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Description: INGREDIENTS
Chicken meal, oat flour, corn, beet pulp, poultry fat, whole eggs, brewers yeast, natural flavors, fish meal, tomato pomace, barley, lecithin, vegetable oil, fish oil, salt, lysine, di-methionine, potassium chloride, alfalfa meal, garlic powder, vitamin C, monosodium phosphate, iron sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, citric acid (preservative), manganese oxide, manganese proteinate, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, pantothenic acid, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B 2), copper proteinate, copper oxide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B 1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B 6), vitamin D 3supplement, menadione dimethylprimidinol, bisulfite (vitamin K), folic acid, biotin supplement, calcium iodate (source of iodine), sodium selenite (source of selenium), vitamin B 12 supplement.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Protein not less than .....................24%
Fat not less than ...........................13%
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, fat of unidentifiable origin

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 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, 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. Tomato pomace is further filler.


Poultry fat is a 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"


There are no fruits/vegetables in the food though we appreciate the use of whole eggs. 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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