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


INGREDIENTS:
Duck Meal, Potato, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Peas, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Lecithin, Fish Oil, Dried Carrots, Dried Kelp, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Blueberries, Peppermint, Dried Tomato, Rosemary, Dandelion, Salt, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Ferrous Sulfate (source of Iron), Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Biotin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, (Vitamin B2), 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 1817.85 mg/kg
Riboflavin(B2) 13.58 mg/kg
Thiamine (B1) 7.03 mg/kg
Niacin (B5) 70.00 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 11.91 mg/kg
Folic Acid 0.43 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid (B3) 20.42 mg/kg
Biotin (H) 0.24 mg/kg
Cobalamine (B12) 45.31 mcg/kg
Vitamin A 20,660.85 IU/kg
Vitamin C 55.57 mg/kg
Vitamin D 2,205 IU/kg
Vitamin E 0100 mg/kg
Vitamin K 0.90 mg/kg

Minerals:
Calcium 1.20%
Phosphorous 0.95%
Magnesium 0.12%
Sodium 0.31%
Potassium 0.61%
Chloride 0.65%
Iron 276.48 mg/kg
Zinc 244.42 mg/kg
Iodine 3.84 mg/kg
Copper 13.19 mg/kg
Manganese 57.57 mg/kg
Selenium 0.30 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) *


*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: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat ingredient in the food, and being followed by a significant number of carbohydrate sources, does not give a high level of confidence in the overall meat content of the product.


Potato is the main carbohydrate source ahead of grains. Barley and oats are both good quality grains, though we would prefer to see greater meat content here. There are further grain products in the minor ingredients, which are grain fragments that we consider to be primarily filler. Rice gluten is the part of the rice that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed manufacture of rice products: in plain English, the remains of rice after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


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.


The food contains a small amount of fruit/vegetable matter and a range of probiotics. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. Overall, this product suffers from limited meat content and the use of some low quality ingredients. As these are primarily the minor ingredients in the food, a 3* rating is still given.


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