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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 3856 kilocalories/kilogram or 384 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken, brewers rice, brown rice, oatmeal, brewers rice flour, chicken fat, wheat gluten, chicken meal, natural chicken flavor, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), soya oil, salmon oil, salt, dried brewers yeast, dried egg powder, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, L-tyrosine, fructo-oligosaccharides, DL-methionine, L-lysine, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid],Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], taurine*, L-carnitine, tea (green tea extract), preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 21.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 14.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 4.1%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MINI Indoor Adult 21 Formula for small breed dogs from 10 months to 8 years of age who live exclusively indoors is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. It is highly unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. The true first meat ingredient is a meat meal, 8th on the ingredient list. This is far too low to give us any confidence in the meat content of the food.


The main grains and primary ingredients in the food are rice, corn and oatmeal. Brewers rice and brewers rice flour are low quality ingredients and byproducts. Rice and oatmeal are decent quality grains, but wheat is another low quality ingredient. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allergies in dogs, and wheat gluten is a low grade product being 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 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.


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