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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 3 cups.


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken, Ground Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Chicken Cartilage (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Alfalfa, Dried Egg Product, Fish Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Carrots, Dried Kelp, Lecithin, Fish Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dried Blueberries, Peppermint, Dried Tomato, Rosemary, Dandelion, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, DL-Methionine, 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 1844.79 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) 13.89 mg/kg
Thiamine (B1) 22.70 mg/kg
Niacin (B5) 65.65 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 12.10 mg/kg
Folic Acid 1.12 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid (B3) 21.16 mg/kg
Biotin (H) 0.15 mg/kg
Cobalamine (B12) 45.31 mcg/kg
Vitamin A 24,232.95 IU/kg
Vitamin C 22.85 mg/kg
Vitamin D 2205 IU/kg
Vitamin E 90.76 mg/kg
Vitamin K 0.90 mg/kg

Minerals:
Calcium 1.22%
Phosphorous 0.98%
Magnesium 0.10%
Sodium 0.32%
Potassium 0.62%
Chloride 0.64%
Iron 313.85 mg/kg
Zinc 243.63 mg/kg
Iodine 3.79 mg/kg
Copper 13.25 mg/kg
Manganese 47.87 mg/kg
Selenium 0.35 mg/kg

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 24.00%(min)
Crude Fat 15.00%(min)
Crude Fiber 3.50%(max)
Moisture 10.00%(max)
Calcium (Ca) 1.20% (min)
Phosphorus (P) 0.95%(min)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.95%(min)*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.53%(min)*
Glucosamine 625 mg/kg(min)*
Chondroitin Sulfate 500 mg/kg(min)*


*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 and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat product 3rd on the ingredient list, but this is unlikely to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. 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.


There is a further meat meal ingredient 11th 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 rice and oats, both of which are good quality grains and good carbohydrate sources. Combined, they probably outweigh the meat content of the food by a sizeable margin. 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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