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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 1 1/4 - 1 5/8 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 4026 kilocalories/kilogram or 382 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken, brown rice, brewers rice, chicken meal, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, dried egg powder, natural chicken flavor, dried brewers yeast, rice hulls, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), salmon oil, soya oil, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine*, borage oil, choline chloride, L-lysine, 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], DL-methionine, L-cystine, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], tea (green tea extract), L-carnitine, 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 26.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 17.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 3.6%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%
Vitamin E Minimum 600 mg/kg
Vitamin C* Minimum 300 mg/kg
L-Carnitine Minimum 50 mg/kg
Omega 6 Essential
Fatty Acids Minimum 3.70%
Omega 3 Essential
Fatty Acids Minimum 0.72%


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MINI Beauty Care 26 Formula for small breed adult dogs who have skin or coat sensitivities 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. 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. The main meat ingredient in the food is the fourth ingredient, which is a named meat product in meal form. This is too far down the ingredient list to give us any confidence that the food contains an adequate amount of meat.


The main grains in the food are rice, brewers rice and corn. Rice is a decent quality grain, but brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and byproduct. 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. The hulls of rice are 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.


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


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