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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2 to 3 cups

Calculated Metabolizable Energy: 1934 Kcal/pound or 4255 Kcal/Kg
Calculated Energy Basis: 24% protein, 38% fat, 38% carbohydrate

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Ground Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Fish Meal, Pork Meat Meal, Bacon Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver, Dried Eggs, Menhaden Fish Oil, Pork Blood Meal, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcous Faecium ,Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Zinc Oxide, Iron Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Min.26%
Crude Fat Min.18%
Crude Fiber Max.3.5%
Moisture Max.10%

Redpaw 26K is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages of the dog.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 16, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. There are further meat meal ingredients 5th and 6th on the ingredient list, giving us some amount of confidence in the meat content of the food. The first of these is a fish meal, but we find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic). Blood meal is an ingredient without specific definition, but is likely to be meal made from the blood of slaughtered pigs.

The main grains in the food are barley, oatmeal and rice, all of which are decent quality. This many grain products ahead of the fat content does start to suggest a somewhat grain heavy product, however. Fats are both bacon and chicken, each of which is identified by species.

Beet pulp is filler, and a controversial ingredient. 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 good range of probiotics. We note the inclusion of synthetic vitamin K, a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems.

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