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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2 1/2 Cups / 310g


Calorie content (calculated): 4,050 kcal per kg, 480 kcal per cup


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, chicken, brown rice, white rice, fish meal (a source of fish oil), oatmeal, natural flavors, flax seeds, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), beet pulp, sunflower oil, 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, lecithin, choline chloride, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min.) 32.0% 320 g/kg
Crude Fat (Min.) 21.0% 210 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.) 3.5% 35 g/kg
*Omega - 3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 0.8% 8 g/kg
*Glucosamine (Min.) 550 ppm 550 mg/kg
*Chondroitin (Min.) 200 ppm 200 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.


Nutritional statement:
NutriSource Super Performance 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: 3957
Review Date: Sun April 12, 2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first two ingredients in this food are named meat products, the first of which is in meal form. The second is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus likely that this dry ingredient may be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list than its wet form (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Since the ingredient list is still headed by a meat meal ingredient, this does not cause considerable loss of confidence in the likely meat content of the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 5th on the ingredient list, but this starts to be too far down the listing to make a significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note that this is a fish meal ingredient but find no sign of a guarantee on the manufacturer website that the ingredient is purchased 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 main grains in the food are rice and oatmeal. We note two forms of rice in the major ingreidents, which combined may exceed the meat content. The food has a small amount of vegetable content. Beet pulp is controversial filler and 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.


This product uses synthetic vitamin k, a substance alleged by some to cause liver problems and which is progressively being replaced in better quality dog food products.


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