ACANA Pacific Pilchard is a limited ingredient food containing 50% wild-caught pilchard, a single, easily digestible fish protein that is ideal for diet-sensitive dogs of all breeds and life stages.
Sustainably caught off North Vancouver Island our pilchard arrives fresh and whole, in richly nourishing WholePrey™ ratios of fish, organs and cartilage that mirror the natural diet. Fresh greens, squash and pumpkin provide a rich source of soluble fiber to settle sensitive stomachs and support healthy digestion
Prepared from the best and freshest ingredients in our award-winning NorthStar® kitchens, this Biologically Appropriate™ food is perfect for fussy or diet-sensitive dogs. Read our ingredients and we think you’ll agree!
MOTHER NATURE MATCHED THE NUTRIENTS IN WHOLE FISH, FOWL OR GAME TO PERFECTLY MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUR DOG.
That’s why ACANA features richly nourishing whole fish, including organs and cartilage, which deliver the nutrients your dog needs naturally, without long lists of synthetic additives.
Modern dogs are built like their ancestors and we believe they should eat like them.
How do you know if your dog’s food is Biologically Appropriate™? It’s simple, just answer the three meat questions.
ACANA Pacific Pilchard features a single animal protein in WholePrey™ ratios that include fish, organs and cartilage to supply nutrients naturally and completely.
In nature there are no synthetic food supplements, and dogs and wolves derive their nutritional needs by consuming whole fish; meat provides protein; organs supply vitamins and minerals; bones deliver calcium and phosphorus.
ACANA Pacific Pilchard’s rich meat and WholePrey™ inclusions supply 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 which is why Vitamin E, Zinc and Copper are our only added supplements.
ACANA Pacific Pilchard 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 award-winning NorthStar® kitchens fresh each day!
Fresh whole pacific pilchard (25%), whole pilchard meal (18%), whole green peas, whole red lentils, whole garbanzo beans, pilchard oil (7%), fresh green kale (1.5%), fresh spinach greens (1.5%), fresh turnip greens (1%), cold-pressed sunflower oil, lentil fiber, whole green lentils, whole yellow peas, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole pumpkin, dried brown kelp, freeze-dried pilchard (0.1%), fresh whole cranberries, fresh whole blueberries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips.
SUPPLEMENTS: Vitamin E, Zinc Chelate, Copper Chelate.
*Contains mixed tocopherals (a tocopheral rich extract of natural origin- Vitamin E and Rosemary Oil). Also contains the probiotic Enterococcus faecium.
They might look different, but your dog shares his anatomy with the grey wolf – which means he’s evolved as a carnivore and 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 features richly nourishing proteins and fats, and limits unwanted carbohydrates.
|Crude protein (min.)||31 %|
|Crude fat (min.)||15 %|
|Crude ash (max.)||7.5 %|
|Crude fibres (max.)||5 %|
|Moisture (max.)||12 %|
|Calcium (min.)||1.1 %|
|Phosphorus (min.)||0.9 %|
|Omega-6 fatty acids (min.)||2.5 %|
|Omega-3 fatty acids (min.)||1.5 %|
|DHA (min.)||0.4 %|
|EPA (min.)||0.3 %|
|Glucosamine (min.)||700 mg/kg|
|Chondroitin sulfate (min.)||900 mg/kg|
ACANA benefits dogs of every variety. Just like you, your dog is unique with feeding requirements that 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 portions as needed. We recommend feeding twice daily and always keeping fresh, clean water available.
† Use a standard 250ml/120g 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.
Unique compared to conventional foods, ACANA 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 3393 kcal/kg (407 kcal per 250ml/120g cup), with 32% from protein, 30% from vegetables and fruits, and 38% from fat.
FISH AND MEAT-BASED FOODS THAT MIRROR YOUR DOG’S EVOLUTIONARY DIET.
The gray wolf is ancestor to all dogs. And 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 a dog’s natural diet.
Your dog is a carnivore and biologically adapted for a diet rich in fish and 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 Pacific Pilchard with 50% pilchard, all wild-caught off North Vancouver Island and deemed fit for human consumption prior to inclusion in our foods
Entirely free of the pea or potato protein concentrates common in today’s conventional dog foods, ACANA derives its rich protein content from fish ingredients (not plants), supporting lean muscle mass and nourishing your dog according to his evolutionary needs.
Compare 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.
We use fresh fish in its most natural and nourishing form. That’s why ½ of the pilchard in ACANA Pacific Pilchard is authentically FRESH and loaded with goodness and taste, and 1/2 is dried or oils to provide a concentrated source of nourishing fish protein. All come from fish deemed fit for human consumption prior to inclusion in our foods — a rarity among today’s pet food makers.
Compare to conventional dog foods which seldom contain authentically fresh meats and seldom from the human consumption chain.
ACANA Pacific Pilchard limits exposure to a single protein source, all in richly nourishing WholePrey™ ratios of fish, organs and cartilage that mimic the natural diet to provide all the nutrients your dog needs to thrive. WholePrey™ ratios eliminate the need for synthetic vitamins and amino-acids making this a healthy and delicious choice for fussy and diet-sensitive eaters.
Compare to conventional dog foods which seldom feature fish in WholePrey™ ratios, and feature long lists of synthetic additives
In her infinite wisdom, Mother Nature matched the nutrients in whole fish to perfectly meet your dog’s needs. Meat provides protein and fat; organs supply vitamins and minerals; bones and cartilage provide calcium and phosphorus.
ACANA features WholePrey™ ratios of fish, organs and cartilage that deliver nutrients naturally, in highly bioavailable form, all of which dramatically reduce the need to add synthetic vitamins or supplements to our foods.
Compare to conventional dog foods which supplement over 20 different amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Your dog has no nutritional requirement for carbohydrate and his natural diet contains very few, if any carbohydrates. And while carbohydrates are widely recognized as a leading cause of obesity and diabetes, conventional dog foods often exceed 50% carbohydrate of total content.
That’s why ACANA limits total carbohydrate content and replaces fast digesting carbohydrates such as rice, tapioca and potato with healthy, low-glycemic vegetables including greens and squash that enter the blood stream slowly, avoiding spikes in blood sugar and decreasing the potential for fat storage.
Compare to conventional dog foods which often exceed 50% carbohydrates, and feature high-glycemic ingredients such as rice, potato or tapioca.