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Description: Calorie Content:
This product contains 4036 kilocalories/kilogram or 363 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Brown rice, chicken meal, brewers rice, chicken fat, wheat gluten, chicken, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), natural chicken flavor, anchovy oil, dried egg powder, soya bean oil, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, fructo-oligosaccharides, sodium tripolyphosphate, dried brewers yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), salt, choline chloride, DL-methionine, mononcalcium phosphate, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid], taurine*, monosodium phosphate, L-lysine, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], L-tyrosine, marigold extract (Calendula officinalis L.), preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 27.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 16.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 2.8%
Moisture Maximum 10.5%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.


Nutritional Statement:
MINI INDOOR PUPPY 27 is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth.



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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: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The main ingredient in this food is rice. Rice is a decent quality grain, but it is still a grain which is not a natural food source for a canine. Dog food products should be based on meat. The sole significant meat product in this food is a named meat product, in meal form, second on the ingredient list. This does not give us any confidence that the food contains an adequate amount of met. There is a second named meat product 6th on the ingredient list, but this is not a meal ingredient. It 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.


Brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and byproduct. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allergies in dogs, and wheat gluten is a low grade product being the dried residue from wheat 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 manufacture, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the grain 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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