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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 4 3/4 cups (1,289 kcal)


Metabolizable Energy:
3425 kilocalories/kilogram or 267 kilocalories per cup ME (calaculated metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.


Ingredients:
Corn, oat flour, chicken by-product meal, oat hulls, beet pulp, yeast culture, liver digest, herring meal, dried egg product, flax seed, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dicalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, calcium carbonate, DL-methionine, choline chloride, sodium chloride, lecithin, citric acid, inulin, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, brewers yeast, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, selenium yeast, vitamin E supplement, inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, L-carnitine, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 16%
Crude Fat (min) 7%
Crude Fiber (max) 6%
Moisture (max) 10%


Nutrition Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Royal Canin Veterinary Diet canine LOW FAT LF and Royal Canin Veterinary Diet canine LOW FAT LF 20 provide complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon January 29, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, by-products, low quality grains and other controversial fillers.

The main ingredient in this food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain, which limits its nutritional value for dogs. We consider this to be a low quality ingredient. It is also commonly associated with allergy and skin problems. We prefer not to see these grains used in dog food. Oat flour is further filler and we would prefer the use of whole grains. Oat hulls are a waste product.


This food uses by-products. Chicken by-product meal - a very low quality ingredient. This is defined as "consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice". There is a further meat product, herring meal, 8th on the ingredient list but this is too far down to make a substantive contribution to the meat content of the food. We find no sign of any guarantee from the manufacturer that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative banned from use in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


Beet pulp is another low quality ingredient and filler. 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


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