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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2-1/4 cups for moderate activity or 4 1/4 cups for high activity


Calorie Content:
323kcals/per cup


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Flour, Rice Bran, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Taurine, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Manganese Proteinate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Manganous Oxide, Chondroitin Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 26.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 12.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 5.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 3.50%
Calcium (minimum) 0.80%
Calcium (maximum) 1.30%
Phosphorus (minimum) 0.60%
Phosphorus (maximum) 1.30%
Zinc (minimum) 200 mg/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 150 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 35 mg/kg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (minimum)** 0.30%

L-Carnitine (minimum)** 5 mg/kg
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (minimum)** 625 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum)** 500 mg/kg

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


Nutritional Adequacy Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO¹ procedures substantiate that Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Adult provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun December 31, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat products, fat of unidentifiable origin, use of controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. It is the sole meat product in the food. Followed by three forms of rice (a practice known as "splitting") it is likely that the combined rice ingredients outweigh the lamb and thus unlikely that lamb is the true first ingredient in the food. With corn and wheat products also in the top ingredients, this food appears to be extremely grain heavy.


The major ingredient in this food is rice. Ground rice is a decent quality ingredient, but the rest are all grain fractions. Rice gluten is likely to be similar to corn gluten meal, which is defined as "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 gluten meal itself is the fourth ingredient, and wheat flour (another grain fraction) the 7th). The use of corn and wheat in any form are significant negatives as these grains are very frequent causes of allergy problems for dogs.


Beet pulp is another 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.


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".


Soy is a further ingredient commonly implicated in the development of allergies. There are better quality oils that might have been used instead. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs than egg product.


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