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Description: Feeding guideline
A 50lb dog should be fed about 1.75 cups

CALORIES 490 per cup

Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Pumpkinseeds, Menhaden Fish Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Chicken Flavor, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Kelp, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite), Chicken Liver, Sea Salt, Inulin, Flaxseed Oil, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Apples, Carrots, Peas, Cottage Cheese, Chicken Eggs, Freeze Dried Chicken, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts, Ground Chicken Bone, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Olive Oil, Duck Eggs, Pheasant Eggs, Quail Eggs, Rosemary Extract, Sage, Clove.

Crude Protein (min): 42.0%
Crude Fat (min): 22.0%
Crude Fiber (max): 3.2%
Moisture (max): 10.0%

Calcium (min): 2.49%
Phosphorus (min): 1.43%
Vitamin E (min): 128.6 IU/kg
Vitamin C* (min): 50 mg/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min): 3.61%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min): 0.69%

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

Carotene: 8.29 mg/kg
Vitamin A: 21318 IU/kg
Vitamin D: 2433 IU/kg
Vitamin E: 128.6 IU/kg
Vitamin K: 0.75 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid: 50 mg/kg
Thiamine: 19.25 mg/kg
Riboflavin: 12.25 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid: 23.27 mg/kg
Biotin: 0.608 mg/kg
Folic Acid: 0.675 mg/kg
Choline: 5868 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.236 mg/kg
Vitamin B6 4.4 mg/kg
Niacin: 79.87 mg/kg
Iodine: 5.5 mg/kg MINERALS
Sodium: 0.389%
Potassium: 0.878%
Chloride: 0.688%
Magnesium: 0.142%
Sulfur: 0.383%
Manganese: 33.6 mg/kg
Iron: 333.8 mg/kg
Copper: 25.86 mg/kg
Zinc: 277.1 mg/kg
Selenium: 0.794 mg/kg

Methionine-Cystine: 1.384%
Methionine: 0.91%
Cystine: 0.474%
Lysine: 2.98%
Tryptophan: 0.48%
Threonine: 2.11%
Isoleucine: 1.866%
Histidine: 1.031%
Valine: 2.104%
Leucine: 3.596%
Arginine: 2.665%
Phenylalanine-Tyrosine: 1.95%
Taurine: 0.085%

Nutritional Statement
Instinct Chicken Meal Formula for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for All Life Stages


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sat April 4, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products, grainless, high apparent meat content

The first and fifth ingredients in this food are named meat products, in meal form. Although it is easier to have confidence that there is a good amount of meat in a food when there are multiple meat meal ingredients heading the ingredient list, the supporting macronutrient breakdown of this product lends a high level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food. The inclusion of fish meal amongst the major incredients provides a good source of omega 3 and 6 OFAs.

Tapioca is the starch content with primary purpose as thickener. It is the second ingredient in a food with likely carbohydrate content of around 26% DMB.

There are no grains in this food. The major carbohydrate source is tapioca, which may be particularly useful for dogs with sensitivities to potatoes or who suffer arthritis. There is a good range of fruits/vegetables in the food, and a good range of probiotics.

We note that chicken fat is the third ingredient in the food and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry dogs foods as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. The presence of citric acid as a preservative means that this food should not be pre-moistened prior to feeding (pre-moistening of foods preserved with citirc acid has also been identified as a factor increasing the risk of bloat).

This food is outstanding in that it contains no grains whatsoever. Grains are not a natural part of a canine diet and it is pleasing to see dog foods on the market that exclude grains completely from the diet.

The only caution we would make on this food is that the high protein and calcium content may make it suitable for adult dogs only, particularly in the case of large breeds.

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