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


Calorie Content:
375 kcal/cup (calculated)


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Ground Corn, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Oats, Ground Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Fish Meal, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries, Salt, 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 25%
Crude Fat 10%
Crude Fiber (max)4%
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 275 IU/kg
Taurine* 0.03%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.22%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.2%
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 Senior 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, some low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient 12th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note it is a fish ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the product (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The main grains in the food are corn and barley. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly implicated in food allergy problems. Rice bran is a further grain fragment. 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 probably has a minimally acceptable meat content, but remaining ingredients are largely of low quality as is the resultant product.


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