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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 cups


Calorie Content: 3,500 kcal/kg (347 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients
Chicken, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, white rice, salmon, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ocean fish meal, powdered cellulose, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, potassium chloride, 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 44.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 12.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 5.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Sodium 0.3% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
L-Carnitine * 40 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 1.7% Minimum
Chondroitin Sulfate * 100 mg/kg Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.3% Minimum
Glucosamine Hydrochloride * 300 mg/kg Minimum


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, mixed quality ingredients, some filler

he first ingredient is 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. This is followed by a second meat ingredient, this time in meal form. There are further meat ingredients 5th and 7th on the ingredient list, this time in meal form. One is a fish meal ingredient, but we find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The main grain in the food, and very likely the main ingredient overall, is corn - a difficult to digest grain of limited value, and is commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Rice is a good quality grain, but it is still a grain and foods intended for canines should be based on meat. Cellulose is further filler. It is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.


The food contains a decent range of fruits/vegetables and probiotics. Its mixed quality ingredients however preclude a higher rating.


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