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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 4 3/4 - 5 3/4 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 4045 kilocalories/kilogram or 364 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken, rice, brown rice, corn gluten meal, chicken meal, oatmeal, chicken fat, natural chicken flavor, anchovy oil (source of DHA), dried beet pulp (sugar removed), dried brewers yeast, dried egg product, soya oil, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, sodium silico aluminate, sodium tripolyphosphate, salt, fructo-oligosaccharides, choline chloride, taurine*, Vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], glucosamine hydrochloride*, L-lysine, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], tea (green tea extract), chondroitin sulfate*, marigold extract (Calendula officinalis L.), preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of Vitamin E) and citric acid, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 26.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 17.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 1.2%
Moisture Maximum 9.0%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride* Minimum 780 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* Minimum 220 mg/kg
Vitamin E Minimum 500 IU/kg
Vitamin C Minimum 200 IU/kg
Lutein Minimum 5.0 mg/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MAXI Aging Care 26 Formula for Large Breed Mature Dogs over 5 years of age is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. It is highly unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. The true first meat ingredient is a meat meal, 5th on the ingredient list. This is far too low to give us any confidence in the meat content of the food.


The main grains and primary ingredients in the food are rice, corn and oatmeal. Rice and oatmeal are decent quality grains, but corn is another low quality ingredient. It is a difficult to digest grain that 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 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.


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