April 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm 2 comments

I love Canidae.  I’ve been recommending it for years, not only for price, but for a high quality kibble, you can’t beat the value.  Chelated minerals, essential fatty acids, and probiotics/digestive enzymes augment the high quality base diet.  I still ask them how they can afford to make such a good food and keep prices reasonable, they still say it’s because they put the money into the ingredients rather than marketing.  The results are their best marketing anyway, and consistently we’ve found the results to be great.  Shinier, softer coat; clear ears; no digestion problems. It’s not appropriate for every dog (the original formula has turkey, chicken, lamb and fish…4 proteins makes it an unlikely choice for sensitive dogs).  Their grain-free formulas are too new for comment, but I’m optimistic.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always recommend raw or homemade first, then canned, then kibble; but in the world of highly processed kibble, this is one that agrees with dogs very well, and at a price that attracts customers who are just starting to read pet food labels for the first time.  And yes, I would rather see ‘lamb’ over ‘lamb meal’ as the protein source, but again, given the performance and value, I recommend Canidae as one of the foods in your dog’s rotation.

Felidae gets high marks for palatability too, but really that’s mostly for their dry.  The wet hasn’t been consistently the most popular with cats, at least in our store.  Must be the rice.  And dry is in my opinion not a good idea for cats. Too much grain, which contributes to unhealthy urine PH and urinary crystals.  It’s also too dry, which means over time it seems to put too much stress on the kidneys.  Kidney disease is the most common cat killer, and it’s irreversible once cats are showing the signs.  How many cat owners have you heard talk about having to give their geriatric cat subcutaneous fluids?  It’s getting really common.  Pretty soon there’ll probably be an OTC product for doing it yourself. Dry all by itself isn’t the best thing for your cat.  If you have to feed dry cat food, go at least go 50% wet, and if you can turn your cat on to raw turkey necks, fantastic.   

We’re featuring Canidae and Felidae throughout April at 10% off, but you have to mention it at checkout to get the Secret Sale.  Let us know what you think.


Entry filed under: animal health, cat food, dog food, holistic pet care, new inventory, pet food allergies, pet foods.

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  • 1. Kim  |  April 2, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Just curious, but are you going to start carrying the Canidae grain free foods? All my dogs are on grain-free and would love to have another option for their rotation.

  • 2. kathy  |  April 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Yes, we have brought in the grain-free formulas. I’m looking forward to getting feedback on them. I haven’t had a chance to compare prices with other grain-free yet, but I’m anticipating Canidae’s grain-free formulas will be a good value. Thanks for your comment!

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