Canidae Dog Food,


all natural, or all false? by Bobby Sader

All CANIDAE® and FELIDAE® products are proudly made in the United States of America using the highest quality U.S. ingredients. All formulations are produced in USDA, FDA, and AAFCO approved facilities. The nutritionally dense fresh meats and meals we use originate from USDA inspected meats processed in a human grade facility. Our high quality grains, vegetables and fruits are from human grade producers. All CANIDAE and FELIDAE dry goods, cans and biscuits are naturally preserved. All of our commodities have undergone stringent testing procedures prior to going into any of our products, assuring safety and freshness for both your pets and ours

Beef (fresh meat protein)


Free range from a Private Herd in the Midwestern USA, hormone and antibiotic free meat.

Beef Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Free range from a Private Herd in the Midwestern USA, hormone and antibiotic free meat meal.

Chicken Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Flesh tissue and skin, low ash, hormone free, antibiotic free meat meal.

Turkey Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Flesh tissue and skin, low ash, hormone free, antibiotic free meat meal.

Lamb Meat (fresh meat protein)
Finest American lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free meat.

Lamb Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Finest American lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free meat meal.

Salmon Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Wild caught Salmon from the cold waters off the Pacific Coast.

Fish Meal (concentrated meat protein)
A unique blend of middle ocean swimming Herring and Menhaden Fish.5jasmine_rice.jpg

Brown Rice (carbohydrate)
High quality brown rice contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus and iron.

White Rice (carbohydrate)
One of the most digestible carbohydrate ingredients. Carbohydrates provide energy for all of the body’s vital functions. Excellent carbohydrate source for pets with sensitive digestive systems. Provides niacin, an important B vitamin, to the diet.

Rice Bran (nutrient / fiber)
This is the outer layer of the brown rice and is rich in fat and fiber. The plant fat is a rich source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Also a good blend of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats. Contains many natural antioxidants, including vitamin E, as well as an excellent source of potassium, magnesium and manganese. The fiber provided by rice bran is hypoallergenic and contains a blend of soluble and insoluble fibers, helping to promote ideal stool quality and good digestive health.

Oatmeal (carbohydrate)
A complex carbohydrate providing slow burning fuel for all day energy. Provides dietary fiber, important for proper function of the digestive system. An important source of B vitamins. Promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancers. Lowers blood cholesterol levels and aids in disease resistance.

Barley (carbohydrate)
A complex carbohydrate source like oatmeal. A great source of dietary fiber. Provides protein to the diet as well, contributing 50% more protein than rice ingredients. A source of B vitamins as well as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the health of the cells and are important for maintaining excellent overall health. Promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancers. Lowers blood cholesterol levels and aids in disease resistance.

Peas (carbohydrate / vegetable)
Provides carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Highly digestible and full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Also provide B vitamins to the diet.

Potatoes (carbohydrate / vegetable)
A highly digestible carbohydrate. Full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Provides potassium to the diet, important for healthy muscles. Provides iron to the diet, important for the immune system and helping the body convert food to energy.

Potato Protein (carbohydrate / vegetable / protein)
A low ash vegetable protein source that provides excellent levels of amino acids with lower levels of calcium and phosphorus. Helps to combat urinary tract crystallization.

Tomato Pomace (fiber / nutrient)
A natural fiber source that provides the perfect blend of soluble and insoluble fiber for digestive health and optimal stool quality. Also a source of Lycopene and vitamin C, two antioxidant powerhouses.

Millet (carbohydrate)
A protein rich grain, providing important amino acids such as Threonine and Lysine to the diet. A gluten free grain and also rich in B vitamins.

Chicken Fat (animal fat)
Purified and Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid. Contains Linoleic Acid (Omega-6). Essential fatty acid for healthy skin and coat.

Canola Oil (vegetable oil)
A nutritious and safe natural plant source fat ingredient, naturally preserved, canola oil provides an excellent profile of Omega-9, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Rich in oleic acid, linoleic acid and a beneficial source of Alpha-Linolenic acid. Fatty acids, when present in the proper balance, provide optimal nutrition for a healthy skin and coat, help control inflammation throughout the body, including the digestive system and the joints, and help support optimal cellular health.

Sunflower Oil (vegetable oil)
Cold pressed, naturally preserved, a natural plant source fat ingredient, provides an excellent source of Omega-6 fatty acids. Sunflower oil produces a beautiful skin and coat, as well as visible sheen.

Eggs (protein)An excellent source of protein and contains all the essential Amino Acids.Eggs.jpg

Flaxseed Meal (Plant source alpha-Linolenic acid)
This plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids helps enhance the coat's sheen. Aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract. Flax nourishes and is soothing to the stomach and intestinal linings. Contributes to heart health.

Alfalfa (nutrient)
Excellent natural source of trace minerals. Aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments and bad breath; cleanses the kidneys and removes poisons from the body; neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier; improves the appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium and other nutrients.

Sage (herb)
Strengthens the mind and concentrating abilities; it aids in healing skin sores and skin eruptions and removing dandruff. It has been mostly employed in disordered states of the digestion and for its savory usage.

Rosemary (herb / natural antioxidant)
Is a stimulant of the circulatory system; to treat bad breath; stimulates the hair bulbs to new growth. Employed for its savory usage.

Cranberries (fruit / nutrient)
Prevents the spread of bacterial infections in kidneys and the urinary tract. Helps prevent Cystitis.

Apples (fruit / nutrient)
Rich in soluble fiber and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and normalizes blood sugar.

Amaranth (herb)
Vitamin packed herb, calms the stomach, reduces tissue swelling and helps to remove worms and parasites from the digestive tract.

Kelp (nutrient)
Rich in vitamins and contains 30 minerals, controls the thyroid and regulates the metabolism which aids in the digestion of foods and the burning of calories. Kelp aids with improved brain and nerve functions.

Taurine (amino acid)
An amino acid derivative found in meat that shields the heart from harm. Studies also show that Taurine may also benefit vision disorders, epilepsy, and gallstones. Plays an important part as a neurotransmitter, maintains the correct composition of bile and the solubility of cholesterol.

Yucca Schidigera Extract (herb)
Used for its reduction of both breath and stool odor! A cleansing agent. Used by the Indians of the southwest for skin disorders, skin eruptions and helps avoid inflammation.

Psyllium (fiber)
All natural fiber intake to help in digestion, improve intestinal health and effective in reducing cholesterol. Also known as an anti carcinogenic.

Glucosamine (connective tissue health)
An amino acid sugar necessary for construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. Benefits include prevention of arthritis and improved joint health.

Chondroitin (connective tissue health)
Exists naturally in cartilage. When combined with Glucosamine it is known to produce a synergetic effect in helping prevent arthritis and improving joint health.

Prebiotics (digestive tract health)
Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, - Stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy bacteria. Benefits Include: Helping to prevent cancers and have antimicrobial activity. Prebiotics may further help in lowering triglycerides, stabilizing blood glucose levels, boosting the immune system and helping to improve mineral absorption and rid the gut of harmful microorganisms.

Probiotics (Direct feed microbials / digestive tract health)
Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products - Aid in the maintenance of the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Benefits Include: Improved Digestion, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Strengthened Immune Systems and help Correct Digestive Disorders. Probiotics also aid in helping to prevent ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, lactose intolerance, yeast infections and colon cancer.

Digestive Enzymes (digestive tract health)
Aspergillus Oryzae, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extracts, Papaya (containing the enzyme Papain), Pineapple (containing the enzyme Bromilian) - Hydrolyzes proteins, fats, oils, starches and carbohydrates for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Cellulase (digestive tract health)
Digestive enzyme that hydrolyzes fiber for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. CANIDAE Pet Foods is once again the leader in cutting edge nutrition
by being the first pet food manufacturer to include proven enzymatic activity in our products backed by scientific data and proven methodology on the
inclusion of Cellulase.

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (digestive tract health)
All natural live culture. Acts in stimulating microbial and enzyme populations in the animal’s digestive system. This improves feeding efficiency and digestion.

Vitamins (AAFCO required by life stage plus additional antioxidant vitamins)
Complete Vitamins including Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherols.

Minerals (AAFCO required by life stage plus proteinate minerals)
Complete balanced minerals containing Amino Acid Chelated (proteinate) Minerals. When Amino Acids are bound to minerals they produce (proteinate) or called Chelated Minerals, which can be attributed to 3 to 10 time better assimilation of minerals.

What is an Herb?
The term herb has been used to refer to any plant or part, valued for its medicinal or savory qualities. Herbs contain the active ingredients that give the plant its medicinal properties.


Our personal requirement in a pet food is easy to define: exceptional quality product that endorses holistic health and cost effective to feed to our very big family of dogs. Canidae certainly meets both criteria. The only reason why we feed Canidae is because we believe in it. The reason starts with the ingredient list ....
A quick lesson in ingredient lists ...... The heaviest ingredients are listed first, the second heaviest second, the third listed third and so on. From the list below, you can see that of the top 7 ingredients, 5 are meat or fish proteins. That's good.

(Why Meal is BETTER than whole Meat)
NO "digest" or "By-product", which is partly defined as "... parts, other than meat ... which includes lung ... spleen ... fatty tissue". We find those types of ingredients objectionable
NO beef, soy, wheat or corn. Many dogs and cats have allergies to beef, soy, wheat or corn. Some animals have a rough time digesting some of that stuff.

NO artificial preservatives. Canidae uses natural methods to ensure that the food doesn't go bad. Some say that artificial preservatives can cause cancer and other health problems.
Look at that list .. is there anything on that list that isn't good enough for you? If it's good enough for you .. it should be good enough for your pets!
Did you notice on the list .. there are herbs, minerals, vitamins, probiotics, amino acids, natural oils and beneficial enzymes? That's all good ... mother earths way of natural nutrition.
Ingredients aren't the only thing - QUALITY of ingredients means so much. The meat in Canidae is suitable for human consumption and is USDA grade "A". That means you don't find any meat that is classified 4-D in Canidae, "dead, diseased, decayed or dying".
Another nice thing about Canidae .. and the other good quality feeds ... is lower poop size. Canidae is considered to be highly digestible .. meaning most the food is absorbed and little is returned. (Big dog owners know where we are coming from!)
Each bag of Canidae and Felidae are clearly marked with the date the food was made and when it expires. Stored in proper conditions Canidae will last for a year or more in a sealed bag -and for six months after being opened. How many pet foods have you seen with actual dates of production and expiration?
Canidae makes for a truly complete nutritional package for your dogs health. Our motto with dog food and in life in general "if you do good things, good things generally happen". Feed your pets good food .. they should do well.
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Edited by Bobby Sader on 1/28/10.