Canidae dog food

October 18, 2008  
Filed under Canidae, Dog Food Reviews

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.

Please visit the links listed below for Canidae dog food reviews by formula.

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105 Responses to “Canidae dog food”
  1. Shan says:

    Toxic effects ????? what do you mean… how can people come up with some false information just because their dog’s stomach could not handle a particular food. IMO its the peoples raging anger that their dog could not eat what they liked for years causing them to give such comments. I really feel sorry for the dogs that went through upset stomachs and itches, but its very clear that their dog developed some allergies to the new ingredients and the food is not bad, worse or contain toxic effects. ALL i can say is whoever sees my dogs and its health will only feed Canidae to their dogs.

  2. Michelle says:

    Canidae should have advertised the formula change-so people’s dogs with known allergies could have avoided these problems.Most people don’t check the ingredients list if it is their usual brand.

  3. Shan says:

    I agree they should have, and its a big mistake and not fair to the loyal customers but the food as others say is not toxic not junk and definitely not killing their dogs or reducing its life.

  4. Jess says:

    Here is a list of whats in this food. Ok, lets take a closer look at whats in it, the first 4 ingredients are great, now I am not a fan of white rice but it isn’t that bad. Rice bran is a filler, but is far from bad. Dogs could do without peas, potatoes, oatmeal, barley and millet, but these are all OK and something has to go into dog food. Tomato pomace is another filler and is used for stiffining up dogs stools, buttt, where do you go with it?? I really don’t see anything bad, now ocean fish meal most likely has some left over ethoxyquin in it, as does all fish meal. Because all fish meal coming in to the US has it in it, because the US Coast Guard requires it’s use. Overall this is a good food, none of the bad stuff is used in this product. Yes, their is some fermation products used but in my thinking their isn’t enough to worry about. It’s not like their is enough to get the dog buzzing or anything like that and actually this much is good for a dogs digestive system.

    Chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, brown rice, white rice, rice bran, peas, potatoes, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), millet, tomato pomace, natural flavor, flaxseed meal, ocean fish meal, choline chloride, sun cured alfalfa meal, inulin (from chicory root), lecithin, sage extract, cranberries, beta carotene, rosemary extract, sunflower oil, yucca schidigera extract, dried enterococcus faecium, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid, cobalt proteinate, organic selenium, papaya, pineapple.

  5. Eric says:

    The bigger picture with the ingredients list you just posted has brown rice, white rice and rice bran. It’s all rice!!! And for those that don’t know the term, it’s called splitting. When you add up all the rice together, could it possibly be the number one ingredient?

    And what’s the deal with the synthetic vitamins?

    Canidae is not cheap….for the money, there is better

  6. Jess says:

    Well Eric, I just looked at Fromm duck and sweet potato and it seems pretty grain heavy also, but I feed it because my dog loves duckies. My point is most foods have more grain than meat, with the exception of Evo and Orijen. Now when I went price hunting I must admit I did not look at this food because I agree in the assumption that their are better foods for the money. People do need to have options. It is also the reason I feed extra meat to my dog. He also eats the natures variety raw as treats, geez he just loves the rabbit.

  7. Hameed says:

    well Eric could you please tell me some foods that don’t use synthetic vitamins

  8. Eric says:


    Unfortunately to my knowledge, there is not a processed food (kibble) out there that does not use synthetic vitamins. There are kibbles that use less…Orijen and Evo. In fact, Orijen 6 fish has one synthetic, ascorbic acid (Vit C).

    The only way to get away from it is to feed a balanced raw diet.

    I’ve preached this many times on here that a kibble needs to be supplemented with a whole foods ingredient like Bio Preparation for dogs. Something natural, not some “vitamin” from your vet or petco. Another good one is Longevity, yet it does contain yeast culture and some dogs are allergic to yeast.

  9. Melissa says:

    OMG..I wish I had found this site before putting my German Shepard, Cocker Spaniel, and Pom on Canidae. My babies started having the runs and I has scared they were sick because they had been exposed to parvo. They went to the docotr and got a clean bill of health. Yeah! But still had the runs. A co-worker brought a small bag of her Nature’s variety for them to try and they love it. I will be changing their food.

  10. Jess says:

    I have been sending off e-mails to alot of dog food manufatures about the use of ethoxyquin in their product. I have found that Canidae has some of the highest numbers in their product, todate, keep in mind that alot of manufactures have just flat out lied to me and some just don’t respond, those are the scarey ones. I’ll be post my results soon.

  11. Hameed says:

    Hi guys,
    I want to feed my two Puppies grain free. My only choice is Evo from naturapet, the company that makes Innova, I have a 3 month old Great dane puppy and 6 month old labrador. But the high protien 42% content and calcium is 2.21, which concerns me. Right now they are in Canidae Als and doing good, but I want to give them the best grain free. Even Orijen has high levels of both. I need a proper advice from you guys.
    Thanks a million

  12. Ginny says:

    Last time I posted was almost a year ago, and thought I would check up on the recent posts on this topic.

    Jess – Sorry, but you’re post (a few back) sounds like you are a PR person for Canidae. I used Canidae for years (approx 7 yrs – old formula for ALS and loved it), my dogs aren’t picky eaters and don’t have food allergies. I switched when Canidae changed their formula, but trusted the company and returned to try their new formula. I buy food in pallets, so yep I bought a pallet of their new formula. My dogs became basket cases…all with the symptoms previously posted. I went through major Vet bills and tossed a few hundred dollars worth of Canidae in the garbage can…I wouldn’t threaten the lives of any other dogs in shelters by donating it. Yes, I contacted Canidae and received a generic respones of ‘Thank you for your input….we will keep in on file for future consideration in new formulations’. You can read into this response what you want concerning my thoughts of what the new Canidae Company and the quality of their ALS product is. Also, how do you explain the disclaimer that has on ALS due to the number of complaints they have received on the product? As Cinder has nicely said in previous posts…we are not all deaf, dumb and blind….we know are dogs, are dog savy, and have paid the price for whatever Canidae has done to their food. If you buy into their pitch that their change is for the better, and your dog(s) are doing fine – more power to you. But there are to many of us that are on the other end of that stick that don’t agree with you. Our dogs have suffered and we have finanically been hit with large Vet bills to diagnose and cure/comfort our pets.

    Hameed – I switched to Taste of the Wild Pacific. Yes, it’s made by Diamond which can cause concerns since the recall. I own Lab and Lab-mixes and they love it. As Jess previously posted, ‘ethoxyquin’ is the hot button, but any fish caught in US waters is requred to be treated with ethoxyquin as a preserviative (Pacific is smoked salmon). As posted by a US DVM in Jan 2010, he would rather feed his pets ‘treated’ fish rather than spoiled fish…if you want a link to his report to the pet food industry let me know or you can Google it. Also, if you go to any of the Lab chat boards many of them are feeding their dogs TOTW Pacific and the dogs are thriving. The ‘fish’ formula is lower in protein then the TOTW ‘meat’ formulas which should resolve you concern about protein levels. Yes, I own working dogs – but they aren’t true working dogs and are more ‘coach potatoes’…so I also refuse to feed a formula that is 40+% protein. The Pacific is only 25% protein.

    Best of luck in you food selection….my dogs range in age from 1 to 13 yrs and they are all thriving of TOTW Pacific.

  13. Jess says:

    No and I don’t even really like Canidae. I even contacted them about their use of ethyquin and the numbers they quoted me were pretty high. I like TOTW and my GSD loves their wetlands. I am just trying to stay as far away from fish meal as I can from now on. It seems their are only a few companies that can be trusted about it’s use. The Canadian manufactures don’t use E. and aren’t required. Petcurean & Wellness also do not use the E. and Nature’s Logic & TOTW were pretty intense about them not using suppliers who use it. But I don’t trust anyone else and am not sold on TOTW not using suppliers who use it.

  14. Shan says:

    Ginny – You sound like you are PR person for TOTW. If you want to talk about numbers of TOTW, I will give you numbers of Canidae, they recently became the Exporter of the year. And they export to about 21 countries, you can imagine how much they would be exporting, and if what you are saying is true that the canidae dog food is bad then 1000s of dogs would be dead right now, most of the countries would have stopped buying Canidae, The formula change happened in 2008 and there was 1 whole year of exporting after that, do you think that is possible after the food being toxic like cinder said or the food caused almost death to their dogs like most people said ? I totally agree a lot of dogs didn’t do well on the new formula but that does not mean the food would kill the dog if fed. I love TOTW I feed them often to my boys cause they love duck, I love Canidae because my boys love them. I tried Orijen My boys couldn’t take it, I don’t know why. I can’t go out and say Orijen has spoiled meat, my dogs won’t even touch them. I would tell, My dogs couldn’t take Orijen, thats it. If the food was bad as you say it, The company would have been shut down by now, but the company just got an award for exporter of the year. there are thousands of dogs not surviving, but doing great on Canidae dog foods including my boys, and thats the reason I am Speaking here.

  15. Jess says:

    I am a huge fan of Orijen, but I also realize all dogs don’t do good on it. Canidae is a good dog food and I really have no problems with it and I am sure your dog well do just fine on it. My dog could not handle Merrick but I would tell you that it is a very good dog food and I would recomend Merrick in a heart beat. Just because a dog doesn’t do good on one brand doesn’t mean it isn’t a good food.

    LOL, your dogs love duck also. I even get mine duck and potato dog treats made by natural balance, boy they are his favorite treat.

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