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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/3 to 3 cups


Calories
3,443 kcal/kg; 294 kcal/cup; 3.01-oz/cup

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

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, minimum 26.0
Crude Fat, minimum 10.0
Crude Fat, maximum 12.5
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0
Moisture, maximum 10.0
Vitamin A, minimum 70,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E, minimum 200 IU/kg
L-Carnitine, minimum 040 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 1.25*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.25*
Glucosamine, minimum 475 mg/kg*
Chondroitin Sulfate, minimum 45 mg/kg*


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


Joint Health™ /Canine Dry Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.


Product information:
Contains a blend of ingredients to help support joint health.



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

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

This product is a veterinary diet, but is not indicated for the treatment of disease. These comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease.


The first 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 main content of this food is low quality grain. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. Sorghum and barley are decent quality grains, but grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and dog foods should be based on meat rather than on grain.


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. The sole true meat ingredient in the food is the 6th ingredient. This is a fish meal, but we are unable to locate any guarantee by the manufacturer that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients destined for pet foods and which is banned from use in human foods because it is believed to be carcinogenic.


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.


We note that glucosamine and chondroitin are listed in the analysis. We also note that the amounts in this product are FAR below useful levels and, as is the case with all foods advertising the inclusion of these substances (which are contained in all products containing meat and bone), we consider this to be a gimmick. If these supplements are required, they would be more usefully added in much greater quantity as dietary supplements.


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