Is Canidae good dog food to switch to?

jeyo9891: Is Canidae good dog food?
I have a 5 month old chihuahua and I've been feeding him science diet but he seems to not like it anymore & only eats it when he's really hungry. I'm considering switching him to canidae but don't know if it's good or not, so is it good dog food?


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Answer by Queenie knows it all.
I wouldn't switch. Science Diet is really good quality and I've never heard of that other stuff before.

Answer by ♥L.A. Woman♫
Yes, Canidae is a VERY good dog food and Science Diet is actually pretty low quality! You should definitely switch to Canidae...

Here is a great website that scores dog foods on a scale from 1 to 6 stars, 6 being the best and 1 being the worst (Science Diet is rated 1 star and Canidae is rated 5!!!):

Answer by Deecat
Vets recommend Science Diet because they get kickbacks. I worked in an animal hospital and I know this for fact. Science Diet is mostly corn, which causes serious allergies and gastric upsets in dogs. It's a garbage filler and they use it because it is cheap.

Any kibble you use that contains grain is potentially harmful to your dog, and in the longrun it will cause problems. There are grain-free dog foods out there (Instinct is one brand that's pretty commonly available) that are much safer.

The most complete nutrition available for dogs is in what they naturally were meant to digest... Raw meat and bones. Look up "BARF" diet or Raw Meat and Bones before you scoff. Dog food companies spent a lot of money convincing the public that so-called "dog food" is really the safest thing.

Dogs on raw diets get variety. Dogs on kibble can't switch brands because they get sick as they switch from one combination of indigestible fillers and poor quality dried out meat products to another. Doesn't better nutrition come from a more varied diet? Man cannot live on hamburgers alone! (lol)

Raw bones don't splinter. Only cooked bones splinter and become indigestible. My dog's favorite meal is raw chicken with bones in!

If you're worried about salmonella, your dog licks its butt and it probably also licks and comes into contact with surfaces that are already teeming with that bacteria and several others that can possibly harm humans. A dog who is eating raw meat and bones in a balanced diet is not going to be effected by salmonella because their digestive tract has the enzymes that protect them from it. Their digestive tract is much shorter than ours anyway, so it isn't affected the way ours is.

Remember, there are vets out there who are honest enough (and not brainwashed, as well) to recommend a raw diet, but many prefer to recommend whichever brand of dog food is giving them the best bonus. Besides, if dogs didn't constantly have chronic food-related ailments, where would vets peddle all of their quick-fix pills and injections?

Dog food is a fairly recent thing in domesticated canine history. How did all the dogs survive up until there was dog food on the shelves?

I know I sound like a nutty preacher, but I stand to gain nothing from this other than the satisfaction of knowing that I may have possibly persuaded you to do something that will greatly benefit your beloved pet. (or at least I tried)

I hope that helps! n_n

Answer by *Jordan M*
MUCH better than Science Diet. FAR better than Sciene Diet.

Science Diet is expensive crap food. Canidae costs the same, but is much higher quality. Not that Canidae is an expensive food, but for the quality... Science Diet should only cost as much as Pedigree...

Answer by panache
Canidae is far better food than science diet,just switch over acouple of weeks to prevent stomach upset

Answer by ozzy59
I have no complaints with it other than the fact that only one place in this area sells it and they don't have a whole lot of it on hand.

Answer by grumpy girl
science diet is full of fillers...and science diet uses peanut hulls as their filler. stay away from it please. canidae is a good food from what i have heard. i have never seen it for sale in my area so i have kept my dogs on solid gold beef and barley formula. other good foods are wellness, blue buffalo, Merrick, chicken soup, Newman's own, and innova. if you choose one of these foods, your dog will be thankful, and healthier. just compare the ingredients to the science diet...and you will see what i mean. good luck.

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  1. abbyful says

    Canidae is excellent food!
    Science Diet is crap.

    Here is a website that reviews dog foods based on ingredients; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods.
    (For a puppy, I'd recommend staying in the 4 & 5 star foods. The 6 star foods tend to be to high in protein for puppies.)

    Always read the ingredients before you buy!
    Here are guidelines for choosing high-quality food when looking at dog food ingredients:
    1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
    2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
    3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
    4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
    5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
    6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
    7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
    8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

    Here is an article about byproducts:

    And an article on what ingredients to avoid:


    Now here are the ingredients of the two foods you mention. You will be able to see that Canidae is a much better food than Science Diet by reading the ingredients.

    Canidae ALS:
    Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, White Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Herring Meal, Flax Seed, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil, Chicken, Lecithin, Monocalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Linoleic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Inulin (from Chicory root), Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (source of B2), Beta Carotene, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Papaya, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

    Science Diet puppy:
    Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Brewers Rice, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, vitamins (L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

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    A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office (which is quite often Science Diet). They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it.

    Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. I'm not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge.

    Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

    Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section:!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

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    When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
    25% food A, 75% food B
    50% food A, 50% food B
    75% food A, 25% food B
    100% food A

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