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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 cups

Calculated Caloric Content
ME (kcal/kg) 4125
ME (kcal/g) 4.13
ME (kcal/lb) 1875
ME (kcal/cup) 468

Chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, brown rice, white rice, rice bran, peas, potatoes, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), millet, tomato pomace, natural flavor, flaxseed meal, ocean fish meal, choline chloride, sun cured alfalfa meal, inulin (from chicory root), lecithin, sage extract, cranberries, beta carotene, rosemary extract, sunflower oil, yucca schidigera extract, dried enterococcus faecium, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid, cobalt proteinate, organic selenium, papaya, pineapple.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min.) 24.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 14.50%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Lenoleic Acid (Omega 6) (min.) 3.70%
Calcium (min.) 1.20%
Phosphorus (min.) 0.90%
Vitamin E (min.) 200.00 IU/kg
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)* (min.) 0.50%
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (min.) 50.00 mg/kg
Lactobacillus Acidophilus* (min.) 100 million CFU/lb.
Cellulase* (a) (min.) 100 CMCU/kg

* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

CANIDAE All Life Stage formula meets the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Nutrient Analysis for CANIDAE All Life Stages dry formula As Fed
Moisture 8.5%
Protein 24.2%
Fat 14.5%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 4.03 %
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.5 %
Ash 8.0 %
Fiber 4.0 %
Carbohydrate 39.9 %
Arginine 1.39 %
Histidine 0.53 %
Isoleucine 0.87 % 0
Leucine 1.69 %
Lysine 1.14 %
Methionine Cystine 0.85 %
Phenylalanine-Tyrosine 1.59 %
Threonine 0.89 %
Tryptophan 0.21 %
Valine 1.09 %
Calcium 1.80 %
Phosphorus 1.20 %
Magnesium 0.16 %
Sodium 0.17 %
Potassium 0.65 %
Chloride 0.45 %
Copper 11 mg/kg
Iron 300 mg/kg
Manganese 25 mg/kg
Zinc 200 mg/kg
Iodine 2.5 mg/kg
Selenium 0.20 mg/kg
Vitamin A 15,000 IU/kg
Vitamin C 50 mg/kg
Vitamin D 1,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E 200 IU/kg
Thiamine (B1) 40 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) 8.0 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 13.0 mg/kg
B12 0.14 mg/kg
Beta Carotene 5.75 mg/kg
Folic Acid 2.0 mg/kg
Niacin 66 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 25.0 mg/kg
Biotin 0.33 mg/kg
Choline 3,000 mg/kg
Metabolizable Energy (ME) 4,125 kcal/kg (based on Atwater Calculation)
ME/cup 468 kcal/cup
Product Density 4.5 oz./cup
Digestibility 85.0 %
As Fed Digestibility (protein 84%, fat 95%, carbohydrates 91%)
PH Urine 7.0


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun April 5, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First three ingredients are named meat products, primarily good quality ingredients
Cons: Some grain fragments, appears to be a grain heavy food

The first three ingredients in this food are named meat products in meal form. These are followed by a rather long list of grains and vegetables ahead of the fat content, which combined may well outweigh the meat ingredients. The relatively low protein, calcium and phosphorus levels given by the macronutrient breakdown contribute to our suspicion that the food does not contain quite as much meat as indicated at first glance.

The grains used in this food are generally of good quality, though we consider rice bran to be a grain fragment and filler - as is tomato pomace, though the latter is a minor ingtedient.

We note that ocean fish meal is amongst the minor ingredients, but find no sign of a guarantee on the manufacturer website that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly used to preserve fish meal ingredients, and which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic.

The product contains a small amount of fruit and an excellent range of probiotics.

Overall, this appears to be a good quality product. The changes to the original recipe (notwithstanding any sensitivities that individual dogs may have) do not appear to materially alter the food - though we suspect it may be more grain heavy than previously the case (and some of those grains are fragments). This food retains its 5* rating, but would reasonably be suspected to be amongst the lower meat content in this class.

As a final observation, we note that there is no dog food in existence that suits every single dog - and this one is no exception. However, from a position of being a product about which DFA heard very few complaints, the number of animals we hear of that do not do well on this food appears to have risen substantially.

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