Canidae dog food

Canidae dog food is considered to be a premium brand of dog food - being both highly rated and respected. While we do not have it ranked at the top of our recommended list, we have received many positive customer reviews of Canidae. It comes in 6 different formulas with five formulas certified suitable for all life stages and one (Canidae Platinum dog food) tailored as a weight loss formula and for senior and geriatric dogs. The makers of Canidae dog food claim their products to be “formulated for Puppies, Adults, Working Seniors (PAWS). Canidae comes in 6 different formulas that gives you a chance to mix it up. Canidae dog food is sold in 5lb,15lb, and 30lb bags.

Canidae is an all-natural dog food formula that uses only high quality meat meals from chicken, lamb, fish, and turkey. All of the meat meals have been processed in a human grade facility to ensure  nutrient-dense products which can sufficiently supply the animal protein requirements of any age or breed of dogs. Meat concentrates are said to contain almost 300% more protein compared to their fresh raw forms.

Among the six recipes, only two have grain-free formulas, while four incorporate whole grains and diversified carbohydrates for a ready energy source.  Viable sources of carbohydrates include brown rice, white rice, and rice bran. These are ready sources of energy for dogs.

Peas are also a good source of plant protein and natural fiber. Protein content of peas is often counted as part of the total protein content of the product.

Oatmeal and barley are sources of starchy carbohydrates and fiber. Oatmeal is a natural source of B-vitamins and is mostly gluten-free. Barley help provide stable blood sugar levels in dogs.

The company also claims the incorporation of essential vitamins and amino acids, chelated minerals, natural herbal preservative, viable microorganisms, and enzyme to help breakdown of cellulose.

Chicken fat provides the essential fatty acids which are needed for healthy cells.

The addition of tomato pomace is quite controversial in that although it has high fiber and nutrient content it is a cheap pet food filler that can be possibly include pesticides which can be found on the tomato’s skin before it underwent processing. Tomato pomace is a by-product when making tomato juice, soup, and catsup.

Ocean fish meal is another controversial ingredient. Although it’s a good source of protein, being a meat concentrate, it does not specify from what species of fish it has been obtained and from what specific parts of the fish. Most fish meals which are being used as feed ingredients are by-products of commercial fish processing.

Probiotics have also been added as coating for kibbles. These are beneficial microorganisms which can help boost the functions of a dog’s digestive and immune systems.

Chelated minerals boost the digestion and absorption of amino acids.

Looking at the over-all picture of its ingredients, it can be said that more than half of the formulation is made up of carbohydrates with only a below average amount of protein.

Customer Reviews

Satisfied users of Canidae dog food favor the use of the Platinum formula as it was effective in helping their pets lose weight in a healthy manner. Some dog owners also observed that the high grain formula worked well for dogs with sensitive stomachs. The lamb formula comes highly recommend for dogs which are experiencing diarrhea with the chicken formula.

Some negative feedbacks from dog owners whose dogs were given any of the Canidae feed formulas include elevated liver enzymes, diarrhea, itching, and hot-spots.  Vomiting of undigested food has also been a common problem particularly for new switchers suggesting the need for an adequate adjustment period to ensure that the dog’s digestive system gets used to the new ingredients. When switching to Canidae dog food it is suggested that you switch over gradually. Switching over to quickly can lead to digestive and stomach problems. A good plan is to mix Canidae dog food with your older dog food brand. Mix 80% old and 20% new and gradually increase the Canidae for a smooth transition.

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