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Description: Calorie Content:
373 kcal/cup

Chicken meal, brewers rice, ground barley, whole egg product, poultry fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of vitamin E), ground flaxseed, dried beet pulp, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, natural chicken flavoring, essential vitamins and chelated minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, min 25.0%
Crude Fat, min 14.0%
Crude Fiber, max 3.0%
Moisture, max 10.0%
Calcium, min 1.2%
Phosphorus, min 0.9%
Glucosamine, min 400 ppm*
Chondroitin sulfate, min 150 ppm*
Omega 6 Fatty Acids, min 3.00%*
Omega 3 Fatty Acids, min 0.35%*

* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun January 28, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

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

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient (fish) 8th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any substantive contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We find no guarantee on the manufacturer website that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin (a chemical preservative commonly added to fish meal ingredients, and banned from human foods due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

Brewers rice is the main grain in the food. This is a low quality grain and a by-product. Barley is decent quality and we appreciate the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.

Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of 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 low quality ingredient and filler. 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.

Overall, this product suffers from the use of many low quality ingredients. With a named meat meal as the first ingredient, the 3-star category was finally chosen, but this product came close to a lower rating.

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