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

Calorie Content
This product contains 3921 kilocalories/kilogram or 325 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

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

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 20%
Crude Fat (min) 14%
Crude Fiber (max) 5.5%
Moisture (max) 10%

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine DENTAL DD 20 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: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, some low quality grains, 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 main ingredients in this food are grains. Even if of good quality, grains are not a natural foodstuff for a canine, and dog foods should be based on meat. The first (and only) meat product in the food does not occur until second on the ingredient list. It is a named meat product in meal form, but we have serious doubts that this product has adequate meat content.

The primary grains in the food are rice, corn and wheat. Rice is a decent quality grain, but the use of wheat and corn is a negative. Corn is a low quality grain in dog food products, that is difficult to digest and commonly associated with food allergy problems. 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.

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. Pea fiber is further filler.

Overall, this product appears to be primarily a collection of low quality grain fragments, with precious little meat content.

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