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Description: INGREDIENTS
Chicken Meal, Oat Meal, Ground Corn, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Natural Chicken Flavor, Fish Meal, Pearled Barley, Lecithin, Canola Oil, Fish Oil, Salt, L-Lysine, DL Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Perna Canaliculus, Alfalfa Meal, Monosodium Phosphate, Garlic, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Vegetable Oil, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (Source of Vitamin K Activity), 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: 3953
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 further meat meal ingredient 9th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this ingredient is fish meal, 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 grain in the food Oatmeal, which is a decent quality grain. Corn, however, is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly linked to 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. Tomato pomace is further filler.


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