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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50 lb dog should be fed 3 1/2 cups

Calorific content:
343 kcal per cup

Dehydrated potatoes, venison, potato protein, canola oil (preserved with tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), potato fiber, dicalcium phosphate, natural flavor, DL-methionine, calcium carbonate, L-lysine, sodium chloride, salmon oil, evening primrose oil, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, inositol, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, beta carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite).

Guaranteed Analysis:
crude protein...min. 19.0%
crude fat........min 10.0%
crude fiber....max 4.5%
moisture.....max 10.0%

Nutritional Overview
Venison as the Novel Protein Source; 23% of calories from protien
Canola, salmon (histamine-free) & evening primrose oil for EFA balance; 27% calories from fat and >1% of calories provied by omega-3
Dehydrated Potato Flakes; 51% of calories from CHO
Potato Fiber; 3.29% crude fiber
Chelated Iron, Copper and Zinc for improved bioavailability

Limited Ingredient Diets are not designed to support growth in puppies and should not be used in dogs less than 6 months of age.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon August 14, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Allergy formula
Cons: Inadequate meat content, some filler

IVD potato and venison formula is a food aimed at dogs suffering allergies, aiming to limit the ingredients, and hence the potential allergens in the food. The main ingredient in this food is potato.

There appears to be very little meat content. Venison is the second ingredient, however, we note that this is venison inclusive of water content, not a dehydrated meal. Once the water is removed, as it must be to make kibble, this ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight and thus is likely to be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. This is supported by the foods extremely low crude protein level which, at just 19%, is well below the minimum standards established by AAFCO for puppies and just above the minimum for adult dogs (18%). We note that potato protein - which is derived from destarched potato juice - contributes to the food's overall crude protein level of 19%.

Potato fibre is also present as a source of dietary fibre only.

We note that the food is preserved with citric acid and thus should not be pre-moistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs, per Purdue University research).

Overall, we feel that this is a low quality product. It is appreciated that the food is intended for dogs with food intolerances and hence has a very limited ingredient list. However, the amount of meat in the food appears to be inadequate, particularly for animals fed this diet long term.

We note that there are several similar products available (with single meat plus potato or sweet potato ingredients) that appear to offer significantly better nutrition that would offer a better choice for users seeking a limited ingredient diet.

Per the manufacturers instructions, this food does not offer adequate nutrition for growing animals.

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