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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1,289kcal or 7 cups

Calorie Content
This product contains 3012 kilocalories/kilogram or 186 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Rice, ground corn, chicken meal, cellulose powder, corn gluten meal, ground wheat, chicken fat, natural flavors, rice hulls, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, vegetable oil, guar gum, choline chloride, monosodium phosphate, salt, taurine, vitamins [DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitaminB2), folic acid], trace minerals zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 18%
Crude Fat (min) 7%
Crude Fiber (max) 13%
Moisture (max) 10.5%

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet™ canine DIABETIC HF 18™ is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon January 7, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Third ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, mixed quality grains, fillers

This product is a veterinary diet. Our comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease.

The main ingredient in this food is a grain. Even if of good quality, grains are not a natural foodstuff for a canine, and dog foods should be based on meat. The sole meat product in the food does not occur until third on the ingredient list. This is a named meat product in meal form, but with low placement in the ingredients listing, we have doubts that this product has adequate meat content.

The primary ingredients in the food are rice and corn. Rice is generally a good quality grain, but corn is a low quality grain in dog food products, that is difficult to digest and commonly associated with food allergy problems. 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. A further grain in the food is wheat, which although not a grain fragment in this food is still not a desirable ingredient. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allegies in dogs. The ulls of rice is a further filler in this food.

Overall, the product is primarily a collection of mixed-quality grains and fillers. There is very little meat content for the canine.

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