Akela is dog food done right.
I estimate the carbohydrates (or let’s say sugars) in the food to be an astoundingly low 23%. That makes it one of the lowest carbohydrate dry dog foods worldwide.
So what’s the catch?
Well, there really isn’t one…
The Original formula (for Working Dogs) boasts 80% meat ingredients (prior to cooking). A combination of chicken, herring, turkey, chicken liver, salmon, chicken fat, salmon, plus salmon oil and chicken stock. Doesn’t that sound divine? It’s also exactly what we should be feeding our canine family members, whether they’re working dogs or old age lap dogs. Dogs need meat proteins and fats for all their nutritional needs and to retain health.
All dry foods need some form of carbohydrates to bind the kibble, hence the 17% combo of potato and sweet potato. Sweet potato is the better of the two, but it’s a huge plus they’ve been kept to a minimum. Carbs in small amounts can offer a dog slow burning energy as well as vitamins and minerals, but should never be in excess.
Chicken liver is a fantastic inclusion and offers significant vitamins and minerals, sometimes as much as 100 times more than breast meats. The remaining ingredients, such as free range egg (3%) as a complete food source, are all well-considered inclusions. They’ve even accounted for joint health with the addition of glucosamine and chondroitin, not to mention salmon oil as an excellent source of omega fats for heart health, wellbeing, skin, and coat. I won’t list the long remaining list of ingredients, but each one has nutritional merit for a dog to retain excellent health.
If you’re still reading and haven’t been convinced how good this food is, then the ingredients are also human grade. It’s a solid 5 star dog food.
Freshly Prepared Chicken 22%, Dehydrated Chicken 15%, Dehydrated Herring 10%, Potato 9%, Sweet Potato 7%, Dehydrated Turkey 7%, Freshly Prepared Chicken Liver 7%, Dehydrated Salmon 6%, Chicken Fat 4%, Freshly Prepared Free-Range Egg 3%, Freshly Prepared Salmon 3%, Chicken Stock 2%, Pea Fibre (2%), Salmon Oil 1%, Chickpeas, Lentils, Alfalfa/Lucerne, Vitamins, Minerals, Prebiotic FOS (1900 mg/kg), Apple, Organic Peas, Organic Spinach, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Carrot, Camomile, Marigold Petals, Aniseed & Fenugreek, Peppermint, Joint Support [Glucosamine (170mg/kg), MSM (170mg/kg), Chondroitin Sulphate (120mg/kg)], Yucca Schidigera Extract, Seaweed, Cranberry, Dandelion, Pear, Blueberry, Fennel, Rosemary (0.04%), Burdock Root, Rosehips, Organic Honey (0.01%), Garlic (0.01%)
Vitamins: Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) 14,400 IU, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 2,165 IU, Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol acetate) 95mg; Trace Elements: Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 160 mg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 133.5 mg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 105 mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 58 mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.58 mg, Sodium Selenite 0.64 mg; Technological Additives: Enterococcus faecium cernelle 68 (SF68; NCIMB 10415) 1,000,000,000 cfu as an aid in the establishment, maintenance and restoration of a balanced gutflora in dogs.