Canidae Dog Food Ingredients
Canidae manufactures roughly 51 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 175 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.
- vegetable glycerin
- 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 51 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.
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 175 Canidae ingredients. According to our data, Canidae does not contain any anonymous animal-based 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 4 controversial ingredients inside Canidae products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.
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 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:
Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.
The following recipes contain canola oil:
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Sea Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Salmon
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Land Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Bison
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Wild Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Wild Boar For Adult Dogs
- Canidae All Life Stages Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
- Canidae All Life Stages Large Breed Formula With Turkey Meal & Brown Rice
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Adult Dogs
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Lamb For Small Breed Adult Dogs
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Ancestral Fish Formula (Freeze-Dried Raw Coated)
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Petite With Fresh Salmon For Small Breed Puppies
- Canidae Grain Free Pure Range Limited Ingredient Diet Red Meat Formula
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.