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Description: Calories
3,191 kcal/kg; 13 kcal per piece; 4.06 gm per piece

Ingredients
Wheat Flour, Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Flax Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, 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), Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Potassium Sorbate (a preservative), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, minimum 16.0
Crude Fat, minimum 4.0
Crude Fat, maximum 6.5
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0
Moisture, maximum 11.0
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.75*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.15*


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


Restricted-Calorie™ Rewards/Canine is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.



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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: Byproducts, inadequate meat content, low quality grain, controversial filler

This product is a veterinary diet, but is not indicated for the treatment of disease. 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 grain. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. In flour form (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production), this is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with food allergy problems. Moreover, grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and dog foods should be based on meat rather than on grain.


The third 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.


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.


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