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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1289kcal, 4 3/4 cups per day


Calorie Content
This product contains 3425 kilocalories/kilogram or 267 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients:
Corn, oat flour, chicken by-product meal, oat hulls, beet pult, yeast culture, liver digest, herring meal, dried egg product, flax seed, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dicalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, calcium carbonate, DL-methionine, choline chloride, sodium chloride, lecithin, citric acid, inulin, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, brewers yeast, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, phosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of vitamin K), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, L-carnitine, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 16%
Crude Fat (min) 7%
Crude Fiber (max) 6%
Moisture (max) 10%


Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine MATURE is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, byproducts, low quality grains, controversial filler

This product is a veterinary diet, however it is not indicated for disease treatment. Our comments therefore are on an equal footing with any other food irrespective that this one is marketed under a 'veterinary' label. These comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease (age is not a disease).


The main ingredients are low quality grains. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Oats, as a whole grain, is good quality but oat flour (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. The hulls of rice are also filler.


The sole meat product in the food, third on the ingredient list, is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal 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. Quality issues aside, this product contains very little meat which is itself a concern in a food designed for canines. There is a named meat product, herring meal, 8th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any significant contribution to the meat content of the food. We find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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.

We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. We note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality products.


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