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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 4 cups.


INGREDIENTS:
Whole Ground Corn, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Wheat, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Beet Pulp, Salt, DL-Methionine, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Biotin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.


Vitamins:
Choline 2,157.02 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) 12.70 mg/kg
Thiamine (B1) 10.78 mg/kg
Niacin (B5) 84.63 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 16.93 mg/kg
Folic Acid 2.18 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid (B3) 22.63 mg/kg
Biotin (H) 0.26 mg/kg
Cobalamine (B12) 41.37 mcg/kg
Vitamin A 20,682.90 IU/kg
Vitamin D 2,205 IU/kg
Vitamin E 100.99 mg/kg
Vitamin K .88 mg/kg


Minerals:
Calcium 1.19%
Phosphorus 0.85%
Magnesium 0.21%
Sodium 0.31%
Potassium 0.76%
Iron 211.68 mg/kg
Zinc 246.50 mg/kg
Iodine 1.76 mg/kg
Copper 16.69 mg/kg
Manganese 61.48 mg/kg
Selenium 0.33 mg/kg


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min 21.00%
Crude Fat min 10.00%
Crude Fiber max 4.00%
Moisture max 10.00%
Ash max 6.00%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Wed January 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Fourth ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The main ingredients in this food are grains. Even if good quality grains, this is not desirable in dog food products as grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines. Dog foods should be based on meat. In the case of this product, the grains used are not good quality. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly linked to allergy problems. Wheat, the other main grain, is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allergies. In ‘middlings’ form, this is a grain fraction we consider to be primarily filler. Middlings are the remains of grain after the production of flour.


The main protein source in this food is soy. Soy is a further product commonly linked to food allergies, and is a low quality protein source compared to meat. The sole meat ingredient in this food does not occur until fourth on the ingredient list. It is a named meat product in meal form, but this far down is unlikely to make up any significant portion of the food.


Beet pulp is another low quality ingredient and filler. 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. The food includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems.


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