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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1095kcal, 4 3/4 cups

Calorie Content
This product contains 3106 kilocalories/kilogram or 236 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Chicken meal, brown rice, wheat gluten, pearled barley, powdered cellulose, rice, natural flavors, chicken fat, dried beet pulp, anchovy oil, sodium silico aluminate, dried brewers yeast, potassium chloride, dried egg powder, soya oil, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, salt, choline chloride, DL-methionine, taurine, vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], glucosamine hydrochloride, L-carnitine, minerals [zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], chondroitin sulfate, green tea polyphenols, marigold extract, rosemary extract, preserved with natural tocopherols and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 28.3%
Crude Fat (min) 9.3%
Crude Fiber (max) 9.5%
Moisture (max) 10.5%

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine WEIGHT & OSTEO WO 28 LARGE BREED ADULT is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat January 5, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, some low quality grain, controversial filler

This product is a veterinary diet, but is not indicated for the treatment of disease. Our comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and are made on equal footing with any other product not marketed under a 'veterinary diet' label.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat ingredient in the food.

The main grains in the food are rice, barley and wheat. With so many grain ingredients, this food appears very heavy in grain and light in meat content. Riceand barley are decent quality grains, but the use of wheat is a negative. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allegies in dogs. In gluten form, this ingredient is a low quality filler. It is the dried residue from wheat 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, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the grain leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.

Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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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