Canidae Natural Pet Food Company is a natural pet food manufacturer based in Brownwood, Texas—America. The pet food is made at their Ethos Pet Nutrition Research & Development Centre as well as a plant in Lathrop, California. The pet food is sold both domestically and internationally.
HealthPlus Solutions is Canidae’s unique selling point for their line of dry dog food. The kibble undergoes an additional process post cooking where probiotics, antioxidants and omega 6 & 3 are applied for the usual immune system and coat benefits a consumer would expect to see on the label.
The ingredients are what you would expect from a natural holistic food producer too: no corn, wheat, soy, grain fraction or by-products.
As the name of the dry dog food suggests, Canidae All Life Stages Formula is suitable for canines of all ages. The product is available in 5, 15, 30 and 44 pound bags.
Our Review of Canidae All Life Stages Formula reveals a very good natural dry dog food option containing high concentrated protein sources with the following main ingredients:
- chicken meal,
- turkey meal,
- lamb meal,
- brown rice,
- white rice,
- rice bran,
- cracked pearled barley
- chicken fat
The first three main ingredients are concentrated meat protein sources. Chicken, turkey and lamb meal are rendered dry and pack a bigger dose of protein at the expense of moisture and some nutrients that enrich the original source.
It is interesting to note that that there are no traditionally natural meat sources. Other brands would feature a natural meat source like beef or chicken as their number one ingredient.
Brown rice and white rice as a full grain rather than being ground or processed is an excellent source of carbohydrates and good for the digestive system.
Where other brands would opt for a series of different grains and by-products for filler, Canidae’s All Life Stages Formula uses a natural selection of peas and potatoes that offer more carbohydrates which means more energy for dogs to burn off. Cracked pearled barley is also important for good health in general.
You do not see rice bran very often on the label of main ingredients for dry dog food which is a shame. Rice bran rates very low on the glycaemic index which is good and means that it is also low in sodium and cholesterol. When this fibre source is supplemented properly it also provides a little protein.
According to a peer-reviewed article entitled ‘Evaluation of stabilized rice bran as an ingredient in dry extruded dog diets’ (Journal of Animal Science , vol. 82, 2004):
‘Stabilized rice bran is a highly palatable ingredient when included in a dry dog diet, and did not elicit an effect on inflammatory immune mediators in healthy dogs.’
It is important to remember that there are no super ingredients in dog food. For all intents and purposes exotic ingredients like rice bran is nothing more than a tasty natural addition to the recipe that provides some holistic benefits.
Amazon reviews are mostly positive. Amazon user kmayers had trouble finding the right food as their dog was refusing to eat however now: ‘Let’s just say, she has more energy than all of her doggie friends’.
Ude257 had a lethargic Pug/Beagle for three years and a puppy Labrador and now after the transition and regularly eating Canidae All Life Stages Formula: ‘[the Pug/Beagle has a] crazy shiny coat now, and has ALL KINDS of energy to keep up with the puppy now!’.
There are only 9 one-star Amazon reviews at the time of this review reporting ill dogs as a result of eating the Canidae All Life Stages Formula. Jennifer Rashleigh’s observations are worth noting: ‘I’ve been feeding this to my dog exclusively for several years.
In the past 6-8 months he’s been having lots of problems with vomiting and diarrhea. At times he just wouldn’t eat. I finally found other reviews online from hundreds of people describing the same problems with this food. It never occurred to me it could be his food! I switched to a different brand and the problems have stopped’.
The ingredient list looks too good to be true and should technically be a good pet food choice however as always some dogs will not be able to handle the nutrient-protein overload.