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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 3/8 cups


Metabolizable energy:
480 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, brewer’s rice, ground yellow corn, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, corn gluten meal, powdered cellulose, beet pulp, whole flax seeds, sundried tomato pomace, natural flavor, lecithin, canola oil, monosodium phosphate, calcium propionate, choline chloride, mannan-oligosaccharides, Yucca schidigera extracts, vitamins and minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude protein: 26 % min.
Crude fat: 16 % min.
Crude fiber: 4 % max.
Moisture: 10 % max.



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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: First and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat product 3rd on the ingredient list. This 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. It is unlikely that this ingredient makes up any substantive portion of the food.


The main grain in the food is brewers rice. This is a low quality grain and byproduct. Barley and oats, further grains in the food, are decent quality. Cellulose is filler. It is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust. Beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient – 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 'vitamins and minerals' but no information is given about these.


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