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Description: Calorie Content
This product contains 4135 kilocalories/kilogram or 500 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, brewers rice, dried egg powder, natural chicken flavor, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), anchovy oil, brewer's yeast, potassium chloride, sodium silico aluminate, flaxseed, salt, fructo-oligosaccharides, rice hulls, choline chloride, 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), niacin supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2)], taurine*, salmon meal, dried brewers yeast extract (mannan- oligosaccharides), Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], marigold extract (Calendula officinalis L.), preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 33.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 20.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 2.6%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%

Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MINI Puppy 33 Formula for small breed dogs from 2 to 10 months of age provides complete and balanced nutrition for growth and is comparable in nutritional adequacy to a product which has been substantiated using AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) feeding tests.


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: First and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat product 3rd on the ingredient list. This is chicken, 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 unlikely that this ingredient makes up any substantive portion of the food.

The main grains are rice and corn. Rice is a good quality ingredient, but corn and brewers rice are not. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value, and 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. Brewers rice is a low grade ingredient and byproduct.

Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient. We note 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

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. Rice hulls (outer casings of rice) are further filler.

Overall, this product has been given a 3* rating primarily on its first three ingredients. Ingredients overall are of mixed quality though, and the product is close to a 2* rating.

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