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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 1 3/8 - 1 7/8 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 3986 kilocalories/kilogram or 326 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken meal, brown rice, brewers rice, oatmeal, soy isolate, chicken fat, natural chicken flavor, chicken, dried egg powder, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), anchovy oil, pea fiber, potassium chloride, soya oil, sodium silico aluminate, fructo-oligosaccharides, DL-methionine, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine*, Vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], borage oil, L-Carnitine, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], glucosamine hydrochloride*, tea (green tea extract), chondroitin sulfate*, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 28.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 16.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 4.2%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MINI Chihuahua 28 Formula for Chihuahuas over 8 months 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: Thu January 3, 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 grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. 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 8th 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. Soy isolate is used to boost the protein content of the food, but this is low quality protein and soy is a product closely linked to food allergies in dogs.


The main grains in the food are rice, brewers rice and oatmeal. Rice and oatmeal are decent quality grains, but brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg powder in the food. Pea fiber is further filler.


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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