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Description: Metabolizable energy:
One 8 oz cup of NutriSource Large Breed Puppy Food contains 380 calories.



Ingredients:
Chicken, chicken meal, brewers rice, brown rice, whole grain ground wheat, corn gluten meal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E), citric acid and rosemary extract), barley, oatmeal, beet pulp, digest of poultry, fish meal, flax seed, whole dried eggs, potassium chloride, brewers yeast, spray dried poultry liver digest, DL methionine, salt, chelated minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, magnesium proteinate, yeast fermentation solubles), choline chloride, dried saccharomyces, fermentation solubles, (saccharomyces cerevisiae, enterococcus faecium, lactobacillus acidophilus, aspergillus niger, trichoderma longibrachiatum, bacillus subtillis), maltodextrins and fermentation solubles), vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), taurine, vitamin C, yucca schidigera extract.


Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min) 26.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 14.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 3.0%
Moisture (Max) 10.0%
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) 2.9%
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) 0.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon January 9, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Low quality grains and other controversial fillers, fat of unidentifiable origin.

The first two ingredients are named meat products. The first of these is meat inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). However, the presence of a meat meal ingredient high on the list gives us confidence that there is an adequate amount of meat in the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 12th on the list, which is too far down to make up a substantive portion of the food. This is a fish meal ingredient and we note that the manufacturer does not state the use of ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The third ingredient in the food is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product. It is followed by brown rice which is a good quality grain that is low-allergenic and a good source of carbohydrates and additional protein.


The next ingredient is wheat. The use of which is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is followed by corn gluten meal, which is another very low quality ingredient. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal 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. Corn is also another very common cause of allergy problems in dogs.


Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative"


Beet pulp is a 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. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. Tomato pomace is further filler.


Digest of poultry is yet another low quality ingredient. The AAFCO definition of animal digest is “material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. Likewise, spray dried poultry liver digest is a low quality flavouring.


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