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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1 to 2 cups


Calculated Metabolizable Energy: 2093 Kcal/pound or 4605 Kcal/Kg
Calculated Energy Basis: 33% protein, 49% fat, 18% carbohydrate


INGREDIENTS:
Fish Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid), Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Pork Blood Meal, Flaxseed, Liver, Fish Oil, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarnum, Lactobacillus Salivarius, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Zinc Oxide, Iron Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Min.38%
Crude Fat Min.25%
Crude Fiber Max.3.5%
Moisture Max.10%


Redpaw 38K is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages of the dog.



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Wed January 16, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Byproducts, fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is fish meal. Fish is a reasonable quality ingredient in dog food, 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 next ingredient is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of Chicken by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.


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 is the third ingredient, and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested. Blood meal is a further ingredient without specific definition, but is likely to be meal made from the blood of slaughtered pigs.


The main grains in the food are brewers rice and corn. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. Corn is a difficult to digest grain that is of limited value in dog food, and that is commonly linked to food allergies. In gluten meal form 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.

Beet pulp is filler, and a controversial ingredient. 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


The food contains a good range of probiotics. We note the inclusion of synthetic vitamin K, a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems.


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