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Summary

Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs is a high-quality dry dog food. A significantly above average protein and fat content and a significantly below average carbohydrate content contribute towards a fantastic nutrient profile. While some may argue that there could be fewer carbohydrates and additional protein, the proportions are very satisfactory and well suited for dogs.

It contains a very wide range of high-quality fish including Mackerel, Herring, Redfish, Hake, among others. One of the many benefits of these fish ingredients is the very high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids they provide.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are known to bring a wide range of health benefits. To add to this there is a range of legumes and other vegetable ingredients present which contribute carbohydrate content and fiber.

Unfortunately, the very large number of ingredients make this food unsuitable for those with dietary sensitivities or allergies, especially those associated with fish. However, for those without dietary issues, Wild Atlantic is a very satisfactory formula and will provide great nutrition.

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Pros

Satisfactory Nutrition

Large Range of High-Quality Fish & Vegetable Ingredients

High Levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

No Grains or By-products

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A Full review of Regionals – Wild Atlantic For Dogs By Acana

Acana Regionals - Wild Atlantic for Dogs Packaging

Nutritional Analysis

The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.

Acana Regionals - Meadowland for Dogs Calorie Breakdown Chart

Carbohydrate Content Analysis

Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 29% of Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs calories are derived from carbohydrates.  Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Dry Dog Food.

This relatively low proportion of carbohydrates is sourced from a variety of vegetable ingredients. This includes a wide range of legumes such as Lentils, Peas, and Chickpeas. Legumes are considered a high-quality carbohydrate source. While the carbohydrates content of this dog food could be lower, its current level is somewhat satisfactory and it does not need to be reduced significantly.

Protein Content Analysis

Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 33% of Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.

The protein within this dog food is sourced from a very wide range of fish. Examples include Mackerel, Herring, and Redfish. Fish are a great source of protein and contain all the required amino acids. However, a small minority of this protein is plant-based protein from the range of legumes.

Plant-based proteins are not ideal but thankfully this plant-based protein appears to supplement an already high fish-based protein level. The level protein within this dog food is very high and will be sufficient for dogs of almost all activity levels.

Fat Content Analysis

Dogs as fat for a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 38% of Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.

Fish such as the ones included in this formula are a fantastic source of fat for dogs. They are very rich in the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are known to come with a wide range of health benefits. In addition, the overall proportion of fat in this dog food is very satisfactory and would provide a concentrated source of energy to dogs of all activity levels.

Calorie Density

Calorie Density is essential to understand as it determines the portion size of food your dog will require per day or meal. Calorie Density is commonly measured in calories per kg or per cup.
Dog food formulas with high-calorie densities can be more cost efficient to purchase while recipes with lower calorie density can be advantageous to dogs attempting weight loss or who are relatively inactive.

Overall Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs contains an average of 3475 kcal/kg or 396 kcal per 8oz cup.

Disclaimer

Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.

Guaranteed Analysis – Acana – Regionals – Wild Atlantic For Dogs

Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.

  • Crude Protein (Min) – 33.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 17.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 6.00%
  • Moisture (Max) – 12.00%
  • Calcium (Min) – 1.2%
  • Phosphorus (Min) – 1.0%
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.5%
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 1.5%

 

Ingredient Analysis

The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.

However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Mackerel
  • Herring
  • Redfish
  • Hake
  • Mackerel Meal
  • Herring Meal
  • Green Peas
  • Red Lentils
  • Pinto Beans
  • Pollock Meal
  • Cod Meal

 

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • N/A

 

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

 

In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review

The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs contains more than ten sources of meat or fish.

The primary fish source present is Mackerel. Mackerel is considered a high-quality source of protein. It contains very high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid. In addition, it contains high levels of Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. Unfortunately, Mackerel contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Mackerel. However given that Mackerel is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

The secondary fish source present is Herring. Herring is considered a high-quality source of protein. The Vitamin B12 is extremely abundant in Herring. In addition to this, similar to other fish, Herring is very rich in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid. Unfortunately, Herring contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Herring. However given that Herring is the second listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

Another fish source present is Redfish. Redfish is considered a high-quality source of protein. Redfish is not a commonly known fish but that doesn’t mean it is nutritionally poor. Just like other fish, it contains high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid and to add to this it has high levels of potassium. Unfortunately, Redfish contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Redfish. However given that Redfish is the third listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

Another fish source present is Hake. Hake is considered a high-quality source of protein. Hake is lower in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid than some other fish but still contains more than traditional meat. Hake is also known to contain lower levels of mercury compared to other ocean fish.  Unfortunately, Hake contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Hake. However given that Hake is the fourth listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

Another fish source present is Mackerel Meal. Mackerel Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Mackerel Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Mackerel but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.

Another fish source present is Herring Meal. Herring Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Herring Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Herring but in higher concentrations. Herring most abundant mineral is Vitamin B12.

Another fish source present is Pollock Meal. Pollock Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Pollock Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Pollock but in higher concentrations.

Another fish source present is Cod Meal. Cod Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Cod Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Cod but in higher concentrations.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Acana Regionals – Wild Atlantic for Dogs contains Peas, Lentils and Garbanzo Beans (also known as Chickpeas). These are all members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.

Pumpkin is a high-quality vegetable ingredient and a beneficial addition to a dogs diet. Pumpkin contains high levels of a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. However, Pumpkin is probably best known for the Dietary Fiber it can contribute. This fiber can improve and regulate digestion. Finally, Pumpkin does not contain significant levels of plant-based protein. This lack of protein prevents Pumpkin being used solely to inflate protein levels like other vegetables, such as Peas, often are.

Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to dog food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most dog food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.

Full Ingredient List – Acana – Regionals – Wild Atlantic For Dogs

Whole mackerel*, whole herring*, whole redfish*, silver hake*, mackerel meal, herring meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, pollock meal, cod meal, catfish oil, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, herring oil, lentil fiber, yellowtail flounder*, natural fish flavor, sunflower oil, dried kelp, freeze-dried cod liver, whole pumpkin*, whole butternut squash*, kale*, spinach*, mustard greens*, collard greens*, turnip greens*, carrots*, *Red Delicious apples, *Bartlett pears, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, copper 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.

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