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4health Lamb and Rice Formula
three and a half stars

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From the 4health Website:

4health™ Lamb & Rice Formula for Adult Dogs is specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your adult dog. Real lamb is the first ingredient, providing great taste for dogs that are sensitive to chicken. With protein and fat levels selected to help your dog maintain a lean body condition, this formula provides optimal nutrition for optimal health.

  • Great Taste-Real lamb is the #1 ingredient, satisfying your dog's taste preference. Real lamb is an ideal protein source for dogs that are sensitive to chicken.
  • Healthy Heart Care System - Contains added taurine to help support a healthy heart.
  • Antioxidant Formulation - Contains guaranteed levels of vitamin E and selenium to ensure that your dog is receiving optimum antioxidant nutrition.
  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin - Contains 300 mg/kg glucosamine hydrochloride and 100 mg/kg chondroitin sulfate.
  • Lean Body Condition - Lamb protein helps your dog turn fat into energy and build and maintain lean muscle mass for optimal health.
  • Omega Fatty Acid Nutrition - A blend of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids help keep the skin and coat healthy and shiny.
  • Chelated Minerals - These minerals (proteinates) are attached to amino acids and are easily absorbed for optimal mineral nutrition.
  • Whole Grains - A blend of multiple whole grains provides your dog with carbohydrates for (max.), energy.
  • Fiber Blend - A blend of natural fibers helps maintain healthy digestion.
Ingredients:
Lamb, lamb meal, whole grain brown rice, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, ground rice, millet, egg product, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, natural flavor, flaxseed, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, yucca schidigera extract, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 21.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 12.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fiber 4.0% (Maximum)
Moisture 10.0% (Maximum)
Zinc 150 mg/kg (Minimum)
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (Minimum)
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (Minimum)
Taurine* 0.1% (Minimum)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.2% (Minimum)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.4% (Minimum)
Glucosamine* 300 mg/kg (Minimum)
Chondroitin Sulfate* 100 mg/kg (Minimum)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile

The main ingredients

Lamb is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more lamb than any other ingredient. Although lamb is a quality ingredient, it contains about 80% moisture. cooking drives out the moisture, leaving just a small fraction of the original weight in the final produce. Therefore, it may actually account for a smaller part of the total content than reflected on the ingredients list.

The next ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal contains around three times the protein of lamb. Lamb meal is also a good source of Vitamins A, B6, and B12 as well as Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorous, Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Copper and Selenium. Lamb has a lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are necessary for a quality life

The third ingredient is whole grain brown rice. Brown rice is a cereal grain often used in place of corn. Brown rice is higher in fiber than white rice, and less processed. It can also be a little more irritating to the stomach than white rice. It's a simple carbohydrate that can give dogs quick energy. Used in conjunction with more complex carbs in a dog food, brown rice is a good ingredient

The fourth ingredient is oatmeal. Oatmeal is a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber, Phosphorus, Selenium, and is a very good source of Manganese. Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that digests more slowly so your dog won't have a rush of sugar entering her bloodstream when she eats it.

The fifth ingredient is cracked pearled barley. Barley is a good carb source, which is absorbed slowly in the intenstinal tracts, helping keep blood sugar levels even.

Other ingredients of note in 4health Lamb & Rice Formula

Millet: Millet is a gluten-free grain from certain seed grasses. It is rich in the B-complex vitamins, as well as fiber and other essential minerals.

Chicken fat: Obtained by rendering chicken (skimming the fat from the surface of the liquid), chicken fat is a great source for lonoleic acid, an omega-6 acid necessary for a quality life. Regardless how it sounds, this is a quality dog food ingredient.

Beet pulp: Beet pulp is a high fiber by-product from processing sugar beets. While it contains no nutritional value, it does serve as a good food source for the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the dogs digestive tract, which helps the beneficial bacteria to flourish. It also helps ensure a firmer stool in your dog.

Fish meal: Fish meal is another great source for omega-3 fatty acid, as well as fish oil that is needed to maintain a healthy skin and coat on your dog.

Some fish meals have been found to contain ethoxyquin, a fat preservative that may cause problems with your dogs liver. Since this is an anonymous product, the chances of it containing ethoxyquin may be higher.

Chicory root: Chicory root is rich in simple sugars and the polysaccharide inulin. Studies suggest that inulin can have a beneficial effect on the gut's 'good bacteria' which is making it increasingly popular as a prebiotic and as a source of soluble dietary fiber. Inulin is also fairly sweet making it a popular natural dog food flavor enhancer.

Chelated minerals: Chelated minerals are those minerals that are chemically attached to protein, which makes them about 20% more readily absorbed. Chelated minerals are typically associated with higher quality dog foods.

So is it a good dog food?

4health Lamb & Rice Formula

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 23% protein and 13% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 56% and a fat to protein ratio of 57%.

This shows 4health Lamb & Rice Formula contains below average protein, below average fat, and above average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that 4health Lamb & Rice Formula is an above average dry dog food, with a slightly below average amount of meat (lamb), and is therefore recommended, receiving three and a half stars.

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