Why is Acana Dog Food better for my pet?

ACANA pet foods are different, so learn more about what’s in the foods & how they’re made. 



Acana pet foods make Biologically Appropriate dog and cat foods from Fresh Regional Ingredients and they make them from start to finish in their very own award-winning kitchens.

We think you’ll love ACANA. More importantly, we think your dogs and cats will too.




Q. Does ACANA contain preservatives like Ethoxyquin?

A. ORIJEN and ACANA ingredients and foods are free from Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT or any other chemical preservative.

Ethoxyquin is commonly used as a preservative for fish ingredients produced in the USA due to FDA requirements. Those regulations have been modified in recent years to allow the use of mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative) in place of ethoxyquin.

At Champion, we use three kinds of fish ingredients – fresh fish, fish meals and fish oils.


Our fresh fish is wild-caught or sustainably farm raised within our region and arrives FRESH – which is defined as ‘never frozen and with no preservatives’. Our fresh fish never contain Ethoxyquin and are preservative-free.


Because Ethoxyquin preservatives are commonly used by American fish processors, we work directly with our suppliers (no brokers or middlemen) and we pay a premium to have our fish meals preserved with our proprietary blend of Vitamin E and rosemary extract. Our fish meals are never preserved with Ethoxyquin.


Produced from wild-caught fish deemed fit for human consumption, our fish oils are preserved with our proprietary blend of Vitamin E and rosemary and are never preserved with Ethoxyquin.

Q. Why do ACANA foods contain botanicals?

A. Our pet foods are designed to mirror the natural diet. Botanicals are an important part of the natural diet for all cats and dogs. Our botanicals are selected by one of North America’s leading homeopathic veterinarians. Find out more about our botanical ingredients.

Q. Are ACANA ingredients human grade?

A. All of our local poultry, fish, red meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables are passed fit for human consumption by the Government of Canada before arriving at our kitchens fresh each day. Our poultry, fish, lamb and beef meals, fats and oils are produced only from animals passed fit for human consumption by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency – something few producers can claim.

Despite our lofty standards, we never claim our that our ingredients are “human-grade”. That’s because once ingredients leave the producer or processor and enter the pet food processor, they lose their “human-grade” classification. We encourage pet lovers to contact the producer of their food and ask whether they can actually verify their claim of “human grade”.

Q. Fresh or raw: what’s the difference?

A. Fresh means an ingredient has never been frozen and contains absolutely no preservatives. Raw means an ingredient has not been cooked, but has been preserved by freezing, chemical preservatives, or a combination of both.

ACANA pet foods are made with poultry, eggs, fish, red meats, fruits, and vegetables that are delivered to our doors authentically fresh each day.

Q. Do you test fish for heavy metals such as Mercury?

A. Yes. Although our fish come from our clean northern lakes and the Canadian North Pacific, our suppliers provide heavy metal and mercury test results, and we also test our final foods before shipping.

Our fresh fish are passed fit for human consumption, meet all Government of Canada food regulations for daily consumption, and provide a world-class source of DHA and EPA Omega 3 fatty acids.

Learn more about our Fresh Regional Ingredients.

Q. Do your meat ingredients contain antibiotics? What about hormones?

A. We don’t buy the bulk commodity ingredients found in conventional pet food, and each of our diets starts with fresh local meats that are certified free of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones.

Q. Do you use GMO ingredients?

A. All of the ingredients used by Champion Petfoods are GMO free, including our fruits and vegetables! Our ORIJEN and ACANA food is exported to the European Union, which has GMO regulations that are stricter than those set by AAFCO, the CFIA or FDA. In order to export to the EU, we must adhere to their regulations governing pet foods.

Q. Do ACANA dog and cat food formulas contain any ingredients from China?

A. There are no ingredients from China used in the preparation of our dog and cat food formulas, including vitamins – we are 100% China-free. Our focus is on fresh ingredients supplied regionally. All our products are made exclusively within our own award-winning factory here in Alberta, Canada.


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November 25, 2017 by Benjamin R

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