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Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements with Fresh Lamb
four and a half stars

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From the Canidae Website:

Pure Ingredients, Real Nutrition

  • Fresh Lamb is the #1 ingredient
  • Whole foods including sweet potatoes, peas and chickpeas
  • Gentle digestion and sensitivity recipe
  • With healthy omegas 6 & 3 for skin and coat
  • Grain free and gluten free-without corn, wheat, soy, antibiotics, hormones, or fillers
  • Simple recipe with only 10 key ingredients; ideal for sensitive dogs
  • Made in the U.S.A.
Lamb, turkey meal, chicken meal, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, peas, chicken fat, menhaden fish meal, potatoes, suncured 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).
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min.) 32.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 18.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) (min.) 3.70%
Vitamin E (min.) 50.00 IU/kg
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)** (min.) 0.40%
Lactobacillus acidophilus** (min.) 100 million CFU/lb.
Cellulase** (min.) 100 CMCU/kg

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

Lamb is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more lamb than any other ingredient. Although lamb is a quality ingredient, it contains about 80% moisture. cooking drives out the moisture, leaving just a small fraction of the original weight in the final produce. Therefore, it may actually account for a smaller part of the total content than reflected on the ingredients list.

The next ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is a meat concentrate, and can provide up to four times the protein of turkey.

The third ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is concentrated, and contains around 300% the protein of fresh chicken.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a gluten free source of carbohydrates, and are naturally rich in potassium, B Vitamins, dietary fiber, and beta carotene..

The fifth ingredient is chickpeas. Chickpeas, or Garbanzo Beans, are part of the fiber-rich legume family of vegetables, like peas and lentils. These beans also are a good source for lecithin, pottassium, and Vitamins A, B, and C.

Other ingredients of note in Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements with Fresh Lamb

Menhaden fish meal: Menhaden are small ocean fish, most closely related to the herring. This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Since this is a meat concentrate, it contains 3 to 4 times the protein of manhaden alone.

Chelated minerals: Chelated minerals are those minerals that are chemically attached to protein, which makes them about 20% more readily absorbed. Chelated minerals are typically associated with higher quality dog foods.

Fermentation products: Fermentation products contain probiotics which will grow in the dogs digestive tract and assist in the digestion process.

So is it a good dog food?

Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements with Fresh Lamb, judging by its ingredients, is an above average dry dog food. It contains three sources of meat protein in the top five ingredients.

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 36% protein and 20% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 36% and a fat to protein ratio of 56%.

This shows Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements with Fresh Lamb contains above average protein, above average fat, and below average carbohydrate content.

Overall, Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements with Fresh Lamb received a rating of four and a half stars, and is highly recommended for your dog.

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