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Description: Metabolized Energy = 399 cal/cup

Whole Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Meal, Ground White Rice, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Rosemary extract, Citric Acid and Vitamin E Tocopherols), Whole Ground Flaxseed, Shredded Beet Pulp, White Fish Meal, Sun-Cured Kelp Meal, Whole Clove Garlic, Lecithin, Yucca, Chicory Root, Peppermint, Parsley, Canola Oil, Taurine, Rose Hips, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid.

Mono-Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Biotin, Sodium Selenite (Selenium), Beta Carotene.

Crude Protein 18.0 % min.
Crude Fat 8.0 % min.
Crude Fiber 3.5 % max.
Moisture 8.0 % max.
Ash 5.5 % max.
Omega 6 2.21 %
Omega 3 1.16 %
Digestibility 91 %

Sammy Snacks Senior/Lite Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun March 23, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is rice. Rice is also the third ingredient, and makes up the major portion of this product. Rice is a decent quality grain, but it is still a grain which is not a natural foodstuff for a canine. Dog food products should be based on meat rather than grains. Users might consider supplementing this diet with meat.

The second ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient 8th on the ingredient list. This is far too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this is a fish meal ingredient, but find no sign on the manufacturer's site that all protein ingredients purchased are preserved with substances other than ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal ingredients, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is 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 note that this product is preserved with citric acid and should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).

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