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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 5kg dog should be fed 55-75grams


Metabolizable Energy:
3100 Kcal/kg


Ingredients:
Polenta (>40%), 100% organic fresh chicken meat (26%), whole oats, 100% organic fish meal, beet pulp, whole eggs, chicken oil, tomato, green beans, cabbage (vegetables min.4,1%), salmon oil, fructo-oligosaccharides, ratto di yucca extract, brewers yeast, whole linseed, organic herbs, rosemary oil, Alfa-tocopherol mix.
Minerals:
(total supplement 1%) Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Iodine, Cupric Sulphate (copper equivalent of 20 mg)
Vitamins:
(total supplement 0,8%) Vitamin A 20000 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 1500 IU/kg, Vitamin E 150 IU/kg, Vitamin C 75 mg/kg, Vitamin B1, B2, B4, B6, B12, Niacin, Pantothenate, Folic acid, Biotin, Beta-carotene.
Other Nutraceuticals: L-Carnitine 1g/kg


Calcium/Phosphorus rate: 1,4:1
Omega 6/Omega3 rate: 8,4:1


Technical Analysis
Moisture: 8%
Raw protein: 22%
Raw fat: 10%
Raw ash: 5%
Raw fibre: 3,75%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun December 30, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients

This food is primarily based on Polenta at over 40%. Polenta is not a bad quality product, but this is a food designed for canines and it should be based on meat rather than on grains which are not a natural food substance for this species.


The second ingredient in this food is a named meat product. It is chicken, inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list, unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We appreciate this being an organic ingredient, but that is not a substitute for adequate quantity. There is a further meat ingredients, this time in meal form, 4th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to lift the meat content of the food to a satisfactory level. We note the inclusion of a fish meal in the food, but find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the product (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


Oats are a further grain product in the food are organic rice and a decent quality grain and carbohydrate source. Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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. We appreciate the inclusion of whole egg in the food. We appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food.


Overall, this product appears very light in meat content (we would suggest adding meat if this procudt is used). The remaining ingredients are rather mixed in quality, with some good quality grains and organics, but also some less desirable inclusions.


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