CaniSource Grand Cru Dog Food (Dehydrated)


Rating: ★★★★½

CaniSource Grand Cru Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The CaniSource Grand Cru product line includes 4 dehydrated dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Fish [A]
  • CaniSource Grand Cru Red Meat (4 stars) [A]
  • CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Turkey (5 stars) [A]
  • CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Pork and Lamb (5 stars) [A]

CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Fish recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Fish

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 30% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 44%

Ingredients: Herring, white fish, buckwheat, fresh lamb liver, chickpeas, fresh apples, fresh carrots, sunflower oil, seaweeds, cranberries, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, a mix of herbs with anti-oxidizing properties, Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract (MOS), chicory root extract (FOS), beet extract, elderberry extract, yeast extract, Lactobacillus extract, thyme extract, niacinamide, choline chloride, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulphate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin A supplement, manganous oxide, vitamin D3 supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, citric acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis28%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%17%44%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%36%38%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 38%

The first two ingredients in this dog food are herring and whitefish. Although they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw fish contains up to 73% water. After dehydrating, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, these items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient is buckwheat, a carb-heavy fruit similar to rhubarb and notable for its gluten-free seeds.

Contrary to popular belief, buckwheat is not a true cereal grain.

The fourth ingredient is lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component. Although it is a quality item, raw organ meat contains up to 73% water. After dehydrating, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The fifth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The seventh ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient 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.

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

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

With three notable exceptions

First, yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago1, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, this recipe contains chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, 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.

CaniSource Grand Cru Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, CaniSource Grand Cru looks like an above-average dehydrated, raw dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 30%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

CaniSource Grand Cru is a plant-based dehydrated dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

11/07/2017 Last Update

  1. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Jordan Stone

    My giant breeds on this for about 8 months. He’s doing great. Tried the other high end foods including raw and on canisourse he is doing the best by far. It is true you do feed less. Tried fish, lamb pork and Turkey. He loves them all so I rotate every few months. I also like the larger kibble size so he won’t just inhale his meal.

  • Mel Davidson

    and also more Environmentally friendly !

  • vukicevic

    I have a large breed puppy and was concerned about the actual calcium and phosphorus content of this food. I contacted Canisource, and while their box only lists minimum percentages, they supplied me with tested maximums as well:

    * Calcium 1.2% – 1.5%,
    * Phosphorus 0.8% – 1.0%.

    This puts it right in the middle of the range for Ca:P ratio and quantity for large breeds, so should be appropriate for them. In case anyone else has the same question 🙂

  • latigra

    This is the best food I have fed my 7 month old Sugugio hound. He has had Acana and Nutrience Sub Zero also. I like the packaging because it is in a box that is easy to store on a shelf. The food is a kibble that can be fed wet or dry. My dog seems to like it and he has no bad effects from it. I have looked at several raw formulas but this one looked the best to me.

  • max payne

    Informative article ! I was fascinated by the insight ! Does someone know if I could get access to a blank TSP-76 form to edit ?

  • sharron

    thanks a bunch

  • aimee

    Sharron measure out a cup of food and then weigh it. Once you know how many grams of food are in the cup of food it is a simple calculation to determine calories /cup.

    If you don’t have a suitable scale and the manufacture doesn’t list calories/cup on their website call the manufacturer for that information.

  • sharron

    this food says 4696 kcal/kg – what is that per cup – thanks

  • sharron

    hi – does anyone feed this to their dog, if so, your opinion on it……thanks

  • sharron

    being on this since yesterday, i’ve noticed Lexee is licking her paws and scooting, which she wasn’t doing when eating the RC dry and wet

  • sharron

    got lexee eating canisource – she just full of surprises

  • Paulette Canam

    Have you tried the Homemade formulas.My shepherd is very fussy and he loves it.

  • Paulette Canam

    It is a dehydrated food so it doesnt matter if air gets in the bag.

  • Cathy Adams

    The quality of this food aside, it comes in the most abysmal packaging imaginable. This outer box conceals the flimsiest plastic bag closed with a piece of tape. The plastic is so thin that roughness of the all meat food had punctured it in numerous places allowing air access to the food. Completely unacceptable in a product of this price, and negates any quality of the food. There are too many excellent alternatives available. I would not purchase it again based on this.

  • sharron

    thanks – sorry i didn’t go far enough down the page and didn’t see the calculator

  • Storm’s Mom

    If you use the food calculator on their site (Food Guide and Box Longevity tab on the Red Meat page), it says 0.5 cups per day for a 12lb dog…. which is 4 oz. For a 10lb dog, that’d be about 73% of 4oz …which is 2.92 oz. Personally, I would just try the 0.5 cups per day the calculator suggests and see what happens. If she gains weight, feed less, if she loses weight feed more.

  • sharron

    the canisource website says to feed 2.7 oz/day – can i bump it up to 3 oz – the 2.7 oz is for a 6lb dog – not sure how much to feed for 10 lbs – it doesn’t show

  • megan

    I would like to see a review of the grain free as well!

  • Erin Gates

    Please review their grain free fish dog food.

  • Guest

    Can you please review their new grain free fish product?

  • sharron

    ths canisource she is on has 475 calories/cup – i’ve been told in the past that you are supposed to feed less food that is high in calories which i have done and it doesn’t work – she is hungry and of course i feed her more and then the weight goes on – and i have fed her dry food with lower calories and then i’m told that the carbs in the food are too high and will cause weight gain – she is normally active and a couch potato

  • Dori

    Maybe she needs a little more? I have a 7.5 lb. Maltese and I feed her 1/4 cup twice a day to maintain her weight. She’s 15 years old so a bit of a couch potato at this point in her life. My 5 lb. Yorkipoo that is hyper beyond words eats 1/4 cup twice a day also as she burns off her calories. It is very much the individual dog as to how much to feed them. My 6.5 Maltipoo also gets 1/4 cup twice a day and she’s a mixture of circus dog and couch potato so she keeps her weight pretty constant. Again, I will say that I am always feeling them to best guess as to whether I should feed a little more or a little less per weight. Please remember, Sharron, that I feed commercial raw diets which is different calories and nutrition wise than kibble and canned are.

  • sharron

    hi dori – thanks for getting back to me
    i weigh lexee once a week – her weight is good now, 10.5 lbs, and her vet wants me to maintain her at this weight or a little less but she doesn’t need to eat diet food or go on a diet – just not to let her gain – so i’m really cautious of what i feed her and how much – being 1/2 chihuahua, she is prone to weight gain – if i feed less than 1/2 cup/day, she is hungry so i know that she isn’t getting enough to sustain her

  • Dori

    Hi Sharron. You could start with a tsp and gradually add a little more. Just keep in mind that if you are adding turkey or any other protein you have to add a little less of whatever other food you are feeding. You’ll have to keep an eye on that. As far as her weight is concerned, that’s always an easy fix for me. Since I’m always petting my dogs anyway, I can easily tell by the feel of their ribs if they put on a little weight or lost a little and I adjust their meals accordingly. What happens with a lot of people imo that have dogs that are too heavy is that they either only weigh their dogs at the vet or on a scale at home once in a while and don’t actually feel their dog on a daily basis to know whether they can too easily feel their ribs or can’t feel them at all. That’s the best way I know to control my dogs weight. I have always done it this way and I’ve never had a vet tell me any of my dogs were too heavy or too thin.

  • sharron

    hi dori – today for dinner i had to cook up some extra lean ground turkey and mix it with the canisource(ran out of can) i have never seen lexee lick her bowl clean – i just don’t know how much of the turkey to add – a tsp? – she has lost about 2 1/2 oz being on the canisource (not a bad thing) – concerned that she will gain on the added turkey – thanks

  • Dori

    Does anyone have any idea what the natural herbs are that are listed as spices ?

  • Dori

    Hi Sharron. I don’t feed kibble at all but I’ve read many posters say that they have no issues feeding them together or kibble for one meal and raw for the other meal. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Sharpton…I feed dry with raw..dehydrated etc and have never had a problem.

  • sharron

    hi dori – hope you are recuperating nicely – in regards to the canisource, since it’s a dehydrated raw do you still have to put a certain number of hours between this food and then if you want to feed kibble – i know you have to if it’s like nature’s variety raw – thanks

  • Dori

    OH! That’s absolutely a good thing. I’m so happy for you and Lexee. Having your dog act like a puppy again is always a good thing. Same thing went on and continues with all my girls when I did the switch to commercial raw.

    Thx. for asking about me. Surgery went well. Longer than they expected but I’m home and on the road to recovery.

  • sharron

    hi dori – how are u doing? – sorry – what i mean about being spiinny is being a lot more active like she was when she was a puppy – seems to have started when i started her on the canisource

  • Dori

    Hi Sharron. What do you mean by “spinny”? Literally spinning her head or her entire body? One of mine (allergy dog Katie) spins around in circles every single time she knows I’m getting their food ready. Her vet calls her my circus dog. Is that what you mean by spinning?

  • sharron

    lexee has been on this food for about 3 days now – everything is going well – noticed that she has become quite spinny since she has been on it – previously she was eating natural balance – is this common – i’m not concerned – she a lot less of a couch potato now – thanks

  • sharron

    ignore my last posting – she doesn’t like it and won’t eat it

  • sharron

    does anyone know about the new formula from canisource – it’s grain free fish – i got a trial size box of it tonight – so far lexee likes it – is it a decent food

  • Balto Fluffy

    ive been feeding this to my pomchi for the pass 3 months and its the best food yet, the poop is solid and not doesnt smell, the breath of the dog doesnt smell, the dog is happy and very energetic. it is very good food!

  • LB

     hi Brad   i have a 8 month old boxer and he’s been on CaniSource now for about 3 weeks….was on taste of the wild but he inhaled it and he was pooping 5-6 times daily…..he is now going 2-3 times but his stool is dark and soft, sometimes very running which of course makes it hard to pick up but other then that he seems to be doing fine on it, at least with this food he chews but if the poop department doesn’t change soon I’ll have to look at something else and this product is expensive over $100 for the big box……I have been a raw feeder in the past but for some reason my husband would prefer I didn’t feed that way with this guy 🙁  but I’m working on it. 

  • If the worms look like white rice then it may well be tapeworms which normally get expelled in segments.  They can grow quite long so he probably has a bunch more in his system.  My dogs like to go do #2 after eating so it could be that he has stool and worms close to his anus after eating or just a coincidence as patty said or it could also be an anal gland issue.  Does he spin around on his bum too?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Those are probably tapeworms.  They get them from chewing at a flea and ingesting it.  The scratching after eating could be a coincidence or it could be that something in the food is bothering him.

  • Yorkie Simba

    My dog had little white worms in his poo and is scratching his anus on carpets.  Could this have happen because of Canisource?  After verification, Taenia worms are cause by pork.  He scratches his anus soon after eating this food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

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  • Hafnas

    HDM, how can i get to email you in person. Thanks.

  • Toxed2loss

    Cooking also kills the rickessetta bacteria that inhabit the parasite. It’s the Bactria that cause the disease. Here’s a link from Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.


    Diagnosis & Treatment
    If you know your dog has ingested raw fish and it exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, notify your veterinarian immediately. If identified in time, salmon poisoning disease is treatable. A helpful part of the diagnosis is telling your veterinarian that your dog ate raw fish. If your dog roams, raids trash cans, or you are unsure of what it has eaten for any reason, be sure to mention this to your veterinarian, especially if your dog is exhibiting any of the symptoms.

    The disease is diagnosed with analysis of a fecal sample to detect the parasite’s eggs or by detecting the bacteria through a needle sample from a swollen lymph node. Treatment involves administration of an antibiotic to kill the bacteria and a dewormer to kill the parasite. If a dog is vomiting at the time of evaluation, it may need to be hospitalized for IV fluid administration. Many dogs respond to treatment quickly, showing improvement in just a few days. Once recovered, many dogs have a permanent immunity to the disease.

    The best treatment is prevention.

    Control what your dog eats while on fishing trips.
    Leash your dog at the beach or river so that you can monitor its activities.
    Wrap garbage, especially fish entrails, and dispose in well-secured cans.
    Don’t feed raw fish to your dog. Cook fish thoroughly or deep-freeze it for a minimum of 2 weeks to destroy the parasite before feeding it to your dog.”

  • Jess

    Hummm, salmon caught here in my state of Washington and in the North Pacific sometimes contain a parasite that can be very harmful to dogs, but not as toxic to humans, even though we can get sick from them. I have seen them 1st hand, gross white little things that you can hardly see.

  • Eve’sHumanMom

    Parasites in the fish.  According to this article, freezing to minus twenty will kill them:

    while the salmon parasites don’t affect humans there are others that do.For example, anisakis, which is why, for instance, the mackerel for “saba-zushi” is pickled in vinegar.

  • hounddogmom12


    Certain types of fish (generally from the Pacific or Cascade Mountain region) can cause something called Salmon Poisoning. It only affects dogs/wolves and is fatal (if not treated quickly). It does not affect people (sushi) or cats or other wild animals that feed on raw fish, like bears. So when feeding raw it’s important to know where your fish came from. Although if you feed a commercial raw and aren’t using raw fish you caught yourself or bought from a market you can trust that it has been frozen in such a way to kill the parasite.

  • Marie

    Also, the phrase “grains must always be cooked” implies your raw diet…isn’t quite so raw….

  • Marie

    Pork I can understand, but why not raw fish? I eat raw fish all the time.

  • Shawna

    I agree with Hounddogmom12 and someperson11111…  The article linked has some inaccurate statements…  That is disappointing to see.

    “In other words, the lower the level of your dog’s physical activity, the less raw meat they should be fed.”  This is the worst of the inaccurate statements I saw..  And supposedly, this is “What the experts agree on”..  Not ANY of the experts I follow believe that ;-)..

    Dr. Karen Becker DVM and raw feeder/advocate says “Our recipes for dogs are based on 75 percent meat/organs/bone and 25 percent vegetables/fruits. For cats it’s 88 percent meat/organs/bone and 12 percent veggies. We’ve found these ratios work well for most healthy pets.”

    And here’s the second REALLY inaccurate statement in the article….  “Carbohydrates should be the second largest part of your raw natural dog food diet next to protein, and grains are a great source. They also include important vitamins and minerals.

    The best grains are cornmeal, oatmeal, millet and bulgur. And remember – grains should always be cooked!” 

    MOST, but certainly not all, raw feeders do not include grains in the diet at all..  Especially not cornmeal…

    From Dr. Becker
    “Dogs and cats both have a nutritional need for meat, bones, and vegetables.

    They do not have a need for carbohydrates or grains. In fact, in the ancestral diet, grains and seeds were not consumed unless they were pre-digested by their prey….

    But there’s more. Our pets’ bodies are just not designed to cope with large quantities of carbohydrates. ”

  • someperson11111


    your article in link contains some inaccurate remarks.  (like, inactive dogs shouldn’t be fed raw). Still, it is great you ARE investigating raw! YES!

    Here is a better link to learn about raw feeding:

  • hounddogmom12


    First of all, only certain fish contain parasites. Second of all, the parasites that can potentially be found in raw fish and raw pork can be killed by freezing the meat for two weeks. I’m not familiar with CaniSource, but I’m familiar with several types of dehydrated so called “raw” foods and they aren’t technically raw – any parasites that could potentially exist are eliminated in the dehydrating process. Also, any commercial dog food company that sells raw food will be well aware of the potential parasites present in fish and pork and freeze their meats at appropriate temperatures for at least two weeks before sale. Hope that answers your question.

  • bichonlovers

    I have a question. Is the pork heated and cooked to prevent this next statement?

    Important: NEVER feed your dog raw fish or raw pork.
    Raw fish can contain flukes, a parasite that specifically infests the liver in mammals.
    Raw pork can contain trichinosis (also called trichinellosis or trichiniasis), which is a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork or wild game infected with the larvae of a species of roundworm called Trichinella spiralis (commonly called the trichina worm).
    Trichinosis can be embedded in pig muscle tissue through cysts, and cooking the pork until the internal temperature reaches 170° F (76.7° C) will kill any present.
    Pork is not commonly found in dog food anyway, except to add fat and flavor to the recipe (bacon, ham, etc.). With so many of our domestic dogs prone to pancreatitis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, they tend to have a more difficult time with pork even when it’s cooked.

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  • hounddogmom12


    Dogs that need to lose weight don’t really need a special food, actually I would advise avoiding any foods labeled as “weight-loss” or “low fat” as these foods general have less meat and more filler (carbohydrates). Overweight dogs should have high protein, moderate fat, and low carbohydrate food just like any other dog – they just need to eat less and exercise more. This food is rated 4 stars, so yes it’s a good food. Any food rated 4 or 5 stars on this site is going to be a great food. What I would recommend doing is look at the feeding guidelines on the package for your dogs weight and replace about 10% of that with vegetables. For example if the bag says your dog should eat 5 cups a day, feed him 4 1/2 cups + 1/2 c. vegetables. The vegetables are high in fiber so they will help him feel full without adding a lot of calories. Also try to increase his activity level if at all possible. Hope that helps!

  • guest

    is this food suitable to feed my dog that needs to lose about a lb and is it a decent food

  • Hana

    We switched to this brand after our little mini daschaund was having seizures. Found out it was from the Rosemary most manufactures put in the food as a preservative. Rosemary is a neurotoxin even for humans. They just looooove this food and cant wait till I fill up the dog dish! We also get from a local organic chicken farmer chicken hearts and necks for the RAW part of their diet. Also when we can, we get wild game liver and hearts from the hunters. I noticed as soon as we switched brands, the dogs were happy, bouncy and their coats were shinier. Same price as the vet food but much better quality!

  • Brad

    My dog seems to like the food but has a dark and soft stool. She has been on this food for 1 1/2 months. This brand was  recommended to us by our vet. Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • Kim

    My dog absolutely LOVED this food until they added the Pork, now she won’t touch it and I’m having trouble finding good food she will eat. I can only assume they added Pork because it was cheaper than Beef, if not then I have no idea why they would have messed with a good thing.

  • sandy

    You know that this food has rice, barley and oats – and you said your dog is allergic to grains.  There are other grain free dehydrated/freeze dried foods to chose from.

  • Christine_peters

    We just switched our Great Dane female over to Canisource. She is responding very well.  She has allergies to all poultry, duck and grain.  The raw diet was something we had tried but the expense in getting it downtown Toronto was insane. It would have cost us $800 – $900 / month to feed her.  I love her but I need my car…lol.  So far no allergy symptoms, no adverse bowel situations, no vomiting and best of all…it doesn’t smell like dead bum when you open it!  Only been trying for 1 week now so I will update as time goes on.

  • Christinepeters

    I’m pretty sure it’s normal.  It’s the iron in the food.  Happened to our Great Dane to.

  • Strider’s Family

    I have been itching to write a Review for years but rarely has there been anything positive within the “Consumer Machine” fitting that description or important enough, in my world anyway, until recently.
    I will endeavour to make a long story short. I know from a neighbourhood full of canine owners and an equal amount of friends who own dogs, that a large majority have, at some point, shared a similar dilemma to ours and for similar reasons…. what to feed their suffering pet. My wife and I have agonized over this since shortly after picking up our pooch last Christmas, an 8 week old blue merle male Aussie and did I mention…. ADORABLE!!! Both in looks and temperament.
    I am not going to comment on products purchased leading up to this Review so let’s just leave it at… we tried many top brands, both grain and grain-free and of various protein levels and ingredients. As smart as he is and almost knowing better than we… our pup was quickly sticking his nose up to them and refusing to eat until he was too hungry not to. Stupid people, he must have thought. Nothing however, could tame the symptoms our dog continued to struggle with, (Loose stools; mucus around the eyes; itching; a once very soft and shiny coat becoming brittle; losing tufts of hair, irritable; lethargic; sore hind knees and back (lower spine) and, frequent flatulence and bad breath.) again, until recently.
    Our Vet(s) seemed baffled. I’ll leave it at that and just say that they are no longer our Vet(s), so we continued to research ourselves. Not once in numerous costly visits did they ever mention “allergies”. ‘Raw’ seemed the way to go but we are both active and travel frequently (with our pup) so we desperately needed a fitting alternative.
    I had come across a Product months ago, claiming a unique processing formula and containing ingredients that could quite possibly help resolve our pup’s issues however, there were very few reviews, a 4 star rating and, even a suppliers of the Product seemed wary and offered alternative remedies. Not a glowing resume it seemed.
    Things were getting worst on the home-front so the research continued and again the ‘Product of Review’ came into question. Desperate, we sent an email to the manufacturer seeking advice and within days, the owners themselves replied…. impressive. A week later we were treated to something we had not seen since his wee puppy days, a joyous dance full of hopping and spinning for his meal(s).
    End of Week 1 – drastically improved stools and continuing to get better and smaller. Lethargy and Irritableness – gone. Reduced itching and hair loss and improving steadily. Only occasional eye mucus. His fur is as soft and shiny as it was when he was 3 months old and this happened within 4 days. Bad breath and nasty flatulence – gone. Revitalized energy level and what seems to be – less joint irritation, hopefully!!!
    It’s been a month now – we are still treated to a celebratory ritual of delight at each meal. All the above mentioned issues have improved tremendously or have completely vanished. Equally impressive is how the staining and the plague build-up on his teeth hasdisappeared and been completely replaced by sparkling white ones.
    Thank You is not enough CANISOURCE
    Vancouver Island, BC

  • bonnie

    hello, i have a 4 month old newfie puppy who from birth has been eating canisource and nrg dehyrated food and been doing very well on both both are quit expensive since my newf is eating 6 cups a day. I figure you are what you eat and in the long run I hope for a very healthy dog. Few vet bills Iam very happy with both and iam glad to see people are now really lookin into what they are feeding their pets 🙂

  • Hi Rachel… You ask, “How could a raw diet that has 70% meat (very similar to a lot of the 5 star rated raw diets) be degraded just because the moisture is removed?”

    Before you can accurately compare the nutrient content of any food, it’s critical to first understand the importance of mathematically removing 100% of the water from every product. Doing that allows two or more foods with radically different moisture contents to be fairly compared.

    This standard concept is known as dry matter basis.

    There is a link to an article explaining dry matter basis on every one of the 500+ reviews on this website.

    As I mention in this review, “raw pork and beef contain about 80% water. During processing, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight. So, after dehydration, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.”

    Based upon the company’s own reported protein content, CaniSource does not contain enough meat based protein in the finished product to qualify this line as a 5-star food. The finished product is a grain-based dog food.

  • Rachel

    Quick thing to point out about the calories/cup with CaniSource is that the actual weight of a cup of CaniSource is less than a cup of another type of extruded dry food (take a cup of CaniSource and a cup of an extruded kibble and weigh the difference – you’ll see that CaniSource is about 1/3 – 1/2 less mass).

    My 45 lbs dog eats CaniSource and gets 1 1/2 cup per day and she’s at the perfect weight. We don’t give her treats regularly either so you can see you don’t have to give a lot. Some dogs will have higher metabolisms and will require more food than others though so it’s a good idea to monitor your dog’s weight whenever feeding a new food. If they gain weight, reduce the amount fed and if they lose weight (unless they need to!) then increase the amount fed. It’s important to mention that recommended feeding guidelines are simply that – recommendations.

    Also, the meat content in the food is 70% – 15% grains, and about 15% fruits and vegetables. This is according to the manufacturer and is printed on the front of the box (contains 70% meat). This is very similar to the make-up of a lot of raw diets as well so to say that once the moisture is removed the meat percentage is way less than the grains is not an accurate statement either as all the ingredients are in their raw state – the vegetables and fruits all have their moisture as well when put in the recipe. Granted, the rice, oats, & barley are dry, but we’re only talking 15% of the recipe. So to degrade this diet, saying contains more grains than meat is incorrect. This is not processed like standard kibble. How could a raw diet that has 70% meat (very similar to a lot of the 5 star rated raw diets) be degraded just because the moisture is removed? I guess I’m not following that logic…

  • Matt

    Hi Sandy. I do have access to Honest Kitchen but it is only through the people that I bought the Canisource from. Unfortunately when I returned the box I had just bought from there a couple days prior un opened seal still intact they did not treat me very well. It is unfortunate because prior to this I really liked this small specialty store but I got a whole tone of attitude from them.

    So I have go elsewhere and have decided to give Orijen Regional Red a go. So far so good. No vomiting and not runny poops. If this works out well then I will be more than happy with it.

  • sandy

    Honest Kitchen Thrive and Love formulas have over 500 calories per cup. It is also dehydrated raw. I’m not sure how the price compares to Canisource.

  • Mat

    I have had my Kerry Blue on Cannisource for about 1.5 months now. He went on after having some digestion issues. He was on the Vet supplied Royal Cannin sensitive stomach formula and he lost about 4 lbs on that. We switched him to the Canisource and followed their feeding guidelines for his optimal size. He continued to lose weight. Part of this was that since they didn’t have kcal / cup listed on the packaging only kcal / kg listed I just trusted that their portions were adequate and the explained decrease in portion size could be attributed to the low temperature process that was raved about by the people selling the food. My Kerry Blue continued to lose weight and became concerned about this so first thing I checked was that he was actually getting his calorie count from their recommended feeding. For a 38lb dog they recommend 1.3 cups per day. Problem is that they only have aprox 420 kcal/cup (contacted the manufacturer) which is a pretty standard calorie count per cup. So for a dog that should be having aprox 1000 kcal per day he was being way underfed. In speaking with my vet we have decided to increase my dogs food intake up to 1500 kcal / day which works out to 3.5 cups of canisource. Now I don’t mind spending money on my dogs food but I can’t however justify paying more for my dogs food bill per month than I do for my own. For a 10 kg box being over $100 I think my money is spent best elsewhere.

    I am not saying this is a bad food. I like the idea of it. Just be cautious about using their feeding guidelines and how they claim “you don’t have to feed as much”. The calorie count is no different than most premium dogs foods.

  • Rick

    After years of trying to find a food that my 11 year old English Springer Spaniel would actually eat, I tried Canisource at the recommendation of a specialty shop owner. Kellie my dog is very active as she is a hunting dog, and she was always having trouble keeping her weight on, despite feeding her constantly. Kellie loves the food and eats it completely. She is 35 lbs and give her 3 cups a day which she eats readily. She is now putting on weight as the vet told me she is under weight. I am going to stick with this food until my dog tells me different. Her stools are smaller and less frequent. I am interested to see if the claim that the food will help prevent grass burns, as Kellie likes to use the whole yard.

  • CaniSource w/o Pork

    This stuff was great until they added pork. No need for it. I urge CaniSource to take it out. It’s making my dog’s digestion bad.

  • Frances

    Hello Kimberly,
    I was just getting ready to run out and buy a big box of Cani-Source. My dog tried a sample size last year and loved it, and we’ve been buying it off and on since. His stools are actually an ochre-colour (medium yellow/tan colour) when he eats it. on his vet food it’s a mahogany colour (a medium bown)
    He eats less of it than his regular ‘vet’ approved food. maybe about 2/3 of the amount. He also did not like Fromm very much. I supplement his dog food with small amounts of plain chicken for treats…he’s about 10 lbs, so the chicken would amount to less than 3 tbs a day.
    My dog is a a real meat-eater and tends to shun veggies. In the past i”ve made my own wet dog food. Using a Vita-Mix blender I combine cooked chicken, rice, boiled carrots, raw apple. I pack it into a square container, and cut it into daily portion squares usually used as treats. I think a good way to judge if the diet is good, is by the appearance of the stools, the vitality of your pet and the general ‘happiness’ and demeanor of your little friend. Yes, do not overfeed your dog!!

  • Hi Kimberly… Your dog’s apparent increase in appetite can be the fact the food is simply more palatable to her. Or that she needs to eat more food to compensate for less energy (calories) in the new food. In any case, it is important not to overfeed or underfeed your pet. So, if you see her weight increasing or decreasing with the new food, I’d suggest you adjust and regulate the serving size. Hope this helps.

  • Kimberly

    Hi.. I have switched my dog to the CaniSource after she took a real liking to it at Woofstock. It is quite expensive and I was surprised to see it had such a low rating as dehydrated is suppose to be better than dried. The one thing that concerned me after the switch was that her stool turned black. I’m not sure if it is because the food is darker than what I was feeding her before (Fromm grainfree surf and turf) or if she has some sort of allergy or problem with the food. I plan to try switching her back to see if that fixes the problem, however I was wondering if it was normal for dogfood to have a strong effect on a dogs stool? Other than that.. I find that my dog eats more and more happily than she did on the Fromm. She went from 1 bowl of Fromm every day or two from a constantly filled dog dish to eating the whole bowl full in the morning when I put it out and begging for more in the evening when I come home. Is the increase in her appetite a good thing or does this indicate that the food is not well balanced? She does not appear to be gaining weight despite the double quantity of food she is eating. I’m a little nervous of this dog food over all despite loving the idea of a food re-hydrated with water. I’m interested to hear what other people have experienced.

  • Hi Ron… On a quick glance, it looks like there has been a minor change in the recipe and a slight increase in protein content. I’ll try to update the review soon. Thanks for the tip.

  • Ron

    I’m a bit surprised the fiber is not higher, with Oats, apples, and carrots in it. One point I do like is that is doesn’t have potato in it, which I think is being overly used in the grain free foods and may carry its own set of problems.

  • Ron

    I just checked out their website and it looks as if they have added pork to the ingredients, maybe to up the protein%.

  • Fed CaniSource to my dog when I lived in Canada and wish I could get it here in Connecticut. It is very similar in concept to what the North American Indians called “Pemmican”. I agree the garlic is something that can be left out.

    Confession: since it is labeled “fit for human consumption”, and being a meat eating “O” blood type, I too occasionally munched on it and found it intrinsically satisfying, and my dog got more interested in eating it when he saw me eating it too 🙂

  • Hi Geoffrey… I respectfully must disagree with the company’s explanation that “quantity of meat (beef) is still in much higher quantity than the grains in the food”. That may be true before the food is processed. However, the company’s own reported protein content does not confirm this claim. The ingredient list (and the manufacturer’s recipe) is reported prior to cooking. The protein content is posted on the label and represents the after cooking protein content. This is called the “as fed” basis. And on that basis, the grain-based carbohydrates appear to be the primary component in this dog food.

  • Geoffrey Farella

    Hi folks. I used the info you provided in your review here and asked the folks at Canisource to comment about the concerns that were brought up. I thought i would post their response below for you.

    1. Even dehydrated, the quantity of meat (beef) is still in much higher quantity than the grains in the food. You wouldn’t get 27% proteins in the food if it was otherwise. Some companies can cheat the protein test by adding corn in the food, but since we don’t, you can feel secure that it is indeed a meat based food, and not a grain based one. In fact, grains only account for 15% of the total recipe. In our particular case, the argument about the dehydrated meat being lower down the list in incorrect. Another way to validate this is by looking at the quantity of stools your dog makes. Frequency is normally down to once a day with CaniSource instead of two-three times a day with other foods. In fact, stools are the same as with raw food, which everyone would agree has more meat than grain.

    2. People are correct in saying that white rice is less nutritious than brown rice. However, one important detail that is not mentioned is that dogs lack the enzymes necessary to get the extra nutrients found in the outside layer of brown rice. Using brown rice is better marketing wise because people assume it’s better for their dog since it is better for humans. The downside to using it in dog food is that the dog’s digestive system will work overtime to process the extra fibers, hence putting extra strain on the digestive system for nothing since the dog is not able to get those extra nutrients. This is a perfect example of human food marketing being incorrectly applied to dog food.

    3. It is also correct that we don’t add probiotics in the food. The reason is quite simple: we don’t need to. We have researched the idea quite extensively when we created the food, and finally decided against using them for a few reasons. For starters, all the foods with probiotics were tested and found to have no probiotics left alive in the kibble by the time they went to the lab. Probiotics have a very limited lifespan and do not last. Quantities used would have to be very significant, and you would have a best before date of only three months. Second, even if used in proper quantities, the benefits at the end of the day are insignificant for our food. CaniSource is already one of the easiest food to digest for dogs. The fact that all ingredients are certified for human consumption and that we dehydrate at a very low temperature means that our food is nutrient rich, and does not contain fillers. This means dogs only eat 50% of what they would eat of another food. The major advantage is that the digestive system is not overtasked by fillers, and can concentrate on getting the nutrients. The carrots we use are also rich in natural probiotics. So in the end, there is no reason on a nutritional stand point to add any. The only advantage of putting probiotics in CaniSource would be for marketing reasons, but we don’t work that way.

    4. Most of the minerals are chelated. However, this is not very significant once again with CaniSource since we add very little vitamins and minerals. In fact, the list is the shortest of the foods I have seen on the market, and the quantities we put in are very minute. We could skip vitamins and minerals altogether and it would take a few years before any deficiency would appear in dogs. Since we use certified human grade ingredients, and preserve the nutrients by dehydrating the food at very low temperature, there’s very little need to add vitamins and minerals.

    If you have a good basic food, made with fresh ingredients, then you don’t need to add a whole bunch of extras to it to try to make it look good. Our approach has always been to try to get as close as possible to cooking fresh for your dog every day. In fact, our food is nothing more than dehydrated raw, except that you have the reassurance that 100% of the ingredients are certified for human consumption. And as of writing this, I have yet to see another food company in North America put that in writing.

  • Jonathan… In the interest of fairness, an appropriate suggestion, for sure. So, I’ve now added a similar narrative to each of my Bil Jac reviews. Thanks.

  • Jonathan

    “Compared to the high-heat extrusion equipment used to make kibble, it’s appropriate to acknowledge this company’s low-temperature dehydration process.”

    Hey, you should add something like that statement to Bil-Jac, too. Then people can’t act like you aren’t aware that their food is baked…