Inspired by Kentucky’s lush and fertile grasslands, this region-inspired food features grass-fed Suffolk lamb, nest-laid eggs, rainbow trout, Muscovy duck, free-run quail plus local vegetables, fruits and botanicals.
Brimming with goodness and taste, our meats are delivered to our kitchens FRESH or RAW daily, in WholePrey™ ratios to guarantee locked-in nutrients. ACANA Grasslands rich inclusions of meat, fish and game mirror your dog’s evolutionary diet and promote peak health without the need for long lists of synthetic ingredients.
Prepared in our Kentucky DogStar® kitchens from America’s best and freshest ingredients, ACANA Grasslands is guaranteed to keep your dog healthy, happy and strong.
Read our ingredients and we think you’ll be happy too!
MEAT-BASED FOODS THAT MIRROR YOUR DOG’S EVOLUTIONARY DIET.
The gray wolf is ancestor to all domestic dogs. While years of breeding has 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 meats that dogs are evolved to eat, while limiting the carbohydrates and 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 break down protein and fat from meat. That’s why we loaded ACANA Grasslands with 70% meat, game, eggs and fish, including grass-fed Suffolk lamb, free-run Muscovy duck and quail, nest-laid eggs and freshwater trout, all sourced from regional farms and lakes. All our meats, poultry and fish are deemed fit for human consumption before arriving at our kitchen doors.
Compare this to conventional dog foods which often contain very little meat, and are seldom from the human consumption chain.
Half of the meat ingredients in ACANA Grasslands are FRESH or RAW and delivered daily to our kitchens, so they are loaded with goodness and taste. Fresh means never frozen, so refrigeration is the only way we preserve our fresh meats, while our raw meats are flash-frozen at their peak to lock in natural goodness. The other 1/2 of meat ingredients are dried or oils to provide a strong, natural source of animal protein and fat.
Compare this to conventional dog foods which seldom contain authentically fresh meats.
In nature, dogs benefit from an assortment of whole prey animals that provide all the essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed for peak health. ACANA Grasslands features a diversity of fresh meats in richly nourishing WholePrey™ ratios of meat, organs and cartilage to mimic your dog’s natural diet and provide essential nutriets. This eliminates the need for long lists of synthetic additives, so we only add zinc.
Compare this to conventional dog foods which feature one or two meats, seldom in WholePrey™ ratios, and feature long lists of synthetic additives to make them ‘complete and balanced’.
Entirely free of the pea or potato protein concentrates common in today’s dog foods, ACANA Grasslands derives its rich protein content from premium animal ingredients (not plants). This supports lean muscle mass and a healthy body weight all while nourishing your dog according to his evolutionary needs.
Compare this to conventional dog foods which are either typically low in protein (and high in carbohydrate) or use inappropriate plant protein concentrates to elevate their protein claims.
Your dog’s natural diet contains very few carbohydrates, which are recognized as a leading cause of obesity and diabetes. That’s why ACANA Grasslands limits carbohydrates and replaces fast carbohydrates (such as rice, potato and tapioca) with low-glycemic vegetables and fruits. This helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, reduces the potential for fat storage, and promotes overall good health.
Compare this to conventional dog foods which often exceed 50% carbohydrates, and feature high-glycemic ingredients such as potato, tapioca and rice – starches that digest quickly, causing blood glucose to spike and results in increased fat storage.
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 Biologically Appropriate™ ‘three meat questions’.
Entirely free of plant protein concentrates, ACANA Grasslands is loaded with 70% meat, game and fish — more than twice as much as most pet specialty dog foods. Plus, all our meat is deemed fit for human consumption prior to inclusion in our foods.
1/2 of the meats, game and fish in ACANA Grasslands is FRESH or RAW, supplying essential nutrients in their most nourishing form. Fresh means never frozen, so refrigeration is the only way we preserve our fresh meats, while our raw meats are flash-frozen at the source to lock in goodness. The other half is dried or oils to provide a strong and natural source of richly nourishing animal protein and fat.
ACANA Grasslands features 5 fresh meats in WholePrey™ ratios that include meat, organs and cartilage to supply nutrients naturally and completely.
In Mother Nature’s kitchen there are no synthetic supplements, and dogs and wolves derive all of their nutritional needs by consuming whole prey animals. Muscle meat provides protein; liver, kidney and tripe supply vitamins and minerals; while bones and cartilage deliver calcium and phosphorus.
ACANA mirrors the natural diet, applying our Meat Math and incorporating WholePrey™ meat, organs and cartilage in ratios that deliver nutrients naturally. By providing a concentrated, natural source of virtually every nutrient your dog needs to thrive, you eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic additives. That’s why zinc is our only added supplement.
ACANA Grasslands features an unmatched variety of local ingredients that are raised or fished by people we know and trust, deemed “fit for human consumption”, and then delivered to our Kentucky DogStar® kitchens fresh each day!
Deboned lamb*, deboned duck*, whole eggs*, lamb meal, goat meal, catfish meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, lamb fat, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, rainbow trout*, duck meal, herring oil, sun-cured alfalfa, quail (ground with bone), natural lamb flavor, lamb tripe*, lamb liver*, duck giblets (liver, heart, kidney)*, duck cartilage*, dried kelp, whole pumpkin*, whole butternut squash*, kale*, spinach*, mustard greens*, collard greens*, turnip greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried duck liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.
* delivered fresh or raw
They might look different, but your dog shares his anatomy with the gray wolf – which means he’s evolved as a carnivore and his body, teeth and jaws, and short digestive tracts is adapted for a diet rich in meat, 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 Grasslands is rich in nourishing meat proteins and fats, all the while limiting unwanted carbohydrates and synthetic additives.
|Crude protein (min.)||33 %|
|Crude fat (min.)||17 %|
|Crude fiber (max.)||6 %|
|Moisture (max.)||12 %|
|Calcium (min.)||1.8 %|
|Phosphorus (min.)||1.2 %|
|Omega-6 fatty acids* (min.)||2 %|
|Omega-3 fatty acids* (min.)||0.6 %|
|DHA* (min.)||0.1 %|
|EPA* (min.)||0.1 %|
|Glucosamine* (min.)||600 mg/kg|
|Chondroitin sulfate* (min.)||800 mg/kg|
* not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
ACANA Grasslands benefits dogs of every breed and size. 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 for your cherished dog.
† 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.
Compared to conventional foods, ACANA Grasslands delivers more calories from protein and fat, and fewer calories from carbohydrates, reducing the risk of obesity and promoting your dog’s peak health.
Metabolizable Energy is 3405 kcal/kg (388 kcal/8 oz. cup), with 34% from protein, 24% from fruits and vegetables, and 42% from fat.