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

Metabolizable Energy:
3905 kilocalories/kilogram or 332 kilocalories per cup ME (calculated metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.

Rice, corn, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, natural flavors, wheat gluten, dried beet pulp, fish oil, dried egg powder, dried brewers yeast, potassium chloride, soybean oil, salt, sodium silico aluminate, green-lipped mussel powder, fructo-oligosaccharides, calcium carbonate, L-lysine, glucosamine hydrochloride, taurine, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), niacin, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, riboflavin (vitamin B2)], trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], chondroitin sulfate, L-carnitine, green tea polyphenols, L-tyrosine, marigold extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 24%
Crude Fat (min) 12%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.2%
Moisture (max) 10%

Intended for:
- Degenerative Joint Disease

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet™ canine MOBILITY SUPPORT JS 21 LARGE BREED™ is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun January 14, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Third ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains, other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is rice. This is generally a decent quality grain, but it is still grain. We firmly believe that dog food should be based on meat. The use of corn is a significant negative. Corn is a difficult to digest grain, and hence of limited nutritional value. It is also a very common cause of allergies and resultant yeast infections. Corn appears a second time, as corn gluten meal. The definition of this ingredient is "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.

The sole named meat product in the food is in meal form, but is only third on the ingredient list.

Wheat gluten is further filler, with a definition similar to that of corn gluten above.

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. Soy is yet another common allergy problem.

This is a prescription food and better than some of its type. However, we note that there are similar products available without prescription that offer a higher meat content and the use of better quality ingredients. This product promotes green lipped mussel powder as the ingredient aiding joint mobility. We note that this can be purchased separately and used as a supplement to a better quality food.

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