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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2 1/4 cups


Calorie Content:
300 kcal/cup (calculated)


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Ground Corn, Rice Bran, Ground Oats, Ground Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols) Ground Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Corn Gluten Meal, Yeast Culture, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries, Dried Yeast Fermentation Solubles, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d–Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Selenium Yeast, Sodium Selenite, DL–Methionine, Rosemary Extract, L–Ascorbyl–2–Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C).


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 24%
Crude Fat 7%
Crude Fat (max) 9%
Crude Fiber (max) 5%
Moisture (max) 10%
Calcium 1.65%
Phosphorus 1.0%
Copper 20 mg/kg
Manganese 70 mg/kg
Zinc 180 mg/kg
Vitamin A 11,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E 220 IU/kg
Taurine* 0.03%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.17%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 1.6%
Values are minimum values unless otherwise noted.


*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.


Nutritional Adequacy Statement:
Blue Seal Low Calorie Dog Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 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, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat product in the food. The main grains in the food are barley, corn and oats. Barley and oats are decent quality grains, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and commonly associated with allergy problems. Rice bran is a grain fragment we consider to be primarily filler. 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. Fortunately, this is a minor ingredient.


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. The food contains a small amount of vegetable matter in the form of sweet potatoes.


Overall, the product appears to have minimal meat content, and remaining ingredients are of mixed quality.


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