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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 75lb dog should be fed 3 1/4 - 4 1/4 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 3290 kilocalories/kilogram or 265 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken meal, corn gluten meal, oatmeal, brown rice, barley, rice hulls, pea fiber, chicken fat, natural chicken flavor, chicken, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), anchovy oil (source of DHA), dried brewers yeast, sodium silico aluminate, fructo-oligosaccharides, potassium chloride, salt, monosodium phosphate, choline chloride, dried egg product, glucosamine hydrochloride*, 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), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], L-Carnitine*, taurine*, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], chondroitin sulfate*, preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of Vitamin E) and citric acid, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 27.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 13.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 8.6%
Moisture Maximum 9.0%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride* Minimum 780 mb/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* Minimum 220 mg/kg
L-Carnitine* Minimum 200 mg/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MAXI Weight Care 27 Formula for Large Breed Dogs prone to obesity from 15 months to 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 ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product. It is the sole significant meat product in the food, and our confidence that this product contains a decent amount of meat is low. There is a further meat product 10th on the ingredient list, but this is not only a minor ingredient 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 main grain in the food is Corn, which 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. Oatmeal, rice and barley are decent quality, but this is a very grain heavy product. The hulls of rice and pea fibre are fillers.


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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