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4health Mature Adult Formula
three and a half stars

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From the 4health Website:

4health™ Mature Adult Formula is specifically formulated to support the nutritional needs of your mature adult dog. With real lamb for great taste, antioxidants to support a healthy lifestyle and glucosamine and chondroitin, this formula is a great choice for dogs in their senior years.

  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin - Contains 720 mg/kg glucosamine hydrochloride and 240 mg/kg chondroitin sulfate.
  • Antioxidants - Contains guaranteed levels of vitamin E and selenium to support a healthy lifestyle.
  • Omega Fatty Acid Nutrition - A blend of omega fatty acids supports a healthy skin and coat.
  • Lean Body Condition - Lamb protein and L-Carnitine, along with 10% fat content will help keep your older dog in ideal lean condition.
  • Digestion Support Nutrition - A blend of natural fibers along with fermentation products help support healthy digestion.
  • Fruits and Vegetables - Natural sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Great Taste - Real lamb is the number one ingredient for great taste.
  • Whole Grains - A blend of multiple whole grains is an ideal carbohydrate source.
Ingredients:
Lamb, lamb meal, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, millet, white rice, egg product, potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, flaxseed, ocean fish meal, natural flavor, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, taurine, dried kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, 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, vitamin E supplement, chondroitin sulfate, 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, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin , vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 20.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 10.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fiber 3.0% (Maximum)
Moisture 10.0% (Maximum)
Calcium 1.1% (Minimum)
Phosphorus 0.9% (Minimum)
Zinc 175 mg/kg (Minimum)
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (Minimum)
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (Minimum)
Taurine* 0.1% (Minimum)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 1.7% (Minimum)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.25% (Minimum)
Glucosamine* 720 mg/kg (Minimum)
Chondroitin Sulfate* 240 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 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 fourth 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 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 Mature Adult 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.

Ocean 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

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 Mature Adult 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 22% protein and 11% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 59% and a fat to protein ratio of 50%.

This shows 4health Mature Adult Formula contains below average protein, below average fat, and above average carbohydrate content.

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

4health Mature Adult Formula receives three stars and is generally recommended.

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