Acana vs Orijen Dog Foods

A lot of dog food – especially dry dog food – is made with more than 45% carbohydrates. A lot of these carbs are poor quality.

Historically we have not been asking enough questions about the quality of food we feed our dogs.

Many dogs suffer from intolerances and allergies – many of which can be alleviated with diet.

What Our Dogs Used to Eat

Dogs (and cats too) have been eating a high protein diet for thousands of years

Your dog – if living in the wild – would be eating small game animals such as rabbits, squirrels and the like.

Think about the ingredients on your most recent bag of dog food. Were there even more than two types of actual meat mentioned within the first five ingredients?

Champion – The Company Behind Acana and Orijen

Champion Petfood recognized this problem by creating two brands of dry food: Acana and Orijen.

Being a ‘Biologically Appropriate’ means they attempt to match the needs of a modern dog – higher protein, and less calories.

This includes fresh and locally sourced, hormone free meats (including chicken, beef, duck, turkey, fish, beef, bison and more) as well as whole fruits and vegetables instead of grains.

Overall, this is the most “natural” diet you can get for your dog short of feeding him a raw, homemade diet (which usually still needs supplements to cover all nutritional needs).

What’s the Difference Between the Two?

Seeing as both Acana and Orijen are made by the same company it can be difficult to know which one to go with.

While they are both made to replicate your dog’s dietary needs with the proper ingredients, Acana is a slightly higher in carbohydrate (low-GI) than Orijen.

Low-glycemic carbs (chickpeas, lentils, etc.) enter the bloodstream slowly, which helps to maintain proper blood sugar.

Acana Orijen
Low GI Carbs 25-28% 20-25%
Meat concentration 60-65% 75-80%
Protein level 32-35% 38-42%
Different meats in formula 3 5
Price $$ $$$

To get the most out of a food like this you should definitely consider Orijen above Acana.

On the other hand, if you have been feeding your dog a cheap commercial brand –  Acana is a huge step up for your dog’s overall health!

Orijen Original

With ingredients like chicken and turkey, wild-caught fish, and cage-free eggs – there is also no grain or other fillers in this food.

Many owners with dogs with sensitive tummies use this Orijen formula.

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Acana Grasslands

Lamb, duck, eggs top the ingredients list here, along with peas, and lentils.

Acana is not quite as pricey as Orijen but still adheres to strict guidelines on its ingredients quality.

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If your dog has a sensitive stomach, see the best dog foods for this. If you pooch has allergies or skin irritations (such as itchy ears), see our list of hypoallergenic foods.