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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 1/4 to 4 1/4 cups for maintenance, or 2 1/4 to 3 cups for weight loss


Calories
3,356 kcal/kg; 217 kcal/cup; 2.27-oz/cup

Ingredients
Corn Grits, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, 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), Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Flax Meal, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, minimum 22.0
Crude Fat, minimum 6.5
Crude Fat, maximum 9.0
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0
Moisture, maximum 10.0
Vitamin A, minimum 75,000 IU/kg
L-Carnitine, minimum 40 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 1.15*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.2*


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


Restricted-Calorie™ Canine Dry Formula 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: 3957
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, mixed quality grain, controversial filler, chemical preservative

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. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with food allergy problems. In "grits" form it is missing the bran and germ, and is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Sorghum and barley are decent quality grains, but grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and dog foods should be based on meat rather than on grain.


The second 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.


The sole true meat ingredient in the food is the 74th 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.


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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