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Description: Metabolized Energy
385 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Lamb Meal. Brewers Rice, Rice Flour, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Wheat, Poultry Fat Preserved w/ Mixed Tocopherols (Source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Dried Egg Product, Fish Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin 6), Manadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, minimum 23.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 14.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 3.0%
Moisture. Maximum 10.0%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids*, minimum....2.0%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids*, minimum....0.1%


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon January 29, 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 by-products, fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, lamb meal. This is followed by two forms of rice - a practice known as splitting - that leads to speculation that the combined rice products may outweigh the meat as the true first ingredient. Both rice products are low quality - brewers rice is a by-product, whilst rice flour is filler.


This food includes by-products. Chicken by-product meal - a very low quality ingredient. This is defined as "consisting 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".


The next ingredient is corn.Corn is a difficult to digest grain, which limits its nutritional value for dogs. We consider this to be a low quality ingredient. It is also commonly associated with allergy and skin problems. We prefer not to see the use of this grain in dog food. Wheat is another grain very commonly associated with allergy problems that we prefer not to see used.


Poultry fat is a 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.


Fish meal, the 11th ingredient is a further meat ingredient in the food. It is far too far down the ingredient list to make any substantive contribution to overall meat content. We find no sign on the manufacturer site of a guarantee that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, and which is banned from use in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic). We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


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