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Evaluating Kibble Quality

Discussion in 'Feeding' started by Tam319, Mar 27, 2003.

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  1. Tam319

    Tam319 Guest

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    Hello,

    In order to choose a good quality kibble follow these guidelines:

    1) Check the ingredient list. You want an animal protein source to be one of the first three ingredients. The ingredients in the largest amount are listed first. If the first three ingredients say corn, wheat, flour, or something along those lines you know that your food is full of filler. Higher quality kibbles have animal sources listed first.

    2) Try to choose foods that list meat or meat byproduct. This meat comes from clean, federally inspected animals that are slaughtered for humans. The scraps are good quality and go for pet food. Steer clear of meat meal as it is not well regulated and contains a lot more 'junk' meat that is less nutritious.

    3) You want your food to have LOW carbohydrates because these are the filler in your dog food. To figure out how much carbohyrates you have in your food follow this formula:

    % Moisture + % Protein + % Fat + % Fiber + % Ash = Answer

    If you don't have a value for Ash you can use the standard which is 9%. If you don't have a value for Fiber you can use the standard which is 4.5%.

    Now:

    100-answer = % carbohydrates

    You want this to be low as possible. The aim is for less than 40%.

    Now:

    % Protein x 3.5 = answer a
    % carbohydrates x 3.5 = answer b
    %Fat x 8.5 = answer c

    Now add answer a + answer b + answer c = the energy in your dog food measured in kilocalories/100 grams.

    To decide how much energy your dog needs:

    Body Weight x 30 + 7 = answer

    For performance -> answer x 2 to 8
    For growth/reproduction -> answer x 3
    For maintenance -> answer x 1 to 1.5
    For weightloss -> answer x 0.8

    Aim for HIGH energy and LOW carbohydrates to find your best food. Hope this is straightforward enough to be useful.

    If you have any other questions on how to evaluate your food don't hesitate to ask. If you have any questions on specific nutrients feel free to ask too.

    Tamara
     
  2. nern

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    Just wanted to add -
    Calorie content should be considered when comparing foods by the guaranteed analysis. A food low in calories may have only 22% protein listed in the guaranteed analysis but because the dog will consume more to meet its energy needs....more protein will be consumed than would be if the dog was to eat an energy dense food with 24% protein.
     
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    Tam

    If this is the list - how do we work out moisture?
    Complete and balanced so no need to add anything.
    Increased Protein and Energy for Active breeds.
    Chicken is the #1 ingredient.
    No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
    All natural Antioxidants (no Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT or other chemically synthetic antioxidants)
    No added sugar and reduced salt.
    Complete Vitamin and Mineral requirements, with no need for additional supplements
    Ideal Balance of Protein and Energy of 75-80gm/Megacalorie
    Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids ensures your dog has an extra shiny coat
    Special herbal blend of Garlic and Kelp

    Typical Analysis:
    Crude Protein 26.0%
    Crude Fat 12.0%
    Crude Fibre 3.0% max
    Crude Ash 7.0%
    Calcium 1.1%
    Phosphorus 0.9%
    Calcium to Phosphorus 1.3:1
    Linoleic Acid 1.3%
    Salt 1.0%
    Sugar Not added
    Lysine 1.2%
    Vitamin A 7,500 IU/kg
    Vitamin E 100mg/kg
    Metabolisable Energy 340 kcal/100g avg


    thanks heaps

    Colly
     
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    Since it already tells you the metabolizable energy you don't need the moisture - you would just work backward from the kilocal/100g to determine % moisture. You can pinpoint exactly how much you dog should get by calculating the requirements. This would be more accurate than just feeding the suggested amount on bag as you would know your dogs exact weight and energy level.

    What brand of food is this?

    Tam
     
  5. ColleenAus

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    its an australian brand

    called Supercoat High performance

    how would i work out the moisture backwards?

    I some times feed this to shelby - and id like to know wat she shouild be getting compared to what the bag says..

    thanks heaps

    colly
     
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    How much does she weigh? How active is she? Is she a puppy? Still growing? Full grown? Senior? A breeding bitch? Pregnant? Lactating?

    Tamara
     
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    Shelby

    is nearly 10 months old - so still a puppy of sorts - she is very active - we do ob training - and walk an hour a day - she weighs 19.5 kilos so about 39 pounds? thats a rough guess... so shes none of the others...

    Thanks for taking the time tam

    - Colly
     
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