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Description: CALORIE CONTENT: This product contains 3560 kilocalories/kilogram.

INGREDIENTS: Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken Meal, Ground Corn, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Salmon Meal (source of DHA), Lamb, Natural Chicken Flavor, Rice Flour, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Tuna Oil (source of DHA), Flaxseed Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Inulin (source of Fructooligosaccharides), Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Planatarum Fermentation Product and Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, DL-Methionine, Tomato Powder (source of Lycopene), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (source of Vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Minerals (Iron Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Lactoferrin.

Crude Protein Min. 27.00%,
Crude Fat Min. 15.00%,
Crude Fiber Max. 4.00%,
Moisture Max. 10.00%,
Lycopene Min. 1.25 mg/kg,
Omega 3 Fatty Acid Min. 0.35%,
Omega 6 Fatty Acid Min. 1.60%,
DHA Min. 0.125%

AAFCO STATEMENT: OPTIMA Professional Puppy Formula with Real Lamb is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon March 24, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, mixed quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form, as is the third. There are further named meat ingredients 7th and 8th on the ingredient list, but these are too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. Two meat meal ingredients within the top five is generally a good sign that the product contains a reasonable amount of meat. It is unlikely to beyond acceptable level though, as there are still 3 grain products amongst the major ingredients.

The main grains are rice, corn, and sorghum. Rice and sorghum are decent quality grains, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food products. It is also commonly associated with food allergies. Further down the ingredient list, rice flour (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler.

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.

The product 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 and which is progressively being removed from better quality products.

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