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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 5/8 cups


Metabolizable energy:
445 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, brewer’s rice, chicken, barley, oats, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, cellulose, beet pulp, natural flavor, sundried tomato pomace, whole flax seeds, lecithin, canola oil, calcium propionate, choline chloride, mannan-oligosaccharides, glucosamine sulphate, Yucca schidigera extracts, chondroitin sulphate, vitamins and minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude protein: 25% min.
Crude fat: 15% min.
Crude fiber: 4.5% max.
Moisture: 10% max.



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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 and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, extensive use of low grade ingredients

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat product 3rd on the ingredient list, but this is unlikely to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. It 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.


The main grain in the food is brewers yeast, which is a low quality product and byproduct. Oats are a decent quality grain, but this is the secondary grain product in the food. Cellulose is filler. This is "purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials": otherwise known as sawdust. Tomato pomace is further filler.


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.


Overall, this food appears rather light in meat content but suffers more from the inclusion of a large number of low quality ingredients.


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