Canidae Pet Foods

Canidae Pet Foods

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About Canidae Pet Foods

CANIDAE is pet food made by pet people. We use the same ingredients we want for our own pets to make our foods. From working hard to form relationships with the farmers and ranchers that supply ingredients, to opening our own facility to cook the food—we’re dedicated to providing the best nutrition possible for the beloved dogs and cats that enrich our lives in so many ways. Sensitivities, picky dogs, multi-pet households, or healthy food on a budget, CANIDAE has your solution!

Pros & Cons


  • High-protein formulas
  • Grain-free options
  • Meat or fish as first ingredients


  • Pricey
  • Few sensitive diet options

Bottom Line

Candidae pet foods feature hearty animal protein for dogs and cats. Products are easy to find, and some retailers offer frequent-buyer rewards programs.

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Rated with 5 stars

… I highly recommend Canidae to anyone searching for that "perfect" food that promotes a healthy, trim, and youthful dog. If you would like a video of what he looks like, I would ...

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Rated with 4 stars

About 2 months ago I switched my dogs… They both were having some GI issues and I read that Canidae Single Protein is easier on their systems. Both dogs LOVE the food. My elder do...

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Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 10, 2022

I bought Canidae Goodness Chicken and Barley and it gave my dog vomiting and diarrhea. I am more than pissed!!! My God. I am waiting it out a couple days to see if he gets back to normal. If not I will have to run to the vet. He has always been a super healthy dog. I warn everyone about not buying this food. There are other negative reviews out there if you Google, "Is Canidae dog food making my dog sick?" I wish I would have seen them. All you see is good reviews and think you are doing what is best for your dog. I am so angry! I gave it 1 star because it wouldn't let me leave it at zero.

8 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: July 19, 2022

I have used Canidae for over 15 years with multiple generations of pets. I have always been satisfied. The past 2 bags have had live and dead meal worms. They offered a coupon, but after 2 bags, NOPE.

9 people found this review helpful

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 18, 2022

    I have been feeding my 6 dogs Canidae for 5 years now. The vet used to compliment their shiny coats and how vibrant they were. Last year I purchased a bag of Canidae with gnats or something in it and a bunch of kibble crumbs. Naturally I returned it to Petco and got another bag. I figured that because the Canidae bags had been moved to the inside of the perimeter wall of the building that bugs had just made their way from outside into the bag and had caused crumbs. So I changed store location. A couple of months go by and I bought a bag that had way too much crumbs, powder or whatever it was (bad kibble) and my dogs would not eat it. I exchanged again for another bag. This happened 2 more times up til last week.

    I purchased Canidae Pure Salmon Sweet Potato recipe. There were crumbs. I offered it anyway and my dogs would not eat it all. Only a few bites per meal. Not like them. They began to vomit, their stools were not solid, they became very lethargic not even excited about going to the park. All after just 1 meal of a few bites. I didn't suspect the food right away so they went a couple of days being offered this toxic concoction. Out of sheer hunger did they consume it.

    As soon as I realized it was the food I immediately went and purchased another bag of food. This time, Canidae Pure Wild Boar and Garbanzo Bean. The kibble was solid with no dust in the bag so I served it to my dogs. They gobbled it up. Their stool returned to normal. No more vomiting. They are gaining back their energy slowly. I have 6 dogs (different breeds and sizes) that all reacted the same from the crumby kibble. I have no doubt in my mind that the bags of Canidae that have these crumbs or kibble powder are very toxic. I'm changing food brand now. Never turning back. Bye bye Canidae.

    Unfortunate, because the food used to be good and healthy. That is most certainly not the case anymore. Furthermore; looking back now on my husky Lucas current condition that started 3 months ago I believe now this food has caused her to develop a bladder stone. I took her to the vet for a lump I felt in her stomach. After x-rays and several hefty payments I learned she had developed a rather large bladder stone. She still hasn't recovered completely and takes antibiotics every day til her next xray appointment in 2 months. I will be having the remnants of the stone she passes sent to the lab to find out the cause. Until then...researching new foods for my babies.

    12 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 19, 2021

    I raise German Shepherds. My Canidae came from Chewy, I reported for 7 months Every bag had grounded up junk in it, I took vidéos and pictures of food. I want you to understand this was every order of 6 to 10 bags à order. I had Chewy document this each order. Asked them to open a bag and check it. They Refused! I called Canidae. They said à bad batch, this is a lie. This was 7 months straight! I cook fresh chicken fresh veg. Carots, Peas, Green beans and white rice for topper to go over their food. I kept telling myself it would get better, at no time did anyone offer to send good food out or reimburse one dîme. I spent in food 15,000 to 16,000 à year on dog food. I have pictures and vidéos to back up my story.

    Canidae use to be good so did Chewy. They don't care anymore. My dogs mean the world to me and both of them are ridiculous what they are doing to their customer and pets. This wasn't à little bit of like dirt substance. This was so bad that you had to sift through it to find hard food and even with my home made topper they left most in Pan which looked liked dirt.

    Call after call and e mails. Chewy loves to send you à Free bag when they mess up then why not open a bag and check it instead. I wasn't wanting free, I wanted issue fixed. I can tell you firsthand Canidae could care less, as much money as I spent and to tell me bad batch but it goes on 7 months, you décidé! I have at least 6 vidéos and at least 50 pictures. It wouldn't let me upload on my phone, I would love for you to see them all. As far as receipt all my food bought through Chewy at this time so yes it is All documented. Tell me how to get this all to you and I will, people need to See the Truth! Thank you.

    21 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 28, 2020

    Initially, I was very put off from Canidae because they push a ton of grain-free kibble/soft food that isn't necessary for my pup and not recommended by vets. I noticed my dog's itching and biting starting up again as Georgia changed into the fall season and I thought maybe a change of food might help alleviate him a little bit. Went to Petsmart, spent like 30 minutes walking back and forth through the aisles trying to make a decision and finally saw a large bag of Canidae Lamb & Brown Rice kibble with wholesome grains. I've noticed reduced itching, more energy, and we've had a few compliments on his beautiful coat! It's also cheaper than the brand I was using before and a great price than their grain-free products. 10/10 would buy again and I definitely recommend this!

    14 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 25, 2020

    I have used this brand for a solid year and then in April, I noticed the first changes. Specifically, the quality of the milled food pellets. There was a ton of "dust" or meal that was in the food that was not formed into a pellet. This would become mush in the bowls and is indicative of poor quality production--this was not the case before. I let it slide thinking it was an oops. Next shipment, same problem and then my dogs started turning up their noses, but would eat in the p.m. as they were hungry. They started having loose bowels and discoloration. However, this continued and investigated in the dog show community and found out that this was not isolated to me and that some dogs were even experiencing vomiting. Scrolling down this thread, you will see the same and I don't know these poeple. Don't know if it is a formula or source change, but it is not the original from a year ago.

    40 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 31, 2020

    I recently purchased a bag of this Grain Free dog food from a Petco. I typically feed my 8 yr old Australian Shepard Taste of the Wild, but I had heard good things about Canidae dog food over the years, and as this bag was on sale I decided to try it (I mixed it with some TotW she was finishing). Selkie turned up her nose at it for 24 hours before she tried it. Within 12 hours she was vomiting. I thought it might have been the heat (it was during a hot spell in July), so I continued with the Canidae/TotW. The next day, same thing. Gave it one more day, but by then her bile was bright yellow with red flecks. Fasted her for a day, gave her Dr Marty's raw food to allow her stomach to heal, and she's well again; no vomiting for the last 48 hours. After reading some reviews here where other pet owners have reported similar issues, I see why Petco had the food clearanced! Guess I'll be sticking with Taste of the Wild!

    20 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 2 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: July 8, 2020

    Six months ago my 13 year old Shih Tzu experienced severe diarrhea and vomiting for about a month before I realized she must have developed a sensitivity to the food she had been eating for years! Her blood and stool samples came back normal so I switched her to Canidae Pure Senior Recipe Limited Ingredient Grain Free dog food. She was fine, doing really well with no further episodes until now, 6 months after eating only Canidae and nothing else. I don't know what happened?? She is now experiencing the exact same symptoms as last time. She is fine when I feed her brown rice, cottage cheese and chicken broth, but I'm scared to try putting her back on Canidae for fear of the cycle happening all over again. Each bag I've bought has been on Amazon and not until now has there been an issue. Nothing has changed unless the formula of the food has changed?? I'm so disappointed, I thought I found a solution.

    12 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 3, 2020

    After doing a great deal of research, I decided to feed my puppy Canidae Ancestral Raw food. The results were fantastic. His coat was like glistening black velvet. His energy levels were off the charts. Everything about him was excellent. People would literally stop us when walking down the street to inquire about his breed, if I was planning on breeding him, what am I feeding him etc. My baby is just a a beautiful specimen to behold, and full of life, energy, and personality. I attribute this all to Canidae’s Ancestral Raw dog food.

    Unfortunately, something has drastically changed with either their formulation, or there’s been some tampering with their supplier, because the food is now causing my dog to be sick. He’s lethargic. He’s experiencing hot spots, explosive diarrhea, excessive itching, and seems very reluctant to eat the food. It literally takes him all day to eat his serving from breakfast. I purchase Farmhouse dog food from Dollar Tree because the morsels are large enough for his large Starmark dispensing ball, and he prefers to eat this instead of the Ancestral Raw, which has never happened before. At first I thought perhaps he’d acquired a taste for the cheap food instead or maybe he preferred eating food from the treat ball, so I put the Ancestral Raw in the treat ball. He didn’t touch the ball. He wanted nothing to do with the ball or the food inside. It’s definitely the food.

    I’m not sure what Canidae has done. But it’s altered the food to the point where I’m hesitant to feed him any of their other brands. If I can’t trust the quality of the ingredients of an $85 bag of food, why would I trust the cheaper brands from the company. I’ve purchased a small bag of Orijean, Taste of the Wild, and Wellness Core Rawrev to see which he prefers. I’m done with Canidae.

    17 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 2 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: May 11, 2020

    I’ve been feeding this product of dog food for the last couple years now and I’ve had great results. Coats gleaming, better health, even more energy in my dogs. To me the expensive cost of this food was worth what I got in return. But recently in the last 15 days, this last bag of dog food I bought, things have been different for my dogs. Not only is one throwing up nonstop but the others have started and there’s a total of four dogs. They have even rejected eating the food, staring at it, moving it with their nose then walking away from bowls.

    Even my 4 pound Pomeranian who Gobbles everything in front of her is refusing to eat. Normally my dogs cannot sit still to get their face and their bowls when it’s feeding time. But now they’ll finally eat after half a day goes by as if because it’s all that they have and theyre hungry. But as of the last few weeks there’s nonstop throwing up, Hesitant and refusing to eat their food and even excess urine visits.

    Does anybody know of a recall Or does anybody know of attorney that is on this to figure out what is going on because I still have half a bag batch that can be tested? I would normally talk highly of this food but right now I’m not so sure anymore, people are saying in other reviews the formula has changed and if so somethings going on that’s making the dog food no longer worth buying and is killing our dogs or making them Sick.

    25 people found this review helpful
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    Canidae Pet Foods Company Information

    Company Name:
    Canidae Pet Foods
    Year Founded:
    1975 Tandem Way
    Postal Code:
    United States