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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★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are a good source of fibre and a nice ingredient to see in a dog food.
Canola oil★★★★★ Excellent source of fat for energy and healthy coat contains 10% omega 3 fatty acids and half the saturated fat found in other vegetable oils commonly used in pet food. 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.
What’s good about this food….
Excellent ingredients all round.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing worth mentioning.
Bison, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., potatoes, canola oil★★★★★ Excellent source of fat for energy and healthy coat contains 10% omega 3 fatty acids and half the saturated fat found in other vegetable oils commonly used in pet food., potato protein, tomato pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset., natural flavor, salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., natural mixed tocopherols, taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., suncured alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. meal, inulin (from chicory root), lecithin★★★★★ A natural antioxidant, very beneficial., sage★★★★ Natural preservative. extract, cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., beta-carotene, rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved., yucca schidigera extract, dried enterococcus faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, iron proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., zinc proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., copper proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, manganese proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., potassium iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., manganous oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., ascorbic acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., papaya, pineapple.