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Description: Fromms Puppy Gold

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck, Pearled Barley, Oat Flour, Corn, Fish Meal, Whole Egg, Brewers Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Beet Pulp, Cheese, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, Lecithin, Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus Salivarius, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein 27% Minimum
Fat 18% Minimum
Moisture 10% Maximum
Ash 7.0% Maximum
Fiber 3.5% Maximum

Average Analysis - "As Fed" Basis:
Protein 27.9%
Fat 18.4%
Linoleic Acid 3.8%
Linolenic Acid 0.6%
Calcium 1.3%
Phosphorus 1.0%
Sodium 0.4%
Potassium 0.6%
Magnesium 0.12%
Zinc 135 mg/kg
Iron 229 mg/kg
Manganese 70 mg/kg
Copper 14.7 mg/kg
Cobalt 0.4 mg/kg
Iodine 1.54 mg/kg
Selenium 0.47 mg/kg
Fiber 2.7%
Moisture 8.4%
Ash 7.0%
Carbohydrates 35.6%
Vitamin A 20,800 IU/kg
Vitamin D 1,620 IU/kg
Vitamin E 190 IU/kg
Vitamin K 1.60 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.11 mg/kg
Choline Chloride 2,660 mg/kg
Niacin 88 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 36 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 49 mg/kg
Riboflavin 9 mg/kg
Thiamine 10 mg/kg
Pyridoxine 5.6 mg/kg
Folic Acid 1.6 mg/kg
Biotin 0.3 mg/kg

Technical Information:
(kcal/gm) 4.380
(kcal/lb) 1,990
(kcal/gm) 4.140
(kcal/lb) 1,875
(kcal/cup) 430

Food Density
(oz/cup) 3.65
Pepsin Digestibility 90.0%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue November 29, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First three ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Uses some low quality grains and controversial fillers.

The first three ingredient in this food are all named meat ingredients. Two of these are meat (chicken and duck) inclusive of water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that these ingredients would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Note that in the case of the first two ingredients this is an example of the practice of “splitting” (see note on main page), but in this case serves to increase our level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food since the split ingredients (meal form included) still rank ahead of the first grain by weight.

The primary grain in the food is barley, which is a decent quality grain. The next is corn, however, which is a cheap grain that is frequently problematic in dog food, being the cause of a great many allergies. Fish meal is a further meat ingredient in the food, but we note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

Brewers rice is another low quality ingredient, a low quality grain and by-product.

Beet pulp is filler and a 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.

Overall, the level of meat ingredients in this food is well ahead of most in this class and we have given it a four star rating on that basis. Unfortunately the rest of the ingredients are of mixed quality, including the use of low quality grains and controversial fillers. Despite the four star rating, we would not recommend this product for dogs that suffer allergy or itchy skin problems.

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