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Young Again Dog Food Review (Dry)

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Health
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Senior Dogs

SUMMARY

Judging by its ingredients alone, 4Health canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product. But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
-20%

Young Again Dog Food

$ 25$ 45 /mo

Dog Food Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Chicken broth
  • Chicken liver
  • Brown rice
  • Barley
  • Egg product
  • Dicalcium phosphate
  • Potassium chloride
  • Guar gum
  • Vitamin B12 supplement
  • Copper sulfate
  • Sodium selenite
  • manganese sulfate
  • niacin supplement
  • calcium pantothenate
  • Biotin supplement
  • Folic acid supplement
  • Thiamine mononitrate
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  • Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Egg product
  • Dicalcium phosphate
  • Potassium chloride
  • Guar gum
  • Vitamin B12 supplement
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Riboflavin supplement
  • Valcium iodate

Ingredient Breakdown

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

And lastly, the the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

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