Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs Review

//Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs Review

Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs Review

Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs

Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs

Canidae All Life Stages formula is a good option for many dog households. This formula includes natural chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal and ocean fish meal as sources of meat animal protein for healthy muscle maintenance—and other healthy ingredients like peas, papaya, and sage.

They also include two forms of rice – brown and white rice – which are used as a carbohydrate source in dog foods as good alternatives to corn, wheat, or soy.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, ocean fish meal
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, sunflower oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brown rice, white rice
  • Fiber: Flaxseed meal, rice bran, oatmeal
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, tomato pomace, suncured alfalfa meal, papaya, pineapple, cranberries, rosemary extract
  • Flavorings: Natural flavor, some fruits, meat meals, yucca schidigera extract
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E, sage extract
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: choline chloride, inulin (from chicory root), lecithin, beta-carotene, 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; Vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid); Minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite);

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 24 % (min.) 26.7 %
Fat 14.5 % (min.) 16 %
Fiber 4 % (max.) 4 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 48 % (EV)
Omega 6  3.7 % (min.) NA
Omega 3  0.5 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

On a dry matter basis, this food contains a reasonable amount of protein and a moderately high quantity of fat. The food includes an estimated carbohydrate value of 48 % which is a moderately high amount.

This dog food contains guaranteed levels of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which support your dog’s immune system, skin, coat and cognitive function.

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?”  and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Canidae Life Stages All Life Stages Formula is formulated to assemble the nutritional levels recognized by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken meal, Turkey meal and Lamb meal are excellent sources of protein, Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus. These meals have most of the moisture removed, meaning they are a concentrated form of the animal meat protein.

Ocean fish meal is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid. The food label don’t identify what kind of ocean fish this contains, but it’s still a good ingredient in dog food. However you should make sure that the dog food manufacturer uses human grade fish for their ocean fish meal.

Carbohydrates: Brown and white rice are carbohydrate sources that provide dogs energy. Used in conjunction with more complex carbohydrates in a dog food, brown and white rice are good ingredients.

Additionally to brown rice and white rice, this dog food also includes rice bran, potatoes, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, and millet. These are sources of more complex carbohydrates which will be slow to digest, which is considered to be better for dogs.

Regarding the concerns about arsenic  in rice, the FDA has not made any reference for pet food companies to stop using rice or for dog owners to avoid feeding foods that contain rice. So if you are uncomfortable about the risk of small amounts of arsenic in dog foods containing rice, you should avoid this food or any dog food that contains rice.

Fiber: Rice bran is a source of soluble fiber. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber. The protein in oatmeal is an ideal match to the meat proteins, because it includes almost a complete list of the essential amino acids.

Flaxseed meal is a good source of dietary fiber and a great source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. However, flaxseed is also an important source of phytoestrogen – these are plant-derived molecules that imitate some of the effects of estrogen in the body. If you are a dog breeder you should be aware that flaxseed can interfere with conception and gestation in female dogs.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is an excellent fat used in dog food. A named fat source is more attractive since you know the source and chicken fat is a good source of omega-6 fatty acid.
Sunflower oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids. There are numerous types of sunflower oil, some superior than others. Without additional information, it’s not viable to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are a value source of carbohydrates. They are rich in natural fiber. However, peas contain protein, a factor that should be considered when evaluating the meat content of this dog food. Peas are not always smoothly digested by dogs and can result in some gastrointestinal problems.

Millet in dog food is a healthy and cheap ingredient. It is rich in B vitamins, iron and potassium. Millet is gluten free and is low in calorie. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates.

Tomato pomace is high fiber, but it is also considered as an inexpensive dog food filler. However possibly there is not enough tomato pomace in this food to make much of a difference. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient. It is a by-product resultant of processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Alfalfa is an antioxidant ingredient. Alfalfa contributes to strong bones and a healthy heart. It is also known for its function in preventing cancer. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and highly efficient in support urinary and kidney health.

Rosemary is an ingredient that has excellent antioxidant content as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya helps dogs with digestion and it’s a source of fiber. Papaya also is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its role is protecting against chronic diarrhea. Pineapple is sometimes given to dogs to discourage them from eating their own feces.

Flavors: Natural flavor is a misleading designation that often indicates the presence of MSG (monosodium glutamate) used for flavoring. This component is added to dog food to discourage your dog from eating his own feces. Additionally, when a food includes natural flavor, it frequently has a lot of salt which is not good for dogs. However, natural flavor can also be a sign of the presence of liver broth or beef broth which are goos ingredientes.

Supplements: Chelated minerals (“proteinates”) are more costly for the dog food producer so you usually see them in good quality dog foods.
Inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to support the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract. Yucca Schidigera Extract adds flavor and reduces stool odor.
Fermentation products work in your dog’s intestine to help him keep a healthy intestinal flora.
This food does not contain dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs we give a 3.6 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Canidae Formula is based on an all life stages approach to feeding dogs. Even though, this dog food does not include corn, wheat, or soy, it does include a lot of other grains and carbohydrates that can be used as fillers.

It does contain some good meat proteins but you have to balance that with the carbohydrate content. In general, this dog food looks like a good food.

Cannidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs main benefits:

  • Good quality meat meals: chicken, turkey, lamb and fish
  • Adequate for all life stages – making meal with multiple dogs less complex
  • Inclusion of live probiotic cultures to maintain healthy digestion
  • Content in powerful antioxidants important to a healthy immune system (cranberries, fresh fruits and vegetables)
  • Healthy omegas 6 and 3 for good-looking skin and coat
  • No wheat, corn, soy, fillers, antibiotics, hormones, artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Canidae All Life Stages Formula for Dogs

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal
  • Chicken fat
  • Brown rice, white rice
  • Rice bran, oatmeal
  • Natural preservatives
  • Omega Fatty Acids
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Chelated minerals
  • Inulin, fermentation products

Negative Aspects

  • Ocean fish meal
  • Flaxseed meal
  • Peas, tomato pomace
  • Natural flavor


Available in 5 lb (2,27 Kg); 15 lb (6,80 Kg); 30 lb (13.6 Kg); 44 lb (20 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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