Dog Food Reviews

Murphy, a 108 pound senior boxer, needed to lose almost 35 pounds!

9/21/11 (updated) - In June, my husband and I adopted Murphy, an 8 year old senior boxer who had just been turned in to Boxer Rescue Los Angeles (BRLA) where we volunteer.  He was terribly overweight at 108 pounds, could barely walk, slept most of the time, and was continually out of breath.  We had fed our previous boxer CANIDAE Platinum dry and canned for the last 5 years of his life and it helped him stay healthy until the age of 13.5 years old.  Murphy was a perfect candidate for the same diet being a senior and overweight.  We wrote to CANIDAE’s customer service team to discuss the amount of CANIDAE Platinum dry and canned to feed him so he could lose weight quickly but safely and verified with our Veterinarian that he would be able to start an exercise program.

Mmurphybeforeurphy integrated himself into our household of 3 cats and 2 dogs faster than any animal we’ve ever rescued.  He immediately showed respectful and submissive behavior to the cats by turning his back to them and promptly lying down.  Within a few hours the cats felt perfectly safe around him and accepted him into the family.  He is always tolerant of our 15-month-old female rescue boxer, Penny, who wants to help his training by grabbing his leash in her mouth and galloping full speed down the trail, and he always lets her win tug-of war games.  He is sweet with BD and is careful of her small stature (10.5 pound rescue chihuahua) and she rewards him with love and devotion.  As to humans, he has won the heart of everyone he meets.  He has the most amazing spirit, determination, and zest for life and is one of the most loving and gentle dogs we’ve ever had.

Mornings are Murphy’s favorite time of day!  Once the sun rises a little, we open the driveway gate, walk across the street and there we are with miles of trails to choose from.  During the past 10 weeks of daily walks, he has quickly regained muscle tone and endurance and can hike for over an hour without needing to rest.  He is now active, alert, and playful, and enjoys chasing after Penny, BD, lizards and jackrabbits and loves to lead the walk when it is his turn.

murphyafterMurphy has exceeded everyone’s expectations and has lost 18.5 pounds in 10 weeks!  This averages to more than 1.5 pounds a week.  At his 10 week check, he weighed 89.5 pounds and every week brings him closer to his goal weight of 75 pounds.  He has also lost 7″ from his waistline and 3″ from his neck.  Murphy is an inspiration to everyone he meets and living proof that senior dogs can lose weight.

Murphy’s tips to humans are to measure morning and night meals (no guessing), give affection not treats between meals, weigh and/or measure your dog every 2 weeks or so for encouragement, and take your dog for daily walks steadily increasing the distance as fitness permits.

9/13/2010 UPDATE - Murphy just hit his 12 week mark with us and has lost 22.3 pounds!!!!  He only has 10 pounds to go for his goal weight of 75 pounds as he weighed in at 85.5 pounds on Friday, September 10. He has tons of energy and runs around the yard with his girls, chases lizards and jackrabbits and as soon as there is a sign we might be waking up in the morning, starts crying for his walk even when it is “o’dark thirty” as Steve puts it.  Such a healthy boxer now, can clean himself (which he does all the time of course), breathes very quietly, regains his breath fast after running around, would rather trot than walk (with his fat tail working like a metronome back and forth with each step) and insists on sleeping in the middle of our bed! As far as inches go, he has lost 2 1/2″ from his neck, 7 1/4″ from his waist and 5″ from his trunk circumference just behind his front legs and 6″ from his trunk circumference just in front of his back legs! He continues to be our gentle Murphy but is no longer a giant!  So rewarding watching him regain his health and his boxer physique.

2010-10-1110/11/2010 UPDATE - Murphy now weighs only 81.5 pounds, having lost 26.3 pounds total in just 4 months! That calculates out to be a loss of 24.4% of his body weight since switching to natural and holistic CANIDAE PLATINUM. He has lost a total of 3.5 inches from his neck and 9 inches from his waist! Murphy (with a little help from Barbara) writes in, “I’m light on my feet and prefer to trot everywhere. My tail keeps time like a metronome, side to side with each step. I’m getting closer to catching Penny [pictured with Murphy, right] at a full gallop and I can do proper boxer curls, pops, jumps and am pleased to report that I can climb up on the bed whenever I want and no longer have to wait for a boost up. Life is good!

1/4/2011 UPDATE - Penny and Murphy have decided that snow is just too cold for their short-haired bodies! Murphy, always the gentleman, lets Penny win after a gentle tussle. Second one is of the door rush when the 3 canines discovered how cold it was outside! Isn’t the day after Christmas supposed to be BOXER DAY, not BOXING DAY?

murphytoday9/21/2011 UPDATE - Murphy is doing very well. He is: slim, fit, likes to jog a little, sometimes plays with Penny our young female boxer, jumps around, wags his tail all the time, and trots or runs with his tail keeping rhythm with his steps like a metronome, slow, medium or fast! We love him to bits! So pleased he is back to being an active boxer, albeit a senior one!

Barbara W.
Agua Dulce, CA

Ziva is more energetic and… and hardly scratches at ALL anymore

2011-10-0610/5/11 - I rescued my pug Ziva 6 months ago. She was starved, flea-bitten, sad and (worst of all) had a non-curly tail. I’ve tried various foods (Whole Dog Journal approved) and CANIDAE PLATINUM® has ended my quest. Ziva is more energetic, smells like a rainbow, hardly scratches at ALL anymore, and even her badly damaged eyes look clearer. You should see her tail now- curled and wagging!! Thanks to a great dog food and lots of love!


We always receive compliments about how beautiful they look!

Amy-Grigsby10/15/11 - We were looking for a new dog food to put our 2 year old Bullmastiff Rudy and 2 year old Pit bull Shoopie on. We were using a good quality food but the dogs did not like the taste of it, and we found ourselves adding chicken broth or cheese to get them to eat it. Shoopie is a rescue dog and she loves to eat. We found she was gaining too much weight due to the “toppings” we were adding. We found your food at a small independent pet shop. They were so great and gave us samples of each of the CANIDAE types to try. The dogs loved it! We don’t have to add anything to their food now! We always receive compliments about how beautiful they look! 

Amy G.

I attribute her fantastic immune system, coat, and bright eyes to CANIDAE

Ashley-Hammock-210/16/11 - Thank you so much for making such an amazing food. I am the proud owner of North America’s first Hamiltonstovare shown and first ever UKC Champion. Ashley-HammockShe has been on CANIDAE pureSEA almost since she got off the plane from the UK. Before she arrived, her breeder was concerned about the quality of food and I knew right from the start that I would go with CANIDAE, as I had used it in the past with Clumber Spaniels. My Hamiltonstovare, Alice, has been on a grain free diet since she was a puppy, and I attribute her fantastic immune system, coat, and bright eyes to CANIDAE and how it made her transition from life in the UK to life in the US less stressful. Thank you again, and I proudly recommend CANIDAE products to anybody who asks what Alice is fed.

Ashley H.
Midlothian, VA

Rottweilers Have Improved Since Canidae!

rubiconChampion Pretorians Faxsimile and to her right, son Pretorians Prince of Thieves. On the left we have Champion Pretorians Faxsimile, four years of age, and on her right is her son Pretorians Prince of Thieves, fourteen mouth of age. When we asked how their Rottweilers were doing on CANIDAE the response was, “Improved by 100%! The stool was never as consistent and we like the size of the kibble, it’s perfect.” One of the problems Pete and Charlotte were having was keeping weight on their Rott’s with a baked food. Since feeding CANIDAE the dogs are perfect weight.

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Pete V.
Charlotte P.
Clovis, CA

Dan Dallenbach and his dog Brindle

I’m writing to express my complete satisfaction with CANIDAE Dog Food. About 15 months ago, my 3 year old male mixed breed dog, Brindle, had quickly become overweight on a diet of various conventional store brand dog foods. Since his adoption from our local animal shelter, his weight had quickly increased from 55lbs. to over 70lbs. in just over a year. Our Veterinarian suggested some national brand lower calorie dog foods, but Brindle continued to gain weight and I did not particularly like their cost. Finally, I decided to try CANIDAE after the recommendation of a local feed and grain store. I’m happy to report that at Brindle’s last visit to the vet he had dropped down to 67lbs. in about 9 months. He really enjoys the food and both the vet and myself are thrilled his weight has returned to a normal range for his breed and size. I’ll continue to buy CANIDAE and recommend it to all of my friends. Thanks for a great product.
Dan D.
La Verne, CA

Look at these Norwegian Elk Hounds!

loriThe male is Tiokas On Line, and the female is Champion Tiokas Blast to The Past. Lori has been feeding CANIDAE for three months now and is very pleased. Her first comment was, “the dogs love it and they are doing great!” Lori also just had a bitch whelp six puppies and they are all doing great.

Tioka Kennel
Lori W.
Riverside, CA

Your Dog Food is Fantastic!!!

Just a note to let you know that your dog food is fantastic. I have 2 mixed breed dogs, a german shepherd short hair & 10% something, and a golden retriever/chow mix. Both dogs are about 7 years old. The shepherd (Trouble) coat has never looked so good. It is shiny and feels soft. Her coat has always looked dull. Sandy, the golden/chow has hip problems and with your food see seems better. Unfortunately I can only find the food in West Sacramento. Is there any place closer to Benicia (Zip Code 94510) that handles it. Both dogs have always been on good food, Science Diet, California Natural. Yours is even better. Again thank you.

Virginia T.

Merry Ellis with one of three Spitzs.

merryMerry is pleased to say her Spitzs now has smaller firmer stools. She also loves the shiny coast her Spitzs now have.

Merry E.
Los Osos, CA

Best of Breed Twice

I have a Briard that I am currently showing heavily on the show circuit. I have always been fighting the problem of long coat. I had a friend of mine tell me about your food and figured I had nothing to loose to give it a try.,

We are now on our 2nd 40# bag and 1 case of moist food and I am thrilled with the results. He has gone Best of Breed twice now and a week apart. The win picture tells the whole story–In one week his coat has grown over one inch.

Thank you for such a super food that really works. My whole kennel is now on this food and I tell everyone about it.


Balinda and Reno

Pat O’ Brien is shown here with his Bullmastiff, at the Southbay Dog Show.

patPat has been happy with the results he is getting from CANIDAE. His Bullmastiff has increased density. Before feeding CANIDAE Pat’s Bullmastiff was hard to keep weight on, and his coat was never this nice!

Pat O.
Fullerton, CA