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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups


Calorie Content:
3,467 kcal/kg (324 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients:
Whole grain brown rice, chicken, chicken meal, egg product, oatmeal, beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, chondroitin sulfate, beta
carotene, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-carnitine, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 25.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 11.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Ash 6.0% Maximum
Calcium 1.2% Maximum
Calcium 1.0% Minimum
Phosphorus 0.9% Maximum
Phosphorus 0.7% Minimum
Sodium 0.3% Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
L-Carnitine * 40 mg/kg Minimum
Beta Carotene * 5 mg/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.2% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.3% Minimum
Glucosamine Hydrochloride * not less than 1200 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate * not less than 400 mg/kg


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun September 3, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and third ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content.

The first ingredient in the food is a grain. It is a good quality whole grain, which is appreciated, however we feel that this is inappropriate and that dog foods should be based on meat rather than plant matter.


The next two ingredients in the food are named meat products. The first is chicken - inclusive of its water content. Once this is removed, as it must be to make a dry food, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus unlikely that it is the true first ingredient in the food, and it is likely to be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list.


Following this is egg product - we would prefer to see the use of whole eggs - oatmeal and beet pulp. Oatmeal is a decent quality grain, but beet pulp is 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.


Overall, this product suffers from an extremely low meat content, which we feel is inappropriate for feeding to a canine. It is not necessary to remove the meat content of a senior food.


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