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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 20lb dog should be fed 1 2/3 - 2 1/3 cups


Calorie Content:
244kcals/per cup
3,090 Kcal/kg of metabolizable energy (ME) on as-fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Rice Flour, Lamb Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Yeast Culture, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Monosodium Phosphate, Dried Egg Product, Taurine, Dried Kelp, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Garlic Flavor, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Acetate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (minimum) 14.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 6.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 6.50%
Moisture (maximum 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 2.50%
Zinc (minimum) 250 mg/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 100 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 40 mg/kg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (minimum)** 0.20%
Glucosamine (minimum)** 400 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum)** 300 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 Small Bites Lite 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: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat products, low quality grain fractions, fat of unidentifiable origin, use of controversial fillers.

The primary ingredient in this food is rice. Ground rice is a decent quality grain; however there are three rice products in the top four ingredients of this food and two of these (including the first ingredient) are grain fractions. This food is extremely grain heavy and the majority of this is low quality filler.


The second ingredient in the food is a named meat ingredient. It is the sole meat product in the food.


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. We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.


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