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Canidae dog food and Felidae cat food is now available in Australia

In April 2010 Canidae Pet Foods, Inc. (, a United States manufacturer of all natural holistic pet foods that are fed and recommended by thousands of certified breeders and rescue organisations worldwide, announced that it has appointed an Australian distributor, and the Canidae and Felidae pet foods are now available to Australian pet owners.

Canidae expects some of the newest Canidae products to be especially well received by the millions of pet owners in Australia including the Canidae Grain Free line.
Canidae Grain Free for dogs is available in both a multi-protein source formulation including chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish meals combined with fresh lamb, and a Grain Free Salmon formulation featuring cold water Pacific salmon meal.

Both varieties derive 80% of their protein from meat or fish, 20% from vegetables and fruits, and contain 0% grain.
These high protein formulas are great for working breeds or dogs with high energy requirements, and there has been maasive uptake of Canidae in the greyhound community in particular.

Already one of the most well respected brands in North America, Canidae is optimistic that pet owners in Australia will discover for themselves and their pets the benefits of feeding super-premium Canidae and Felidae All Natural Pet Foods.
All of Canidae's products are made with superior quality in every bag and can with no corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions or fillers - and are naturally preserved!

Canidae dog food - natural ingredients

All CANIDAE® and FELIDAE® products are made in the United States of America using highest quality ingredients.
All formulations are produced in USDA, FDA, and AAFCO approved facilities.
The nutritionally dense fresh meats and meals Felidae use originate from USDA inspected meats processed in a human grade facility.
High quality grains, vegetables and fruits are from human grade producers.
All CANIDAE and FELIDAE dry goods, cans and biscuits are naturally preserved.
All commodities have undergone stringent testing procedures prior to going into any Canidae products, assuring safety and freshness for your pets.

Beef (fresh meat protein)
Free range from a Private Herd in the Midwestern USA, hormone and antibiotic free meat.

Beef Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Free range from a Private Herd in the Midwestern USA, hormone and antibiotic free meat meal.

Chicken Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Flesh tissue and skin, low ash, hormone free, antibiotic free meat meal.

Turkey Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Flesh tissue and skin, low ash, hormone free, antibiotic free meat meal.

Lamb Meat (fresh meat protein)
Finest AUSTRALIAN lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free meat.

Lamb Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Finest AUSTRALIAN lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free meat meal.

Salmon Meal (concentrated meat protein)
Wild caught Salmon from the cold waters off the Pacific Coast.

Fish Meal (concentrated meat protein)
A unique blend of middle ocean swimming Herring and Menhaden Fish.

Brown Rice (carbohydrate)
High quality brown rice contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus and iron.

White Rice (carbohydrate)
One of the most digestible carbohydrate ingredients. Carbohydrates provide energy for all of the body?s vital functions. Excellent carbohydrate source for pets with sensitive digestive systems. Provides niacin, an important B vitamin, to the diet.

Rice Bran (nutrient / fiber)
This is the outer layer of the brown rice and is rich in fat and fiber. The plant fat is a rich source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Also a good blend of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats. Contains many natural antioxidants, including vitamin E, as well as an excellent source of potassium, magnesium and manganese. The fiber provided by rice bran is hypoallergenic and contains a blend of soluble and insoluble fibers, helping to promote ideal stool quality and good digestive health.

Oatmeal (carbohydrate)
A complex carbohydrate providing slow burning fuel for all day energy. Provides dietary fiber, important for proper function of the digestive system. An important source of B vitamins. Promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancers. Lowers blood cholesterol levels and aids in disease resistance.

Barley (carbohydrate)
A complex carbohydrate source like oatmeal. A great source of dietary fiber. Provides protein to the diet as well, contributing 50% more protein than rice ingredients. A source of B vitamins as well as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the health of the cells and are important for maintaining excellent overall health. Promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancers. Lowers blood cholesterol levels and aids in disease resistance.

Peas (carbohydrate / vegetable)
Provides carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Highly digestible and full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Also provide B vitamins to the diet.

Potatoes (carbohydrate / vegetable)
A highly digestible carbohydrate. Full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Provides potassium to the diet, important for healthy muscles. Provides iron to the diet, important for the immune system and helping the body convert food to energy.

Potato Protein (carbohydrate / vegetable / protein)
A low ash vegetable protein source that provides excellent levels of amino acids with lower levels of calcium and phosphorus. Helps to combat urinary tract crystallization.

Tomato Pomace (fiber / nutrient)
A natural fiber source that provides the perfect blend of soluble and insoluble fiber for digestive health and optimal stool quality. Also a source of Lycopene and vitamin C, two antioxidant powerhouses.

Millet (carbohydrate)
A protein rich grain, providing important amino acids such as Threonine and Lysine to the diet. A gluten free grain and also rich in B vitamins.

Chicken Fat (animal fat)
Purified and Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid. Contains Linoleic Acid (Omega-6). Essential fatty acid for healthy skin and coat.

Canola Oil (vegetable oil)
A nutritious and safe natural plant source fat ingredient, naturally preserved, canola oil provides an excellent profile of Omega-9, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Rich in oleic acid, linoleic acid and a beneficial source of Alpha-Linolenic acid. Fatty acids, when present in the proper balance, provide optimal nutrition for a healthy skin and coat, help control inflammation throughout the body, including the digestive system and the joints, and help support optimal cellular health.

Sunflower Oil (vegetable oil)
Cold pressed, naturally preserved, a natural plant source fat ingredient, provides an excellent source of Omega-6 fatty acids. Sunflower oil produces a beautiful skin and coat, as well as visible sheen.

Eggs (protein)
An excellent source of protein and contains all the essential Amino Acids.

Flaxseed Meal (Plant source alpha-Linolenic acid)
This plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids helps enhance the coat's sheen. Aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract. Flax nourishes and is soothing to the stomach and intestinal linings. Contributes to heart health.

Alfalfa (nutrient)
Excellent natural source of trace minerals. Aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments and bad breath; cleanses the kidneys and removes poisons from the body; neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier; improves the appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium and other nutrients.

Sage (herb)
Strengthens the mind and concentrating abilities; it aids in healing skin sores and skin eruptions and removing dandruff. It has been mostly employed in disordered states of the digestion and for its savory usage.

Rosemary (herb / natural antioxidant)
Is a stimulant of the circulatory system; to treat bad breath; stimulates the hair bulbs to new growth. Employed for its savory usage.

Cranberries (fruit / nutrient)
Prevents the spread of bacterial infections in kidneys and the urinary tract. Helps prevent Cystitis.

Apples (fruit / nutrient)
Rich in soluble fiber and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and normalizes blood sugar.

Amaranth (herb)
Vitamin packed herb, calms the stomach, reduces tissue swelling and helps to remove worms and parasites from the digestive tract.

Kelp (nutrient)
Rich in vitamins and contains 30 minerals, controls the thyroid and regulates the metabolism which aids in the digestion of foods and the burning of calories. Kelp aids with improved brain and nerve functions.

Taurine (amino acid)
An amino acid derivative found in meat that shields the heart from harm. Studies also show that Taurine may also benefit vision disorders, epilepsy, and gallstones. Plays an important part as a neurotransmitter, maintains the correct composition of bile and the solubility of cholesterol.

Yucca Schidigera Extract (herb)
Used for its reduction of both breath and stool odor! A cleansing agent. Used by the Indians of the southwest for skin disorders, skin eruptions and helps avoid inflammation.

Psyllium (fiber)
All natural fiber intake to help in digestion, improve intestinal health and effective in reducing cholesterol. Also known as an anti carcinogenic.

Glucosamine (connective tissue health)
An amino acid sugar necessary for construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. Benefits include prevention of arthritis and improved joint health.

Chondroitin (connective tissue health)
Exists naturally in cartilage. When combined with Glucosamine it is known to produce a synergetic effect in helping prevent arthritis and improving joint health.

Prebiotics (digestive tract health)
Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, - Stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy bacteria. Benefits Include: Helping to prevent cancers and have antimicrobial activity. Prebiotics may further help in lowering triglycerides, stabilizing blood glucose levels, boosting the immune system and helping to improve mineral absorption and rid the gut of harmful microorganisms.

Probiotics (Direct feed microbials / digestive tract health)
Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products - Aid in the maintenance of the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Benefits Include: Improved Digestion, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Strengthened Immune Systems and help Correct Digestive Disorders. Probiotics also aid in helping to prevent ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, lactose intolerance, yeast infections and colon cancer.

Digestive Enzymes (digestive tract health)
Aspergillus Oryzae, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extracts, Papaya (containing the enzyme Papain), Pineapple (containing the enzyme Bromilian) - Hydrolyzes proteins, fats, oils, starches and carbohydrates for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Cellulase (digestive tract health)
Digestive enzyme that hydrolyzes fiber for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. CANIDAE Pet Foods is once again the leader in cutting edge nutrition by being the first pet food manufacturer to include proven enzymatic activity in our products backed by scientific data and proven methodology on the inclusion of Cellulase.

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (digestive tract health)
All natural live culture. Acts in stimulating microbial and enzyme populations in the animal?s digestive system. This improves feeding efficiency and digestion. 

Vitamins (AAFCO required by life stage plus additional antioxidant vitamins)
Complete Vitamins including Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherols.

Minerals (AAFCO required by life stage plus proteinate minerals)
Complete balanced minerals containing Amino Acid Chelated (proteinate) Minerals. When Amino Acids are bound to minerals they produce (proteinate) or called Chelated Minerals, which can be attributed to 3 to 10 time better assimilation of minerals.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions about Canidae)

Why does CANIDAE offer a grain-free diet?
Customers asked for all natural, holistic grain-free pet foods. Canidae responded by consulting with  nutritionists and veterinarians to develop two new CANIDAE grain free formulas:
CANIDAE Grain-Free Salmon and CANIDAE Grain-Free All Life Stages.  These grain-free diets are formulated for dogs that do not tolerate grain well, are prone to dietary allergic reactions, and require a higher level of meat protein in their diets.

Traditionally, CANIDAE has offset the abundance of meat protein in its foods by including nutritious grains or starches. For many dogs this provides an optimal blend of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Some dogs however can benefit from a further increase in meat protein and a complete absence of grains of any kind. In these grain-free formulas, the carbohydrates are derived from sources like potatoes and peas instead of grains.

CANIDAE Grain-Free All Life Stages diet is an optimal blend of multiple meat sources. With a protein level of 34% and fat at 18% you will need to make sure your dog can tolerate that high a level of protein and adjust the intake to your dog's nutritional needs.  CANIDAE Grain-Free Salmon diet yields a protein level of 40% with fat at 20%. Because Salmon yields such a high meat protein value and we utilize a low starch offset, this product is much higher in protein than our other formulas. We feel as though very sensitive dogs, higher stress dogs, and underweight dogs will benefit from CANIDAE Grain-Free Salmon formula.

These grain-free foods may not be suitable for all dogs.
It is always best to consult with your veterinarian before making a substantial change to your dog's diet.

Are your products safe?
Yes. Though Canidae were not involved in any way with the US recalls of contaminated pet food in 2005 and 2007 (or at any other time), they have substantially increased testing procedures. To assure the safety of its products, CANIDAE has strict protocols which require that all formulas are tested in-line during our production runs and cleared by a second supervisor every 30 minutes. Additionally, there are 141 ingredient tests and 10 finished product tests that are performed. A sample of each finished goods batch is also sent directly to a research and development centre where they are tested again, this time by a third party lab, for known toxins and potential risk hazards.

Please read Canidae's published
Commitment to Pet Food Safety for detailed information.

Is it safe to switch between pet food products/flavors?
It is safe to change flavours or products.
However, remember to introduce a new product gradually over a 7-10 day period. Sudden changes in a pet's diet can cause intestinal upsets, more so in dogs than in cats. Also, constant changes can create a finicky eater. Please see our dog food
transitioning guidelines for information on how to best transition your pet to a new diet.

When switching pet food to a brand such as CANIDAE and loose stool occurs, is there reason for alarm?
No. It is not uncommon for pet owners to report their dogs have softer stool on CANIDAE foods after feeding other products. That is because all CANIDAE diets are designed to optimize gastrointestinal health through the deliberate selection of dietary fibres. These fibres, both soluble and insoluble, promote healthy fermentation in the large intestine (colon) which makes elimination easier. Stools may have a different odour (less offensive) and hold more water than before. The elevated water holding capacity of some fibres results in this softer stool. It is not a cause for alarm, but rather an indication that the food is working to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Occasionally dogs get diarrhoea. Does this mean something is wrong with the food?
Although the food is the most tangible and easiest to blame, it usually is not the food that causes diarrhoea. Sometimes, the introduction of a new diet can lead to vomiting (usually from over-eating), but seldom does a extruded food lead to sudden episodes of diarrhoea. Sudden and dramatic bouts of diarrhoea are almost always caused by the ingestion of pathogenic micro-organisms such as clostridium perfringens, salmonella, or e. coli. These organisms are found in the soil, on spoiled foods (garbage), or carried by other animals (e.g., rodents, birds, insects). If your pet has diarrhoea, make sure it has access to plenty of fresh water to replace the lost moisture. If the diarrhoea persists for more than a day, consult your veterinarian as it may be a sign of a pathogenic infection. If the stool contains blood, consult your veterinarian immediately.

What is the ideal healthy stool for a dog?
The nutritional ideal and the preference of pet owners may not be the same. From a nutritional perspective, stool should be regular (the same number of daily bowel movements), easily eliminated, consistent from beginning to end, and not accompanied by gassiness or mucus. Pet owners often prefer a stool that is small, dry and easy to handle. When formulating a super premium pet food, the goal is to find a middle-ground that does not compromise the health of the pet.

How does CANIDAE protect the gastrointestinal health of my dog?
CANIDAE pet foods are formulated with a careful selection of fiber containing ingredients. These include fruits, vegetables, rice bran, tomato pomace, dried peas, and inulin (from chicory root). These nutritious ingredients contribute insoluble fiber for bulk and water binding properties, and soluble fiber to promote beneficial fermentation in the colon. Selecting just the right combination of ingredients and fiber types aids in normal passage and elimination and keeps the delicate tissues of the digestive tract healthy.

Is there gluten in any Canidae products?
No. Canidae never add glutens to its products. Glutens are a special protein naturally occurring in many carbohydrates. The most commonly used gluten and of highest concern is wheat. Glutens can also be processed out of carbohydrates yielding a high protein ingredient.

Does CANIDAE use Ethoxyquin as a preservative?
None of CANIDAE's products are formulated with the use of ethoxyquin as a preservative, nor are they produced with Ethoxyquin. Canidae pay high premiums for all its ingredients assuring only the best are used. The truth about CANIDAE is CANIDAE has always preserved its products naturally.

Where can I find more information on the ingredients Canidae use in its formulas?
The exact formulation for each of the pet foods is listed on the bag, can or box. The ingredients are also listed on each product's webpage. There is also  an ingredients page link to
The Finest Ingredients that discusses the benefits and sources for the ingredients we use.

How are CANIDAE and FELIDAE preserved?
CANIDAE pet foods are preserved with Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) and Vitamin C. Canidae do not use anything artificial. CANIDAE pet foods are naturally preserved.

Do you offer products for older or overweight dogs and cats?
Yes. We offer our CANIDAE PLATINUM–é and FELIDAE PLATINUM–é lines specially formulated for a lower calorie, nutritious diet.

Why can't I buy CANIDAE or FELIDAE in chain stores?
It's been our philosophy and commitment to support Independent Pet Stores. Independent Pet Stores have been the heart and soul of the pet industry.
From the local corner pet shop to the large feed store, we all grew up with and loved to shop in Independent Pet Stores.
Typically independent retailers are more knowledgeable with the products lines they carry, offer higher quality unique items, and are able to offer competitive pricing.
Please support your local independent retailers!

What is the difference between "Dry Matter" and "As Fed"?
Dry Matter is the value for a nutrient assuming all moisture is removed.
Dry matter is mostly used by veterinarians because it yields specific information on a more uniform basis.

As Fed would be the value for a nutrient without removing the moisture.

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