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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 3629 kilocalories/kilogram or 287 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients:
Oat flour, brewers rice, potato protein, canola oil, yeast culture, tomato pomace, beet pulp, flax seed, calcium carbonate, natural flavor, carrot pomace, potassium citrate, dicalcium phosphate, citric acid, inulin, lecithin, sodium chloride, taurine, vitamins (DL-alpha-tocopherol (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin A acetate, inositol, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), vitamin B12 supplement] minerals [zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite], L-carnitine, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 17%
Crude Fat (min) 7%
Crude Fiber (max) 4%
Moisture (max) 10%


Indicated for:
To help prevent urate urolithiasis and crystalluria
Adverse reactions to food


Nutrition Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine Vegetarian Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance



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

 
Pros:
Cons: Vegetarian formula, 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.


This product is a vegetarian recipe, and as such is not a species-appropriate diet. Canines are not obligate carnivores, meaning that they can survive on substances other than meat. But survive is different to thrive and canines are still carnivores requiring a meat based diet to thrive. There are some individuals for whom allergy problems may make meat proteins problematic, thus this review takes into account only the quality of ingredients and ignores the absence of meat.


The main grains in the food are oats and brewers rice. Oats are a decent quality grain in whole form, but as flour (in dog food commonly a byproduct of human food production) this is a grain fragment we consider to be primarily filler. Brewers rice is a another low quality grain and filler. The sole protein source is potato protein, which is a very low quality protein compared to meat (which is absent in this food). Canola oil provides a source of omega 3/6 OFAs. Although a single source oil, not all manufacturers agree that it is good quality.


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. Tomato pomace is further filler.


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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