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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 2/3 to 3 1/2 cups


Calories
3,555 kcal/kg; 263 kcal/cup; 2.61-oz/cup

Ingredients
Potato, Herring Meal (source of Fish Oil), Catfish, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Digest, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate [source of Vitamin B1], Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement [source of Vitamin B2], Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [source of Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Ethoxyquin (a preservative)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, minimum 22.0
Crude Fat, minimum 12.0
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0
Moisture, maximum 10.0
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 1.2*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.24*


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


Response™ FP/Canine Dry Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.


Product information:
Nutritionally manage itching, whether from food or environment, in as little as 3 weeks.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and third ingredients are named meat products, grainfree
Cons: Insufficient meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler

This product is a veterinary diet, however it is not indicated for disease treatment. Our comments therefore are on an equal footing with any other food irrespective that this one is marketed under a 'veterinary' label. These comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease.


The first ingredient is potato. Potatoes are a good carbohydrate and vitamin/mineral source, but should not be the primary ingredient in dog food. Foods designed for canines should be based primarily on meat.


The second ingredient is a named meat product in meal form. This is a fish meal, but we are unable to locate any guarantee by the manufacturer that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients destined for pet foods and which is banned from use in human foods because it is believed to be carcinogenic. We recommend careful checking of the packaging for any such guarantee (specific to this ingredient). The third ingredient is catfish. This is not a meal ingredient but is inclusive of its water content. Once the water content is removed, as it must be to make a dry dog food, this ingredient will end up weighing around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus unlikely that it is the true first ingredient in the food, and would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list and is unlikely to make up any significant portion of the food.


Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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 fourth 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.


Beet pulp is a controversial filler. 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 suffers from limited meat content. We appreciate the exclusion of grains from the food, but have concerns with the inclusion of low quality fats of unidentifiable origin.


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