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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1,289kcal or 3 1/2 cups

Calorie Content
Contains 3967 kilocalories/kilogram or 328 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Chicken meal, oat flour, barley, rye, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, salmon meal, flax meal, natural flavor, beet pulp, pea fiber, salmon oil, apple pomace, potassium chloride, cranberry meal, calcium sulphate, fructo-oligosaccharides, lecithin, choline chloride, potassium citrate, lutein, taurine, brewers yeast extract (source of mannos-oligosaccharides), vitamins [DL-alpha-tocopherols (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulphite complex (source of vitamin K activity), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], minerals [zinc oxide, zinc amino acid chelate, ferrous sulphate, iron amino acid chelate, manganese oxide, copper sulphate, copper amino acid chelate, calcium iodate, selenium], L-carnitine, beta-carotene, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 20%
Crude Fat (min) 13%
Crude Fiber (max) 4%
Moisture (max) 10%

Nutrition Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Royal Canin Veterinary Diet canine CONTROL FORMULA canned and dry diets provide complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient 7th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. It is a fish meal ingredient, but we find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

The main grains are oats, barley, rye and corn. Oat flour is a grain fragment (commonly a byproduct of human food production) that we consider to be primarily filler. Barley and rye are decent quality grains, but corn is a further low grade product. It is a difficult to digest grain of limited value, and is commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn Gluten Meal 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 bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.

Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient 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. Pea fiber is further filler.

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.

Overall, this product has been given a 3* rating primarily on its first four ingredients. Remaining ingredients are largely of low quality though, and the product is close to a 2* rating.

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