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The Canidae company makes good foods, there isn’t any question about that. They will not use any ingredients that they don’t determine to be human-grade, and they certainly won’t put any fillers in their foods.
The variety chosed for this review is Lamb & Rice, with other flavors like Chicken & Rice being on par.
Lamb meal is the top ingredient, with extra lamb as the 8th. If that seems a bit on the light side for meat content, it is. Its protein % of 21% is lower than most foods you’ll see on the market today, so I’m not entirely sure I would recommend this to a dog owner who has a super active dog.
Their choices of grain are pretty good all in all. Rice bran would be the exception, as it isn’t a good way to include rice in the food. Tomato pumace and peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are used as top fiber providers, and that’s definitely a good sign.
The inclusion of beta carotene★★★★ Source of Vitamin A precursor, aids immune response, allergy control, slows aging. as a stand alone ingredient is great as well. It’s also good to see flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. placed in the food for heart health, as well as sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved..
One of the best thing is that it tends to be pretty cheap compared to other premium foods, so if you’re looking for a good food on a budget, this may be it.
What’s good about this food….
Lamb meal is first, grains are quality choices, sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved. is great fat option, fruits present, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber..
….and what’s not so good.
Protein % and meat content are lower than most foods.
Lamb meal, brown rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., cracked pearled barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality.★★★★★ A nutritive, wonderful grain., rice bran, peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., millet, 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., lamb, 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, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. meal, potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., sun cured 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★★★★ Source of Vitamin A precursor, aids immune response, allergy control, slows aging., 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., dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. fermentation extract, saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles, 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, 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., manganese proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., 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., 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 D supplement, folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., cobalt proteinate★★★★★ Excellent source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., organic selenium, papaya, pineapple.