Dog food reviews
Dog Food Analysis
Dog food information
Dog food reviews and ratings
Home Information Dog food reviews Frequently asked questions Forums About DFA




Reviews Views Date of last review
1 11178 Wed January 2, 2008
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
No recommendations None indicated None indicated
NB_CRs.jpg
supersize


Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed approx 1 1/8 - 1 1/3 cups


Ingredients:
Chicken, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Soybean Meal, Chicken Meal, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Whole Grain Oats, Apples, Cranberries, Soybean Oil, Peas, Carrots, Dried Beet Pulp, Iodized Salt, Flaxseed, Broccoli, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Min. 21.5%
Crude Fat 12.5%
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5%
Moisture Max. 10.0%
Ash Max. 5.5%
Calcium Min. 0.5%
Phosphorus Min. 0.4%
Vitamin E Min. 400 IU/kg
Ascorbic acid*(Vitamin C) Min. 120 mg/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.



Editors

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient is a named meat product. It is not a meal ingredient, meaning that it is 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 only true meat ingredient is chicken meal, 6th on the ingredient list. It is thus unlikely that this product contains any significant amount of meat at all (as confirmed by its "dinner" label, which is applied to products containing less than 25% of the suggested meat product by WET weight).


This product is primarily comprised of grains. Rice and barley are decent quality grains, but wheat is a less desirable ingredient. This is, at least, a whole grain but wheat is very commonly an allergy problem for dogs and we prefer not to see it used in dog foods. Soybean meal is a cheap source of additional protein, but compared to actual meat provides low quality protein. Soy is also commonly an allergy problem for dogs.


We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food, although the range of fruits/vegetables is appreciated. 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.


Powered by: ReviewPost PHP
Copyright 2006 All Enthusiast, Inc.



Copyright 2005 - 2009 DogFoodAnalysis.com. All Rights Reserved.