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Description: Metabolizable energy:
One 8 oz cup of NutriSource contains 540 calories or 3823 Mcal/kg.


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, chicken, brown rice, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E), citric acid and rosemary extract), brewers rice, fish meal, oatmeal, digest of poultry, beet pulp, flax seed, tomato pomacem whole dried eggs, spray dried poultry liver digest, brewers yeast, potassium chloride, 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 monoitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, menadione soldium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K actvity), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), glucosamine hydrochloride, lecithin, vitamin C, methylsulfonyl methane, chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera extract.


Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min) 32.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 21.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 10.0%
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) 3.5%
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) 0.8%
*Glucosamine (Min) 550 PPM
*Chondroitin (Min) 200 PPM



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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: Mixed quality ingredients, fat of unidentifiable origin, fillers.

The first two ingredients are named meat products. The second 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 6th on the list, which is too far down to make up a substantive portion of the food, but does still add to our confidence that this food contains adequate meat. 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 brown rice. This is a good quality grain that is low-allergenic and a good source of carbohydrates and additional protein.


The ingredients from this point are of lower quality, however. 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"


Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.


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


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.


This is a food that starts out with what appear to be good quality ingredients. Unfortunately, the second half of the ingredient list looks more like a dumping ground for low quality and waste products. These are the reason for the low rating accorded to this food.


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