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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 3/4 to 3 2/3 cups


Calories
3,580 kcal/kg; 245 kcal/cup; 2.41-oz/cup

Ingredients
Corn Meal, Corn Grits, Chicken, Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Soy Protein Isolate, Fish Meal, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Gum Arabic, Fructooligosaccharides, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Flax Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [source of Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [source of Vitamin B6], Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement [source of Vitamin B2], Inositol, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Potassium Citrate, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, minimum 18.0
Crude Fat, minimum 12.0
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0
Moisture, maximum 10.0
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 1.75*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.35*


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


Renal - Early Stage/Canine Dry Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.


Product Information
Designed to address the nutritional needs of your dog once kidney problems have been identified by your veterinarian.



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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:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grain, controversial filler, chemical preservative

This product is a veterinary diet. These comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease.


The main content of this food is low quality grain. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. As "grits" it is corn missing the bran and germ, and is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct.


The third ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food. The sole true meat ingredient in the food is the 7th ingredient. 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.


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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. Soy protein boosts the (low) protein content of the food, but this is low quality protein compared to meat. Soy is also very commonly linked with food allergy problems.


This product used chemical preservative. As above, 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.


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