Canidae Dog Food Ingredients

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Canidae manufactures roughly 57 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Canidae ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Canidae uses roughly 193 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Canidae, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken
  3. vegetable glycerin
  4. pea
  5. cane molasses

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Canidae is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by vegetable glycerin, pea, and cane molasses.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Canidae does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 57 Canidae dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Canidae does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Canidae have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 193 Canidae ingredients. According to our data, Canidae does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 6 controversial ingredients inside Canidae products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

iron oxide
2 Recipes

Iron oxide is an FDA approved natural food coloring agent. It's commonly found in rusting metal and provides a reddish-brown color.</p><p>We believe food colorants are unnecessary ingredients in dog food. Other than potential harm, food colorants do not provide any nutritional value. These type of ingredients are used only to make the food look appealing to humans.

The following recipes contain iron oxide:

white rice
3 Recipes

White rice is produced by removing the husk, germ, and bran of rice grains. Unlike brown rice which contains the bran and germ, white rice is nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain white rice:

pea protein
4 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

caramel color
3 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

tomato pomace
4 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Canidae ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Canidae Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Canidae Grain Free Pure Ancestral Avian Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Ancestral Fish Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Ancestral Puppy Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)

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Canidae Pure Real Lamb & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae Pure Real Chicken, Potato & Whole Egg Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Canidae Pure Real Chicken, Lentil & Whole Egg Recipe For Puppies

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Canidae Pure Real Bison, Lentil & Carrot Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae Pure Real Chicken, Sweet Potato & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Chicken For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Lamb For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Puppies

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Canidae Pure Real Lamb, Goat & Venison Meals Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae Pure Healthy Weight With Real Chicken & Pea Recipe

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Canidae Pure Real Chicken, Lentil & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae Pure Real Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae Pure Real Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae Pure Real Wild Boar & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Canidae All Life Stages Multi-Protein Formula

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Canidae All Life Stages Chicken Meal & Rice Formula

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Canidae All Life Stages Large Breed Formula With Turkey Meal & Brown Rice

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Canidae All Life Stages Lamb Meal & Rice Formula

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Canidae All Life Stages Platinum Less Active Formula

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements Limited Ingredient Diet - Lamb, Turkey & Chicken Formula

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations Limited Ingredient Diet - Puppy Chicken Formula

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Land Limited Ingredient Diet - Lamb Formula

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Minced Bolognese Style Dinner

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Minced Pottage Style Dinner

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Morsels Cacciatore Style Dinner

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Morsels Fricassee Style Dinner

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Pate Escalloped Style Dinner

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite Small Breed Pate Terrine Style Dinner

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Sea Limited Ingredient Diet - Salmon & Mackerel Formula

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Sky Limited Ingredient Diet - Duck & Turkey Formula

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Canidae All Life Stages Multi-Protein Formula With Chicken, Lamb & Fish

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Canidae All Life Stages Chicken & Rice Formula

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Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula

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Canidae All Life Stages Platinum Less Active Formula With Chicken, Lamb & Fish

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Canidae Small Breed Chunks With Chicken, Tuna & Salmon In Gravy

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Canidae Small Breed Chunks With Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy

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Canidae Small Breed Shreds With Chicken, Salmon & Pumpkin In Gravy

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Canidae Small Breed Shreds With Chicken & Tuna In Gravy

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Canidae Small Breed Stew With Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy

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Canidae Small Breed Stew With Chicken, Beef & Green Beans In Gravy

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Bison and Pumpkin

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Rabbit and Kale

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Sweet Potato and Duck

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Trout and Pomegranate

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Turkey and Apple

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats With Wild Boar and Cherry

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Heaven Biscuits With Bison and Butternut Squash

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Heaven Biscuits With Duck and Chickpeas

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Heaven Biscuits With Salmon and Sweet Potato

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Canidae All Life Stages Bakery Snacks With Lamb, Wild Rice & Sweet Potato

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Canidae All Life Stages Bakery Snacks With Turkey, Quinoa & Butternut Squash

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Canidae All Life Stages Bakery Snacks With Wild Boar & Kale

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