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Description: Calorific content:
Calorie Content: 3,601 kcal/kg (337 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.

Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, ocean fish meal, cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, millet, potatoes, egg product, tomato pomace, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), duck, salmon, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, salmon oil (source of DHA), choline chloride, dried chicory root, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-carnitine, Enterococcus faecieum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E Supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 27.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 13.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Calcium 1.2% Minimum
Phosphorus 1.0% Minimum
Sodium 0.3% Maximum
Zinc 180 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.5% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.4% Minimum
L-Carnitine * 40 mg/kg Minimum
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) * 0.05% Minimum

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


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue August 15, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First four ingredients are named meat products.

The first four ingredients in the food are all named meat products. The first two of these are meat inclusive of water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that these ingredients would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). However, since it is followed by two meat meal ingredient, our confidence in the meat content of the food is increased. We do note that this is followed by five grains, potatoes and tomato pomace ahead of the fat content, and this diminishes our confidence, making the food appear to be heavy in grain/carbohydrate content.

There are further meat ingredients 14th and 15th on the ingredient list, though these are too far down to make up a substantive portion of the food.

The main grains in the food are barley, rice (two forms), oatmeal and miller. These are low-allergenic and a good quality source of carbohydrates and additional protein. Potatoes are a further carbohydrate and protein source. Flaxseed is a good quality source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids and the food contains a nice range of fruits and vegetables. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

Based on the ingredient list, this food would have been awarded a 4-star rating, but for the inclusion of fish meal preserved with Ethoxyquin as the fourth ingredient (confirmed by manufacturer). Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative banned or heavily regulated in use in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic. We cannot recommend the use of any product using ingredients preserved with this chemical.

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 


In further correspondence, Diamond Pet Foods has advised that they have now agreed with their supplier that fish meal ingredients will not be preserved with Ethoxyquin, and they anticipate a written guarantee to that effect.

We are considering whether this can give us the confidence to amend our review of this product. However, we would wish to see such a guarantee of the integrity of ingredients on the manufacturer website or product packaging (not just the recently added text that states the manufacturer is not adding chemical preservatives).

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 


As of today, the manufacturer is guaranteeing the use of ethoxyquin-free meat and fish sources in their foods and a statement to that effect has been placed on the front page of their website.

We therefore withdraw the comment above about ethoxyquin being present in this food (although it would apply to foods in the new formulas manufactured before this date).

All ratings now applied to Chicken Soup products are on the basis of use of ethoxyquin-free ingredients in the food. This formula of the product now receives the 4-star rating that was previously withheld. Users should continue to monitor the manufacturer website in case of future changes.

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