karen6179: Problems with Canidae?
If you currently are feeding your dog Canidae, or are thinking of switching to Canidae from another brand, please read this first!
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For those that say Canidae has made their food "better".... Better in who's opinion? Theirs? Dogs have died from eating this new, "better" food! Mine would vomit after eating, had loose stools, and sometimes refused to eat it. When I got the "new" Canidae, I gradually mixed it with the old Canidae (which they both loved, and did great on), so it wasn't from getting switched to a new food too quickly.
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Answer by Mee-Shell
Thanks for posting! I almost started using that brand, but chose Wellness instead. Now I'm glad.
Answer by SSullWill
If you read that correctly, they changed their formula to be BETTER! No fillers, byproducts, etc. They raised the protein and meat ingredients. That's a wonderful thing. Canidae is a Premium dog food, and they are making it even better. They are simply saying that because the formula has changed, some dogs who are used to the old formula are having slight apprehension over eating it. Whenever you switch a dogs' food, whether it be by brand or different formula, there are guidelines the owner should follow as to not upset their dogs' stomach. Some pet owners are just misinformed. That is all.
EDIT: That's what I was saying. You can't just switch all of the sudden when the formula changes. I said that you have to do it gradually. Canidae is a premium dog food, check the ingredients.
Answer by Yo LO! Aussie Grins
What people often forget is that if a company changes it's formula, like Canidae recently did, then you need to mix old and new food as you would if you were changing to a new food.
New formula doesn't mean it's better or worse, it just means it's different in their case.
Answer by Beth K
I used to feed a recommend Canidae foods and had nothing but good things to say about it. After some issues with my dogs' health and unanswered queries to the company about a formula or supplier change where I was either ignored or told I was imagining things, I dropped Canidae and started feeding another brand. The problems resolved within a day. A few months later, Canidae admitted to formula and supplier changes while claiming these changes made their product better-- yeah right. I know of at least a dozen people that have stopped feeding Canidae due to digestive issues in their animals and are now feeding another brand. These are not average pet owners who noticed diarrhea for a few days-- these are experienced owners of show and working dogs that know the difference between diarrhea from a food change and diarrhea from a food problem. Simply not changing foods slowly enough is not the source of the problem as Canidae claims. My three dogs can handle food changes 'cold turkey' with no trouble, and they were vomiting, had loose stools, and refusing to eat the Canidae. This is more than just a simple change of ingredients for a 'better' formula.
Canidae is still a better food than many other brands, but it is far from what it used to be. Shame on the company for ruining an excellent product in the name of saving a few bucks. They've ruined their reputation and customer base completely.
ETA: For those interested, I've found that Canine Caviar foods are similar in protein levels, nutritional balance, and type of ingredients and calorie counts to the 'old' Canidae foods. My dogs do great on Canine Caviar, Innova, and some raw foods added.
Answer by Boston's
Bonnie- You are a BITCH!!!
Answer by Bonnie L
Big deal, they've changed the size of the bag and made the dog food even better. I've been feeding Canidae for years. Who ever your are, you are probably feeding your poor dog something like Ol' Roy from WalMart. Research before mouthing off.
Answer by rescue member
If you read the ingredients, you will note that the formula is now actually higher protein and lower empty carbs.
The only dogs who would be bothered by this are those who have been fed corn junk from the supermarket or Ol Roy - or the few who have some sort of allergy to protein and need special vet diets.
There is no way more protein and less junk corn fillers could be worse - I add even more protein by giving white meat, boneless, skinless chicken with the Canidae, so any protein they added and fillers they took out is great (though I always fed Canidae Chicken and Rice, no corn meal in that - dogs do not digest corn meal, which may explain some of the diarrhea or bowel changes in dogs who have always had nothing much more than nutritionless cattle feed like corn meal).
I've been feeding my dogs Canidae for over 2 years now, on recommendation of trainers and handles of show dogs and the difference in my dogs' looks and health on Canidae is amazing.
This is what Canidae actually says about their new formula - the Chicken and Rice has not changed however.
"The new formulation, with increased levels of meat protein, lowered carbohydrates, and an increased overall complex carbohydrate quality, provides the most nutritious, all natural, palatable products. Canidae never uses soy, corn, wheat, by-products, grain fractions, or fillers in our food"
Now, it is certainly possible that individual dogs can be sensitive to just about anything they eat - the odds of them being sensitive to corn and wheat gluten are a lot higher than their having problems with Canidae, new or old.
I would add that, if you have been feeding your dog empty calories like corn meal and other carb fillers, add the decent, protein food gradually, 1/4 portion per day, until your dog gets used to real nutrition. That should be done with any change in food to avoid stomach upset.
Are you seriously advocating feeding dogs corn meal junk -
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