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Description: Feeding Guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 4 1/2 cups for maintenance, 3 1/4 cups for weight loss


Calorie Content:
279kcal/per cup


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


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 18.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 8.00%
Crude Fat (maximum) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 2.50%
Calcium (maximum) 1.40%
Phosphorus (maximum) 1.30%
Zinc (minimum) 240 mg/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 250 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 60 mg/kg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (minimum)** 0.20%
L-Carnitine (minimum)** 15 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 Weight Management 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. Ground rice is a decent quality grain; however there are two rice products in the top three ingredients of this food and the second of these is a grain fraction. 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.


Wheat flour is a 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. 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.


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".


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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