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With a score of 5.8/10, this is considered a moderate risk dog food. There are 3 recipes that average 30% protein and 25% carbohydrates, as calculated on a dry matter basis.
This line loses ingredient quality points for its high carbohydrate content. The Turkey Recipe is exceptionally high at 39%. We expect a canned food to be much lower. Excessive carbohydrate is an indicator of low quality foods as they are used to keep costs down. Large amounts of starch can increase insulin levels, cause obesity and negatively impact gut balance.
This line loses significant ingredient quality points for excessive added vitamins and minerals. This usually reflects poor quality or overly processed ingredients. Ideally, these nutrients should come from whole food sources. Vitamin and mineral excesses, especially vitamin D and copper, can also result from vitamin premixes. Vitamin and mineral excesses, especially vitamin D and copper, can also result from vitamin premixes.
This is a highly processed canned food. Canned foods are heated before and during canning, which will cause significant losses in some active enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients.
These recipes also use foods in the top 5 ingredients known to be high in pesticide/herbicide residues including oats and peas. Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers pose a significant health risk to plants, animals and soils. Foods with the largest reported amount of residue will be penalized, including crops that are known to be spray-dried with glyphosate.
Another food safety concern costing points is the use of rice. Rice naturally absorbs arsenic and the water it’s grown in can be contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic is linked to chronic health issues.
The company states that the salmon used in these recipes is wild-caught which has a healthier fatty acid profile than farmed fish. However, they don’t state that other fish ingredients are wild-caught, so those are likely farmed.
The Chicken recipe contains coconut oil which has been shown as potentially harmful to gut health.
Canidae does not state the omega6:omega-3 ratio in their foods. While this is true of most foods, AAFCO allows a very inflammatory limit of 30:1. Diets rich in omega-6 fats can cause chronic inflammation and disease.