Experts say Canidae All Life Stages formulas are among the better moderately priced canned dog foods. Canidae can be fed as the sole food, though the manufacturer recommends a mix of 25 percent canned and 75 percent dry "to achieve a balanced diet and maintain firm stools." It's a bit more expensive than most supermarket foods -- and a bit harder to find -- but the ingredient list is far superior. Chicken, chicken broth, lamb, chicken liver and ocean whitefish are the top ingredients, and carbohydrates come from high-quality sources such as brown rice.
Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages uses high-quality ingredients, and there are no cheap fillers, byproducts or chemical preservatives. Meats are processed in a "human grade" facility, and ingredients are U.S. sourced and tested. The food meets Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards for nutrition.
Canidae All Life Stages is notably less expensive than some premium dog foods such as Newman's Own Organics Organic Beef & Liver (Est. $2.50 for a 12-oz. can),but such foods have a higher meat content and no grains. Costco members might also want to consider Kirkland Cuts in Gravy with Beef and Vegetables. This inexpensive dog food has a surprisingly high-quality ingredient list. Expert feedback is unfortunately very limited, but what is available is highly positive.
We did find a bit more feedback for Canidae All Life Stages dog food, on the other hand, but some is more helpful than others. DogFoodAdvisor.com has the most detailed discussion, though it centers on another variety from the company. DogFoodAnalysis.com rates Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages but it provides no comments and the report is now rather old. Mary Straus includes Canidae on her list of better dog foods at DogAware.com. A handful of user comments can be found at the Only Natural Pet Store website.
Mike Sagman awards Canidae dog foods a 4-star rating (out of 5), but his evaluation is based on a different formulation. He appreciates that the company uses high-quality ingredients and provides chelated minerals, which are easier for dogs to digest. No undesirable or questionable ingredients are used, leading Sagman to highly recommend Canidae canned dog foods.
Review: Canidae Dog Food (Canned), Mike Sagman, May 8, 2012
Dog foods aren't tested, but they are evaluated according to contents listed on the label and rated from 1 to 6 stars. Although the site includes reviews with many of its ratings of dry dog foods, canned dog foods are rated without comment. Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages dog food receives a 4-star rating, better than most canned foods in its price class. However, the review has grown rather old.
Review: Canidae Chicken, Lamb & Fish, Editors of DogFoodAnalysis.com, April 21, 2006
Dog foods aren't tested, but they are evaluated according to contents listed on the label and rated from 1 to 6 stars. Although the site includes reviews with many of its ratings of dry dog foods, canned dog foods are rated without comment. Canidae Chicken Lamb and Fish All Life Stages dog food receives a 4-star rating, better than most canned foods in its price class. However, the review has grown rather old.
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, Aug. 14, 2011
4. Only Natural Pet Store
About a dozen owners weigh in on Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages formula, and nearly all are completely pleased. One owner does complain of loose stools until another food was mixed in but reports that his dog loved the food.
Review: Canidae Canned Dog Food, Contributors to Only Natural Pet Store