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Description: Nutro Ultra

Feeding guideline:
A 40lb dog should be fed 1 - 3 1/3 cups

Ingredient list:
Chicken Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Ground Rice, Lamb Meal, Rice Bran, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Salmon Meal, Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Oatmeal, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Tomato Pomace, Cranberry Powder, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Dried Egg Product, L-Lysine, Dried Kelp Meal, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Biotin, L-Carnitine, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Garlic, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Beta-Carotene, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 26%
Crude Fat (min) 12%
Crude Fibre (maxn) 4%
Moisture (max) 10%
Linoleic Acid (min) 4%
Zinc (min) 250 mg/kg
Iodine (min) 5 mg/kg
Selenium (min) 0.3 mg/kg
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (min) 35 mg/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min) 0.2%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (min) 0.65%
L-Carnitene (min) 75 mg/kg
Beta-Carotene (min) 0.5 mg/kg
Total Bacillus Species (min) 283 million CFU/lb


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and fourth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, some low quality fillers and controversial ingredients, fat of unidentifiable origin.

The first and fourth ingredients in this food are named meat products, both in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient in the food (Salmon meal) 8th on the ingredient list, though this is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

The second, third and fifth ingredients in the food are rice and this is almost certainly the primary ingredient in the food. Rice in the whole form is a good quality grain that is low-allergenic and a good source of carbohydrates and additional protein. Rice bran, however, is a grain fragment and filler.

Sunflower oil is a good quality source of linoleic acid. But poultry fat is a low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. 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"

Flaxseed is an excellent source Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Alfalfa contains a range of vitamins and minerals. Oatmeal is a good quality grain, but tomato pomace is filler. 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 in this food.

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