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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 1 – 1-2/3 cups for moderate activity or 2 – 3 cups for high activity


Calorie content:
272 kcals/per cup


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


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (minimum) 20.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 3.50%
Calcium (minimum) 0.90%
Calcium (maximum) 1.30%
Phosphorus (minimum) 0.70%
Phosphorus (maximum) 1.15%
Sodium (maximum) 0.30%
Manganese (minimum) 40 mg/kg
Zinc (minimum) 250 mg/kg
Vitamin A (minimum) 13,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 250 IU/kg
Thiamine (minimum) 10 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) (minimum) 6 mg/kg
Vitamin B6 (minimum) 10 mg/kg
Choline (minimum) 1400 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 60 mg/kg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (minimum)** 0.30%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (minimum)** 600 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum)** 475 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 Small Bites Senior provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
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.

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 appears to be rather 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 a low quality 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". We note this is the fourth ingredient and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Soy is a further ingredient commonly implicated in the development of allergies. There are better quality oils that might have been used instead.


Oatmeal and oatbran are further grains in the minor ingredients, but not of great account given the small quantities. 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.


This product appears to be somewhat better than many in this range. It suffers, however, from an inadequate meat content and the use of low quality fat ingredients.


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