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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 4094 kilocalories/kilogram or 359 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Chicken meal, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, oatmeal, barley, brown rice, chicken, natural chicken flavor, cellulose, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), soy isolate, dried brewers yeast, anchovy oil, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, soya oil, fructo-oligosaccharides, DL-methionine, choline chloride, salt, borage oil, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine*, Vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2- polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], L-lysine, L-cystine, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], glucosamine hydrochloride, L-Carnitine, tea (green tea extract), chondroitin sulfate, marigold extract (Calendula officinalis L.), preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and citric acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 30.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 20.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 5.9%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%
Lutein* Minimum 5 mg/kg
Zeaxanthine* Minimum 5 mg/kg
Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids* Minimum 4.5%
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids* Minimum 0.6%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MINI Poodle 30 Formula for Miniature & Toy Poodles over 10 months of age 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: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

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

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole significant meat product in the food, and our confidence that this product contains a decent amount of meat is low. There is a further meat product 7th on the ingredient list, but this is not only a minor ingredient 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. Soy isolate boosts the protein content of the food, but this is a low quality source of protein and also a very common cause of food allergies.


The main grain in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn 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 of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. 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.


Barley and brown rice are decent quality grains, but cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.


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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