The Canidae are a reputable company, 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. For our Canidae PURE dog food review we’ll take a look at the Real Bison formula, but consider the others in the range on par.
What the marketing says
Canidae claim to formulate their foods with “whole body health” in mind, with “no fillers, artificial ingredients, or artificial preservatives”. Their food supports healthy digestion with probiotics, healthy joints with glucosamine and chondriotin, skin and coat from Omega 3 & 6, and a healthy immune system from antioxidants.
What the labelling really says
Let’s take a look at the ingredients…
Bison comes first on the list which is what we would expect with a decent product. It’s a decent animal protein source, and to ramp up the meat in the food we find lamb meal as the second ingredient. Great stuff.
The next six ingredients, however, will likely be in similar quantities to the two meat ingredients. These are a combination of sweet potatoes, peas, lentils, carrots, pork meal, and tapioca. It’s good to see a mix, but it’s worth noting we have three meats to five non-meat ingredients. At least they’re balanced, and that’s a good thing compared to the many dog foods which are very little meat and a hell of a lot of wheat.
Sweet potato is a great source of carbohydrates, and preferable to regular (cheaper) potatoes. 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.
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.
It’s great to see a range of inclusions to really support the health and wellbeing of your dog. This is where a pet food really stands out. As advertised they’ve included a range of ingredients to support joints, skin, and coat, with added probiotics to help your dog digest those vital nutrients.
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Canidae PURE dog food review summary
I’ve found the Canidae PURE range to be excellent for dogs prone to allergies or itchy skin, so before medication give a bag of this a try.
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. It has shown to be a reliable, quality product with a well-deserved reputation.
We hope our Canidae PURE dog food review has been of use. Let us know if it has (or hasn’t!)
Bison, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas, lentils, carrots, pork meal, tapioca, 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, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), 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.
|Crude Fibre||(max) 4%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 42.5%|
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Canidae have an outstanding reputation. In over a decade of writing pet food reviews I can't recall a bad word said about this brand of dog food. It's expensive, but the ingredients are great, it's really good for sensitive dogs, and a very good choice.
- Excellent ingredients
- Works really well in stopping allergies
- Long standing reputation