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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1,289kcal or 4 1/2 cups

Calorie Content
This product contains 3816 kilocalories/kilogram or 298 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Rice, brown rice, Menhaden fish meal, rice gluten, chicken fat, natural flavors, cellulose powder, dried beet pulp, curcumin, vegetable oil, salmon oil, L-tyrosine, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, borage oil, vitamins [DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], aloe vera extract, trace minerals [zinc amino acid chelate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], marigold extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 21%
Crude Fat (min) 13%
Crude Fiber (max) 5.4%
Moisture (max) 10.5%

Indicated for:
Allergic skin disease
Contract dermatitis
Flea bit hypersensitivity
To help control secondary bacterial skin infections
To help promote wound healing and skin recovery

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine SKIN SUPPORT SS 21 is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and maintenance


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

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

The first meat ingredient does not occur until 3rd on the ingredient list. It is a meat meal ingredient, but this is too far down to be considered remotely adequate meat content. 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 grain, and main ingredient, in the food is rice. This occurs in three forms in the top four ingredients. The whole forms are decent quality but rice gluten is not. Rice Gluten is the dried residue from rice after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in wet milling, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the rice leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Cellulose is further filler. It is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.

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.

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