Cavy Pellet Analysis

Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Wed Aug 06, 2003 12:55 am



Crude Protein, Minimum 22.0%

Crude Fat, Minimum 2.5%

Crude Fiber, Minimum 13.00% Maximum 15.50%

Calcium (Ca), Min. 0.70% Max. 1.00%

Phosphorus (P), Minimum 0.55%

Salt(NaCl), Minimum 0.30% Maximum 0.80%

Ascorbic Acid, Minimum 100 mg/lb.


Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Ground Corn, Soybean Hulls, Heat Processed Soybeans, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Choline Chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate. 1/03

Comments: Fiber way too low. More than 20% should be a minimum standard for pellets. Too much soy and corn. Diets like this one depend upon more supplementation of vitamins and minerals (not that great) to make the grade.


Post   » Tue Jul 27, 2004 10:33 am

Blue Seal has changed the ingredients in their guinea pig food. It no longer contains oat mill by-product, animal fat or corn meal. The new ingredients are as follows:

Blue Seal Furry Friends Guinea Pig Pellets with added Vitamin C
UPC 6-3913900375-2 or (800)-367-2730

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Hulls, Cane Molasses, Vegetable Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Monocalcium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt carbonate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Brewers Dried Yeast, Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Yeast Fermentation Solubles.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, Min. .... ............................20.0%
Crude Fat, Min. ..................................... 4.0%
Crude Fiber, Max. .................................. 16.0%
Moisture, Max. ........... ............................10.0%
Calcium, Min. .... 0.75% Max. .......... 1.25%
Phosphorus, Min. ... ................................ 0.65%
Salt, Min. ......... 0.25% Max. ......... 0.75%
Ascorbic Acid, Min. ........................... 400mg/lb

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GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:45 pm

In the grand scheme of things, what exactly are wheat middlings and how good/bad/unavoidable are they?

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Post   » Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:08 am

I'll leave that to Josephine. My guess is they include chaff and leftovers from processing wheat for humans.

Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:11 pm

That'll explain wheat middlings. Not very nutritious. Dangerous? Probably not much. Healthy? Not at all.

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Post   » Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:53 pm

This was sent me:
Vitakraft Special (Regular)

Wheat, Corn, Oat hulls, Alfafa meal, dried beet molasses, Wheat germ, coarse
soybean meal, Wheat germ meal, Vitamin A, D, E supplements, Calcium phosphate,
Mononitrate, Riboflavine, Pyridoxolhydrochloride, Cobalamine, Nicotinic acid,
Ca-DL-Pantothenate, Folic acid, D-Biotin, Choline chloride, Iron oxide,
Manganese oxide, Zinc sulphate, Copper sulphate, Calcium iodate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
10,0% moisture, 12,8% protein, 4,0% oil, 13,8% fibre, 6,0% ash, 53,4%
carbohydrate, 0,50 % calcium, 0,30% phosphorus

4,995 iu Vitamin A, 599 iu Vitamin D, 30,0mg Vitamin E, 300,0 mg Vitamin C

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Post   » Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:32 am

AliceMcmallis adds this info on Martin's pellets. Here is the ingredients and analysis for the guinea pig pellets:

Crude Protein (Min)16.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 3.5 %
Crude Fibre (Min)15.0%
Crude Fibre (Max) 18.0%
Moisture (Max)10.0%
Calcium (Act.) 0.8%
Phosphorus (Act.) 0.5%
Sodium (Act.) 0.2%
Vitamin A
(Min) 17600 iu/kg
Vitamin D3
(Min) 2200 iu/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 55 iu/kg
Vitamin C
(Min) 500 mg/kg

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Hulls, Wheat Shorts, Barley,
Soybeans, Soya Oil (preserved with Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E and
Citric Acid), Brewers Yeast, Lignin Sulfonate, Dicalcium Phosphate,
Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid (A source of
Vitamin C), Rice Hulls, DL Methionine, Mannan OligoSaccharide,
Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Iron Sulphate, Manganese
Oxide, Vitamin E, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulphate, Mineral Oil,
Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Selenium, Riboflavin,
Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,
Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mono-nitrate, Cobalt Sulphate.

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Post   » Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:36 pm

Ly has sent an analysis of Nutriphase.

She writes: A member of cavycages recently got a pig at PetNotSoSmart and they told him/her to get Nutriphase pellets. They asked about these pellets in a thread and we told them it's crap food. I asked if they would post the ingredients for me and they did. I am giving it to you to add to the Pellet Analysis thread, I didn't see it already listed there.

Nutriphase Guinea Pig Formula (Manufactured for PetSmart)

Crude Protein (min) 18%
Crude Fat (min) 3.5%
Crude Fiber (max) 14.0%
Moisture (Max) 12.0%
Ascorbic Acid (min) 75 mg/lb


Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Ground Corn, Dehullled Soybean Meal, Ground Oats, Ground Wheat, Wheat Middlings, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Cane Molasses, Corn Oil, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ferrous Carbonate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Copper Oxide, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Artificial Color.

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Post   » Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:24 pm

KM's Hayloft has great pellets with quality ingredients that your guinea pigs will love.


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Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein  	(min)	18.00 %	
Crude Fat	(min)	3.5 %	
Crude Fiber	(min)	18.00 %	
Crude Fiber	(max)	23.00 %	
Vitamin A	(IU/KG)	30,000	
Vitamin D-3	(ICU/KG)	1,000	
Vitamin C	(mg/kg)	1,000	
Calcium	(min)	0.7	
Phosphorus	(min)	0.4	
Ingredients: Sun cured alfalfa, oats, wheat, soybean hulls, soy meal, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A supplement,Vitamin E supplement, Manganese Oxide, Meniodine Bisulfate, dl-Methionine, Zinc Oxide, d-Calcium Pantothenate,Copper Sulfate, Niacin, d-Biotin supplement, Pyrideoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, Riboflavin, supplement, Cobalt Sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Calcium Iodate, Cane molasses.


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Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein  	(min)	14.00 %	
Crude Fat	(min)	2.5 %	
Crude Fiber	(min)	20.00 %	
Crude Fiber	(max)	25.00 %	
Vitamin A	(IU/KG)	30,000	
Vitamin D-3	(ICU/KG)	1,000	
Vitamin C	(mg/kg)	1,000	
Calcium	(min)	0.7	
Phosphorus	(min)	0.4	
Ingredients: Timothy grass hay, oats, wheat, barley, soybean hulls, soy meal, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A supplement,Vitamin E supplement, Manganese Oxide, Meniodine Bisulfate, dl-Methionine, Zinc Oxide, d-Calcium Pantothenate,Copper Sulfate, Niacin, d-Biotin supplement, Pyrideoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Cobalt Sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Calcium Iodate, Cane molasses

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Post   » Mon Oct 24, 2005 2:41 pm

Sun Seed Vita Timothy High Fiber Formula for Guinea Pigs


Dehydrated Timothy Hay, Soybean Hull, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Dehydrated Papaya, Cane Molasses, Corn Gluten Meal, Yeast Culture, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Papaya Powder, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfate Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), d-Biotin, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin C Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Methionine Complex, Manganese Methionine Complex, Copper Lysine Complex, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Natural and Artificial Colors.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min).....14%
Crude Fat (min)...........1.5%
Crude Fiber (max)........29%
Moisture* (max)..........12%
*(phlumpetta's note: this moisture differs compared to Oxbow's moisture content, 10%, so values must be converted in order to be compared)

Calcium (min).............0.25%
Calcium (max)............0.75%
Phosphorus** (min)...0.25%
Magnesium (min).......0.15%
Potassium (min).........1.25%
**(phlumpetta's note: no P max value provided)

Vitamins (min per pound):
Vitamin A....................20,000 IU/lb.
Vitamin D3..................1,200 ICU/lb.
Vitamin E....................50 IU/lb.
Menadione (Vit. K).......1.3 mg/lb.
Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C)...300mg/lb.

Directions: "Feed 2 to 4 ounces per day. The addition of fresh fruits, vegetables and hay is also recommended as an important part of a well balanced diet. For the health and well being of your pet, Sun Seed suggests emptying your pet's feed bowl regularly and refilling with fresh food. Store in a cool, dry place. Remember to always provide fresh, clean water."

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Post   » Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:55 pm

This pellet isn't considered a top of the line pellet like Oxbow pellets or KM's but could be considered better than some feeds such as Hartz, Kaytee, VitaKraft, 8-in-1, Geisler, etc. It seems to be a plain pelleted food. Ingredients that I am concerned about are listed in bold below. I personally wouldn't feed this brand.

Pretty Pets Natural Gold for Guinea Pigs
A Genuine Breakthrough in Guinea Pig Nutrition… Pretty Pets Natural Gold contains Nucleotides which have been proven to help improve your guinea pigs immune system. A truly unique blend of Timothy Hay and Orchard Grass, this formula has no sugars like cane molasses added or cereals grains like corn or wheat middlings. Including just enough alfalfa to provide a balanced source of calcium. Contains stabilized Vitamin C and high fiber content for the ultimate health of your Guinea Pig.

Crude Protein 18.0% (min)
Crude Fat/Oil 2.5% (min)
Crude Fiber 23.0% (min)
Crude Fiber 26.0% (max)
Moisture 10.0% (max)
Ash 8.0% (max)
Vitamin A 18,000 IU/kg (min)
Vitamin D3 1,500 IU/kg (min)
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg (min)
Copper 11 mg/kg (min)
(Note, nothing mentioned on Vitamin C content)

Ingredients: Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass, Alfalfa Meal, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Broccoli, Carrots, Soya Oil, Zeolite, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Chicory Extract, Yeast, Yeast Extracts, DL Methionine, Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall fractions, L-Lysine, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ferrous Sulfate, D-Biotin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Niacinamide, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K3), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Sulfate.


Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:10 am

Here's the analysis:

Protein 16%
Oil 4.0%
Fibre 15.0%
Ash 6.5%
Calcium 0.8%
Phosphorus 0.5%
Vit A 23000iu/kg
Vit D3 1000iu/kg
Vit E 50mg/kg (alpha tocopherol acetate)
Vit C 800mg/kg (stabilized)
copper 10mg/kg

here's an ingredient list now,

Derivatives of vegetable origin
vegetable protein extracts
vitamins and minerals
oils and fats
fennel 0.5%
nettle 0.25%
dandelion 0.25%
Oligosaccharide-MOS (think this is the pre-biotic?)


Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:51 pm

What product is that?

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Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:09 pm

It's a UK product. Don't remember the name though :-(

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E's Moriarity

Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:10 pm

It's Science Selective! I just went and hunted it down. Lynx, we were thinking on the same wavelength.


Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:58 am

very sorry, it is Science selective

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Post   » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:28 pm

LM Animal Farms Classic Guinea Pig Blend (owned by Hartz)

Wheat middlings, dehydrated alfalfa meal, soybean hulls, dehulled soybean meal, corn meal, cane molasses, limestone, dicalcium phosphate, hydrolyzed animal and vegetable fat, lignin sulfonate, iodized salt, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), vitamin C supplement, niacin, riboflavin, choline chloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, yucca schidigera extract, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation extract, dried aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, saccaromyces cerevisiae, ethoxyquin (a preservative).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude protein (min.) 22%
crude fat (min.) 3.5%
crude fiber (max.) 15%
moisture (max.) 12%
vitamin A 13,000 i.u./kg.
vitamin D3 1,000 i.u./kg.
vitamin E 40 i.u./kg.
vitamin C (min.) 200 mg./kg.[/b]

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Post   » Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:06 pm

Hartz L&M Farms Bonanza Diet

Guineapigsrock10 sent this info:

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Crude Protein		Minimum		16.0% 
Crude Fat  		Minimum		4.0% 
Crude Fiber		Maximum		15.0%   
Moisture   		Maximum		12.0% 
Vitamin C  		Minimum		200 mg/kg
Ingredients: Wheat Middlings, Whole corn, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa meal, Milo, Wheat, Oat Groats, Sunflower seed, Ground Corn, Soybean Hulls, Flaked corn, Yellow split peas, Trapper Peas, Ground wheat, Dehydrated carrots, Soybean Oil, Cane molasses, Safflower Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Calcium carbonate, dehydrated papaya, raisins, Peanuts, Lignin, Sulfonate, salt, dicalcium phosphate, Dehydrated banana, Yucca schidigera Extract, corn gluten meal, artificial Flavor, dehydrated apple, brewers dried yeast, asorbic acid, L-lysine, Potassium chloride, DL-methionine, Citric acid ( a Preservative), Magnesium Oxide, choline chloride, Vitamin A supplement , Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, Niacin, calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, Folic acid, biotin, vitamin b12 supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, Manganese sulfate, Zinc sulfate, Zinc oxide, Copper sulfate, ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Calcium iodate, Sodium selenite, Cobalt carbonate, Dried saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation Extract, Dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation Extract, Dried enterococcus faecium fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation Extract, Dried aspergillus niger fermentation Extract, Dried bacillus subtillus fermentation Extract, Color added (Yellow # 5, Yellow # 6, Red # 40, Blue # 1, titanium dioxide)

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Post   » Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:20 pm

Piccolo certified organic pet food

Guinea Pig

Feeding directions:
Feed ¼-1/2 cup daily, along with a steady supply of Piccolo Certified Organic Timothy or Orchard Grass hay and a constant supply of clean fresh water

Certified organic timothy, certified organic wheat mids, certified organic roasted soy beans, certified organic oats, certified organic barley, certified organic soy hulls, mono di-calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, vitamin C, manganese oxide, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, monohydrate copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin E, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A, vitamin D3, riboflavin, menadione nicotinamide bisulfite, vitamin B12, biotin pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine hydrochloride, folic acid

Guaranteed analysis:
Crude protein (min) 16.00%
Crude fat (min) 4.0%
Crude fiber (max) 18.00%

Distributed by
Green Earth Goods
20300 Bucklodge Rd
Boyds, MD 20841

Certified organic by OneCert

For more information or comments contact:

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Post   » Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:23 pm

Transcription courtsey of Fairysari:

Sweet Meadow Timothy Pellets

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 14.0%
Crude Fiber (min) 25.0% (max) 28.0%
Moisture (max) 10.0%
Calcium (min) 0.35% (max) 0.85%
Salt (min) 0.50% (max) 1.00%
Crude Fat (min) 1.5%
Phosphorus (min) 0.25%
Vit D 880 IU/kg
Vit E 140 IU/kg
Vit A 20,000 IU/kg
Copper 9 mg/lb
Stabilized Vit C
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) 450 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) 992 mg/lb

Ingredients: Timothy Grass Hay, Soybean Hulls, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Meal, Cane Molasses, Salt, L-ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Limestone, Yeast Culture ( Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement (tocopherol), Ascorbic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Vitamin K), Cobalt Sulfate, Kelp, Ethylenedamine Dihydriode, Riboflavin, Niacin, Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Panthothnic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Choline, Di-Methionine, Pyrodoxine, Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Bentonite, Magnesium Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Calcium Iodate, Potassium Chloride

Sweet Meadow Timothy Blend pellets

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crdue Protein (min) 17.0%
Crude Fiber (min) 14.0%
Calcium (min) 0.50% (max) 1.00%
Salt (min) 0.25% (max) 0.75%
Crude Fat (min) 1.5%
Phosphorus (min) 0.50%
Vit A 4,000 IU/lb
Stabilized Vitamin C
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) 600 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) 1,323 mg/lb

Ingredients: Timothy Grass Hay, Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Hulls, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium phosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitemin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-lysine, Calcium Patothenate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Magnesium Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc and Iron, Kelp, Ethylenedaimine Dihydriodide, Methionine Supplement, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Mineral Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract

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