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Description: CALORIE CONTENT: This product contains 3290 kilocalories/kilogram.

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Ground Corn, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Salmon Meal (source of DHA), Dried Egg Product, Tuna Oil (source of DHA), Flaxseed Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Inulin (source of Fructooligosaccharides), Salt, Choline Chloride, Lecithin, 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), Glucosamine Hydrochloride, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Inositol, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (source of Vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chondroitin Sulfate, L-Carnitine, 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).

Crude Protein Min. 20.00%,
Crude Fat Min. 10.00%,
Crude Fiber Max. 4.50%,
Moisture Max. 10.00%,
Lycopene Min. 1.25 mg/kg,
Omega 3 Fatty Acid Min. 0.30%,
Omega 6 Fatty Acid Min. 1.20%,
DHA Min. 0.09%,
Glucosamine Hydrochloride Min. 425 ppm,
Chondroitin Sulfate Min. 125 ppm.

AAFCO STATEMENT: OPTIMA Professional Senior Formula with Real Chicken is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon March 24, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There are further named meat ingredients 9th and 11th on the ingredient list, but these are too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food.

With 5 grain products amongst the primary ingredients, this food appears to be quite heavy in grain and our confidence that it may contain an adequate amount of meat is not high. Rice and sorghum are decent quality grains, but rice flour (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food products. It is also commonly associated with food allergies.

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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