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Canidae Grain-Free PURE Land Lamb Formula is a high-priced wet dog food with great product quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, which also means no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. The food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs and excellent meat and fat quality. Canidae has a below-average number of recalls and 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 31.82%
Min. Fat 27.27%
Min. Carbs 31.82%
Max. Fiber 4.55%
Max. Ash 9.09%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 7.0%
Min Fat: 6.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 1.0%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 78.0%
446 Calories per Cup
This product has an above average amount of calories for wet food. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount.
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, Lamb Broth, Vegetable Broth, Lamb Liver, Peas, Salmon Oil, Agar-Agar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Sunflower Oil, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate).
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.
There are no controversial ingredients in this Canidae product.
Country of Origin
Canidae is manufactured in the United States.
Meat & Fat Quality
This dog food uses named meat and protein sources like lamb, and lamb liver. This is wonderful because it shows you the species the ingredient comes from. The same goes for the fat source Salmon Oil.
This product does not contain any controversial preservatives. 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 food.
Canidae also does not include any artificial flavors. This is great, no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
This brand has one recall which is below the average number of recalls for dog foods.
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.