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4health Healthy Weight Formula
one and a half stars

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From the 4health Website:

4health™ Healthy Weight Formula for Adult Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of adult dogs that are overweight or prone to weight gain. This formula helps support an ideal lean body condition with 9% (max.) fat and added L-Carnitine.

  • Lean Body Condition - Chicken protein and L-Carnitine, along with 9% fat content will help keep your dog in ideal lean condition.
  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin - Contains 300 mg/kg glucosamine hydrochloride and 100 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.
  • Digestion Support Nutrition - A blend of natural fibers helps support healthy digestion.
  • Whole Grain Brown Rice - Single source of carbohydrates.
  • Great Taste-Made with fresh chicken for great taste.
  • Chelated Minerals - Attached to amino acids, mineral proteinates are easily absorbed for ideal mineral nutrition.
Whole grain brown rice, chicken, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, L-Carnitine, 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 20.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 8.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 9.0% (Maximum)
Crude Fiber 3.0% (Maximum)
Moisture 10.0% (Maximum)
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* 1.6% (Minimum)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.3% (Minimum)
Glucosamine* 300 mg/kg (Minimum)
Chondroitin Sulfate* 150 mg/kg (Minimum)

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

The main ingredients

Whole grain brown rice is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more brown rice than any other ingredient. 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 next ingredient is chicken. 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 third ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is concentrated, and contains around 300% the protein of fresh chicken.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). 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.

The fifth ingredient is dried plain 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.

Other ingredients of note in 4health Healthy Weight Formula

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 Healthy Weight 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 10% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 60% and a fat to protein ratio of 45%.

This shows 4health Healthy Weight Formula contains below average protein, below average fat, and a above average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that 4health Healthy Weight Formula is an average dry dog food, with a below average amount of meat, and is therefore not recommended, receiving one and a half stars.

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