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Description: Metabolizable Energy:
k.cal 8oz cup = 345


Ingredients:
TURKEY MEAL, GROUND RICE, CORN MEAL, OATMEAL, BEET PULP, POULTRY FAT (TURKEY AND CHICKEN FAT, PRESERVED WITH NATURAL VITAMIN E), WHOLE EGGS, MEAT MEAL, FISH MEAL, BREWERS YEAST, LECTHIN, FISH OIL, VEGETABLE OIL, POULTRY DIGEST, CALCUIM CARBONATE, SEA SALT, L-LYSINE (ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID), DL-METHIONINE (ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID), VITAMIN C. VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS: POTASSIUM SULFATE, IRON SULFATE, VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, ZINC OXIDE, ZINC PROTEINATE,, IRON PROTEINATE, CITRIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE), MANGANESE OXIDE, MANGANESE, PROTEINATE, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, NAICIN SUPPLEMENT, PANTOTHENIC ACID, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT (VITAMIN B2), COPPER PROTEINATE, COPPER OXIDE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, MENADIONE DIMETHYLPRIMIDINOL BISULFITE (VITAMIN K), FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN SUPPLEMENT, CALCIUM IODATE (SOURCE OF IODINE), SODIM SELENITE (SOURCE OF SELENIUM), VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT.


Analysis:
CRUDE PROTEIN - NOT LESS THAN 25%
CRUDE FAT - NOT LESS THAN 16%
CRUDE FIBER - NOT MORE THAN 5%
MOISTURE - NOT MORE THAN 10%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu February 8, 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 meat and fat products of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient 8th on the ingredient list, but this is not named by species and hence is unidentifiable source and quality. Unidentifiable ingredients are usually very low quality and we recommend avoiding the use of any product using this ingredient. A further meat product, fish, in meal form is the 9th ingredient. This is also too far down the ingredient list to add significantly to the overall meat content. We do not find any information about the presence or otherwise of ethoxyquin in the ingredient (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned from human foods due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The next three ingredients are all grains. Barley and oatmeal are decent quality grains, but it is likely that the combined grain products outweigh the meat content of the food by a substantial margin. The inclusion of corn is not desirable - corn is a difficult to digest grain that has little nutritional value for a canine, and is commonly associated with allegies and yeast infections.


Beet pulp is a 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.


Poultry fat is a low quality 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". We appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food.


Overall, we have concerns about the meat content of this food, and the use of low quality meat products. The food has been given a 3-star rating but would be amongst the lowest in this class and a lower rating was strongly considered.


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