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Carna4® Dog Food – Grain-free Duck

Carna4 Grain-free Duck is whole food nutrition for all life stages of your dog. Our Canadian-made pet food starts with fresh duck (we use the muscle and flesh, no by-products) from humanely-raised ducks on Quebec and Ontario farms. No meat or vegetable meals, ever. We then add pork liver, whole eggs, clean, de-boned herring, whole produce, our certified organic sprouted seeds and nutrient-rich kelp We then quick-bake & gently dry it to give your dog highly digestible vitamins and minerals, without grain or synthetic additives of any kind. No vitamin pre-mix needed, ever.

Our natural ingredients, particularly our fresh duck, liver, eggs and certified organic sprouted seeds, provide your dog a clean, complete diet that is every-day-easy. Our sprouted seed mix offers a wealth of super-nutrients, including high levels of naturally occurring antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. By using these seeds in a sprouted state, we boost our food’s bio-available amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, Omega-3s and antioxidants to levels far exceeding AAFCO standards. And thanks to our sprouted seeds, Carna4 is LOW GLYCEMIC and LOW GLUTEN – ideal for sensitive dogs. We use only 100% true food and you can easily pronounce the name of every ingredient in Carna4 because all are grown only on Canadian and American farms – not overseas factories.

We have made several improvements to our original Duck formula in our continual quest to produce the best grain free dog food possible. In 2016 we:

  • Added more duck to raise protein from 27% to 29%.
  • Replaced salmon with herring as #5 ingredient.
  • Replaced potato with ground fava beans as #6 ingredient.
  • Replaced whole peas with organic sprouted peas.
  • Removed rosemary as last ingredient.

In particular, the addition of fava beans is an innovative alternative to potatoes or dried peas in creating our state-of-the-art grain-free diet. Once cooked (at least to the extent as our quick-bake Carna4 process), fava beans become a highly digestible, safe and nutritious source of minerals, especially magnesium, potassium, folate and zinc; vitamins including niacin (B3), thiamin (B1), A ,C, K and beta carotene.  For more information about this nutritional powerhouse, click here.

100% fresh, table-grade duck meat. No meat or vegetable meals, ever. We then add pork liver, whole eggs, Herring, whole produce, our certified organic sprouted seeds and wholesome herbs -no grain or synthetic additives of any kind.

Ingredient List – NEW IMPROVED Grain-free Duck Formula:   

Duck, pork liver, eggs, ground organic sprouted barley seed, herring, ground fava beans, sweet potato, ground organic sprouted flaxseed, ground organic sprouted lentils, ground organic sprouted peas, potato starch, apples, carrots, sea salt, kelp.

…Nothing Else

  • Eggs – As a perfect complement to our fresh table-grade chicken and its iron-rich liver, eggs serve up plentiful protein with essential amino acids needed for growth and muscle development, plus naturally occurring vitamin E and 14 key nutrients.
  • Herring –  An excellent source of protein, calcium, Omega-3s and vitamin D for helping to maintain strong bones with a shiny skin and coat, warding against inflammatory conditions like arthritis and combating infection. Herring is also high in DHA and EPA.
  • Organic Sprouted Barley Seed, Flaxseed, Lentils and Peas – Our Flora4 blend of some of the best natural sources of vitamins, minerals, probiotics and enzymes that supply optimum, bio-available nutrition for dogs of any age, size or breed.
  • Fava Beans – are loaded with minerals, especially magnesium, potassium, folate and zinc; vitamins including niacin (B3), thiamin (B1), A ,C, K and beta carotene. They are low calorie and have no saturated fat but plenty of fatty acids. When cooked, Fava beans are a nutrition power-house.
  • Whole Sweet Potatoes & Carrots – Rooted with natural sources of antioxidants, beta carotene (vitamin A), B vitamins and various minerals, including iron and niacin, these garden vegetables add essential nourishment to your dog’s diet.
  • Whole Apples – This scrumptious fruit adds vitamins and disease-fighting antioxidants, while its pectin provides soluble fiber to keep your dog ‘regular’ and help reduce colon cancer risks.
  • Kelp – This nutritious plant provides amino acids, vitamins and naturally occurring trace minerals, including iodine and potassium, as well as other essential micronutrients.

We test every batch of Carna4 for 15 different pathogens and toxins. Nothing leaves our bakery until it is checked thoroughly for safety.

Available in 3 lb/1.36 kg, 6 lb/2.72kg, 13 lb/5.90 kg, and 22 lb/9.77 kg bags. 

Carna4 All Life Stages Grain-free Duck….Natural dog food for all stages

Nutrient Content:

Carna4 Hand Crafted Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages – but offers much more. In fact, our nutrient content exceeds AAFCO requirements in all cases. You can see for yourself in the following table:



NUTRIENT Carna4 Duck (min. per kg – as fed) Carna4 Chicken (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Adult (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Growth (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO (max.per kg – as fed)
Crude Protein     29%     28%    16.6%  20.2%
Crude Fat     15%     17%    4.6%   7.4%
Crude Fiber      4% (max)      4% (max)
Moisture      10% (max)      % (max)      10%     10%
Amino Acids
Arginine 3.07% 2.92% 0.47% 0.57%
Histidine 0.89% 0.92% 0.17% 0.20%
Isoleucine 1.57% 0.89% 0.34% 0.41%
Leucine 2.85% 1.63% 0.54% 0.66%
Lysine 1.58% 1.43% 0.58% 0.71%
Methionine – cysteine 1.36% 0.79% 0.40% 0.49%
Phenylalanine – tyrosine 2.95% 1.66% 0.67% 0.82%
Threonine 1.67% 0.88% 0.44% 0.53%
Tryptophan 0.42% 0.40% 0.15% 0.18%
Valine 1.23% 1.12% 0.36% 0.44%
Taurine 0.24% 0.13%
NUTRIENT Carna4 Duck (min. per kg – as fed) Carna4 Chicken (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Adult (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Growth (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO (max.per kg – as fed)
Fatty Acids
Arachidonic Acid 0.16% 0.15%
Linoleic Acid 2.3% 2.8% 0.9% 0.9%
Omega-3s 1.7% 1.6%
Omega-6s 2.6% 3.2%
DHA & EPA 1.3% 1.2%
Minerals & Essential Nutrients
Calcium 1.1% 1.1% 0.6% 0.9% 2.3%
Chloride 0.79% 0.80% 0.08% 0.41%
Copper 17 mg 14 mg 6.7 mg 6.7 mg 230 mg
Iodine 2.9 mg 2.2 mg 1.4 mg 1.4 mg 46 mg
Iron 180 mg 120 mg 74 mg 74 mg 2,760 mg
Magnesium 0.15% 0.13% 0.04% 0.04% 0.28%
Manganese 26 mg 26 mg 4.6 mg 4.6 mg
Phosphorous 0.75% 0.80% 0.5% 0.7% 1.5%
Ca:P Ratio 1.5:1 1.4:1 1:1 1:1 2:1
Potassium 0.85% 0.6% 0.55% 0.55%
Selenium 1.2 mg 0.45 mg 0.10 mg 0.10 mg 1.8 mg
Sodium 0.33% 0.33% 0.06% 0.28%
Zinc 270 mg 190 mg 110 mg 110 mg 920 mg
NUTRIENT Carna4 Duck (min. per kg – as fed) Carna4 Chicken (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Adult (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Growth (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO (max. per kg – as fed)
Vitamin A 24,000 IU 21,000 IU 4,600 IU 4,600 IU 230,000 IU
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 5.1 mg 5.1 mg 0.9 mg 0.9 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 4.2 mg 4.2 mg 2.0 mg 2.0 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 43 mg 40 mg 10.5 mg 10.5 mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 26 mg 26 mg 9.2 mg 9.2 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 10 mg 7.6 mg 0.9 mg 0.9 mg
Vitamin B12 0.22 mg 0.22 mg 0.02 mg 0.02 mg
Vitamin K 0.74 mg 0.70 mg
Folic Acid 1.1 mg 1.1 mg 0.17 mg 0.17 mg
Beta Carotene 1.8 mg 1.8 mg
Choline 3,000 mg 1,400 mg 1,100 mg 1,100 mg
Vitamin C 520 mg 515 mg
Vitamin D 1,900 IU 1,100 IU 460 IU 460 IU 4,600 IU
Vitamin E 340 IU 340 IU 46 IU 46 IU   920 IU
NUTRIENT Carna4 Duck (min. per kg – as fed) Carna4 Chicken (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Adult (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO Growth (min. per kg – as fed) AAFCO (max. per kg – as fed)
Total Probiotics (Microorganisms) 18 billion cfu 18 billion cfu
Bacillus coagulans 89 million cfu 89 million cfu
Bacillus subtilis 45 million cfu 45 million cfu
Bifidobacterium bifidum 730 million cfu 730 million cfu
Bifidobacterium infantis 98 million cfu 98 million cfu
Enterococcus faecium 61 million cfu 61 million cfu
Lactobacillus acidophilus 1.09 billion cfu 1.09 billion cfu
Lactobacillus casei 370 million cfu 370 million cfu
Lactobacillus lactis 1.65 billion cfu 1.65 billion cfu
Lactobacillus plantarum 116 million cfu 116 million cfu
Saccharomyces boulardii 58 million cfu 58 million cfu
Saccharomyces cerevisiae 226 million cfu 226 million cfu
Prebiotics 1.9% 1.9 %
Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) 10,250 mg 10,180 mg
Mannooligosaccharides (MOS) 9,020 mg 8,970 mg
Inulin 160 mg 160 mg
Digestive Enzymes
Lipase 449,000 LU 450,200 LU
Amylase 37,400 DU 30,100 DU
Cellulase 474,000 CU 467,800 CU
Protease 17,300 PU 12,450 PU

Please note that Carna4’s “Guaranteed Minimum per kg as fed” is our food’s guaranteed nutrient content in its regular state in the bag, including moisture.

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Calorie Content: ME as fed Calculated – Duck Formula: 4,660 kcal/kg or 535 kcal/8 fl. oz. cup

Recommended Daily Feeding Guide

Ideal daily feeding portions will vary for different dogs, depending on age, size, breed, environment and activity levels. Because Carna4 is so concentrated in high quality nutrients that are easily absorbed by your dog, you will need to feed 15% to 25% fewer cups per day than most other dry foods. The amounts shown below are guidelines only and you should carefully monitor your dog’s weight, until an ideal balance is found:

8 fl. oz. Cups per Day



Less than

6 mos.


6 to 12


Adult Active


Less Active

or Senior Dog

3 3/4 to 1 3/4 to 1/2 1/4 3/8 1/8 to 1/4
5 1 to 1 1/4 1 to 3/4 3/8 1/2 1/4 to 3/8
10 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 3/4 1/2
15 2 to 2 1/4 1 3/4 to 1 1/2 3/4 1 5/8
20 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 2 1/4 to 1 3/4 1 1 1/4 3/4
30 3 to 3 1/2 2 3/4 to 2 1 1/4 1 3/4 1
40 3 1/2 to 4 3 1/4 to 2 3/4 1 1/2 2 1 1/4
55 4 to 3 1/2 2 2 3/4 1 1/2
75 2 1/2 3 1/2 2
90 3 4 2 1/4
Use 90 lbs serving plus 1/2 cup per 20 lbs of body weight more than 90 lbs.

Feeding Instructions:

Transitioning to Carna4: It will take several days for your dog to adjust to the richer nutrients in Carna4. Start by mixing one part Carna4 to four parts of your dog’s old food. Gradually increase the proportion of Carna4 over 7-10 days until you are feeding all Carna4. Remember that you will feed slightly fewer cups of Carna4 than other dry foods.

Your dog may have larger stools in the early part of his or her transition period as the better quality fiber in Carna4 helps to clean out the colon. This is a normal and healthy effect and you will see the stools return to a normal size later in the transition.

Feeding Your Puppy: Feed small quantities in 3 or 4 feedings at the same times each day, reducing to twice per day after 6 months. Divide the total cups per day from the chart above by the number of feedings to determine how much to set out each time. After 20 minutes, remove any food remaining in the puppy’s bowl.

Pregnant or Nursing Dogs: Add up to 50% more food per day for pregnant dogs after the first 6 weeks. When nursing, the mother should be allowed to free feed throughout the day. She may eat 2 or 3 times as much as a normal adult during this time.

Remember to:

  • Provide your dog with plenty of fresh, clean drinking water at all times.
  • Bring your dog to the veterinarian regularly.
  • Give your dog play and exercise every day.

Satisfaction Guarantee:

We are sure your puppy or dog will love the fresh taste of Carna4 and you’ll love the peace of mind that comes with feeding your pet the safest, most nourishing complete pet food available. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, please return the remainder of your package to your pet specialty retailer for a full refund or call Carna4 at 1-855-4Carna4.

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