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Canidae Grain-Free PURE Elements with Lamb Limited Ingredient Diet is a mid-priced dry dog food with overall great quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, which also means no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. Moreover, the food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs and also excellent meat and fat quality. Canidae has had a below-average number of food recalls. When contacted, the company was pretty transparent when answering our questions. In short, Watchdog Labs recommends this product.Read the Full Review Below
This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.
To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more
Min. Protein 35.56%
Min. Fat 20.00%
Min. Carbs 36.67%
Max. Fiber 4.44%
Max. Ash 7.78%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 32.0%
Min Fat: 18.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 4.0%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 10.0%
509 Calories per Cup
This product has a relatively high amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. If your dog has fair to low activity levels, you may want to feed less than the labels recommend amount, since high-calorie foods like this are often feed to more active dogs who require a higher amount of daily calories. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.
Grain-Free Dog Foods
This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.Learn More
Lamb, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Peas, Chicken Fat, Menhaden Fish Meal, Potatoes, Sun-cured Alfalfa, Natural Flavor, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (A Natural Source of Vitamin E).
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product does not have any controversial ingredients. That's great to see.
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.
Canidae has not included any controversial ingredients in this product.
Country of Origin
Canidae manufactures its products in the United States.
Meat & Fat Quality
This Canidae product only includes named meat and fat sources, that is a great sign of quality. This product has Lamb, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, and Menhaden Fish meal for its meat sources. While these are providing quite a bit of the fat content, it also has Chicken Fat as an additional fat source.
Canidae has not included any controversial preservatives in this product. It’s important to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.
There are no artificial colors in this Canidae product.
Canidae also does not include any artificial flavors. This is great - no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors at all.
Canidae has had one dog food recall which is below the average number of recalls for brands we evaluated.
We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.
How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?
Canidae did not respond to our first email, or the second that was sent a week later. We then placed a call and received answers to the questions below. Since the call was not recorded, the following responses are paraphrased - they should not be seen as exact statements from the company.
Does Canidae have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?
They do have one on staff, but the name could not be shared.
Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?
The previously mentioned on-staff veterinary nutritionist.
Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?
The Canidae representative was unsure if they perform these feeding trials.
What country are your products manufactured?
The United States.
Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?
No, it can’t be, but there is a virtual tour on the website.
Here is a link to that website with the tour: www.ethospet.com
What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?
A detailed answer was provided including the ingredient testing process and a description of the on-site laboratory and the testing it performs.
Does Canidae own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
Ethos is the name of the manufacturing facility that is owned by and produces Canidae.
Do any parts of your product come from China?
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.