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Canidae Pet Foods

Canidae Pet Foods
Overall Satisfaction Rating 4.58/5
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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!

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Rated with 4 stars
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: May 11, 2019

My dogs seem to like Canidae. It is a high-end food, and the price is a little high. I have one of my other dogs on another brand that is as high-quality, and I mix it with Canidae. My other dog, Wrigley, has allergies so she is on a strict Canidae diet. He used to eat Pinnacle Trout & Sweet Potato, and they went to the complete west coast strictly. So, they don't deliver up here anymore. I got forced to switch to another food and Canidae was the closest ingredient to that with everything that my dog needed. If Canidae wasn’t so expensive, I would buy more of it. But if it ends up going up any higher, then I’m gonna look at another brand.

I put my dog food in a bin, and you can definitely see the difference between the two dog foods. Wrigley’s bin is not greasy, but the other bin is greasy. One thing that I don't like about Canidae is that because it is so pure, a couple times I’ve gotten bags of food and opened them up, it was all powder. It must have been the bag on the bottom and it gets crushed. The community store also said that there’s nothing in it to preserve this type of things to keep it from not doing that. But they did reimburse and we brought back the food.

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Canidae Pet Foods response

Thank you Jen! We appreciate you and your dogs support and are happy to hear how well CANIDAE has been for your dog with allergies. We sent you a PM with some cost saving options. If ever you have any questions please reach out to us.

Thanks again!

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: May 1, 2019

    We were using Eukanuba, but Eukanuba had a recall. We decided to try and change. My husband's a research scientist and he did an exhaustive research about foods and contents. We went with Canidae and I love the food. We have six Great Danes and I'm feeding the grain free Pure Sky to the boy. And on the girls, right now, they're on Life Stages, the orange bag.

    One thing I am disappointed about Canidae though is they had a large breed puppy food, which was fantastic. And we raised one whole litter on it. And then they quit making it. I want healthy ingredients that are good nutrition. I'm not averse to supplementing and putting vitamins or whatever else that I need to, but good healthy food is what I'm looking for. And Great Danes are really touchy as puppies and you gotta be very careful about not overdoing the protein, the calcium, and any of that stuff. And I recommend to all my puppy owners to put them on Canidae.

    I am concerned about the thing that's going off right now about what's causing the heart problems with dog foods. Some people are pointing their finger at grain-free, and yet it's not really proven one way or the other. Canidae has not been in the list of foods to watch out for. But if Canidae can give any feedback on that, I'd appreciate it. Our experience with them has been extremely good because every time we've had a concern, we'd call them. My husband has called them, and they've gotten him to a person who's knowledgeable. And if they don't know the answer to the question he's asking, and he can ask them pretty penetrating questions, they've gotten back to him.

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    Canidae Pet Foods response

    Thank you Barbara for your support and for taking the time to leave such a nice review and rating. We greatly appreciate you and your dogs and have enjoyed helping you over the years. We do now have a Life Stages Large breed formula for puppies, adults and seniors.

    We understand your concerns, rest assured that the health of your pets (and our own) is our highest priority. The FDA is investigating a possible link between diet and canine heart disease which may be caused by a lack of taurine. Our products are formulated by a board certified veterinarian, and real meat or meat meal is the first ingredient in EVERY formula, which provides naturally occurring taurine. As with all important decisions regarding your pet, we advise doing your own research. Here is a helpful link to an article from the FDA to help you make your decision:

    If you prefer to feed your pet a diet with healthy grains, we recommend checking out our All Life Stages formulas or if you are looking for a formula without potatoes and peas take a look at our Under The Sun Original Formula.

    We can be reached at 800-398-1600 ext 0 or with any questions and Barbara we will send you an email with this info as well. Thank you again!

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: April 23, 2019

    I have been purchasing Canidae food for my pet for more than eight years. It started when my dog ended up having hepatitis, although she just passed away. My dog got itchiness and ear infections, but all those went away by using the dog food that was better. So, I think it was an allergen in the other food that I gave her. The grain-free was great. I also give Canidae to my other dog. He is a Bulldog-Pit mix and he’ll be seven in May. He is an 85-pound lapdog. I purchase the 44-pound All Stages bag and I’m happy with that. Feeding my pet natural ingredients is really valuable and it is worth it. Their health improves with a better-quality food.

    However, I had a bag of the All Stages and I was finding pieces of food that wasn’t cooked quite in or it wasn’t quite mixed in correctly. It was something I have never seen before. I sent in a sample and took pictures of the bag. The pieces looked like they expanded during the process of cooking and there were odd-looking things in there. I called Canidae and I talked to a girl and she helped me out. She got me a free bag. I’ve never had that happen before, but they took really good care of me when that happened. I like the Frequent Buyer Program, too. It was nice when I got the last UPC code to get a free bag. It saves me a lot of money that way.

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    Canidae Pet Foods response

    Hello Laura! Thank you for your kind and honest review. We are so sorry to hear about your pup and we send our condolences. We are happy to hear that your pups were happy and healthy while feeding our food. If you have any other questions or if we can be of any other assistance to you, feel free to let us know. Thank you again and have a great day.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: March 14, 2019

    I was at a function in the States and I was talking to different breeders. At the time, I had a border collie and I wanted to know what to do in general, especially since back then, I didn't have access to the internet. I spoke to a breeder who was telling me that if I could get Canidae in Canada, I should get it. Or I should go out of my way to get it. And when I did, I noticed a difference in the coat of the border collie and in its eyes. I also saw the difference in its health and everything in the general within six weeks.

    I love Canidae. For the last 14 years, I've been buying the All Stages product and I am really happy because I noticed a difference in all of my dogs. I used to give it to two of my dogs and they lived for 16 and 14 years with no problems. Their coats were shiny and their health were tremendous. They also had no problems with crystal in the kidneys. Now I'm down to one dog and I also give her Canidae. I'm not a chemist or a biologist, but from her the gloss of her coat, the nails, and the eyes, I would recommend that product to anybody. In fact, I have recommended it to other people. My dog is beautiful and I love her. And she's getting the best that I can find.

    So I didn't wanna take her off of Canidae. And the few times that I had to, I noticed a difference. I know you always have to change the food gradually or mix it in if you're doing a transition and that's what happened this time in January. I couldn't get Canidae anymore and I was in a panic because our local suppliers stopped making it available. I'm in Canada and even though I'm close to Detroit, they wouldn't let me bring it over the border if I purchased it. So, I had to switch my dog over to what they recommended as a comparable dog food from Pet Value. Still, she was not the same and I wasn't happy. But this week I was able to get a hold of Canidae as I found one place in the county that still carries it. And I make a 30-mile drive to get it, so I bought two big bags.

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    Canidae Pet Foods response
    Thank you for your many many years dedication and support Denise! We greatly appreciate both you and your dogs and thank you for taking the time to leave your wonderful review. We are happy that your dogs have done so well with CANIDAE for the past 14 years. Thank you again!

    If there are any questions please contact us

    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Feb. 25, 2019

    I'm a breeder and I was referred to Canidae. We've tried other ones since then but we just keep going back to the consistency of Canidae. We breed Norwegian Elkhounds and we send them home with a small bag of Canidae. We buy it more for what it doesn't do than what it does do. We've gone to Acana, Orijen and some of the other ones out there, and there were always some type of problems with them, like digestive issues, too much protein or recalls on the food. But Canidae had a lower recall history.

    There are times we've been upset with them. We're not really happy with the amount of pea and legume that's in it right now. That would be one issue with them, because protein levels go up by adding the legumes in it. But for a commercially produced dog food, it's basically consistent. We use All Life Stages and the Multi-Protein for the most part. Canidae should just reduce the peas in there and make sure they change their labels when they change their products. I know they have six months before they are required to change the labels. So they have to be more proactive on notifying customers that they're making a change in their formula when they do make a change. We've been on their breeder program for a while. Our local small pet store does the program for us and we don't have to do it. We get a number of bags free and stuff like that. We recommend the product.

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    Canidae Pet Foods response
    Thank you Leslie for your support and review. We greatly appreciate you and your dogs support.

    We are aware that the FDA made an announcement regarding diet and canine health. Rest assured that the health of your pets has always been, and will continue to be, our highest priority. All of our dry dog and cat foods are formulated by a board-certified veterinarian, and made with the highest quality ingredients. Real meat or meat meal is the first ingredient in EVERY formula, which provides naturally occurring taurine. We have many choices for our consumers and for those who prefer to feed a product with Grains, please check our All Life Stages Line:

    We invite you to contact our Engagement and Loyalty Team to discuss any concerns or to help you select the perfect product for your pet.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 2, 2020

    I have an 18 month old Cavalier King Charles. He was a finicky eater and we tried several brands of food for him. We added a small amount of Honest Kitchen to each type of food we purchased, but he was VERY fussy. I purchased a small bag of Canidae small breed raw coated grain free with lamb. He seemed to prefer Canidae to the other brands we tried. I bought this from Pet Smart # 1809, Queen Creek , AZ. This trial amount was bought in September of 2019. Baxter seemed to like the product. I bought a larger bag in October. I noticed a few green pieces in the food. But since it was a new brand I didn’t give it much thought. Baxter ate the contents without much prodding.

    On November 22, 2019 I returned to Pet Smart and purchased 2 more of the larger bags. When my wife opened the first bag she noted to me that there were some green pieces of food in the bag. I told her that I thought that might be some of the freeze dried coating and we continued to feed it to our pet. Baxter seemed to be finicky again. We opened the second bag from the 11/22 purchase and dumped the remainder of bag #1 into it. This was about 5 days ago. Since then he has progressively refused to eat any of the food.

    Today our daughter came for dinner and we consulted her about the problem. She trials 3 Australian Shepherds and feeds them Canidae. After seeing the bag of food she stated that it looked like mold in the food. Our dog won’t go near it. Maybe he is smarter than we are. I have attached pictures of the food, bag, etc. On one picture there appears to be some green matter on the bag. The food is green and when the bag is opened particles seem to float out into the air.!!!!

    I am a bit upset that I have been slowly poisoning my dog with what I thought was premium dog food. And it has cost me over a hundred dollars for food that may have caused serious damage to my young dog. What to do now? I am contacting you first for some direction and concern. Are you interested in the nearly full bag of this product? Has this happened before? Do you have a problem? If I don’t hear from someone at Canidae in the next couple of days, I will go to social media to get answers.

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    4 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 4, 2019

    We have been feeding our almost 11 year old German Shepherd Canidae dog food since he was a puppy. People can't believe that he is almost 11 years old because he looks amazing and has energy of a puppy, STILL. Malachi's coat has always been beautiful and we feel like his dog food has helped tremendously in keeping him youthful. We have started using Canidae wet dog food mixed in with his kibbles and he LOVES being fed all of the different varieties he is given. If there was ever a dog that would promote Canidae's line of foods, Malachi should would be that dog. 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 be happy to share.

    Matthew and Jessica

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    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 28, 2019

    Loved this dog food, but for some reason the company "has made a business decision" to retire this product and switch the line to full Grain-FREE. Even after the FDA released the study advising people to avoid Grain-Free, again she stated that this was a "business decision". I've lost total confidence in this company, for putting its profits before my dog's safety. She did go to say that still carry one with grain, but it includes white rice and peas. NO Thanks! It was good while it lasted.

    Canidae Pet Foods response

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for your support and reaching out to us. We will send this over for review and consideration.

    Please let us know if we can be of any other assistance. Thank you!

    8 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 4 stars
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    Original review: Oct. 16, 2019

    About 2 months ago I switched my dogs (11 years and 4.5 months) from Taste of the Wild to the Canidae All Life Stages Singe Protein food to help both of them digest and process food easier. They both we’re having some GI issues and I read that Canidae Single Protein is easier on their systems. Both dogs LOVE the food. My elder dog eats her half cup in the morning but paws her food bowl the entire day acting like she’s starving. She has now started sleeping by her food bowl in hopes for more food. She has always been fed a 1/2 cup for her size/weight with no issues. Actually, I had to do 1/4 food 1/4 green beans at one point to help her lose weight. The food seems great but I’m not sure why my elder dog is SO hungry after eating her normal amount.

    4 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: July 25, 2019

    Canidae was the only one that didn’t have contaminants and recalls that were bad for our dogs. It was one of the ones that were listed that were better for quality control according to our vet. I have a black Labrador and a Boston Terrier and they seem to like Canidae. My lab has maintained the same weight for like four years. He's been pretty healthy with it. I also liked the fact that our pet store gives us a Canidae discount or the 10th bag free. That's awesome. It is a little more on the expensive side but I don't mind to spend money for something of quality. I would recommend Canidae.

    5 people found this review helpful
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    Canidae Pet Foods expert review by Dr. Ken Tudor

    Canidae is a premium dog food company, offering a variety of flavors and types of food to dogs throughout the United States.

    • Grain-free foods: If your dog has a grain allergy or you would prefer to give him a natural diet, you can purchase grain-free foods here.

    • Fresh meat and vegetables: These foods contain a blend of meat and vegetables providing your dog with optimal health.

    • Made for pets in all stages of life: From puppy to senior, you'll be able to provide your dog with the nutrition he needs.

    • Variety of flavors: Canidae offers unique flavors such as duck and bison as well as standard sources of protein like chicken or lamb.

    • Quality control measures: All products go through rigorous quality control assessments such as testing ingredients before using them, testing the quality throughout the food preparation process and doing safety checks prior to releasing the food for sale.

    by Dr. Ken Tudor Pet Food Contributing Editor

    A recognized expert and leader in pet nutrition, Dr. Ken Tudor has written over 200 articles on the subject. He also has a featured weekly blog on petMD, is published in major veterinary journals and is a frequent internet media guest expert. He is the founder of Hearthstone Homemade, a recipe and supplement program for pet parents wishing to feed nutritious homemade dog food.

    Canidae Pet Foods Company Information

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    Canidae Pet Foods
    Year Founded:
    1975 Tandem Way
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