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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 - 2 3/4 cups


Calorie Content: 3,777 kcal/kg (353 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients
Chicken, chicken meal, ocean fish meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, white rice, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potatoes, tomato pomace, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, choline chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, chondroitin sulfate, Enterococcus faecieum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 26.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 15.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.5% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.4% Minimum


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



Editors

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Mon December 24, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First three ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Some mixed quality, lower meat content than it may first appear

The first three ingredients in the food are named meat products. The first is chicken inclusive of water content. Once that is removed as it must be to make a dry product, the ingredient will weight around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus unlikely that it is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. Since it is followed by two meat meal ingredients, this does not detract from our confidence in the meat content of the food.


We note that the third ingredient is a fish meal but do not locate anywhere on the manufacturer site a statement guaranteeing the use of ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients in the food. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned or heavily restricted in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic.


The next four ingredients are all grains, including two forms of rice. This spltting of rice ingredients does suggest that the rice content may be higher than indicated, and in any case four grain products ahead of the fat content is suggestive of a grain heavy food.


In minor ingredients, tomato pomace is primarily filler and we would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. There is a range of fruits/vegetables and a good range of probiotics.


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