Dog Food Reviews
I have never seen such a healthy, robust litter of babies
12/15/2008 - We are active Breeders/Exhibitors of Champion Dobermans. We’ve always prided ourselves on the health and quality of our dogs, and have researched many many brands of dry kibble over the years to find what worked best for our dogs. They do not live in kennels or crates… they live in the house with us and are an integral part of our family. As such, they deserve the best we can do for them. They are not, however, fed table scraps and junk food.
Originally we fed another brand… and we were happy with it. Then the company changed the formula without notifying anyone. Many of us who fed that brand, however, began to notice a number of changes in our dogs… their coat quality, their stool consistency, vigor and stamina and other not-so-outstanding differences. Upon being bombarded with complaints and queries, they finally admitted that the food was no longer what it was when we were happy with it. We began the kibble hunt again.
There is a feed store in Longview, Washington… Western World by name. They carry a number of different premium brands of dog food among feed for other large and small animals. During a conversation with the manager, Jody, one day while I was reading label after label – and muttering – she suggested I might try CANIDAE. “Right”, I thought, “here we go again.” I must tell you, I totally expected our dogs to have projectile diarrhea, loss of appetite, and a number of other maladies from once again changing their diets. I bought a small bag and prayed for only a few bad results… and for the dogs not to be too uncomfortable with what I was giving them.
I have to tell you, I was astounded. There were no ill effects – even from an instant change-over… rather, the positive results were visible very quickly. Mostly in the smaller and less frequent stools I was picking up. Within days I saw differences in all the dogs, and they actually ENJOYED the food. Even DRY, which was a mind-boggling leap forward for our kids. I ALWAYS had to doctor dry kibble with something tasty to entice one or two of them to eat all their meals. NOT SO with the CANIDAE ALS… if one little kibble accidentally hit the floor before they got their bowl, all four of them dived for it!
Our show dogs’ coats began to gleam (and it actually even FELT better to the touch), their eyes were bright and shiny, they were actually eating less… and they were totally satisfied. I do add a bit of canned mackerel once a week, as well as raw ground turkey, also some water-pack tuna is a great addition to their kibble for a treat. But they don’t require the additions to enjoy their food… they eat it dry and are happy to do so. Anyone who knows a Doberman, knows that’s just not totally typical. For some yes, but for ours… not even.
The first litter of babies we had after we put the dogs onto CANIDAE was another awakening to be sure. We have always started our babies out on a pablum mixture of baby rice cereal, goat milk and some strained grocery-store baby food lamb. Then we work them slowly into a mash from kibble added to the the pablum. It’s gradually shifted into moist kibble and by 8 weeks they’re usually on kibble and canned. At 3 weeks old, we began this CANIDAE litter with the pablum made from a mixture of pureed moist CANIDAE ALS (NOT puppy, but ALS), goat milk and a bit of pureed raw ground turkey, all blended together into a consistency that was appropriate for the age of the puppies. They dove in like little lions. Within 10 days, the goat milk was eliminated and they were eating strictly the softened CANIDAE mixed with raw ground turkey and warm water. This is the combination they were eating from then till they went to their new homes. We were so in hope the new owners would stick with it, because … well, because it works!
In all the years we have been breeding Dobermans, I have never seen such a healthy, robust litter of babies. Shiny coats, bright eyes, hard bodies, tight feet, and FULL OF ENERGY to spare. At 7 weeks, they were eating dry kibble in the morning and the ALS with raw ground turkey for their evening meal. Exactly what our adult dogs eat. And they were thriving – just like their parents and aunts and uncles were… and still are.
We encourage our puppy owners to keep their babies on the CANIDAE and those who have, swear by it. Hard muscled dogs come from good nutrition, and we have those hard muscled dogs to prove that CANIDAE All Life Stages is the nutrition that we will keep providing for our dogs.
When CANIDAE announced they were changing their formulas, I cringed and began looking around for a substitute in case the new formula didn’t agree with our kids. Just for grins, we tried the Chicken and Rice and the Lamb and Rice… they both disagreed terribly with all the dogs… in a variety of ways. So we went back to what had worked for us for so long… the All Life Stages. The change-over to the updated formulas was practically unnoticeable. And everyone is still thriving.
Thanks CANIDAE… Our older retired show dogs, our moms and dads, our Champions, our current show dogs… AND our babies… will continue to be fed ALS. And they look and feel great!!
Keith & Judy P
SW Washington State
Look at the health of these kids
1/5/2009 - First of all I would like to thank you Jim for taking the time on the phone with me. And Diane was so great on the phone. She is a real professional. I was not as pleasant in the beginning having baggage from other companies and difficulties with vouchers. After our conversation I am certain of the commitment CANIDAE has made to both our dogs and its clients. I have been involved in dogs for 60 years. In CANIDAE I have found a wonderful package of excellent food and great customer service. I do as well like the choices within the CANIDAE family. I mainly use the ALS. My coats on my dogs are like silk and it minimizes my Vet bills because of good health. I am trying the beef and the Grain free on some of my crew (we have 18 dogs here) and so far they really like it, even my picky eaters. My dogs are performance dogs and sometimes it is hard to get them to eat enough to keep them looking good but not since CANIDAE came to us 4 years ago. I was worried about the change in your formula but my dogs transitioned well and I appreciate the mailer so I could understand why the change and how it could affect my feeding program. I like the idea of controlling the carb spike especially with the performance dogs. I am enclosing a picture of some of my crew. Look at the health of these kids. Thanks for the great job you do for us out here in the trenches!
What a big difference
1/8/2009 - Hello Di. We had spoke awhile ago and I had mentioned the problems we had with our 6-1/2 month Golden Retriever, Cody when we got him from a breeder. Then I had told you my story and you wanted me to send this info. Sorry it took so long.
At first Cody wouldn’t let us get to close to him, he was very timid. I took him to the Vet the day after we got him last April and she gave him a seal of approval. But, we started to notice he was still very timid and scratching all the time. It took about 2 weeks before I noticed sores all over his body. We went back to the Vet and she changed his food and that still didn’t help too much. He was also on special baths and antibiotics. We had him have the allergy testing and it seemed he was allergic to a lot of things for such a young pup. Then I started to investigate.
I researched various dog food on the web and decided to go full blown with CANIDAE Chicken and Rice. I started to notice an improvement. Then I read about the new Chicken Meal and Rice formula and tracked that down in my area. What a big difference. Thank you CANIDAE for your wonderful food and dedication to the pet food industry. Please keep up the good work. Enclosed is a picture of Cody at 11 months old.
He now is 16 months old and a true Happy, and Healthy Golden, thanks to CANIDAE.
Thank you again.
Thanks for the great coats
1/9/2009 - Here is my CANIDAE fed boy at Nationals this year in Las Vegas. All three preshows we took 2nd place. In Puppy Sweeps we also took a 2nd. But Nationals was a third. My Open Red tri bitch took 2 second places and a 1st at the preshows. At Nationals we placed 2nd It was a great week for Woodlake Aussies and CANIDAE.
Thanks for the great coats!
I just wanted to let you know what a great food you are making
1/10/2009 - About 8 or 9 months ago, I had quite a scare with one of my dogs. One evening, she would not get up and walk anywhere – not to go out, eat or drink. I was greatly concerned and rushed her to the vet. Her problem is arthritis – severe arthritis in her hips. One of her biggest problems causing her much pain to walk was her weight. The next day, I went to see Sue, the owner of “Tails of the Adirondacks” in Plattsburgh. She suggested I switch my dog to CANIDAE Platinum dog food. Here we are many months later and I am proud to say that my dog has lost 15 lbs.
She is a Beagle/Australian Shepard mix (Beagle body, Shepard markings). Before starting CANIDAE, she was 56 lbs. Now she goes between 40 and 45 lbs and running like she is a puppy again. She is going to be 11 years old in December and is a complete success story for your dog food. I tell everyone who asks me about your dog food. I just wanted to let you know what a great food you are making and thank you for doing so. Taylor, my dog, is very appreciative as well.
Thank you so much for your commitment to quality food
1/12/2009 - Thank you, thank you, thank you for making such an amazing product! I’ve been feeding CANIDAE ALS to my Pembrooke Welsh Corgi, Cooper, and have been amazed at what it’s done for him. I’ll admit that I did switch to another “high quality” brand for about 9 months (Why I did that I’ll never really know; guess I just fell prey to some very clever advertising) and it wasn’t until Cooper’s health deteriorated and clumps of his fur started falling out that I realized I had made a major mistake. I switched back to CANIDAE and got my happy, healthy dog back. Cooper’s fur grew in, his energy came back, his eyes were no longer runny and he lost that “doggy” smell that he acquired with the other brand. I will never again feed my pets anything other than CANIDAE! I tell everyone about your products because I feel so strongly about them. It kills me when I ask other pet owners what they feed their cat or dog and they tell me that it’s a “high quality food” they get at their vet or at a mass retailer. If they only read the ingredients they’d see that it’s mostly corn and fillers! It also costs a lot more than your food!
I was first introduced to your food by my mom whose mixed breed dog was suffering from severely itchy skin. My mom tried a variety of products to treat Penny’s dry skin, but nothing worked — until she found CANIDAE. Almost immediately, Penny’s skin healed. She’s been itch free for 9 years now and has the softest most beautiful coat to boot! When my sister got her black lab, George, she started him on CANIDAE too. I have to say that he has the shiniest coat that I have ever seen on a dog! I know it’s all because of CANIDAE because the rest of his litter and his parents have been raised on regular old store brand food and they don’t have half the muscle tone, energy or beautiful coat that George does!
Thank you so much for your commitment to quality food — keep up the good work!
We always tell our students about CANIDAE
1/15/2009 - I am trying to get my vets here in Vicksburg to contact a local distributor for wholesale information to start selling CANIDAE here at my animal clinic. I am trying to get through to them that what they are selling now has corn gluten meal in it and is not suitable foods for them to sell and it is over priced.
We always tell our students about CANIDAE Dog Food in our obedience classes and explain the problems with corn and wheat gluten meal and the necessity of looking at the first five ingredients listed on pet foods. We also explain what chicken by-products can contain, which grosses them out! I would like very much to have brochures from CANIDAE to pass out at my classes if that is possible.
I have been using CANIDAE All Life Styles since 2002. I have five large dogs: 2 rottweilers, 1 doberman, 1 otterhound and 1 Benji “mutt” dog. I have attached a photo (excuse my hand on her tail since I didn’t phase it out) of my multiple group winning otterhound, CH: Belle River Dixieland Jazz, better known as “Jazzy”. She had just won 2 five point majors, Best in Sweepstakes, Winner’s Bitch and Best of Winners to finish her Championship at 17 months of age. I thought she might brighten your day.
CANIDAE has made an impressive, nutritious dog food
1/16/2009 - Just want to let you know. This is the 3rd, 35 lb bag of CANIDAE, All Life Stage Formula, Dry Dog Food I’ve purchased for my two adult male Labs, Coco and Shadow. The dogs love it. Overall, CANIDAE has made an impressive, nutritious dog food and I was convinced to try it for my two dogs.
Thank you for keeping your prices ‘ in check ‘ competitively. With two large breed dogs it gets quite expensive to feed them. Your 35 lb bag, remains about 7 dollars cheaper than many other brands. The ‘ better ‘ dog foods. I won’t compromise on quality of dog food. I realize it’s extremely important to feed my dogs Good Healthy food. However, the extra savings in purchasing CANIDAE over the other leading brand, is a big help.
Thank You again for making such a Great Nutritious Dog Food. I have convinced two of my close friends which have large breeds… Golden Retriever and Husky to feed their dogs CANIDAE All Life Stages… just recently. Both dogs suffer from skin/allergy conditions and both dogs were eating another brand. It’s a real shame that so many vets promote horrible dog food.
Keep up the Good Work and know, not only are consumers purchasing your product, but there are those of us who really Appreciate what you are doing for our canine extended family members.
I really believe in this food; Rex is my living proof
1/26/2009 - I have three large dogs. Ages 12 years old, 5 years old and my baby is a white German/wolf Shepard dog (3 years old). His name is REX. Rex is a special dog, he has allergies and had suffered from seizures. (Knock on wood Rex has not had a seizure for 1 year now). Rex has been on CANIDAE for 1 1/2 years know. I find CANIDAE the best food for him. Before when he wasn’t on this great food he was getting diarrhea from the other brand(s) I had been feeding him. As of today Rex is doing great. I really believe in this food; Rex is my living proof. No more diarrhea, his coat is nice and shiny, sheds less and even his teeth are pearly white. I recommend this food 100%. I know Rex and our other 2 dogs will have less vet visits and live a longer happier healthier life. Thank you CANIDAE for coming out with this Superior Quality food. I would recommend this for all dogs and cats.
We recommend CANIDAE to all the new owners
1/28/2009 - This is Emiko, our 10 week old shiba inu. She loves her CANIDAE. She climbed 3 feet off the floor and sat down in a flower pot. She was telling me she was ready for her breakfast! When we got Little Emiko and her sister Kuma they both looked like little balloons. Their bellies were so bloated. It didn’t take more than a week for them to slim down and just look plump and healthy. We breed Shiba Inu’s and we recommend CANIDAE to all the new owners. It is a high quality dog food and available in all area’s. I print info off your website and include it in our puppy paks. I noticed pamphlets when I was buying their food the other day. How could I go about getting some?
I consider that CANIDAE played a major part in his living so long
2/5/2009 - Krieger is an ‘easy keeper’; a dog who gains weight on very little food. Kriegs is a dog I got from the brother of a friend and I wasn’t aware of how quickly he gained weight. He was ‘portly’ at the time I got him and ended up ‘I-can’t-believe-it!’ in very short order. I don’t know what food he was on but I only feed CANIDAE so I put him on a diet with confidence, knowing that he was getting absolutely everything he needed nutritionally.
Reborn was a Bouvier who was rescued from a horrible situation which included having had a puppyhood of low quality, substandard food. At 15 months old, he had rickets and was terribly underweight. He was also an emotional wreck.
As soon as CANIDAE came on the market, I switched from another premium brand and have never been sorry. Reebie died at the age of 11 and I consider that CANIDAE played a major part in his living so long, considering his terrible nutritional beginning. Here are some pics of the ‘CANIDAE’ Reborn.
They eat every bite, every day!
2/9/2009 - Here is a picture of my 5 Queensland Heelers, who are not photogenic! Their ages are 16, 3 are 9 and one is 10. I have had them on CANIDAE PLATINUM for over 2 years. They are doing very well on it with nice healthy coats, healthy stools and in general, over all good health, including the 16 yr old. They eat every bite, every day. I highly recommend this product to anyone owning dogs and feel the company is trustworthy and they stand behind their product 100%. Keep up the good work, CANIDAE!
Morongo Valley, CA