Rated 5 out of 5 by DOGMALOVE OUTSTANDING DOG FOOD
I first became acquainted with CANIDAE after adopting my first rescued Golden Retriever in 2004. The wonderful married that ran the rescue couple from Burg, Louisiana, fed their mainstay charges & the temporary interlopers this food, and I didn't question it. Little did I know it would be harder for me to find this food after Hurricane Katrina changed the lives and landscape for so many of us in the Deep South.
It was easier to find this food in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, but I had a lot of difficulty locating this brand in New Mexico where I resided and worked for a few years. However, that was 2005-7, and it is now almost 2014. We have awesome sites like CHEWY.COM to help us manage busy schedules and honor our beloved canine companions at the same time! (FREE SHIPPING TOO -- WHO CAN BEAT THAT? I STILL PAY LESS ORDERING THROUGH CHEWY THAN I WOULD IF I ORDER FROM MY LOCAL PET STORE. Ordinarily I would want to support my local community and would pay the extra three dollars, BUT in order to continue to rescue and care for my dogs in the manner in which I am committed, that three dollars saved every bag can go a long way to help dogs in need over time).
The other brands of premium dog foods that I tried in lieu of the CANIDAE (wasn't grain free at first) that were more readily available to me weren't particulary "bad" per se. I simply & undisputably recognized the HUGE IMPROVEMENT I SAW IN EVERY SINGLE OF MY 5 rescued dogs when I finally switched back to Canidae. One of my older Goldens has ALWAYS been a "scratchy boy" with ear infections, skin issues and allergies. After his hip replacement at a young age, it only seemed to get worse. When I finally switched the dogs back to Canidae I was AMAZED to see the immediate and dramatic difference in him within two days. I've always fed my dogs either Salmon, Duck, and mostly Lamb, but the wonder product of the century (to me) is CANIDAE'S BISON PURE LAND DOG FOOD.
I LOVE WITNESSING MY DOGS' VISIBLY INCREASED VITALITY and ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM and VERVE on this awesome grain-free diet. Before Canidae had grain-free, I fed my dogs the all life stage food, and that, too, was stellar, but my itchy Golden is delighted with the BISON and responds so well that we are sticking with that. I EVEN USE THIS KIBBLE as a treat, and all the dogs think it is, indeed, something special, not just a morsel of their regular food. That has to say something -- and it does to me, anyway.ulet has to say something -- and it does to me, anyway.
I am very mindful of my own dietary choices, and I take care to thoughtfully select my dogs' nutrition as well. Trust me, my dogs would essentially eat garbage, so I am not touting a product without understanding that fully. I had heard of a recall with CANIDAE a few years back, and when I told a friend I was going back to the brand myself she was outraged. But MANY of the brands have had recalls, and this is LIFE. I am not trying to convince ANYONE of ANYTHING other than my experience and because I absolutely LOVE and CHERISH my animals. Yes, the food is more expensive, and I don't like that the largest bag I can purchase is 24 pounds instead of thirty if I choose the BISON PURE without grain. But, that's that -- and if it's my biggest complaint in life, I'm doing okay. Get a sample of this food and try it, but don't give up in a day. Transition can be hard for any and all dogs. If you've been feeding a brand that may have had greater appeal because of some additive or flavoring but less nutrition, the dog surely may transition less than enthusiastically. But you watch the waste reduce from your dogs while on this diet, their increased activity -- and one need not feed as much of this food as the lesser brands. For my two HUGE Goldens I feed two cups of BISON a day in the morning and they do GREAT! My smaller female Golden gets a cup and a half, and the smaller two fosters just under a cup. That's it. Their fecal response is firm, healthy and consistently indicative of GREAT DIGESTION. Give it a try; you won't be sorry -- and CHEWY has been first-rate the whole time. In fact, it's one of the ONLY places I can get the BISON -- so THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!
December 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by SetsunaMH Just be careful not to overfeed
My pup has lots and lots of allergies. We recently tried to switch him from a venison based food to a salmon one, and wound up finding out he was allergic to fish in addition to the rest of his allergies. We decided to try the Bison flavor of Canidae after being recommended the brand from a friend. The only problem was that we didn't look very closely at the feeding measurements since he'd been such a picky eater for so long we'd been free-feeding him. After a week on the Canidae, he got sick, from both ends. I was afraid he was allergic to something else in the food again, but turns out he was eating more than twice the recommended amount of food! We stopped letting him free-feed and started measuring carefully, and within 2 days, everything was back to normal. He loves the food and is doing much better on it, just be careful you don't feed too much - this food is rich and can make for some very upset tummies!
December 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike89 My Miniature Schnauzer approved.
I've tried so many other dog foods for her and they all had some problem. She would either itch like crazy, not eat it at all, or some would actually make her sick and I'm not talking about cheap kinds either. She loves this kind and so far no allergic reactions to it. Thank you Canidae for making a great product and Chewy.com for being the best place to buy from.
April 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by EdieMac This Food Made All the Difference
When I adopted my English Bulldog/Boxer mix, she was used to being fed Beneful (Purina) food. She had a terrible shedding problem, was always scratching and kept getting eye and ear infections.
Almost as soon as I changed her to Canidae Pure Sky, she was 100% better. Now she sheds less, her coat is soft and shiny, and her eyes and ears are perfectly healthy.
September 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sailbirds our sensitive dog is very happy
Have a rescue, 5 year old with grain and chicken allergies. Canidae has no grain, no chicken or byproducts, no white potatoes or potato starch. Her coat is filling in, and it's soft and clean; drainage almost gone, better appetite, no regurge, breath sweet. What's not to like...
June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ShawnK Finally a food both my dogs love and are thriving on!
I have two "middle age" girls (one 7 y/o German Shepherd and one 6 y/o Jack Russell mix). Both were so itchy and having skin issues in the past year or so. I had tried all sorts of foods and supplements. Nothing worked until I discovered this food. They love it!
Both are acting like puppies again. I think the mixture of the two has gotten them back on track.
My Shepherd used to have all kinds of problems with her glands until this food and now not a single one. I am hooked.
I would say the only complaint I would have would be that they have more frequent bowel movements but I can live with that! They are not runny and don't have a pungent odor to them either.
I hope this helps!
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dandi Great Products
I have two loving dogs. My Boxer has a very sensitive system and has not had any upset with the Canidae food. I sometimes mix the Bison with the Salmon and they both love it. Very happy to have found Canidae.
June 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrSquishysBestFriend I love the ingredients in this dog food
I have a new addition to my household and he came to me very thin - I wanted to feed him a dry dog food but so many come will 'fillers'. A friend recommended the Canidae as his dogs had done so well on it - so I gave it a try. Chili, my new dog, really seems to enjoy the food.
He wasn't fed much in his former life, but he has gained about 2lbs and I swear he has gotten taller and longer even tho he is two years old. His coat is improved and he looks very healthy. I intend to stick w/ Canidae dry and perhaps let him have the Salmon next month! I would highly recommend this food!
June 2, 2015