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Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations Dry Puppy Formula
four and a half stars

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From the Canidae Website:

Pure Ingredients, Real Nutrition

  • Fresh Chicken is the #1 ingredient
  • Whole foods including lentils and peas
  • 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 9 key ingredients; ideal for sensitive dogs
  • Made in the U.S.A.
Chicken, menhaden fish meal, lentils, peas, potatoes, dried whole egg, chicken fat, suncured alfalfa, flaxseed, 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), salt, 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.) 30.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 12.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) (min.) 3.00%
Vitamin E (min.) 50.00 IU/kg
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)** (min.) 0.70%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)** (min.) 0.12%
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

Chicken is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more chicken than any other ingredient. Chicken contains a lot of water (between 80 and 90%), which is lost during the cooking process, so after processing this chicken may actually represent a smaller part of the total content. Chicken is a good protein source, as well as containing Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Niacin, and Selenium. Chicken also contains fatty acids

The next ingredient is 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.

The third ingredient is lentils. Lentils are part of the legume family, and are a good carbohydrate source. They are also rich in natural fibers.

The fourth ingredient is peas. Peas provide a good supply of protein and dietary fiber. They also are a natural source for vitamins C and K. However, some dogs experience problems digesting peas because of the fibrous cellulose contained in the peas..

The fifth ingredient is potatoes. Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and manganese.

Other ingredients of note in Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations Dry Puppy Formula

Whole egg: Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. the shell from the whole egg is a great source of calcium to promote bone health.

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 Foundations Dry Puppy Formula, judging by its ingredients, is an above average dry dog food. It contains two 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 33% protein and 13% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 46% and a fat to protein ratio of 39%.

This shows Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations Dry Puppy Formula contains above average protein, below average fat, and near average carbohydrate content.

Overall, Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations Dry Puppy Formula received a rating of four stars, and is highly recommended for your dog.

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