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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 cups (295 g) - 4 1/4 cups (420 g)


Metabolizable Energy:
3719 kcal/kg (366 kcal/per cup)


Ingredients:
Potato, Potato Starch, Duck, Potato Protein, Pork Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Soybean Oil, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Powdered Cellulose, Fish Oil, Iodized Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Duck By-Product Meal, Choline 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), DL-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Glycerol Monostearate, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Tryptophan, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Ethoxyquin, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.


Average Nutrient Content:
Protein 14.0 Minimum
Fat 13.0 Minimum
Carbohydrate (NFE) 52.2
Crude Fiber 3.0 Maximum
Calcium 0.50 Minimum
Phosphorus 0.35 Minimum
Sodium 0.33
Potassium 0.72
Magnesium 0.066
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Total 0.50 Minimum


Intended for:
Dogs with a range of inflammatory skin conditions and Food Allergy and Intolerance.


Product Characteristics:
Protein A single novel meat protein source (duck)
Digestible
Quantity – reduced
Carbohydrate Digestibility – High
Omega-3 Fatty Acids High
Fat Digestibility High
Added Antioxidants Help reduce free radical damage to counteract oxidative stress



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun January 14, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Third ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Inadequate meat content, use of by-products, low quality ingredients, carcinogenic chemical preservative.

The major ingredient in this food is potato. Both potato starch and potato protein are sourced from potato juice (by products of potato processing).


There is very little meat content in this food. The sole meat ingredient is duck, third on the list. This is inclusive of water content. Once removed, as it must be to produce a dry product, this ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight and as such is probably more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. It is thus unlikely that this food contains any substantive meat content at all.


Of equal concern is the use of by-products in the food. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. We recommend avoiding any pet food using such ingredients. Duck by-products are likely to be similar to chicken by-products, for which the AAFCO definition of meal is “consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


Soy is a further ingredient of concern. It is a very common cause of allergy problems. Powdered cellulose is filler, also known as sawdust.


We note that this product uses ethoxyquin as a preservative. Ethoxyquin is a chemical banned from use in human foods, due to the belief that it is carcinogenic.


This is a prescription food and not intended for long term use. However, we note that there are similar products available without prescription that offer a far higher meat content and the use of better quality ingredients (eg. whole potatoes and meat rather than by-products). The nutrient content of this food is below the minimum allowable for adult maintenance (per AAFCO).


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