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Description: Calorie Content
This product contains 4244 kilocalories/kilogram or 412 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), rice, corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp, chicken, natural chicken flavor, cellulose powder, dried egg powder, sodium silico aluminate, dried brewers yeast, salmon oil, soya oil, chicory extract, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, monosodium phosphate, choline chloride, brewers yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), DL-methionine, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), biotin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), 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], taurine, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], marigold extract, dried kelp, garlic, ginger.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 32%
Crude Fat (min) 20%
Moisture (max) 10%
Crude Fiber (max) 4.3%


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MEDIUM Puppy 32 Formula for Medium Breed Puppies from 2 to 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 growth



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun November 20, 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. Extensive use of cheap grains and other controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product and the second is a decent quality grain. We note however, that rice is also the fourth ingredient. If the rice products were not “split” (see note about “splitting” on the main page) then it is likely that rice would be the primary ingredient listed. Further meat products do not occur until 7th on the ingredient list.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry dog food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Corn gluten meal is filler, for which the 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. Brown rice is a decent quality grain.


Beet pulp is yet another 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.


Cellulose powder is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


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).


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