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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1,289kcal or 3 3/4 cups

Calorie Content
This product contains 4012 kilocalories/kilogram or 333 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Rice, ground corn, chicken fat, soy protein isolate, natural flavors, dried beet pulp, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, inulin, vegetable oil, dicalcium phosphate, fish oil, DL-methionine, choline chloride, L-lysine, taurine, monosodium phosphate, vitamins [DL-alpha-tocopherol 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), vitamin K supplement, folic acid], L-carnitine, marigold extract, trace minerals [ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 14%
Crude Fat (min) 14%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.7%
Moisture (max) 10.5%

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine HEPATIC LS 14 is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only, or as part of a veterinary supervised hepatic management program.


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

Cons: Zero meat content, some low quality grains, controversial filler

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 grain. Even if of good quality, grains are not a natural foodstuff for a canine, and dog foods should be based on meat. This product, in fact, contains no meat at all but instead uses soy protein isolate as a protein source. Soy is a low quality protein source compared to meat, and is commonly associated with food allergy problems in dogs. Only the fourth ingredient in the food, there is very little protein in this product.

Chicken fat is the third ingredient. We note that research at Purdue university has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.

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. 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.

Overall, the product is primarily a collection of mixed-quality grains and fillers. There is very little meat content for the canine. It is noted that the food is not adequate for maintenance, and is not intended by the manufacturer for long term use.

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