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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 - 4 cups


Calorie Content
This product contains 4212 kilocalories/kilogram or 359 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients
Rice, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), corn gluten meal, brown rice, chicken, beet pulp (sugar removed), natural flavors, catfish meal, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, salmon oil, soya oil, sodium chloride, dried egg powder, fructo-oligosaccharides, brewers yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), L-lysine, monosodium phosphate, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid], choline chloride, borage oil, Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], dried spinach, sage, basil.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Minimum 25.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 18.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 3.3%

Moisture Maximum 10.0%
Vitamin E Minimum 600 mg/kg
Vitamin C Minimum 300 mg/kg
Omega 6* Minimum 4.3%
Omega 3* Minimum 0.6%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.


Nutritional Statement:
Canine Health Nutrition MEDIUM Special 25 Formula for Medium Breed Adult Dogs over 12 months of age is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun November 20, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat product. Extensive use of cheap grains and other controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a grain. Rice is a reasonable quality grain, but we believe dog food should be based primarily on meat products, not on grains. The second, sixth and ninth ingredients are named meat sources. We note that one is fish. The manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free fish sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative believed to be carcinogenic).


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry dog food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Corn gluten meal is filler, for which the AAFCO definition is “the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.” In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed. Brown rice is a decent quality grain.


Beet pulp is yet another 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


We note the use of soya oil in the food. Soy is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat).


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