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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken, brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, ground yellow corn, oatmeal, corn gluten, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), beet pulp, dicalcium phosphate, natural flavor, flax, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, fish meal, brewers yeast, dried egg products, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, extract of rosemary, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, vitamin A acetate, tuna oil, sage, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, biotin, sodium selenite, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 26%
Crude Fat (minimum) 15%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 3.5%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids (minimum) 3.1%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.55%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun November 20, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Uses by-products, low quality grains and other controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. However, since it is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) it is unlikely that once the water is removed that this is the true primary ingredient in the food.


Brewers rice is the main grain in the food and is a low quality grain and by-product.


The food uses by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. We recommend avoiding any pet food using such ingredients. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


There are two corn products in the food. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. The AAFCO definition of 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 which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


Beet pulp is another controversial ingredient – 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


The inclusion of a second meat product (fish meal 15th on ingredient list). However the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative added to fish meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


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