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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3/4 - 1 1/4 cups


INGREDIENTS
Chicken meal, brewer’s rice, ground barley, chicken fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E), powdered cellulose, fish meal, whole flax seeds (a source of omega-3 fatty acids), beet pulp, dehydrated whole eggs, chicken liver digest, lecithin, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate, prebiotics(mannan-oligosaccharides), garlic powder, Yucca schidigera extracts, proteinates (zinc, manganese, copper), ferrous sulfate, L-carnitine, zinc oxide, Dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), aniseed, juniper, milk thistle, cinnamon, thyme, chicory root, devil’s claw extracts, probiotics (dehydrated Lactobacillus acidophillus fermentation products, dehydrated Lactobacillus casei fermentation products, dehydrated Bifidobacterium bifidium fermentation products, dehydrated Streptococcus faecium fermentation products, dehydrated Aspergillus oryzae fermentation products), sodium selenite, thiamin mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganous oxide, nicotinic acid, calcium d-pantothenate, retinyl acetate (vitamin A), cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), folic acid, riboflavin, menadione nicotinamide bisulfite (vitamin K3), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, cobalt carbonate.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Crude Protein 26 % minimum
Crude Fat 16 % minimum
Moisture 10 % maximum
Crude Fiber 4 % maximum
Crude Ash 7.5 % maximum


Vitamin A 10 000 IU/Kg
Vitamin D3 1000 IU/Kg
Vitamin E 60 IU/Kg



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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 low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, chicken meal. This is followed by brewers rice, a low quality grain and by-product. Barley, the third ingredient, is a decent quality grain.


We note chicken fat as the fourth ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Powdered cellulose is a further by-product, more commonly known as sawdust. 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. Tomato pomace is further fibre/filler.


Fish meal, the 6th ingredient is a further meat ingredient in the food. It is 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 appreciate the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


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