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Acana vs Orijen vs Canine Caviar – Dog Food Comparison

Acana and Orijen vs Canine Caviar

Let’s compare Acana vs Orijen vs Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient

If you have been staying up to date with pet news you know that Acana and Orijen are heading to Petco stores starting March 4th. If you’re looking for a new dog food to feed your best friend and continue to support small business, consider Canine Caviar. Is Canine Caviar Alkaline Limited Ingredient diets right for your dog? We’re going to compare Acana vs Orijen vs Canine Caviar to see the differences between one another. We’ll compare them in terms of ingredients, profile, calories, price, and cost to feed.

You can make your own decision of which dog food you believe is the best for your special friend. To make this comparison as close as possible, we’ll use formulas that mirror each other closely. That way, the results are relative and you can make a better informed decision. For this comparison, we’ll use Canine Caviar’s Open Meadow formula, Acana Singles Lamb & Apple formula, and Orijen’s Regional Red formula since they all feature lamb as an important ingredient.

Acana vs Orijen’s vs Canine Caviar Ingredients Comparison

Acana and Orijen ingredients vs Canine Caviar

Let’s first look at the ingredients that make up these formulas because ingredients are the most essential component to your dog’s food. The ingredients will establish what proteins, carbs, amino acids, and other essential nutrients your dog receives. Acana and Orijen and Canine Caviar approach their ingredients differently. This results in the variety of ingredients you see in the picture above. Dog food companies design their formulas to reflect their respective nutritional philosophies. Let’s go through each formula to gain a better understanding.

Canine Caviar believes in being a limited ingredient diet as well as the one and only alkaline dog food. We design our formula for those purposes. Canine Caviar Open Meadow’s 31 ingredients each play an important role in creating the alkaline effect designed to bring dogs to their healthiest state.

Acana Singles line is also a limited ingredient diet that aims to be good for dogs with food sensitivities. Acana Lamb & Apple’s 27 ingredients help keep food sensitivities to a minimum so pet owners can feel assure their dog can eat at ease.

Orijen is a grain free diet that aims to fill their diets with only fresh regional meat that is biologically appropriate. Orijen Regional Red’s 58 ingredients include meat inclusions from regional sources and attempts to mimic an evolutionary diet.

The Formulas’ Ingredient Profile

Ingredient Profiles for compared companies

Now we’ll take a look at those same ingredients in a different perspective. Let’s take a look at the ingredient profile of Canine Caviar vs Acana vs Orijen. The ingredient profile refers to the make-up of the formula; how many proteins, carbs, and other nutrients account for the formula.

Canine Caviar sticks to their limited ingredient and alkaline philosophy.The first three ingredients, Dehydrated lamb, pearl millet, and lamb fat, make up 85% of the total formula. The rest of the ingredients combine to make the remaining 15%. The open meadow formula (along with every other formula) only contains one protein source, dehydrated lamb and one complex carbohydrate, pearl millet. This makes digestion of amino acids and energy simple and effective. Variety in amino acids are limited but that is why Canine Caviar is a strong advocate of protein rotation; switching protein flavors makes sure that dogs get all the necessary amino acids they need. In addition, Canine Caviar’s 11 botanicals are key to helping create the alkaline effect that maximizes your dog’s health. 16 vitamins and minerals help complete the formula by providing other essential nutrients to your dog’s system.

Acana takes a different approach. 60% of the formula is comprised varied lamb sources. Acana uses six 6 different protein sources but all coming from the same animal, lamb. They use five different carbohydrates which is also different from Canine Caviar’s one complex carb. They infuse less botanicals, vitamins, and minerals, and finish off the formula with natural lamb flavor and added salt.

Orijen uses 23 different protein sources coming from eight different animals. 85% of the formula is comprised of meat, fish, and egg ingredients. They use eight different sources of carbohydrates for long term energy and finish off with some botanicals and Zinc chelate.

Comparing Calories

Calorie Comparison between respective brands

The next thing we’ll look at are the calories for each brand because the more calories a kibble has, the less you need feed and the more nutritious it is. Processing eliminates kibbles natural calories so the amount of calories in a cup can say a lot. It also means that the kibble was better able to maintain its natural nutritional value.

Above are the calories for our comparison between Open Meadow, Lamb & Apple, and Regional Red. We also have the averages for each brand’s line of dry kibble. Canine Caviar’s Open meadow has 541 Kcal/8oz and a total average of 550 Kcal/8oz. Canine Caviar always does its best to keep calories high and nutritional value secure. We do this by flash cooking its kibble instead of relying on usual processing techniques. Canine Caviar cooks the kibble for only 6 seconds at 80 degrees Celsius and no more. The kibble is cooked but the inside keeps its nutritional integrity.Canine Caviar uses quality ingredients from sustainable sources because all of these factors are what lead to the kibble’s high caloric content.

Acana’s Lamb & Apple formula is 409 Kcal/8oz and the same can be said for the rest of the singles line. Orijen’s Regional Red has 465 Kcal/8oz and a total average of 445 Kcal/8oz.

Ash Comparision

Do you ever look at the Ash content of formulas. Ash is a factor companies don’t need to label but it is important none the less. Ash refers to the level of of non-combustible remnants of minerals left after dog food is cooked and processed. Too much ash can lead to improper mineral levels and even mineral poisoning. Diets should have a low ash level (about 7%); this is a sign of quality protein sources and better essential mineral absorption.

Canine Caviar’s total average ash percentage is 5.9%. Canine Caviar strives to use only quality protein from trust worthy sources. Orijen’s total average ash percentage is 8.13% which is 2.23% more than Canine Caviar. We were unable to find the ash contents for Acana. Acana and Orijen are made from the same company, Champion Petfoods LP, so it could be estimated that their ash levels are similar to Orijen’s but it is not definitive.

Acana vs Orijen vs Canine Caviar – Price Comparison

Acana and Orijen vs Canine Caviar Prices

Another important factor when choosing food is the price you see everyday. Canine Caviar, Acana and Orijen are all brands that promote long term health and natural diets. Prices should be relatively the same since all three products are offering the same benefits. For this comparison, the prices are a total average of 2019 online prices for our three specific formulas; Open Meadow, Lamb & Apple, and Regional Red. The least cost effective among these is Orijen. Following Orijen is Canine Caviar who has the lowest prices but different sets of volume for their kibble bags. Acana finishes first and seems at face value the most cost effective. Is this truly the case? Face value prices don’t tell the whole story. There is another way to determine cost effectiveness for Canine Caviar vs Acana vs Orijen.

How Much Does it Cost You to Feed?

the cost to feed for Canine Caviar, Acana and OrijenThe best way to determine cost effectiveness is with a cost to feed analysis. This comparison shows how much it costs daily for you to feed a dog based on our example formulas. We use the formula on the bottom right of the analysis to come up with these numbers. We now get a clearer picture.

Canine Caviar is the most cost effective against Acana and Orijen.  Acana resulted in $1.64 per day which is .52 cents more than Canine Caviar. That results in a total of $15.60 more per month and $189.80 more per year. Orijen resulted in $2.00 per day which is .88 cents more than Canine Caviar. That results in a total of $26.40 more per month and $321.20 more per year.

Final Thoughts

This ends our comparison of Acana vs Orijen vs Canine Caviar. Feel free to make your own conclusions. It can oftentimes feel difficult to make a choice we feel confident in. Sometimes it feels like we don’t have all the information and begin to stress. That’s why it is important for dog food companies to have transparency; giving you the information necessary to make informed decisions. Canine Caviar aims to become more transparent just like this comparison. If you have further questions, call our office at 714.223.1800 or email us at Check our blog for more great information like our new synthetic free cans or the benefits of fish in dog food.