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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 – 5-1/2 cups


Calorie Content:
296 kcals/per cup


Ingredients:
Rice Flour, Chicken Meal, Rice Bran, Wheat Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity).


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 22.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 3.50%
Calcium (maximum) 1.20%
Phosphorus (maximum) 1.00%
Zinc (minimum) 250 mg/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 250 IU/kg
Choline (minimum) 1400 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 60 mg/kg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (minimum)** 0.30%
L-Carnitine (minimum)** 10 mg/kg
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (minimum)** 950 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum)** 750 mg/kg

**Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.


Nutritional Adequacy Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO¹ procedures substantiate that Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Senior provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun December 31, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat products, fat of unidentifiable origin, use of controversial fillers.

The primary ingredient in this food is rice. Both of these are grain fractions and we consider this to be filler. Wheat flour is a further grain fragment and filler. We prefer not to see the use of wheat in dog food due to the high incidence of allergies associated with this grain. The next ingredient is corn gluten meal, which is defined as "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm". In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed. This food is extremely grain heavy.


The second ingredient in the food is a named meat ingredient. It is the sole meat product in the food.


Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


Beet pulp is another controversial ingredient – it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


Soy is a further ingredient commonly implicated in the development of allergies. There are better quality oils that might have been used instead. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs than egg product. We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.


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