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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 4-1/3 cups for maintenance or 3 1/4 cups for weight loss


Calorie Content
Nutro MAX Adult contains 3,400 kcal/kg of metabolizable energy (ME) on as-fed basis (calculated)
273 kcals/per cup


Ingredients
Wheat Flour, Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Wheat, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Lamb Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dried Kelp, Dried Egg Product, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Manganese Proteinate, Garlic, Chondroitin Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Carnitine, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Sodium Selenite, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (minimum) 16.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 8.00%
Crude Fat (maximum) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 2.50%
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 35 mg/kg
L-Carnitine (minimum)** 15 mg/kg
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (minimum)** 475 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum)** 375 mg/kg

**Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.


Nutritional Adequacy Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO¹ procedures substantiate that Nutro MAX Weight Control Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs.



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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: Fourth ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, mixed quality ingredients, fat of unidentifiable origin

The top three ingredients, and the majority of the food, are grains. The first of these is wheat, which is very commonly an allergy problem in dog food. Wheat is also the fifth ingredient. In flour form (in dog food commonly a byproduct of human food production) it is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Rice is decent quality grain, but rice bran is another grain fragment.


There are two named meat meals in this product, but these are the fourth and eighth ingredients and only a very small fraction of the food.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.


Overall, the ingredients used in this product are of very mixed quality and it is woefully short of meat content.


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