CANIDAE Dog Food Review

CANIDAE prides itself of producing high-quality pet food, designed and formulated by pet-loving folks who have dedicated their lives to pampering their pets with only the best selection of high-quality ingredients and formulated for the specific needs of dogs. It is perhaps for this reason that many pet parents trust the brand to give their respective pets the best possible blend of nutrients to support their growth and development needs. A number of CANIDAE dog food reviews rate the brand highly enough that it can command respect from the dog-loving world. In this review of the brand, we’ll take a closer look into what makes CANIDAE dog food such a worthy alternative to leading brands.

Company Information

Established in 1996, CANIDAE is a pet food company that is best known for using only ingredients that they themselves have grown or have been actively involved in cultivation, propagation, and growth. The brand works with small yet independent, family-run businesses to help supply the different ingredients that go into each formulation of pet food. Local ranchers and farmers are tapped to supply the company with only the best possible ingredients sourced from naturally-grown produce and livestock.

The company may have started out in a bison ranch out in America’s heartland in Wyoming, engaging the various farms that dot the landscape while sourcing their aquatic ingredients like salmon and mackerel from the Pacific Northwest. Today, the company formulates its pet food recipes from their Brownwood, Texas Ethos Pet Nutrition facility, a sprawling complex housing state-of-the-art pet food manufacturing technologies. While the brand has definitely gone high-tech, they still remain true to their roots.

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Unfortunately, CANIDAE is currently under the umbrella organization of Diamond Pet Foods. In May 2012, the brand had to voluntarily recall its Platinum and All Life Stages dry dog food product lines in compliance with the notification issued by Diamond for fear of salmonella contamination in Diamond’s Gaston, South Carolina production facility. While the CANIDAE pet food products did not show any sign of contamination, it did made a dent on the brand’s image for a time.

Nevertheless, it was smooth sailing from them on. Today, CANIDAE is one of the most trusted dog food brands in the country.

Why Choose this Brand?

There are plenty of reasons why CANIDAE is a great choice among pet parents and you should, too. First and foremost, their choice of ingredients is spot-on. The brand always makes sure that it’s high-quality animal protein forming the core of their formulas whether it is for puppies or seniors, limited ingredient or full diet, or special diets.

The brand doesn’t use corn, soy, and wheat, too in their formulations, making it a great option for pet parents who are wary about gluten allergies in their dogs. Perhaps what is more interesting is that when CANIDAE does label its product as limited ingredient diet, it makes sure that it doesn’t include other possible sources of allergens like beef and chicken. This is unlike other brands that miss the point of going for an elimination diet.

CANIDAE also incorporates additional nutrients in its formulation whenever appropriate. For example, not all of its products have prebiotics and probiotics. But products that contain these ingredients can be regarded as excellent for pets’ overall digestive and immune system health. The same is true for the inclusion of chondroitin and glucosamine, two ingredients that are believed to be essential in promoting joint health and function and strengthening dogs’ joint apparatus.

While the brand uses novel proteins in some of its formulations, there is still much to be desired, of course. But you can always feel as if the brand is taking good care of your dogs by including duck, mackerel, turkey, lamb, and salmon in some of its products. This is especially appealing to pet parents who are already tired of the usual beef or chicken recipe they’re giving to their dogs.

Lastly, the price of CANIDAE is friendlier than most other products that use premium quality ingredients. Like what many CANIDAE dog food reviews revealed, the brand’s pricing scheme is one of the principal considerations for choosing the brand’s products over others especially when one considers the way in which the products have been formulated.

Ingredient Analysis

An analysis of the ingredients in many of CANIDAE’s formulation reveals the following.

  • Average to above-average amounts of proteins

While CANIDAE uses only premium-quality animal proteins in its formulations, we observed that the actual amounts of proteins especially in their dry dog food formulas are above-average, at best. On the average, CANIDAE dry dog foods contain about 27 to 28 percent of crude protein. This is a different story with its wet dog food. A single 13-ounce formula can deliver up to 41% crude protein as dry matter. Nevertheless, the primacy of animal proteins as the brand’s principal ingredient makes the CANIDAE formulas a worthy diet for protein-loving canines and their pet parents.

  • Low to moderate amounts of fats

When it comes to the proportion of fats, CANIDAE comes with low to moderate amounts of fats with the average fat content of its dry dog foods at 14.5%. The fat content of its wet dog food formulation can be on the higher end of the scale, however, averaging about 34.5%. What should be worthy of one’s attention are the kinds of fats that are included in the formulation of CANIDE pet foods. Majority of the fats that are included are of the polyunsaturated fats including essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, DHA, EPA, and alpha-linolenic acid, among others.

  • Moderate to moderately-high amounts of calories

Each formulation of CANIDAE contains higher-than-average calories, with the average somewhere between 440 and 460 kilocalories per cup or per 13 ounces can. Compared to other products in the market, this is sufficiently higher. On the plus note, having more calories means more energy for your active pets. But if you’ve got a couch potato for a dog, it’s either you reduce their consumption of CANIDAE or you look for a dog food that has lower calorie content. This is especially true if you have a canine friend that is especially prone to obesity and diabetes.

  • Moderate to moderately high carbs

Given that CANIDAE has moderate to moderately-high calorie content yet only comes with moderate proteins and low fat, does this mean that the remaining percentage of its nutrition actually comes from carbohydrates? We believe it is so. The good news is that the kind of carbs that CANIDAE uses are more of the wholesome, easily digestible kind. Regardless, if your pet is prone to diabetes or obesity, it will have a much better chance of staying healthy if you’ll give it a high-protein, low-fat, and low-calorie diet.

  • Good amounts of micronutrients

CANIDAE’s pet food products utilize only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring that each ingredient is packed with all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutraceuticals that should play important roles in your dog’s development. Each formulation comes with a balance of minerals and proteins with the occasional addition of glucosamine, prebiotics, probiotics, and chondroitin.

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Pros and Cons

Pros
  • High amounts of protein for its wet dog food formulas
  • Uses premium-quality animal protein sources as its principal ingredient
  • Doesn’t include corn, wheat, or corn, as well as other allergenic grains in its formulation
  • Uses novel animal proteins in some formulas such as lamb, turkey, mackerel, salmon, and duck
  • Uses easily digestible carbs such as peas, brown rice, bananas, and more in some formulations
  • The inclusion of fatty acids, prebiotics, probiotics, glucosamine, and chondroitin in select formulas
  • Specific diets for specific canine needs and conditions
  • Well-balanced and complete nutrient formulation for optimum canine development and health
  • Reasonably-priced
Cons
  • History of the voluntary product recall in 2012 as part of Diamond Pet Foods’ overall product recall strategy
  • A higher ratio of carbohydrates compared to proteins and fats
  • Moderate amounts of proteins for its dry dog food formulation

CANIDAE is a pet food brand that boasts of utilizing only locally-sourced ingredients. And while there are some issues as to the moderate amounts of protein in their formulation, they do make up for it by ensuring that only premium quality animal proteins take the top spot in their ingredient list.

Olivia Williams
Olivia is our head of content for MyPetNeedsThat.com, mum of one and a true animal lover. With 12 different types of animal in her family, it's never a dull moment. When she isn't walking the dogs, feeding the cats or playing with her pet Parrot Charlie, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest products for your pets!
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