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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 3 cups/360g


Calorie content (calculated): 3,900 kcal per kg, 410 kcal per cup


Ingredients:
Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, white rice, barley, oatmeal, whole grain wheat, fish meal (a source of fish oil), chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), beet pulp, natural flavors, flax seeds, dried egg product, brewers yeast, potassium chloride, salt, proteinated minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), yeast culture (saccharomyces cerevisiae, enterococcus faecium, lactobacillus acidophilus, aspergillus niger, trichoderma longibrachiatum, bacillus subtillis), vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera extract, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min.) 26.0% 260 g/kg
Crude Fat (Min.) 16.0% 160 g/kg
Crude Fiber (Max.) 4.0% 40 g/kg
Moisture (Max.) 10.0% 100 g/kg
Selenium (Min.) 0.5 mg/kg 0.5 mg/kg
Vitamin E (Min.) 175 IU/kg 175 IU/kg
*Omega - 6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 3.0% 30 g/kg
*Omega - 3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 0.6% 6 g/kg
*Glucosamine (Min.) 550 ppm 550 mg/kg
*Chondroitin (Min.) 150 ppm 150 mg/kg
* Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (Min.) 100 mg/kg 100 mg/kg
*Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (Min) 0.05% .5 mg/kg


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


NutriSource Adult is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun August 31, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal ingredient, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once the moisture is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, this ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight and hence is unlikely to be the true first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately place further down the ingredient list.


The second ingredient is a named meat product in meal form, and likely to be the true first ingredient in the food. There is a second meat ingredient 7th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note that this is a fish meal ingredient, but find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that ingredients are free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal ingredients, and which is banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The next four ingredients (including two forms of rice) are all grains. These are decent quality grains, but it is likely that the combined grain content of the food is well in excess of the meat content.


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.


The food contains a range of probiotics, but we would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. We note the presence 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.


Overall, this product is improved from previous versions, but not sufficiently to consider a higher than 3* rating.


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