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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 25kg dog should be fed about 255g


Ingredients:
Maize, poultry meat meal, greaves meal, rice, poultry fat, beet fibre, fish-meal, linseed, brewer’s yeast, dehydrated egg, lecithin (0.2%), methionine, fructo-oligosaccharide (0.1%), mussel powder


Analysis:
Crude protein 22.0 %
crude fat 10.0 %
crude fibre 3.0 %
crude ash 5.0 %
calcium 0.8 %
phosphorus 0.6 %
sodium 0.25 %



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 1, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, byproducts, fat of unidentifiable origin, no information on preservatives

The first ingredient in this food, and its main ingredient, is Maize (corn). Corn is a difficult to digest grain that has limited value and is very commonly linked to allergy problems. Whatever their quality, grains are an unnatural foodstuff for a canine. Foods intended for dogs should be based on meat, not on grain.


There are three meat meal ingredients in the food. All are very low quality. "Poultry" is an ingredient of unidentifiable species, source or quality and such ingredients are usually very cheap and low quality. ‘Greaves’ is defined by UK animal byproducts regulations 2003 as the protein-containing residue of rendering, after partial separation of fat and water. In other words, low quality byproducts. We note a fish meal ingredient, but find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


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 has added minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics. Likewise, there is not information given about preservatives which could include chemicals such as ethoxyquin, BHT and BHA all of which are allowed in pet products but are banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.


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