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Description: INGREDIENTS
Chicken Meal, Oat Flour, Ground Corn, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Dried Brewers Yeast, Egg Product, Natural Chicken Flavor, Fish Meal, Salt, Lecithin, Canalo Oil, Fish Oil, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Monosodium Phosphate, Garlic, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothemate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethylprimidinol, Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K), Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Protein not less than .....................25%
Fat not less than ...........................12%
Fiber not more than .........................5%
Moisture not more than ..................10%



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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, some low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient 9th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this is a fish meal ingredient, but find no sign on the manufacturers website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The main grains in the food are oat flour and corn, neither of which is high quality. Oat flour is a grain fragment that we consider to be primarily filler. Corn is a difficult-to-digest grain of limited value, and that is commonly implicated in allergy problems. 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.


There are no fruits/vegetables in the food and we would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product. 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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