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


INGREDIENTS:
Turkey Meal, Barley, Brewers Rice, ChickenFat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Brewers Yeast, Salt, Dried Whole Egg , Lecithin, Fish Meal, Flaxseed, Fish Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine (essential Amino Acid), 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 1,916.83 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) 14,02 mg/kg
Thiamine (B1) 6,48 mg/kg
Niacin (B5) 72.74 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 12.35 mg/kg
Folic Acid 0.97 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid (B3) 19.78 mg/kg
Biotin (H) 0.18 mg/kg
Cobalamine (B12) 41.30 mcg/kg
Vitamin A 20,638.80 IU/kg
Vitamin C 22.73 mg/kg
Vitamin D 2,205.00 IU/kg
Vitamin E 89.57 mg/kg
Vitamin K 0.88 mg/kg

Minerals:
Calcium 1.58%
Phosphorous 2.36%
Magnesium 0.11%
Sodium 0.68%
Potassium 1.32%
Chloride 0.61%
Iron 285.86 mg/kg
Zinc 251.04 mg/kg
Iodine 2.38 mg/kg
Copper 14.51 mg/kg
Manganese 44.30 mg/kg
Selenium 0.40 mg/kg

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 26.00% (min)
Crude Fat 15.00% (min)
Crude Fiber 3.50% (max)
Moisture 10.00% (max)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.75% (min)*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.40% (min)*


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
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: Insifficient meat content, mixed quality 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 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 barley and brewers rice. Barley is a decent quality grain, but brewers rice is a byproduct. Combined, the grain products probably outweigh the meat content of the food by some margin, though not to the extent of some other products in this range. 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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