A little while ago someone from Pets Corner Pet store contacted my human to ask if I’d like to review Canagan’s grain free and biologically appropriate dog food. Although I love doing product reviews, I usually turn down any food reviews as I’m eating a raw food diet & kibble isn’t allowed anywhere near my bowl.
Making an exception
This time around there was something about the product descriptions that caught my human’s eye – it sounded like this was a kibble that tries to mimic some of the best aspects of raw feeding (in other words the diets of our doggie ancestors):
- Biologically appropriate - meaning a food which more closely mimics your pet’s ancestral diet with the correct ratio of meat protein and fat to carbohydrate. 60-65% protein from nutritious animal ingredients and 35-40% vegetables and botanics.
- Grain Free – us dogs were not built to chew grains like wheat and corn and our stomachs are not designed to tolerate them. Many dry dog foods contain heaps of grains and that’s one of the reasons why so many pups get tummy problems and allergies from their kibble. Canagan use sweet potato as a source of carbs – a highly digestible premium source of slow release energy, rich in anti-oxidants and a great source of soluble fibre.
- Interesting Protein Sources: Canagan make dry food using not only Free Range Chicken, but also Scottish Salmon and a Country Game variety including duck venison and rabbit.
Receiving a huge bag of Canagan Free Range Chicken
Composition of the food
Freshly Prepared Deboned Chicken (26%), Dried Chicken (25%), Sweet Potato, Peas, Potato, Pea Protein, Alfalfa, Chicken Fat (3.1%), Dried Egg (3.1%), Chicken Gravy (1.6%), Salmon Oil (1.2%), Minerals, Vitamins, Glucosamine (1000 mg/kg), MSM (1000 mg/kg), Apple, Carrot, Spinach, Psyllium, Seaweed, Fructooligosaccharides, Chondroitin (700 mg/kg), Camomile, Peppermint, Marigold, Cranberry, Aniseed & Fenugreek.
What about the taste?
The Big Taste Test
So we’ve already established that I loved the taste of the Canagan chicken kibble and my human approved of it too. But – does it taste any better than the other kibble that I’ve tried? My human set up a very scientific blind taste test for me. The methodology was simple – I had no idea which kibble was which, we ran the test three times and the kibble was moved around.
A dog’s life doesn’t get much better than this – I mean, I got to choose between some of my favourite treats:
1. Lily’s kitchen Very Venison grain free kibble
2. Barking Heads TLC – Chicken & Rice (wheat free, but sadly not entirely grain free)
3. Canagan Free Run Chicken
Check out the video – or cheat and read about my findings below.
It was a close call between Lily’s Kitchen and Canagan. Both of them smelled so pawsome I could barely decide which one I liked better, but after three blind test runs I can proudly announce my official list:
1. Lily’s Kitchen – I picked Lily’s food as my favourite twice out of three attempts.
2. Canagan – I picked Canagan as my favourite once, and as my second choice twice.
3. Barking Heads – I picked this one last twice and second one time.
To sum up, I would really recommend anyone looking for a grain free dry dog food for their dog to try Canagan’s range. It compares well to some of the big brands on the market and it tastes totally pawsome. You can find it over at Pets Corner Pet store *Waggy tail*