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4health Large Breed Formula
four and a half stars

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From the 4health Website:

4health™ Large Breed Formula for Adult Dogs is specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your large or giant breed adult dog. With protein and fat levels selected to help your dog maintain a lean body condition, this formula provides optimal nutrition for optimal health.

  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin - Contains 1200 mg/kg glucosamine hydrochloride and 400 mg/kg chondroitin sulfate.
  • Antioxidants - Contains guaranteed vitamin E and selenium, two powerful antioxidants to help support a healthy lifestyle.
  • Omega Fatty Acid Nutrition - A blend of Omega fatty acids helps support a healthy skin and coat.
  • Great Taste - Fresh chicken is the number one ingredient to satisfy your dog's taste preference.
  • Lean Body Condition - Chicken protein and L-Carnitine help your dog turn fat into energy and build and maintain lean muscle mass for optimal health.
  • Natural Fiber Blend - A blend of fibers helps maintain healthy digestion.
  • Whole Grains - A blend of multiple grains provides your dog with carbohydrates for all day energy.
  • Chelated Minerals - Attached to amino acids, mineral proteinates are easily absorbed for optimal mineral nutrition.
Ingredients:
Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, white rice, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, flaxseed, egg product, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, natural chicken flavor, potassium chloride, salt, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, chondroitin sulfate, 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, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 24.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 12.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fiber 4.0% (Maximum)
Moisture 10.0% (Maximum)
Calcium 1.1% (Minimum)
Phosphorus 0/9% to 1.1%
Zinc 150 mg/kg (Minimum)
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (Minimum)
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (Minimum)
L-Carnitine* 30 mg/kg (Minimum)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.0% (Minimum)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.3% (Minimum)
Glucosamine* 1200 mg/kg (Minimum)
Chondroitin Sulfate* 400 mg/kg (Minimum)

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

The main ingredients

Chicken is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more chicken than any other ingredient. Chicken contains a lot of water (between 80 and 90%), which is lost during the cooking process, so after processing this chicken may actually represent a smaller part of the total content. Chicken is a good protein source, as well as containing Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Niacin, and Selenium. Chicken also contains fatty acids

The next ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is concentrated, and contains around 300% the protein of fresh chicken.

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

The fifth ingredient is white rice. White rice is a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain's healthier outer layer has been removed.

Other ingredients of note in 4health Large Breed Formula

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 Large Breed 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 27% protein and 13% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 52% and a fat to protein ratio of 48%.

This shows 4health Large Breed Formula contains near average protein, below average fat, and above average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that 4health Large Breed Formula is an above average dry dog food, with a below average to moderate amount of meat.

4health Large Breed Formula receives four stars and is highly recommended.

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