Special Needs




Introduction – Background

This is a company that manufactures dog foods in their own facility. They take great interest and care in sourcing quality ingredients. They work hard to keep up with and stay ahead of pet food requirements and standards. 

Ingredients for Canidae Pure Ancestral Avian Formula

Quail, chicken, guinea fowl meal, duck meal, turkey meal, lentils, peas, tapioca, turkey, duck, chicken meal, chicken fat, garbanzo beans, suncured alfalfa, freeze-dried pheasant, flaxseed, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), squash, parsley, sage, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, basil.

This is a pretty good ingredients list with only one somewhat controversial ingredient, sun-cured alfalfa. This is not an ingredient that is typically in dog food. However, I would say that it is more normal for a dog to eat grass (alfalfa is a type of grass) than it is for them to eat grains or synthetic colors or flavors. You’ve probably seen your dog eating grass out in your yard.

Plus, the first five ingredients are meat, so that is quite impressive!

This food also includes 5 different probiotic sources.

Guaranteed Analysis Canidae Pure Ancestral Avian Formula

Crude Protein 34% (min)

Crude Fat 13.5% (min)

Crude Fiber 4.5% (max)

Moisture 10% (max)

Linoleic Acid (an omega-6) 2.5% (min)

Vitamin E 50IU/kg

Alpha Linolenic Acid (omega-3) 0.2% (min)

Lacobacillus Acidophilus 100 minllion CFU/lb (min)

Cellulase 100 CMCU/kg

This is a fairly evenly formula, calorie-wise. With about a third of the calories coming from carbs, another third from protein, and the last third from fat. 

The product does contain probiotics but who knows if they really survived the processing and heating of the kibble. 

The form of omega-3 that they have included in the analysis is not one of the main, EPA or DHA, that you usually think of as being a super beneficial omega-3. While being less well know alpha-linolenic acid is still beneficial. Though, it is very heat sensitive and may not have survived the kibble processing. 

Flavors available

  • Avian
  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Chicken 
  • Duck 
  • Fish
  • Goat
  • Lamb 
  • Rabbit
  • Red Meat
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Turkey 
  • Venison
  • Wild Boar


You can choose from wet or dry foods.

They have grain-free options for dogs sensitive to grains.

They offer all life stages, puppy, adult, and senior food formulas.

They also offer weight management, small breed, large breed, and high meat options.

Approximate Cost 

Small dog under 10lbs $34/month

Medium dog 25-50lbs $135/month

Large dog 100lbs and up, $294/month


This is a pretty good kibble overall with good-quality ingredients. The brand offers many options for your dog’s needs, including a variety of animal protein sources. This may be a good choice for your dog.