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Description: Metabolizable Energy (Caloric Content)
3818 kcal/kg (376 kcal/per cup)


Ingredients:
Brewers Rice, Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Beef, Chicken Liver Flavor, Peas, Carrots, Dicalcium Phosphate, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, Dried Egg Product, Iodized Salt, Iron Oxide, Potassium Chloride, vitamins (L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Lysine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, L-Tryptophan, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein 25.5% min
Fat 16.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Calcium 1.0% min
Phosphorus 0.7% min


Average analysis:
Carbohydrate (NFE) 34.6%
Sodium 0.46%
Potassium 0.76%
Magnesium 0.114%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun December 31, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin and other controversial filler.

The main grain in the food is rice. Brewers rice is a low quality waste product. Moreover, the first ingredient in any dog food should be a named meat product. The sole meat meal in this food is second on the ingredient list. There is a further meat product, beef, 8th on the ingredient list but this is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. It is a meat product inclusive of water content which, once removed as it must be to make dry food, will end weighing around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus likely that this ingredient should be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list.


The third ingredient is wheat. This is a whole grain, but wheat is a leading cause of allergy problems in dogs and we prefer not to see it used. Soy is another potentially problematic ingredient, also commonly causing allergies. Soybean meal is a low quality source of additional protein. Corn is yet another ingredient associated with allergy problems. It is a difficult to digest grain and in gluten meal form is a by-product. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal is "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm". In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


Beet pulp is another controversial ingredient it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


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