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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/2 Cups / 250g

Calorie content(calculated):
3,650 kcal per kg, 375 kcal per cup

Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, whole grain ground wheat, barley, brewers rice, oatmeal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E) and citric acid), digest of poultry, beet pulp, fish meal (a source of fish oil), dried egg product, spray dried poultry liver digest, brewers yeast, flax seeds, potassium chloride, salt, chelated minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, magnesium proteinate), choline chloride, yeast culture (saccharomyces cerevisiae, enterococcus faecium, lactobacillus acidophilus, aspergillus niger, trichoderma longibrachiatum, bacillus subtillis), vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), glucosamine hydrochloride, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, rosemary extract.

Nutritional Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min) 23.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 14.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 3.0%
Moisture (Max) 10.0%
Selenium (Min) 0.5 mg/kg kg
Vitamin E (Min) 175 IU/kg
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) 1.8%
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) 0.3%
*Glucosamine (Min) 550 PPM
*Chondroitin (Min) 150 PPM
*Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)(Min) 100 mg/kg

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

NutriSource Large Breed Adult is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu February 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and second ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, fat and other ingredients of unidentifiable origin, some low quality grain, controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is chicken. Since this ingredient will end up weighing around 20% of its wet weight once the moisture is removed, as it must be to create a dry food, it is unlikely that this is the ture first ingredient in the food but would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. It is followed, however, by a named meat product in meal form this is not a significant concern. A further meat product, fish, in meal form is the 11th ingredient. This is also too far down the ingredient list to add significantly to the overall meat content. We do not find any information about the presence or otherwise of ethoxyquin in the ingredient (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned from human foods due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

The inclusion of five grains behind the sole true meat meal ingredient is not a good sign in terms of the overall meat content of the food. Rice, barley and oatmeal are decent quality grains. Brewers rice is a waste product, whilst wheat is an ingredient very commonly associated with allergies and yeast infections.

Poultry fat is a low quality 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". Digest of poultry is material from poultry which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. This is another low quality ingredient that is not even identifiable by species.

Beet pulp is a 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.

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