Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula Review
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Review of Canidae All Life Stages
Lamb & Rice Formula
This product is manufactured by Canidae Pet Food.
According to our data, this Canidae recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is lamb. Although lamb is an excellent protein source, raw lamb contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of lamb is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The second ingredient is lamb broth. Lamb broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, lamb broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The third ingredient is vegetable broth. As with other broths, vegetable broth is a source of flavor and moisture.
The fourth ingredient is lamb liver. Lamb liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, lamb liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.
The fifth ingredient is ocean fish. Ocean fish can refer to multiple species of fish, since the particular type of fish is not specified, it's difficult to discuss this ingredient. The nutritional contribution of ocean fish depends on the species included; however, fish generally provides high quality protein and fat.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula are not as important as the first five ingredients.
However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Canidae recipe.
Next we have dried egg. Dried eggs consist of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.
The next ingredient is pea. Peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.
Then we have brown rice. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.
Moving on, we have flaxseed oil, which provides a healthy dose of essential fatty acids.
Moving on with this review, we have sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.
The next ingredient in this review is agar-agar, which is commonly used as a thickening or gelling agent.
Our next ingredient is dicalcium phosphate. Dicalcium phosphate (misnomer for dibasic calcium phosphate) is commonly used in pet food and treats as a dietary calcium supplement. It can also be found in breakfast cereals, enriched flour, noodle products, pharmaceutical tablets, and toothpastes.
calcium carbonate is the next ingredient in this recipe. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.
Next on the list is potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
The next ingredient in this recipe is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and dogs. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
Next we have salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.
The next ingredient is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).
The remaining ingredients in this Canidae All Life Stages recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.
Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.
In summary, we recognize that this product contains anonymous meat ingredients. These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.
The official PawDiet rating for Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice Formula is 3.5 out of 5.