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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 cups


Metabolizable Energy:
485 cal per cup


Ingredients:
Chicken, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Duck Meal, Potatoes, Carrots, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil, Brewers Yeast, Fish Meal, Salmon Oil, Lecithin, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 23.0% minimum
Crude Fat 13.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% maximum
Moisture 10.0% maximum
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% minimum
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.0% minimum

Natural Balance® is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the A.A.F.C.O. dog food nutrient profile for all life stages.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun January 28, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and third ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat products. This is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight).


The second ingredient, brown rice, is most likely the true main ingredient in the food. This is a decent quality grain, but still a grain - whereas dog foods should be based on meat. Further grains are oatmeal and barley, also decent quality.


The main meat sources of the food are lamb meal (third ingredient) and duck meal (sixth ingredient). Without a meat meal heading the ingredient list, our confidence that this food has an adequate meat content is low.


There is a further meat meal ingredient, fish, 14th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any substantive contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We do not find a guarantee on the manufacturer website that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but that is banned from use in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic).


We appreciate the inclusion of some vegetable matter in the food.


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