This is a medium grade dog food. We do not like seeing 2 types of yeast, salt or Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex in a dogs diet. With just 3 ingredients before the fat this could lead us to believe there is a lot of meat in the food. We could find nothing on their website about the use of ethoxyquin in their fish meal by their suppliers.
Zach's Chicken and Rice Formula Ingredient Analysis

  1. Chicken http://dogfoodchat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/nutrisource-large-breed-puppy-chicken-and-rice-formula-dog-food.jpg http://dogfoodchat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/zachs-premium-puppy-chicken-and-rice.jpg meal
  2. Ground rice
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Chicken fat
  5. Beet pulp
Chicken meal is a decent grade of meat for dogs.

Ground rice is a middle of the road quality grain.

Oatmeal has been linked to helping to resolve heart disease.

Dogs need some fat in their diet and chicken fat is a good source of fat.

Beet pulp has no nutrient value, but does contain a lot of fiber which keeps a dogs stool firm, it is  a filler.



Zach's Chicken and Rice Formula Ingredient List

Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract), Beet Pulp, Lamb Meal, Fish Meal, Flaxseed Meal, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Chicken Liver Flavor, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Lecithin, Garlic, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Sodium Selenite, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Cobalt Carbonate, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

Zach's Chicken and Rice Formula Guaranteed Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis describes the nutrient content required by AAFCO labeling standards to be identified on every product package. Since these are guarantees, pet food manufacturers work to formulate diets that meet or exceed the minimum requirements.

Crude Protein, min. 24% Moisture, max. 10%
Crude Fat, min. 14% Omega-6 Fatty Acid, min. 2.5%
Crude Fiber, max. 3.5% Omega-3 Fatty Acid, min. .4%

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Protein (minimum)……………….25.0 %
Fat (minimum)…………………….14.0 %
Moisture (maximum)…………….10.0 %
Fibre (maximum)…………………...4.0 %
Ash (maximum) …………………....7.0 %
Calcium ……………………………..1.7 %
Phosphorous ………………………1.0 %
Calcium / Phosphorous ratio ….1.7: 1.0
KCal As Fed....540 (155grams/8oz cup