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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 3/4 cups (270 g) - 4 cups (395 g).


Metabolizable Energy:
4195 kcal/kg (413 kcal/per cup).


Ingredients:
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Sulfate, Dried Egg Product, Soybean Oil, Flaxseed, Iodized Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, 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), preserved with BHT and BHA, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Beta-Carotene.

Average Nutrient Contents:
Protein 19.0 min
Fat 17.0 min
Carbohydrate (NFE) 43.8
Crude Fiber 4.0 max
Calcium 0.60 Minimum
Phosphorus 0.30 min
Sodium 0.31 max
Potassium 0.60
Magnesium 0.140 max


Intended for:
Dogs with Urinary Tract Disease Associated with Struvite.


Product Characteristics:
Magnesium Reduced
Phosphorus Reduced
Sodium Low
Protein Reduced
Added Antioxidants Help reduce free radical damage to counteract oxidative stress
Target Urine pH Acid (6.2-6.4)*



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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, low quality grain and filler, carcinogenic chemical preservatives.

The main ingredient in this foodcorn. 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.


It is a concern to see fat as the second 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.


This food uses by-products as the sole meat-related ingredient. 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".


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.


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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