Product Review: VitaKraft VitaSmart

Manufacturer: Vitakraft Sunseed, Inc.
Brand: VitaKraft
Product Name: VitaSmart Complete Nutrition Hamster & Gerbil

VitaKraft VitaSmart Complete Nutrition Hamster & Gerbil food is a seed mix formula.  This was the first food I had tried, before I knew anything about gerbils.  What attracted me to this food was the “VitaSmart”, completely wrong way to choose a food.  Seems like a natural food, however, this one really goes to show that you need to read everything the product contains.

This food is not formulated correctly for gerbils.   This formula is actually quite high in proteins and very low in fat.  The beet pulp is basically a filler and the apple juice is for flavor (and it adds extra sugar).  This food also contains a lot of dyes, additives and chemicals.


Product Ingredients: 

Soybean Hulls, Wheat, Flaked Corn, Oats, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Carob Pods, Puffed Wheat, Flaked Soybeans, Flaked Peas, Wheat Middlings, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Ground Wheat, Ground Corn, Timothy Grass Hay, Peanuts, Chopped Timothy Grass Hay, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Calcium Carbonate, Ground Flax Seed, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Salt, Cane Molasses, L-Lysine, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Germ Meal, Apple Juice Concentrate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Ground Steam-Rolled Oats, DL-Methionine, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product, Torula Dried Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Fructooligosaccharide, Algae Meal, Yeast Culture, Dehydrated Parsley, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Methionine Complex, Copper Lysine Complex, Zinc Methionine Complex, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Color Added (Yellow 5 Yellow 6, Blue 1 Titanium Dioxide), Aloe Vera Gel Concentrate.

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (minimum) 16.0%
Crude Fat (minimum) 3.0%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 10.0%
Moisture (maximum) 12%
Calcium (minimum) 0.3%
Phosphorus (minimum) 0.5%
Vitamin A (minimum) 6,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 (minimum) 600 IU/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 50 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) 80 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.4%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min) 0.04%
Total lactic acid bacteria (min) 90,000 CFU/g


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