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1 19970 Sat January 5, 2008
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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1,289kcal or 4 1/2 cups

Calorie Content
This product contains 3965 kilocalories/kilogram or 291 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Rice, menhaden fish meal, chicken fat, rice gluten, chicken meal, cellulose powder, natural flavors, potassium chloride, fish oil, choline chloride, arginine, calcium carbonate, salt, taurine, vitamins [DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin, biotin, riboflavin (vitamin B2), D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid], L-carnitine, 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) 22%
Crude Fat (min) 14%
Crude Fiber (max) 5.6%
Moisture (max) 10.5%

Nutrition Statement
ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet canine EARLY CARDIAC EC 22 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: 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: Insufficient meat content, some low quality grains

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 meat products in the food do not occur until second and fifth on the ingredient list. These are named meat products in meal form, but with low placement in the ingredients listing, we have doubts that this product has adequate meat content. One of these is a fish meal ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturers website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish products, and which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

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 ingredient in the food is rice. Rice is generally a good quality grain, but in gluten form is a grain fragment we consider to be primarily filler. Cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.

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