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Description: Feeding Guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 3/4 - 3 3/4 cups


Calorific content:
Calorie Content: 3,566 kcal/kg (334 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients:
Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, oatmeal, millet, white rice, ocean fish meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potatoes, tomato pomace, duck, salmon, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried chicory root, chondroitin sulfate, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-carnitine, Enterococcus faecieum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin Dsupplement, folic acid.


Guaranteed analysis:
Crude Protein 23.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 13.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 4.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Sodium 0.3% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.2% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.4% Minimum
L-Carnitine * 40 mg/kg Minimum
Glucosamine Hydrochloride * 1000 mg/kg Minimum
Chondroitin Sulfate * 250 mg/kg Minimum


* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.



Editors

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Mon August 14, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First three ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Appears heavy in grains.

The first three ingredients of this food are named meat products. The first two of these are meat inclusive of water content which, once removed as it must be to make kibble, will leave these ingredients weighing around 20% of their wet weight. It is therefore likely that they are more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list.


The presence of a meat meal ingredient third on the ingredient list does increase our confidence in the meat content of the food. However, since this is followed by five grains, the food begins to look rather grain-heavy. There are further meat ingredients 9th, 13th and 14th on the ingredient list, but these are too far down to represent a significant portion of the food.


The main grains are barley, rice (two forms), oatmeal and millet. These are primarily good quality grains that are low allergenic. Potatoes are a further carbohydrate and protein source.


Flaxseed is a good quality source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids and the food contains a nice range of fruits and vegetables. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


We note the inclusion of fish meal preserved with Ethoxyquin (confirmed by manufacturer). Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative banned or heavily regulated in use in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic. We cannot recommend the use of any product using ingredients preserved with this chemical.
Editors

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

In further correspondence, Diamond Pet Foods has advised that they have now agreed with their supplier that fish meal ingredients will not be preserved with Ethoxyquin, and they anticipate a written guarantee to that effect.


We are considering whether this can give us the confidence to amend our review of this product. However, we would wish to see such a guarantee of the integrity of ingredients on the manufacturer website or product packaging (not just the recently added text that states the manufacturer is not adding chemical preservatives).
Editors

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

As of today, the manufacturer is guaranteeing the use of ethoxyquin-free meat and fish sources in their foods and a statement to that effect has been placed on the front page of their website.


We therefore withdraw the comment above about ethoxyquin being present in this food (although it would apply to foods in the new formulas manufactured before this date).


All ratings now applied to Chicken Soup products are on the basis of use of ethoxyquin-free ingredients in the food. Users should continue to monitor the manufacturer website in case of future changes.


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