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


Ingredients
Herring Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Rice Bran, Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Rice Gluten, Brewers Dried Yeast, Oatmeal, Natural Flavors, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dehydrated Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Salt, Dried Egg Product, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Garlic Flavor, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Chondroitin Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (minimum) 21.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 3.50%
Calcium (minimum) 0.90%
Phosphorus (minimum) 0.70%
Manganese (minimum) 40 mg/kg
Zinc (minimum) 250 mg/kg
Vitamin A (minimum) 13,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 250 IU/kg
Thiamine (minimum) 10 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) (minimum) 6 mg/kg
Vitamin B6 (minimum) 10 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)** 60 mg/kg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (minimum)** 0.30%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (minimum)** 0.10%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (minimum)** 600 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum)** 475 mg/kg

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


Nutritional Adequacy Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO¹ procedures substantiate that Natural Choice Herring Meal, Rice & Potato Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for adult maintenance.



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Registered: October 2005
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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: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler, fat of unidentifiable origin

The first ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat ingredient in the food, and is followed by four grain products ahead of the fat content. This gives us very little confidence in the meat content of the product. This is a fish meal ingredient, but We find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The grains are of mixed quality. Rice is decent quality grain, but rice flour (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) and rice bran are both grain fragments we consider primarily filler. Wheat is one of the most common sources of allergy problems in dog food, and in flour form (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) is a grain fragment. Gluten Meal is the dried residue from rice 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. Soy is a further product commonly linked to allergy probleams and which we prefer not to see used in dog foods.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.


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