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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 3523 kilocalories/kilogram or 326 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken meal, oatmeal, corn gluten meal, chicken, brown rice, rice hulls, brewers rice, natural chicken flavor, chicken fat, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), dried brewers yeast, salmon oil, pea fiber, fructo-oligosaccharides, potassium chloride, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, salt, DL methionine, dried egg powder, salmon meal, magnesium oxide, 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)], Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], L-carnitine, tea (green tea extract), marigold extract (Calendula officinalis L.), 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 30.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 11.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 7.8%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%
Vitamin E Minimum 600 mg/kg
Vitamin C Minimum 300 mg/kg
L-Carnitine* Minimum 50 mg/kg


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MINI Weight Care 30 Formula for small breed adult dogs who are prone to obesity 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 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

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

The first ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form. The fourth ingredient is also a named meat product. This is not a meal 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 unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. Salmon meal is the 23rd ingredient, with no contribution to make to overall meat content. It is a fish ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The main grains in the food are oatmeal and corn. Oatmeal is a decent quality grain, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn gluten meal it is that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Rice is also of decent quality, but the hulls of rice are filler as is pea fiber. Brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and byproduct.


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. Cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.


Overall, this product has very mixed quality ingredients and minimal meat content for the canine.


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