Petsumer Report Review of the Month
November 2009 Petsumer Report reviews Happy Paws Pet Food, 1 cat food and 1 dog food; Nutram Pet Foods, 14 dog foods and 11 cat foods; Party Animal Pet Food, 8 dog foods; Pet Time Pet Foods, 1 cat food and 5 dog foods, and Sigma 7 Gourmet Pet Foods, 3 dog foods. A total of 44 new products added this month.
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Nutram Premium Pet Food
Nutram Pet Foods is owned by Elmira Pet Products Ltd., a privately held Canadian Company. Food is manufactured in Elmira, Ontario. Meat meal ingredients (example chicken meal) contains muscle meat, bone, and internal organs. Fish meal ingredients are preserved with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), vitamin C and rosemary extract. For more information visit http://www.nutram.com/default.aspx
Nutram Premium Pet Foods
Adult Cat Food Dry
Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground rice, select whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken fat (preserved with Vitamin E), flaxseed, natural flavors (chicken, tuna, crab, salmon, shrimp, turkey), chicken, herring meal, pea fiber, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, salt, cranberry extract, taurine, choline chloride, brewers dried yeast, marigold extract (a source of Lutein), methionine, yucca schidigera extract, chicory root extract (as source of FOS), Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (menadione), Vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, zinc sulphate, zinc proteinate, copper sulphate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, beta-carotene, cobalt proteinate, sodium selenite
Red Flag Ingredients: menadione
US Only Ingredients: 95% of ingredients sourced from North America, lamb from New Zealand, some vitamins sourced from Asian countries
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 14 months
Crude Protein: 31% Crude Fat: 18% Crude Fiber: 2% Moisture: 10%
Plus: The Nutram Premium Pet Food Representative stated meat ingredients are pet grade quoting AAFCO requirments that all pet food, per regulation, is pet grade; company stated meats are of highest grade/quality. The mineral listings do read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). Contains Flax Seed – health promoting ingredient.
Minus: This food does not appear to contain probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet). This pet food contains Menadione source of Vitamin K which is a controversial synthetic Vitamin K.
To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply inferior quality ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.
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