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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 5lb dog should be fed 1/4 - 1/2 cup


Calories
3,675 kcal/kg, 383 kcal/cup

Ingredients
Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Flax Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Caramel, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, minimum 28.0
Crude Fat, minimum 15.0
Crude Fat, maximum 17.5
Crude Fiber, maximum 5.0
Moisture, maximum 10.0
Vitamin E minimum 140 IU/kg
Beta-Caroten minimum 10 mg/kg*
L-Carnitine minimum 30 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 2.5*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum .25*


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


Iams® ProActive Health™ Active Maturity Small & Toy Breed Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.


Recommended For
Small Breed Dogs – 7 years and older



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Byproducts, inadequate meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

The main grain and main ingredient in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Sorghum is decent quality, as is barley, but these are minor ingredients and this product is very heavy in grain content with little meat included for the canine.


The second ingredient is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of Chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. The fifth ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food.


We note that chicken fat is the third ingredient and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry dog food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Beet pulp is a controversial filler. 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


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