Canidae Maintenance Formula for All Life Stages Dry Dog Food
Canidae Maintenance Formula for All Life Stages Dry Dog Food

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Canidae All Life Stages Formula Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, and Fish Meals are all natural dog food formula made with four human grade meat meals. Dogs love the taste of Canidae All Life Stages Formula Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, and Fish Meals. It is made with whole grain brown rice and diversified carbohydrates provide more wholesome nutrition and increased energy levels.

  • 35-lb bag

Customer Reviews:

  • The best food and can save money!
    I have 2 jack russells and a Papillon. As many people know Jacks are an extemely active breed and keeping weight on them can be a problem. We were feeding Flint River, a very high quality food, both of my jacks were getting 2 cups a day just to maintain a slightly below average weight. My papillon was at the proper weight but still getting 1.5 cups of flint river a day. We decided to switch foods and after much debate we chose canidae. During the time it took to slowly switch foods(14 days) my jacks had already gained weight and were looking much better. After 3 weeks we had to reduce their food becuase they were getting fat! now my jacks eat 1/2 a cup twice daily and they have never looked better. My papillon eats 1/4 cup AM and 1/2 cup PM. Just the reduction in food alone has saved so much money. Because we are feeding less there is less poop to clean up. I really cannot say enough about this food its has made my dogs more balanced mentally and physically. ...more info
  • How much for shipping???
    This food is great. My German Shepherd does well on only 2 cups a day of the all stages formula.

    I've had a hard time finding it in my area as this is a smaller town. I am excited to see it available here but no where can I find out how much it costs to ship a 40lb bag?

    Amazon doesn't seem to have a "contact-us" option either, so until I can find out how much they charge for a 40 pound bag I'll just have to do without.

    If anyone can tell me what the shipping was on their bag I'd love to know.


    Birdy......more info
  • Canidae is great.
    I had read a lot about the health benefits of using Canidae for my dogs. I think I have seen evidence of healthier skin in my dog with skin issues....more info
    If I could give this product no stars I would. We have been giving this dog food to our dogs for years. But for the past month or so when the formula was changed and put on the shelf our dog has been having an allergic reaction to something. At first we thought it was just allergies as dogs like humans, change as they get older. As he was the only one to have problems. We tried cleaning our patio on a daily basis. Bought new food and water bowls to stainless steel. Wash the water bowl as much as possible.

    We even took him to the vet NUMEROUS times. Our vet, which has been practicing for over 25 years and is the best in our area was puzzled when nothing worked. Our dog started to lose his fur, has odd looking spots all over, under his chin he has open sores that do not go away no matter how much we wash and put medicine on it, and he's consistently scraching and making it worse. In between his toes it's red and inflamed, in his ears are a bright red color like a rash. Lastly, he hasn't been eating as much and has been having diarreah. A week later our other dog broke out in hives and had to be rushed to the emergency room. They gave her shots and they slowly went away. But now she is starting to experience the same problems as our other dog.

    The last time we went down to the pet store to pick up his food we over heard other customers yelling about the food making their dog sick. We heard all of the same symptoms as I just described above and the shop owner didn't know why and has taken the food off of the shelf, and had given them a refund. We decided to not buy any more canidae but to go online and do some research.

    We have found out that Canidae has changed their formula and has added many new ingredients. All of which are grains such as millet, that MOST dogs are allergic to. We have found other forums of people describing the same issues that they're having with their dogs just like we are. When we called customer service they did nothing and blamed us for our dogs reaction to the food. When I asked how is it our fault for your inadequte labeling on the bag in which the food is in when we buy it? And how is it our fault when we've been using your dog food for the last 7 years? There was no response, the "customer service representative" if you can call her that, simply said "if you don't like it then don't buy it." And then she hung up on me.

    The bag never changed it's appearance nor did they add any "stickers" to indicate a change in their formula. If there had been I would have checked to make sure that what they changed it to wouldn't affect my dogs, or at the very lest I would have known what signs to watch for and change this terrible food to something different if they had a reaction as they did. I feel this horrible company should have to pay for my vet bills as they did not inform us the consumers of their changes. I understand I choose to have pets, and purchase their foods, but I did not choose to change a formula that was fine just the way it was. Could the reason for changing the formula was to make it cheaper for them to produce?? How about just increasing the price of the dog food if that was the case, because I would have kept purchasing it. Should they see the light and go back to their old formula my family will never purchase it again just like the many others that I'm sure will not.

    I have now chosen a food for them that is GRAIN FREE and they are now starting to chow down like they once did. We will have a long recovery road ahead for our male dog as his coat and face has it the worst. My hope is that anyone looking to buy this food find out about what the formula has done to others animals like mine before they buy it.
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  • Oh thank God!
    My dog was sick for 2 months and lost 20% of her body weight. Her coat was falling out in clumps and she was still barely eating, eventhough the vet couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. We switched her to Canidae based on a friend's recommendation. She has gained half her weight back in 2 weeks and her coat is improving, as is her energy levels.
    For a siberian husky, this food can't be beat!...more info
  • Did not impress our 3 dogs
    We bought a small bag of Canidae to give it a try, as we are always trying new foods for our 3 dogs. I normally serve 2 kinds of food for dinner and whenever we put Canidae in the dish, the dogs would always eat the other food first. I'm glad I only bought a small bag. For the price, the food should be more appealing. But our dogs just didn't like it and we were glad when it was all gone. I will never buy again!...more info
  • Used once and switched
    I have a new Akita puppy, and bought the Canidae ALS for him since I couldn't get the breeders type of food in my area. After transitioning him to the Canidae, his stools were loose and yellow. I looked on-line, and saw that Canidae switched their formula, and my puppy's symptoms were mild compared to some I read about. I immediately switched my puppy to Wellness Puppy, and everything has been coming out fine since....more info
  • Very impressed
    Although I have not bought canidae through Amazon (there is a local store near me that carries the life all stages 40LB bag for $35) I just wanted to write in and remark how impressed I am with this food. I have an almost 2 year old chocalate lab. When i got him from the breeder at 9 weeks he was on Eukanuba, which he stayed on with me at 1st. After talking to a friend who breeds world class vizlas, she told me how she feeds them Canidae and how wonderful it is. I switched over to Canidae then thank god and ever since. My chocalate lab people actually think is a black lab. He is the darkest chocolate lab u have ever seen, his coat is so beautiful and glossy, when he was on the eukanuba it was light brown and discolored. Coats can be a huge problem with choc labs, but canidae has solved that problem. With all the problems with menu foods that include so called good foods like eukanuba, science diet, iams, etc, it is a relief i can trust canidae and not be worried about all that. Very impressed overall........more info
  • Excellent product
    Our 2 Vizslas have done very well with this food since we switched from Foster Smith food last year.
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  • Why mess with success?
    My 20-month-old Toy Fox Terrier mix has been eating Canidae since I adopted her and changed her over from Science Diet, so I don't have an amazing transformation story.

    1. She's only been sick twice to speak of. No unexpected need to go outside NOW or accidents in the house because of illness. What comes out of her is as predictable as the sunrise, albeit somewhat less pleasant overall.

    2. This 12-pound, high-energy dog eats just under 1 cup a day. A 40-pound bag lasts me about 6 MONTHS, which calculates as less than $7/month for food. Canidae may cost more than better-known brands, but it's a bargain for the improved nutrition and related benefits (see 1 and 3).

    3. It never occurred to me that it could be because of her food, but it's true she has basically no smell, as others have mentioned. She's in every way glossy, happy, clean, and puppy-like....more info
  • Excellent, AMERICAN MADE, nothing imported
    I work for a veterinary hospital, and after the big food scare I found myself calling around to different food companies to see who made an AMERICAN product. And by American, I didn't mean imported products thrown into a food assembled in the United States so it could be called "made here." I wanted meat grown here, veggies grown here, and no imports. FOUND IT.
    This dog food was recommended to me by a bloodhound breeder. Bloodhounds are known to have gunky skin (must be all the wrinkles) and they are prone to eye infections, allergies, bloat, and numerous other conditions. Well, most bloodhounds. Not her dogs. Her dogs have healthy glowing coats, shiney eyes, and just bring her lots of ribbons in the show ring.
    My dogs are couch potatoes, but I feel better feeding them something good for them. At first I was worried the smaller bite size might interfere with good tartar control, but now months on this food NO TARTAR. At all, and my one dog had had a tartar control problem for a long time. His doggy breath has never been better. If I could give this food 10 stars, I would. I'd recommend this food for toy breeds as well as giant breeds.
    It used to be when I opened a bag of food I'd keep my nose away because the dog food was stinky. Not this food, now, I'm not saying I want a mouthful, but it is NOT stinky like some dog foods. You can actually smell the herbs they use.
    This product is on my wish list at Amazon. Anyone who wants to get me a good gift, get me a bag. It is definately a gift I'll use!
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  • Lots of dogs getting sick from this product (including mine)
    Be sure to do your homework re: this product before purchasing. I have three dogs, and they were all getting sick once Canidae changed their "formula" late summer to early fall. Once I googled the product and read the many complaints, all with dogs with the same symptoms, I immediately took my dogs off of the food, and they've been healthy again since. I'll never trust this product again, and had been a loyal customer for 3+ years....more info
  • Another bad reaction. Why risk it?
    We adopted Penelope, a 6 mo. old min pin hound mix, a couple weeks ago. We decided to switch her from Purina Pro Plan w/ Shredded Chicken to a premium food. After reading many conflicting reviews on this site and elsewhere, we decided to try Canidae. My sister feeds Canidae with great results and, at our local pet store, it is the cheapest of the premium foods by a narrow margin.

    We mixed only a little Canidae into Penny's kibble. My guess is about 6-8 pieces or 1/12 of her total breakfast/dinner. We watched her very closely. Within a day, we noticed some changes. First of all, she lost a little focus in training, seeming a bit more confused than usual. No biggie. She also sneezed a few times (she has never sneezed before). More importantly, though, we noticed that she started to nibble and chew on her feet. This continued sporadically for another day and half. It wasn't constant or serious. She didn't seem agitated and she didn't bite her feet to the point of redness or bleeding. Still, it was VERY clear that this was caused by the change in diet (nothing else in her routine changed) and this was only with 12-16 pieces of Canidae per day. Having read the reviews of Canidae's new formula, we had known that this might happen. We made the decision to switch right away.

    After a lot of research, we decided to try Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken for Puppies. We mixed in the Solid Gold at the same proportions as the Canidae. The nibbling stopped immediately. No sneezing, either. Her focus seems to have improved as well, though I can't completely credit that to the food because puppies have on and off days. Still, it is clear that the more serious allergy problems have been resolved.

    If you've done any research on dog foods at all, you already know that finding the right food requires you to go beyond the ingredient list. Some foods just don't work with some dogs, however good they look on paper. Indeed, I am convinced after many hours of reading reviews that NO food works for ALL dogs. That said, it is clear that many, many more people have had problems with the new Canidae formula than they have with other premium or super-premium brands. Who knows why (Canidae claims the new formula has no changes that could account for allergies), and who cares? Feel free to try Canidae for your dog, but watch him or her very closely. Or, better yet, do what I wish I did, and just start with a different brand. There is nothing special about the Canidae ingredients list, so why risk it?
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  • Ok Food
    I have used this food for 3 months, and at first I thought it was great. But have since taken all my dogs off of it. Their coats are dry and have bad hair loss. Some dogs it is hard to keep weight on them with this food....more info
  • Company sold out. No different from regular grocery dog food.
    I was a huge fan of canidae, but beginning about a month ago, the company changed the formula to cheaper raw materials, smaller bags, and worst of all outsourced manufacturing to Diamond pet foods (yes, the same company linked to multiple recalls in the past). Please do a search on google/ I will not be giving my dog this brand anymore. It's the same mass produced garbage as is iams, eureka, etc....more info
  • I will never use anythign else for my pets . . .
    This food is amazing. When I got my dog she was being fed Canidae. I saw how clean her coat was and how healthy she looked. So I went and got the cat version. My big cat has lost weight and looks the best he has in years. My little kitten is as healthy as can be. She is now gaining good amounts of weight, but not getting plump. It is not like other cat foods that are like McDonalds for pets. No sudden highs and lows after eating. I thought pet food was just pet food, but I will never change this food for my pets. It is so amazing!!! Give it a few weeks and you will see the same....more info
  • After feeding for 5 years, we're done
    We fed Canidae to our two dogs for almost 5 years--they always ate it eagerly, never had stomach upset, and got raves from the vet for their muscle, weight, and coats. It *was* a 5-star food. But last summer we opened a fresh bag of kibble (same exact packaging bought from our usual store) and immediately noticed it was much lighter in color than previous bags, but we fed it anyway. Within a day our Aussie, who has a bulletproof stomach with absolutely no digestive issues, began to have horrible gas, softer stools, and really loud, liquidy gurgling noises in his abdomen. We continued to feed the entire bag, thinking that he'd adjust to it eventually because our other dog was fine. Well, our Aussie never did adjust to it; he spent a month having those symptoms, and we dreaded mealtimes because of the stench and sounds he'd create.

    The kibble in the next bag we bought was the old normal shade of brown, and our Aussie's stomach noises, soft stools, and awful gas went away practically overnight. But by then I was hearing and reading that Canidae had developed a new formula that was making dogs sick. The stories about people whose dogs got *far* sicker than ours, and the dodgy responses that those long-time customers got from Canidae when they called to complain about the unannounced change, made us decide it was time for a new dog food. We went with Healthwise, a premium kibble made by the same company that makes Innova, California Natural, and Evo. It's not worth it to continue to be loyal to Canidae and to risk our dogs perhaps getting as sick as many others have. Read Canidae's new formula horror stories at ...more info
  • Feeding it in my boarding kennel....excellent investment
    Although I do not buy Canidae through Amazon, I wanted to rave about it's quality. I am a dealer and own and operate a pet boarding facility. I switch dogs everyday to Canidae without mixing diets due to the nature of the business and it saves me tons in labor. The dogs not only gobble it up - they do not get upset tummies. I have been feeding my pack of competitive working dogs (Border Collies and Australian Shepherds) for 6 years and about 30 boarding dogs per day and I have not found anything even close to the quality and value of Canidae. Many kennels try to cut corners on feed but I believe paying a little more for Canidae has made money. The dogs feel great, the kennels stay clean, and the owners have peace of mind. (Less poop to scoop is a big deal around here) I am a strong supporter of any feed company that puts together an all natural - excellent ingredient product and have tried many, but I'm completely sold on Canidae. ...more info
  • Great dog food.
    Switched to Canidae from ScienceDiet after reading about dog foods on the internet. I haven't noticed any major differences in the dogs habits or frequencies, other than her eating habits. Before, she acted very finicky and sometimes would take all day to finish one bowl of food. Now, she eats the whole helping in less than 30 seconds. She really seems to like this food. I will be sticking to this brand it looks like....more info
  • Canidae and Felidae
    Pretty scary reading some of these reviews. I learned about the switch to new formulas from Canidae quite a while back but stuck with it. I have a German Shepard and a cat and both went through the switch just fine. What baffles me is how there can be so many great experiences listed here and then see those bad ones. I wonder if some of these innocent little dogs didn't have something else going on instead of getting bad food. Maybe it just doesn't work the same for everyone's dog. Anyway, my kids are very active for their age and doing great on Canidae and Felidae. It seems to be the best combination of high-quality ingredients and reasonable price out there. I'm a big fan and receommend both to anyone. In fact, my cat loves the new formula even more than the old. She's getting a little fat. :-)...more info
  • Good, healthy dog food
    I had fed my dogs Science Diet and Iams for years, but I grew concerned after all the recalls of tainted food. I did some research and found Canidae, which only uses high-quality ingredients from the U.S.A. My dogs like it just as much as Iams and Science Diet and I feel great because they're eating healthier food. ...more info
  • A great quality food at a great price!
    My dogs are in love with Canidae Maintenance Formula for All Life Stages, and so am I. Just look at the ingredient list and it's easy to see why. You'll find lots of chicken, turkey, lamb, rice, and all sorts of other good stuff. Unlike a lot of subpar dog foods, there is no corn! Plus, my dogs love its taste, and it's a great value for the quality of this food. I'd recommend it to any dog owner. ...more info
  • still a wonderful food
    My dogs started on Canidae 3 years ago. All of them had a dramatic change in energy and coat. They have done wonderfully on the food since. There has been a lot of negative attention recently with the formula change but I have yet to have any trouble with my 4 on the new formula. They continue to eat it and do well. They had no stool problems, itchiness, vomiting that others have suggested. I am still quite pleased with Canidae and will continue to use it for all of my dogs. ...more info
  • canidae dog food
    This is the best dog food I ever had
    I just adopted a Rottweiler Mamma Mia from the local pound and she wasn't in good shape
    her coat was thin and so was she
    her backbones and hip bones stuck out and she had dander
    now after a month she has a thick coat, no dander and has gained about 8 lb
    she's eating 3 cups a day
    this is great stuff and she loves it...more info
  • Beware the new formula!!!!
    I have been an avid Canidae supporter for about a year and a half. My breeder recommended it and I was VERY impressed with how my dog responded. However, a few months back they changed their formula, (they also lessened the bags from 40 to 35lbs AND raised the price!!!!) and it is terrible!!!! I went through 2 bags and couldn't understand why my dog was consistently producing loose stools, when she never had before. Randomly, I found 1 bag of the old formula left at my local dealer so I bought it. Immediately her stools firmed up. Now I am again on a bag of the new formula, and again my dog is sick. I am done, I will no longer support Canidae. Do not buy it! Do your research, at this kind of money there are A LOT of better dog foods out there. ...more info
  • Good food for our dogs
    I see a lot of negative comments from other reviews but when I look at the ingredients, the cost, and the value, this is the best food I have found. We have two dogs and this food does them well. I gradually switched over from Blue Buffalo who raised their prices. The Canidae is a better product in my opinion anyway. I asked the pet supply store owner, and she said in her years despite the negative reviews, there maybe 2-3 bags have ever been returned in her store. I'm happy with the product and price, and the dogs like it too....more info
  • Was great, but formula changed!
    My dog was on Canidae for almost 2 years and she loved it. She was healthy with a full, shiny coat and plenty of energy. Then suddenly around December she started vomiting and having loose yellow stools, and became very lethargic. We took her to 2 vets and after several hundred dollars in tests they couldn't find anything wrong with her.

    I did some research and found that there were numerous people having the exact same problems I was! It turns out, they recently changed their formula, changed manufacturers, and decreased the amount of food in their package. Do some research, it's not the same high-quality food it used to be!...more info
  • now i know whats wrong with my dog
    i have just brought one small package of Canidea from my oversea agent 2weeks ago, before my puppy only tried a french brand. First i was just mixed them together and seems ok, but then the old finished there is something weird happened to her, she started eating the stools??!! >:( yes and also vomited white yellowish foam and coughing after totally swished into this brand, even sent her to vet checking blood, taking pills and medical treat which i was thinking she might catch cold. anyway only feel lucky is vet cost much cheaper here...
    then now she refuse to eat it or only a little if really hungry. most of time she'd rather biting a bone, glad saw the comments here, i will change it to other brand asap :)...more info
  • Excellent quality food at an excellent price.
    Canidae is an excellent food that is meat based and is great for people who are looking for a top quality dog food, but don't want to break the bank. I know a lot of people who can not afford dog food that is extremely expensive, and yet they don't want to feed cheap fillers or grain based foods. If you are a person on a tight budget Canidae is worth a try. You will notice a big difference in energy as well as skin and coat. A lot of senior dogs switch to the ALS formula and have more zoomies and more energy than on other lower quality diets. Canidae is worth every penny. ...more info
  • New formula nothing like old!
    We switched to Canidae ALS after the tainted food scare. We were very happy with our choice and I recommended this food to many people. Then they changed the formula. They made this major change without so much as a sticker slapped on the bag notifying their customers. The change sent my dog into a tail spin. Severe vomiting, diarrhea, hot spots and itching were the main symptoms. And since she had always done so well in Canidae, I never dreamed it was the food. After weeks of worry and meds and messes to clean plus prednisone for the scary hot spot (my vet shrieked when she saw it!) I started researching and a food change was the only thing that stopped the problems. She lost 5 lbs. in a very short amount of time. Canidae's customer service rep. blamed me for not transitioning properly! Talk about adding insult to injury! Not a good food for us and not a good company to deal with. Wish I could give ZERO stars. ...more info
  • Long Time Loyal Customer NO Longer!
    I have ONLY fed my 3 dogs Canidae since 2002. Until 3 days ago we have HAD no problems at all, and I had highly recommended the food to everyone who would listen. That is NO longer the case.

    Recently, Canidae decided to change the formula, and without any notice being placed on the bag. Two weeks into the first, and LAST bag of Canidae I will every buy, one of my dogs began chewing his feet. Prior to 3 days ago, he had never had a "hot spot" or anything close to it.... And now I cannot get him to stop chewing his red, soaking wet paws. One expensive vet bill later, the vet said it is an "allergic reaction." Allergies??!! I do not want my dogs to be miserable with allergies!!

    Besides the constant chewing, not one of my dogs has had a firm stool since their first meal with the new formula. One of my dogs is prone to anal glad issues, and so it is critical that she have a firm stool.

    In addition to my issues, my breeder, who recommended the food to me, and who has been feeding her dogs Canidae for much longer than I, has taken her dogs off the food. Why? Her dogs became violently ill, vomiting non-stop, itching, acting lethargic. She has contacted the MANY, MANY people she knows who use Canidae, and they have all had issues, many have taken their dogs to the vet, and have all now switched to a different food... not made by Canidae.

    It's too bad they chose to make this change; they have lost countless loyal customers over trying to save money on rice. I can't imagine they will be in business much longer.

    ******** UPDATED 10/2/08 : I've moved all my dogs to California Natural. My breeder has also switched her dogs to California Natural. So far everyone is doing great... after the Canidae got out of their systems.
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  • Very good ingredient list with extras.
    I have a Goldendoodle and felt he was a little on the thin side, so I started researching dog foods. I found that what he was on, was not really good for him. The second ingredient was ground corn and I found out that shouldn't be in the dog food at all. It's all filler, non-digestible...filler in, filler out. Through this surfing and sifting of information, what was good, explanation of terms, and eager for any information I could get and then pursue, I ended with Canidae All Life Stages Dry. There were others under consideration, but considering cost, balanced with good nutrition, supplements included in the food, and availability, I opted for Canidae.

    Of the top five ingredients, before the fat (in this case chicken fat), three are animal protein meal, Chicken, Turkey and Lamb meals. The other two ingredients are Brown and White rice, good easily digestible grains. My understanding is dog food is weighted and the ingredients listed based on that weight prior to them being reduced in the cooking process. Meaning when your ingredient list - lists chicken first, that is precooked weight. After cooking the water and some of the nutrients and calories are lost in the process and if the same ingredients were measured for listing after cooking, the ingredient list would not come out looking as good. Chicken might not be as high in the list. If a 'chicken meal' is listed, they start with the same grade of chicken, generally speaking, however meal is weighted and listed after it has been cooked down. This is the same for any 'meal' protein. A 'meal' protein is just the protein you end up with after it is cooked down, the water cooked out of it. So a 'meal' protein in the ingredient list is a good grade meat protein, which won't be reduced by the processing of the ingredients together. Five lbs. of chicken, may end up to be 4lbs, however 5lbs of 'chicken meal', stays 5lbs.(this is made up example for clarity, not based on any math or science). The ingredients go on to list additional herring meal, vitamins, probiotics (for good intestinal health), natural preservatives and supplements like amino acids and calcium to name a couple.

    Beforehand, Riley was less than excited about meal time. He would pick at it almost from the beginning, walk away, come back - a little more eating and allot of drinking. Now, he eats it.

    A big benefit and another part of the reason for a search, is the reduction in feces. He was going 6 or 7 times a day and no small amount. We are down to two - four times/day so far. Improvement in condition of feces also. Firmer, more normal coloring, less of it. It seems like his body is getting more out of his food.

    He seems to have an improved activity level. His playfulness is increased, but not hyper by any means. Just healthier? perhaps. Calms right down on command, even around the other dogs.

    So far so good for this change. I have read that poor results can happen after weeks or months of a change, but so far so good. He doesn't shed, so I'm watching carefully for any new hair loss. I won't wait it if occurs, I will take him off. I certainly would say, conditionally, this is turning out to be a good food for my dog and would suggest it to others looking for a quality food.

    ** It's been about 2 months now on Canidae. Riley is still looking good. No sudden hair loss, healthy, energetic, eating as I type...Still happy with this decision, and am still using it....more info
  • The best product for the price
    After reading the book "Deadly Feasts" I was horrified to learn what kinds of items may end up in my dogs' food! I started researching different dog foods and consistently received the same brand recommendations: Innova, Canidae, Wellness, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul...etc. I initially settled on Canidae, but also tried Wellness on a recommendation. The Wellness produced loose stools in two of my foster poodles, so I no longer use that brand. The Canidae, however, is perfect for my multi dog household, which often includes dogs ranging from puppyhood to senior status. The ingredients are phenomenal and, as all reviewers have said, the food contains no corn, wheat or soy, all common allergens in dogs. Although I also use and would recommend Innova Evo dry dog food, Canidae costs $35 for 40 pounds and Innova costs about $50 for a 28 pound bag. So, if you are budgeting a bit but would still like to give your dog the best, Canidae is great. After switching my dogs to Canidae, I noticed several things. First, my labrador retriever's coat sheen increased to the point of nearly blinding me in the sunglight; second, he lost about 10 pounds and developed greater muscle tone (although he was always fed recommended portions of commercial foods); third, my shedding dogs shed a lot less than in the past; and fourth, bad doggy breath is greatly reduced. I see no excuse not to switch your dog from a commercial food to Canidae or another super premium brand - it costs no more than a fancy bag of Iams or Science Diet, but can add quality years to your pets' lives! If you own a dog prone to allergies, such as a poodle, this food can't be beat. I had a family adopt a 5-pound malipoo from me and they emailed me to say they cannot feed him anything other than Canidae or he develops loose stools and needs to be taken out to the bathroom contantly. For your dog's sake switch their food; you can do a lot better than chain-store foods!...more info
  • My Black Labrador throws up the new formula of Canidae All Life Stages Dry Dog Food
    My Black Lab has been eating Canidae All Life Stages dry dog food since we switched her from puppy food to Canidae in early 2006. Our breeder recommended this dog food. She did well on the old formula, except for what we THOUGHT were seasonal hot spots where she would chew the hair off of the insides of her legs and also her behind.

    Since purchasing my latest bag about three weeks ago she has been throwing up, having frequent burping which smells of vomit, having horribly smelly flatulance, and I had to clean my carpet from a poop accident two days ago.

    I was initially just upset to find that my latest bag had been down-sized from 40 lbs. to 35 lb. I sent an e-mail telling them that I would rather pay more for something than have it down-sized. Their response was :

    "Our economy and industry is faced with challenging times, commodities and energy cost are at an all time high and continue to sky rocket."

    They ended their response with this condescending comment :

    "We have also had a lot of positive feedback from our women shoppers who love the new sizes as they can handle them much better when unloading them from their car."

    After talking with my dog's breeder, I discovered that the formula had been changed and that her dogs and many other breeders' dogs had been having problems with the new formula. The "Canidae Team" didn't mention the formula change when I asked them about the down-sizing. That would have been nice.

    So, I started searching the internet and found more horror stories of dogs becoming sick with the new formula. Plus, many dog owners were upset that Canidae did not make much of an effort to inform their customers of the new formula change.

    I sent another e-mail to Canidae regarding the formula change, their lack of informing their customers about it, and how my dog has been reacting to it. They didn't address my comments about how it was making my dog and others sick, they just stated that they did their best to post their changes on the internet. From what I have been reading in posts, that is not the case. I also found out through forum postings on the internet that Canidae is now in partnership with Diamond Pet Foods. Diamond was involved in the dog food recalls where dogs were dying from the tainted food. Maybe since the recall and deaths, Diamond has cleaned up their act and has more stringent guidelines and inspections but who wants to take that chance when it comes to our beloved dogs?

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  • Always great
    My dogs just love this food. The service is always fast and reliable.
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  • By far the very best food
    I started feeding my dogs Canidae All Life Stages Dry Dog Food almost 5 years ago. Prior to that I used NutroMax. Wow, what an amazing food. My german shepherd and 2 golden retrievers have the most incredible coats. Their poops are firm (and easy to pick up) and nearly odorless. No allergies either, unlike most of my friends whose poor dogs suffer from all kind of food or skin problems. I've convinced one person to change to Canidae and she too is very happy with how well her golden is doing on it. I buy it locally as I go thru 40 pounds every 3 weeks (feeding 3 large dogs). I highly recommend this food, could not be happier....more info
  • Excellent food!
    This has proven to be an excellent food for our 10-year-old bulldog. She no longer has tear stains, and her coat is luxurious. She actually eats less, because this food is so nourishing. Heartily recommended!...more info
  • Fantastic value
    My dogs enjoy this food and seem lively and excited to eat it. Very happy also that it's not made by Menu Foods - peace of mind factor is high. Great product!...more info
  • Formula changes causing upset
    I have a rescued greyhound and he was doing great on Canidae until we got our last order just last month. Now he's a mess digestively. I'm on an email discussion group for greyhounds and have seen lots of complaints as well as confirmation that the formula has changed. Definitely not working for my dog anymore. Also be aware that these used to be 40 lb. bags for the same price they now sell a 35 lb. bag for. I know everyone's hurting financially, but I think in this case the dogs got sold down the river for a few bucks. Disappointing....more info
  • Canidae Dog Food
    This is one of the best dog foods on the market. It saved me quite a bit of money to order it directly through Amazon rather than try to find it locally....more info
  • Canidae Lost Another Loyal Customer!
    Canidae was the best food for my lab for the last 5 years until they changed the formula in June. OMG...what a disaster from the very first bowl with the new formula(which I did mix with some of the old stuff to transition him). I'm so disappointed...and no notice on the bag about the new formulation???? The old stuff worked GREAT, but I'm sure to save a few bucks, they've changed to cheaper ingredients. Well I'm DONE. My dog has had the worst gas and runny stools. I now need to find a food that he can handle which is not an easy task since he's got skin allergies...and I won't buy just's got to be topnotch. Canidae was ideal with the old formula...not so anymore... Any suggestions out there on what I can transition to???...more info
  • New formula (Aug, 2008) is no good
    This was a fine food until some time in early August, 2008. I bought two bags, this formula for my old, 140 lb dog, and lamb meal and rice for my 1 year old. They had loose stools the entire time. My older dog finished his bag, and I switched him to Innova, the diarrhea cleared up immediately, so the argument that Canidae makes on the web site about needing to make a slow transition is at best specious. I will have to throw out the remaining food for my young dog, to get him back to normal. Investigate the very large number of complaints on the web about the new formula before exposing your pet to it....more info
  • Outstanding super premium dog food! The best in my opinion! I couldn't be happier!
    I have been researching dog food for a few years now. I am living in Japan (US Military) and I was ordering my dog food from PetCo online. I have tried Solid Gold Hund N' Flocken, DVP's Natural Balance, Costco Kirkland Super Premium, Eukanuba FP Prescription Diet, and Hills ZD Ultra Allergen Free Prescription Diet.

    I was able to source the Canidae and the Solid Gold foods locally for my Dal with serious allergies. Both of the foods have had better results than the super pricey prescription diets. I am sold on Candidae. I pay $[...] for the 40 LB sack, which is not that bad considering I am sourcing it locally on the Tokyo economy. The dogs love this food more than the Solid Gold, but I believe that they are both fine foods. This food looks tastier than the Solid Gold Wolf Pup that I was feeding my K9 German Shepherd, and it seems heartier that the Hund N' Flocken as well. It just looks like it must taste good. The dogs go nuts over it like a crack addiction! I am very happy that I have found a solution that is applicable to both dogs!

    There is something to be said of companies that go the extra mile for our man's best friend. It is just not right to feed our pets the crap that they sell in the stores. I used to think that Eukanuba was a great dog food. Thank God for the Internet!

    Buy this food, you will not be disappointed!...more info
  • My 9 year big dog and 6 mo tiny dog love it!
    My nine year old Dingo used to get smelly after a month on IAMS. It's been three months since his last bath (I just brush him) and no smell with Canidae! My 6mo old Chihuahua was on IAMS for puppies but kept sneeking the Canidae from my Dingo. So now he eats it too. They scaf it down like crazy. Buzz the Dingo's weight has improved without starving him. This is the best dog food. The price is good here although I buy it at the pet store. ...more info
  • don't buy this stuff
    I have used this dog food for years. About a year ago they reduced the size of the bag and increased the price. I continued to buy it. No one told me there was any change in formula. My elderly dog started getting hot spots and vomiting yellow stuff. I thought it was just an upset tummy. The vet treated her with antacids and cortizone creams. My poor dog has been through a lousy time. She was drinking massive amounts of water. I had her kindeys and blood sugar checked. She was ok there. Last month, I changed her to California Naturals because it costs less and I can get it at a cheaper store. She has stopped vomiting and doesn't drink as much water. I didn't even think about it, until I was reading the reviews online and saw the same symptoms in other people's dogs. I will not go back to Canadae. Keep away from this crappy dog food. If your dog is the least bit sensitive, it will create toxic effects for your dog. It is poisonious to those dogs with allergies. ...more info


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