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Description: Techni-Cal Bone & Joint is specially formulated for dogs that are prone to bone and joint problems, hip dysplasia or suffer from arthritis. Two key building blocks of healthy joints, glucosamine and chondroitin, are available in Techni-Cal Bone & Joint formula from a natural source - chicken cartilage. In addition, a unique blend of fats and yucca schidigera extract is added to help reduce joint inflammation, while mineral balance is carefully controlled to improve overall health. Natural Rosemary together with Vitamin C and E help promote a healthy immune system. Natural pre-biotic Yucca Shidigera also promotes excellent intestinal health and helps reduce odour. No artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives added.


Techni-Cal Bone & Joint includes:
Chicken No.1 ingredient and a source of high-quality protein.
Chicken cartilage - A natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate.
Gelatin - A source of amino acids for cartilage development.
Salmon and Primrose oil - Sources of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.
Wheat and rice - Excellent sources of carbohydrates; wholesome grains promote gastrointestinal health and rice is considered the most digestible grain for pet foods.
Chelated minerals - Increase the absorption of copper, iron and zinc. Zinc is one of the nutrients required for healthy skin and coat.
Yucca schidigera extract - A prebiotic that reduces stool odour.
Antioxidants - Help keep a dog's immune system healthy. Antioxidants help prevent the breakdown of unsaturated fatty acids, which may lead to a loss of aroma and flavour appeal. Additionally, some unsaturated fatty acids are key components of cell membranes and are essential to growth and development.
Naturally preserved for freshness - with vitamins C, E and dried rosemary.


Ingredients
Chicken, ground wheat, ground rice, chicken fat, chicken cartilage (a natural source of glucosamine), natural flavour, tomato pomace, salmon meal, canola oil, whole dried egg, natural flavour, tomato pomace, gelatin, yeast culture, salmon oil, evening primrose oil, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin C, inositol, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin K, biotin, vitamin B12), minerals (zinc Proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron Proteinate, zinc oxide, copper Proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), ascorbyl-phosphate, yucca schidigera extract. Naturally preserved with Vitamins C and E and dried Rosemary.


Typical Analysis (Europe)
Crude Protein - 21%
Crude Fats and Oils - 10.5%
Crude Fibre - 2.5%
Ash - 7%
Moisture - 8.0%
Vitamin A - 18,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 - 1300 IU/kg
Vitamin E - 195 mg/kg
Copper (copper Proteinate & copper sulphate) - 16 mg/kg
Calcium - 1.8%
Phosphorus - 1.1%
Glucosamine and chondroitin* - 2100 mg/kg
Kcal - 349/100mg
Digestibility - 90%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon March 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but since this is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food. Salmon meal is the 8th ingredient but this is too low to make up a substantive portion of the food.


The next ingredients in this food are grains. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is an ingredient we prefer not to see used at all, and certainly not as the main ingredient in the food. Rice is a decent quality grain. Tomato pomace is filler.


It is a concern to see fat as the fourth ingredient in the food. Research at Purdue University has identified 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.


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