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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 - 4 1/4 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 4008 kilocalories/kilogram or 337 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken meal, brown rice, rice, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), natural chicken flavor, chicken, corn gluten meal, catfish meal, beet pulp (sugar removed), brewers dried yeast, salmon oil, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, soya oil, dried egg powder, brewers yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), choline chloride, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid], DLmethionine, Trace Minerals [zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], L-carnitine, dried spinach, sage, basil.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 25.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 14.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 3.6%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%
Vitamin E Minimum 500 mg/kg
Vitamin C Minimum 200 mg/kg


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MEDIUM Adult 25™ Formula for Medium Breed Adult Dogs over 12 months of age is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon November 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat, use of corn gluten and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient is a named meat product. There are two further meat products in the food at 7th and 9th on the ingredient list, but so far down the ingredient list it is unlikely that they constitute a significant proportion of the food.


Rice is both the second and third ingredients. If these items were not split (see main page for explanation of “splitting”) then it is likely that rice would be the primary ingredient in the food. Rice and oatmeal (the third ingredient) are both decent quality grains.


Corn gluten is a filler, for which is AAFCO definition is “the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.” In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed


Beet pulp is another 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


We note the use of soya oil in the food. Soy is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat). We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor in large breed dogs).


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