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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 1/4 cups (320 g) - 4 1/3 cups (430 g)


Metabolizable Energy:
3637 kcal/kg (358 kcal/per cup)


Ingredients:
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Brewers Rice, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Meal, Flaxseed, Fish Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Grape Pomace, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Citrus Pulp, Soybean Oil, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Oat Fiber, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), L-Lysine, preserved with BHT and BHA, Iodized Salt, Calcium Carbonate, L-Tryptophan, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene.


Average Nutrient Contents:
Protein 16.0 min
Fat 12.0 min
Carbohydrate (NFE) 51.9
Crude Fiber 7.0 max
Calcium 0.40 min
Phosphorus 0.30 min
Sodium 0.25 max
Potassium 0.80
Magnesium 0.112
Carnitine 200 ppm min


Intended for:
Dogs with Behavioral Changes Associated with Brain Aging


Product Characteristics:
Protein Reduced
Phosphorus Reduced
Sodium Low
Vitamin E High
Vitamin C Added
Lipoic acid Added
Carnitine High
DHA High
EPA Added
Beta-Carotene Added
Selenium Added
Fruits & Vegetables Added



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon January 29, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, by-products, use of low quality grains and filler, carcinogenic chemical preservatives.

The main ingredient in this food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain, which limits its nutritional value for dogs. We consider this to be a low quality ingredient. It is also commonly associated with allergy and skin problems. We prefer not to see these grains used in dog food. Corn appears on the ingredient list as corn gluten meal. This is 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 uses by-products. Chicken by-product meal - a very low quality ingredient. This is defined as "consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice". There is a further meat product, fish meal, 8th on the ingredient list but this is too far down to make a substantive contribution to the meat content of the food. We find no sign of any guarantee from the manufacturer that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative banned from use in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


It is a concern to see fat as the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs.


Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product. We prefer not to see the use of any form of soy in dog food as this is an ingredient of low quality and commonly causing allergy problems. Soybean meal, the ground remains of soybeans after extraction of oil, provides additional low quality protein to the food. Soybean Mill Run is the ground hulls (outer shell) of soybeans after the useful bean meat and oil has been extracted.


Grape and tomato pomace are fibre/filler, as is citrus pulp. We appreciate the inclusion of a small amount of vegetable matter in the food, but would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


We note also the use of chemical preservatives - BHA and BHT. These chemicals are banned or heavily regulated in use in human food due to being carcinogenic.


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