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Description: Ingredients
Chicken Meal, Natural Chicken, Brown Rice, Oat Groats. Rice Flour, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Form of Vitamin E), Dried Beet pulp, Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Salmon Meal, Dried Egg, Flaxseed Meal, Dried Brewers Yeast, Canola Oil, Yucca Schidegera and Vitamins and Minerals


Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 25.0%
Crude Fat (min) 13.0%
Crude Fibre (max) 4.0%
Moisture (max) 10.0%
Calcium (min) 1.1%
Phosphorous (min) 0.8%
Omega 3 1.0%
Omega 6 1.0%


Nutritional Statement
Nature's Plan Large Breed Puppy is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and gestation/lactation.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat July 18, 2009 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, in meal form. This is followed by a second named meat product, but this is inclusive of water content. Once that is removed as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight and be more accurately place much further down the ingredient list. If its wet weight is insufficient to have this ingredient listed first (ingredients are listed in order of weight) then it is unlikely that there is actually a large amount of the ingredient in the food. There are further meat ingredients 9th and 10th on the ingredient list, but these are far too far down to make a significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food.


The main grains in the food are rice and oat groats, both of which are decent quality. Rice flour we consider to be primarily filler, though barley is a good quality grain.


Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient 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.


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