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Description: INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Ground Corn, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Whole Ground Wheat, Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Brewers Yeast, Dried Whole Egg, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Fish Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Potassium Chloride, Lysine (essential amino acid), Fish Oil, Methionine (essential amino acid), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate (source of iron), Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Biotin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate (source of iodine), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite (source of selenium).


Vitamins:
Choline 1787.50 mg/kg
Riboflavin(B2) 14.81 mg/kg
Thiamine (B1) 7.48 mg/kg
Niacin (B5) 75.90 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 13.40 mg/kg
Folic Acid 1.06 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid (B3) 20.70 mg/kg
Biotin (H) 0.22 mg/kg
Cobalamine (B12) 41.34 mcg/kg
Vitamin A 17,500 IU/kg
Vitamin C 22.76 mg/kg
Vitamin D 1,500 IU/kg
Vitamin E 105.00 mg/kg
Vitamin K 0.88 mg/kg


Minerals:
Calcium 1.15%
Phosphorous 0.75%
Magnesium 0.13%
Sodium 0.32%
Potassium 0.59%
Chloride 0.85%
Iron 319.98 mg/kg
Zinc 259.50 mg/kg
Iodine 2.61 mg/kg
Copper 15.19 mg/kg
Manganese 42.53 mg/kg
Selenium 0.46 mg/kg


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min 28.00%
Crude Fat min 17.00%
Crude Fiber max 3.50%
Moisture max 10.00%
Ash max 7.00%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 3.65%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.55%*


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



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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: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, some low grade ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole significant meat product in the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 14th on the ingredient list. This is far too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note it is a fish ingredient, but we 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).


The main grains in the food are brewers rice and corn. Both are low quality ingredients. Brewers rice is a byproduct, whilst corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value that commonly causes allergy problems. Wheat is a further undesirable grain that is considered by many to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. Combined, the grain products probably outweigh the meat content of the food by a sizeable margin. We note that chicken fat is the fourth ingredient in the food. 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.


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 would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. The inclusion of a small range of fruit/vegetable matter is appreciated, as is the range of probiotics. We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.


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