Does Acana food increase your dog's weight ?

yankydoodle

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My two dogs weight has increased a lot the last while, and I am beginning to think that it might be the Acana. I feed them the Prairy Poultry. I used to have them on Wild Coast.
I previously had them on Hills and Royal Canin dog food. I feed both of them twice a day, and use a full cup between the both of them (half and half). I give them a bit of cheese in the morning. The one especially needs it as I feed her medication with it. This sort of thing was never really a problem, until this Acana switch.

I am seriously considering changing their food again, as first of all,Acana is really expensive and this weight issue is really bothering me. I'm thinking of going back to Royal Canin.

Any thoughts would be great.
Many thanks.
 

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what is their age/sex/weight?

I would just feed less. And I would also get a kitchen scale and measure with the scale rather than scoops
 

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When my dog gains, I cut back on the size of the serving and add green beans as a topper. There is really no need to change food because of weight gain unless there are other problems with the food (allergies), especially to RC which is full of fillers and not much else!
Acana and other quality foods are higher in calories. RC 277 calories a cup, Acana Prairie Poultry is 419 a cup. Feeding RC is also a false economy as you have to feed more to satisfy them so the bag will not last as long! As Benny said, measure the serving size to make sure you are not overfeeding. What size is the cup, 8 oz by volume? My boy usually has 1.5 cups a day. 8 years old, low energy, 384 calories a cup of Zignature Duck. I have in fact just cut him back a bit to less than that as he had put on a couple of pounds! Good luck!
 
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what is their age/sex/weight?

I would just feed less. And I would also get a kitchen scale and measure with the scale rather than scoops

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Weight, I will be guessing wrong if I say. No easy way to weigh them. They are very averse to being forced to do anything. But they are really big. They're leashes just fit them before starting to put pressure on their bodies.

Here's the cup I use
 

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While Acana is good food, it didn't work for Louie when I tried it a few years ago. It was just too rich for him. Not all kibble works for all dogs so I always say feed what works. If you want to switch foods, I wouldn't go back to the RC but there are different and better kibbles you can try like Zignature, Open Farm, Earthborn, Stella & Chewy's just to name a few. Good luck!
 
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While Acana is good food, it didn't work for Louie when I tried it a few years ago. It was just too rich for him. Not all kibble works for all dogs so I always say feed what works. If you want to switch foods, I wouldn't go back to the RC but there are different and better kibbles you can try like Zignature, Open Farm, Earthborn, Stella & Chewy's just to name a few. Good luck!

Many thanks!
 

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My two dogs weight has increased a lot the last while, and I am beginning to think that it might be the Acana. I feed them the Prairy Poultry. I used to have them on Wild Coast.
I previously had them on Hills and Royal Canin dog food. I feed both of them twice a day, and use a full cup between the both of them (half and half). I give them a bit of cheese in the morning. The one especially needs it as I feed her medication with it. This sort of thing was never really a problem, until this Acana switch.

I am seriously considering changing their food again, as first of all,Acana is really expensive and this weight issue is really bothering me. I'm thinking of going back to Royal Canin.

Any thoughts would be great.
Many thanks.

Did they do well on Wild Coast??

Just curious as maybe the poultry is a bit more calories than wild coast was.

There are other foods out there that are good quality for kibble.
I would not go back to RC or hills, they are all fillers/garbage.

If it were my dog, I would just cut back on the amount of food your feeding.
Other good kibbles are:
Carna 4
Natures logic
N&D

How many of those cups are you feeding each one daily????

The better quality the less you have to feed them.
 

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I would give 1/2 cup kibble and half cup green beans to lower their weight. You can tell a good weight on them by looking over top and seeing a nice V shape to the waist
 

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