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Canidae Grain Free Pure Dog Food Review (Canned)

Canidae Pure Salmon and Sweet Potato Wet Dog Food

Review of Canidae Grain Free Pure Canned Dog Food


Canidae Grain Free Pure canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Canidae Grain Free Pure product line includes the 5 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Canidae Grain Free Pure Duck and Turkey 4 A
Canidae Grain Free Pure Salmon and Sweet Potato 4 A
Canidae Grain Free Pure Lamb 3 A
Canidae Grain Free Pure Lamb, Turkey and Chicken 3 A
Canidae Grain Free Pure Puppy Chicken Recipe 4.5 G

Recipe and Label Analysis

Canidae Grain Free Pure Salmon and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Canidae Grain Free Pure Salmon and Sweet Potato

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Salmon, fish broth, vegetable stock, sweet potatoes, pea protein, peas, sunflower oil, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tricalcium phosphate, agar-agar, salt, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, niacin supplement, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, manganese proteinate, d-calcium pantothenate, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper proteinate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, cobalt proteinate, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%14%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%30%34%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is fish broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is vegetable stock, a broth made from various vegetables simmered in water. Stocks are nutritionally empty. Yet because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in canned and wet products.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The next ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The seventh item is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other ingredients.

But realistically, items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Canidae product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

And lastly, this recipe includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Canidae Grain Free Pure canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

Which means this Canidae product line contains…

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other wet dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein and peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Our Rating of Canidae Grain Free Pure Canned Dog Food

Canidae Grain Free Pure is a wet dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus receiving 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Has Canidae Grain Free Pure Dog Food Been Recalled?

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10/24/2021 Last Update

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