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Description: FEEDING ADVICE
2kg - 10kg feed 4g - 22g per kg
11kg - 30kg feed 11g - 14g per kg
+ 30kg feed 10g - 11g per kg


Metabolizable Energy:
3830 kcal


INGREDIENTS:
Wheat, wheat-flour, beef meal, grieves, animal fat, hydrolysed chicken protein, beet pulp, corn, linseed, vegetables, yeast, salt, fructo-oligosaccharides.


NUTRITIONAL VALUES (Analysis):
Crude protein 24%,
crude fat 11%,
humidity 10%,
crude ash 8%,
crude fiber 3,3%,
calcium 1,4%,
phosphorous 1%.


ADDITIVES:
Vitamin A 10000 IE/Kg,
vitamin D3 1000 IE/Kg,
vitamin E 80 mg/kg,
copper (copper II sulphate) 20 mg/kg,
antioxidants approved by CEE.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 1, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: third ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality ingredients, uncertain preservatives, controversial filler, byproducts

The first grain in this food, and its main ingredient is wheat. Wheat is thought by many to be the number one cause of food allergy problems in dogs. We prefer not to see this used in dog foods. Wheat flour is a grain fragment (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) and filler. Grains of any description are not a natural foodstuff for a canine and foods intended for dogs should be based on meat rather than grains. A further grain in the food is corn, which is a difficult to digest grain also commonly associated with allergies.


The third ingredient is named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat product in the food. Hydrolised chicken protein is added to increase the protein content of the food, but this is not a high quality ingredient and does not substitute for actual meat content. Grieves are in fact ‘Greaves’, which is the protein-containing residue of rendering, after partial separation of fat and water. In other words, low quality byproducts.


Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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 note this is the 4th ingredient and that research at Purdue university has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


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 note the food does not claim to use naturally occuring antioxidants, but generically "EU approved". This is likely to include chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin, BHT or BHA all of which are banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.


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