Canidae Life Stages All Life Stages Formula dry dog food

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  • Life Stages All Life Stages Formula dry dog food
  • Published on: March 12, 2015
  • Last modified: June 9, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe is loaded on the top with 3 meat meals that provide a good source of protein with all the essential amino acids that a dog needs. Do note the meat sources are all meals and there isn’t a straight name meat that is a non-meal. After the meals, it follows up with several ingredients that do offer nutrients and fiber, but also may make this recipe carb heavy. This is something to be aware, which maybe more carbs than some dogs can handle. A big highlight is the relatively high Omega-6 fatty acid content in this recipe. Next there are some vegetables and fruits, but the offerings could be better. Good to see the minerals are portienate for better body absorption. Oddly, pineapple and papaya are the last two ingredients. Being so low it is very unlikely to add any contribution with the trace amount, thus nothing to get excited about here. Overall, this recipe is a decent recipe above average.

Pros

  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Relatively higher in Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Could provide more nutritional information on minerals
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    24% (min) 14.5% (min) 4% (max) 10% (max) 39% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 468 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C 50 mg/kg
    Vitamin E 200 IU/kg
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 0.5%
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid 3.7%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. chicken meal
    2. turkey meal
    3. lamb meal
    4. brown rice
    5. white rice

    Chicken, turkey, and lamb meal are rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    White rice is lower in dietary fiber than brown because white rice lacks the germ and bran. It does contain a high amount of other carbohydrates.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Rice bran is the outer layer of whole grain brown rice; it surrounds the endosperm. This part of the rice is rich in dietary fiber and carbohydrates.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Cracked pearl barley is barley that has the outer bran hull polished off and the toasted to a crack state. The outer hull does contain significant nutrients and fiber. Barley itself is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Millet is a grain is a good source of fiber, but is rich in other carbohydrates too.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, brown rice, white rice, rice bran, peas, potatoes, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), millet, tomato pomace, natural flavor, flaxseed meal, ocean fish meal, choline chloride, suncured alfalfa meal, inulin (from chicory root), lecithin, sage extract, cranberries, beta-carotene, rosemary extract, sunflower oil, yucca schidigera extract, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamins (vitamin e supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin a supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6), vitamin b12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin d3 supplement, folic acid), minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), papaya, pineapple

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Canidae (Ethos Pet Nutrition), Diamond Pet, Performance Pet, or Hampshire Pet
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture  from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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