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Canidae Grain Free Pure Sky with Fresh Duck
four and a half stars

To get more information on Canidae dog food, the company, and recall history, go to the Canidae Dog Food Review page. Or, to read reviews of other dry dog foods, find it at the Dry Dog Food Review page.

From the Canidae Website:

Pure Ingredients, Real Nutrition

  • Fresh Duck is the #1 ingredient
  • Whole foods including sweet potatoes 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 8 key ingredients; ideal for sensitive dogs
  • Made in the U.S.A.
Duck, duck meal, turkey meal, sweet potatoes, peas, chicken fat, 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.) 16.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) (min.) 3.50%
Vitamin E (min.) 50.00 IU/kg
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)** (min.) 0.35%
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

Duck is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more duck than any other ingredient. Although duck is a quality dog food ingredient, raw duck is 80% moisture. After it is cooked while making the dog food, most of that moisture is lost, leaving just a small part of the meat content.

The final contribution after cooking the duck will be smaller than indicated on the ingredient list.

The next ingredient is duck meal. Duck meal is concentrated duck meat, and contains up to four times the protein of duck.

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

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 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.

Other ingredients of note in Canidae Grain Free Pure Sky with Fresh Duck

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 Sky with Fresh Duck, 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 18% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 38% and a fat to protein ratio of 50%.

This shows Canidae Grain Free Pure Sky with Fresh Duck contains above average protein, near average fat, and below average carbohydrate content.

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

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