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Acana duck and Bartlett pear question
  • So our shiba is currently on Orijen puppy but her stool is a little soft. It has 38% protein (their old formula was 40%). I want to switch her to acana for the lower protein.

    I was reading their protein levels and in a little rush and I picked up the duck and Bartlett pear (25% protein). I totally didn't realize it wasn't grain free. It doesn't contain corn and all that crap, but does have an oat (which makes up all it's grain content).

    The regular grain free acana is 31% protein (so down from 38% but up from 25%). My question is I guess do you think this will be okay containing some grain? My goal was grain free (and plan to switch next bag). My pet store will take it back and exchange if I want but figured I'd thought I'd ask in case anyone else has done so...

  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • I just checked Acana's website. It says that duck & bartlett pear is intended for dogs with some allergy problems or dogs needing for low glycemic carbohydrate source. As lindsayt previously mentioned, it is a good idea to exchange to another bag of kibbles. I feed my dog Wild Prairie, which has about 31% protein. He has been doing well with this. I also mix the kibbles with the dehydrated food made by Honest Kitchen. I personally haven't tried other Acana products other than Wild Prairie.
  • millerb7millerb7
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    Nope no allergies. Was just a mis-read on my part regarding the grain.

    Maybe I'll swap it out today. Who's 7% protein make much of a diff though? Orijen puppy is 38% and acana grain free is 31%.
  • SayaSaya
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  • millerb7millerb7
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    Do other folks see a difference with the 7% decrease in protein? That just doesn't seem like a big decrease. Maybe it's enough to harden up the stool though some.
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • millerb7millerb7
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    Thanks guys... I think today I'm going to return the Acana duck and barlett pear and pick up wild prairie and then start to slowly transition from the orijen to that. She doesn't have runny stool any longer but it is def. on the softer side and I think it's due to the higher protein level. I just didn't know if 7% would make any difference but after reading some of the comments I'll def. give it a go and see if the stool hardens up some going from Orijen to Acana.
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • One of mine did not tollerate the duck formula. I think she just has an allergy to poultry because she doesn't do well on chicken either. They both do well on all the other Acana formulas though.

    If your dog doesn't have a grain allergy, I wouldn't worry too much about keeping their diet grain free. I rotate Acana flavors with my dogs since they seem to get bored with one thing all the time. They don't seem to have any issues with it not being transitioned since it's all Acana.

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