his feeding requirements will vary with environment, age, and activity.
The table below provides a starting point, to be adjusted as needed to maintain optimum weight and peak conditioning. We suggest monitoring your dog’s weight and adjusting amounts as needed. We recommend feeding twice daily and always keeping fresh, clean water available.
† Use a standard 8-ounce measuring cup. Serve dry or lightly moistened. See your veterinarian regularly. To help maintain freshness, we recommend sealing the bag tightly and storing it in a cool, dry location.
ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, except for growth of large size dogs (70 lb or more as an adult).
Compared to some dog foods, ACANA delivers more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates, promoting your dog’s peak health.
Metabolizable Energy is 3370 kcal/kg (371 kcal per standard 8 oz cup), with 31% from protein, 25% from carbohydrates, and 43% from fat.
MEAT-BASED FOODS THAT MIRROR YOUR DOG’S EVOLUTIONARY DIET
The gray wolf is ancestor to all domestic dogs. While years of breeding have produced hundreds of ‘different-looking wolves’, the internal workings of modern dogs and their wolf cousins remain unchanged, so it’s no surprise that their dietary needs remain the same too.
Our award-winning Biologically Appropriate philosophy is simple: mirror the quantity, freshness, and variety of animal ingredients that dogs have evolved to eat, while limiting the long lists of synthetic ingredients that don’t belong in your dog’s natural diet.
Your dog is biologically adapted for a diet rich in meat. Equipped with sharp teeth, a single-hinge jaw, and a short digestive tract, domestic dogs are anatomically designed to metabolize protein and fat from animal ingredients. That’s why we loaded ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains with 70% whole fish.
Half of the animal ingredients in ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains are delivered to our kitchen FRESH or RAW, so they are loaded with goodness and taste. The other 1/2 are dried or oils to provide a strong and natural source of animal protein and fat.
In nature, your dog’s diet would include a wide assortment of prey animals that provide all the essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals needed for peak health. ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains features a diversity of quality animal ingredients in richly nourishing WholePrey ratios of meat, organs, and cartilage or bone to mimic your dog’s natural diet.
ACANA is entirely free of gluten, potato, or tapioca, commonly substituted for animal protein by many specialty dog foods to reduce costs and increase profit. Instead, ACANA American Waters + Wholesome Grains derives its rich protein content from quality animal ingredients (not plants), that support lean muscle mass and a healthy body weight, as well as nourish your dog according to his evolutionary needs.
ACANA features vegetables and fruit in limited quantities—meaning no extra non-essential carbohydrates to be stored as body fat. This helps maintain healthy blood-sugar levels, reduces the potential for fat storage, and promotes overall good health.