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I find their website of “longliveyourdog.com” to be quite laughable, because it’s foods like this that will contribute to a shorter lifespan due to just how bad the nutritional content is. Dog Chow just doesn’t sound very deluxe, does it?? Well, the name fits the ingredients.
It’s actually pretty close to Beneful, which isn’t a compliment. They start with corn as the top ingredient, which we know by now is a worthless filler and used as a cheap ingredient. It shouldn’t even be in a dog food, much less at the top. They use by-products as the top protein, which means your dog is getting most of his protein out of eating heads, feet, beaks and bird feathers (in this case). They stuff more corn in as the 4th ingredient, then use “meat and bone meal” as the next protein source. That’s basically a mash of all the parts of the animal you certainly wouldn’t feed your dog directly. Not only that, nobody knows exactly what “meats” are in this as they don’t specify. There’s a reason for this – it could be rats or roadkill for all we know.
There’s brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., which is rice left over from the alcohol making process. Soybean meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats. is another cheap grain. Wheat is a terrible ingredient due to food allergies, and Purina knows it. “Animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.” is a soup that you would probably tackle your dog from eating if he tried to, due to the nasty ingredients in it.
Plus, look at all the artificial colors. Seriously, is that really necessary in a dog food?
What’s good about this food….
Nothing worth mentioning.
….and what’s not so good.
Very high corn content, by-products and “meat and bone meal” are the animal proteins, soybeans, wheat, animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride. is high, artificial colors.
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., animal fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), rice flour, beef, soy flour★ Cheap source of grain protein, filler, can cause bloat/death in dogs., sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate★★★ Anti-caking agent, emulsifier and dietary supplement of Phosphorous needed for body’s alkaline/acid balance., water, salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., sorbic acid★ A mold and yeast inhibitor. (a preservative), L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods. monohydrochloride, dried peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., dried carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., calcium propionate★ Chemical. Potentially carcinogenic, antifungal. (a preservative), choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., added color (Yellow 5★ Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use., Red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic., Yellow 6★ Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic food colorant., Blue 2★ Carcinogenic, artificial color.), DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Vitamin B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response. supplement, calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. supplement, copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE! oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Vitamin D-3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex★★★ Standard source of Vitamin K activity, necessary for blood clotting, aids as anti-parasitic for intestinal worms. (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response..