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Canidae Grain Free

Canidae Grain Free

The Canidae company makes good foods, there’s no question about that. They won’t use any ingredients they don’t determine to be human-grade, and they avoid using fillers in their food.

This review is for the grain free Pure Land variety, but the other products in the range are similar.

Bison is the main ingredient, which seems to be a tell-tale sign of a good product. It’s a decent animal protein source, and in this food is backed up with lamb meal which is excellent. Sweet potato is a great source of carbohydrates, the same with potato which is also included. Peas are a good source of fibre and a nice ingredient to see in a dog food, but will also contribute to the protein in the food.

Chickpeas are a nice inclusion (which has replaced potato in earlier recipes), being a legume rich in fibre, and also protein and folic acid. This will help your dog regulate blood sugar levels to ward off diabetes, improve the immune system, and help burn fat.

Canola oil isn’t the best choice of oil. I’d rather see fish or flax oil as a better alternative as they contain more omega-3, but Canola isn’t too bad. Omega fatty acids are required for good health as well as a healthy coat.

Canidae All Life Stages seems to have more meat in the ingredients, but the protein levels in the grain free variety is slightly higher at 25%. That’s good for a food, and suitable for dogs of most ages and breeds.

This food is a great all rounder, with decent meat and carbohydrate content. It’s a food I’ve fed my own dogs and would happily feed again.

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Good points…

Excellent ingredients all round.

Bad points…

Nothing worth mentioning.

Guaranteed Analysis

* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).


Ingredients

Bison, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas, chickpeas, canola oil, suncured alfalfa, natural flavor, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, mixed tocopherols (a natural source of vitamin E).

Updated 21/11/2014 – Recipe change (namely potatoes replaced by chickpeas)