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


Calorie Content
Contains 3982 kilocalories/kilogram or 367 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients:
Corn, oat flour, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried egg product, beet pulp, herring meal, yeast culture, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), liver digest, flax seed, calcium carbonate, potato protein, potassium citrate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, lecithin, citric acid, inulin, L-tryptophan, taurine, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, inositol, L-carnitine, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), manganous oxide, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 12%
Crude Fat (min) 14%
Crude Fiber (max) 3%
Moisture (max) 10%


Indicated for:
For the management of chronic renal failure in adult dogs.


Nutrition Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet™ canine Modified Formula canned and dry diets provide complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, 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.


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. Brewers rice is a further low quality grain and byproduct.


We note that chicken fat is the fourth ingredient in the food, and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested. 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.


The sole meat product in the food is a named meat product, herring meal, 7th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any significant contribution to the (near zero) 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). 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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