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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2-1/8 cups


Metabolizable Energy:
391 Kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Montmorillonite Clay, Flaxseed Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid), Sea Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite), Chicken Liver, Inulin, Flaxseed Oil, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Apples, Carrots, Peas, Cottage Cheese, Chicken Eggs, Freeze Dried Chicken, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts, Pumpkinseeds, Ground Chicken Bone, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Kelp, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Persimmons, Olive Oil, Duck Eggs, Pheasant Eggs, Quail Eggs, Rosemary Extract, Sage, Clove


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
CRUDE PROTEIN (min.) 26.0%
CRUDE FAT (min.) 14.0%
CRUDE FIBER (max.) 3.4%
MOISTURE (max.) 10.0%


OTHER NUTRITIONAL DATA
CALCIUM (min.) 1.41%
PHOSPHORUS (min.) 0.90%
VITAMIN E (min.) 128.4 IU/kg
VITAMIN C* (min.) 50 mg/kg
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS* (min.) 2.12%
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS* (min.) 0.56%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.


VITAMINS
CAROTENE mg/kg 5.63
VITAMIN A IU/kg 19220
VITAMIN D IU/kg 2433
VITAMIN E IU/kg 128.4
VITAMIN K mg/kg 0.75
ASCORBIC ACID mg/kg 50
THIAMINE mg/kg 12.28
RIBOFLAVIN mg/kg 8.88
PANTOTHENIC ACID mg/kg 19.63
BIOTIN mg/kg 0.45
FOLIC ACID mg/kg 0.36
CHOLINE mg/kg 3379
VITAMIN B12 mg/kg 0.12
VITAMIN B6 mg/kg 4.4
NIACIN mg/kg 58.79
IODINE mg/kg 3


MINERALS
SODIUM 0.41%
POTASSIUM 0.65%
CHLORIDE 0.79%
MAGNESIUM 0.12%
SULFUR 0.23%
MANGANESE mg/kg 29.78
IRON mg/kg 272.90
COPPER mg/kg 24.80
ZINC mg/kg 244.10
SELENIUM mg/kg 0.41


AMINO ACIDS
METHIONINE-CYSTINE 0.96%
METHIONINE 0.55%
CYSTINE 0.41%
LYSINE 1.77%
TRYPTOPHAN 0.30%
THREONINE 1.251%
ISOLEUCINE 1.17%
HISTIDINE 0.67%
VALINE 1.38%
LEUCINE 2.37%
ARGININE 1.59%
PHENYLALANINE-TYROSINE 1.20%


Prairie Chicken Meal and Rice is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for All Life Stages.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun July 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product, uses primarily good quality ingredients.
Cons: High apparent grain content.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. A single meat ingredient followed by three grains is not normally adequate to give us confidence in the amount of meat included in the food, however, in this particular case the manufacturer states that "Meat proteins make up over 40% of the ingredients in each production batch of Nature’s Variety". We have been assured that this is the dry weight. It is on this basis that the food has been awarded a 5-star rating.


The main grains used are rice, barley and oatmeal, all of which are good quality. Menhaden fish, which is the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil is a further meat ingredeint, however at 10th on the ingredient list is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food. The manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic). There are further meat ingredients (freeze dried) near the end of the ingredient list, but these are so far down as to make up trace amounts only.


There are a range of vegetables in the food, and there is a good range of probiotics. The inclusion of a variety of eggs and organ meat is appreciated.


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


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