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Description: Ingredients:
Dehydrated capelin protein, Corn starch, Rapeseed meal, Animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Hydrolysed digest, Rapeseed oil, Fish oil, Calcium carbonate, Potassium chloride, Choline chloride, Minerals.


Typical Analysis (as fed)
Moisture 8.5 %
Crude protein 30,0 %
Crude fat 19,0 %
Crude ash 8,0 %
Crude fibre 3,0 %
Calcium 1,2 %
Phosphorus 1,0 %
Sodium 0,39 %
Potassium 0,97 %
Magnesium 0,15 %
Zinc 180 mg/kg
Linoleic Acid 1,4 %
W-6 fatty acids 1,5 %
W-3 fatty acids 1,2 %
M.E. (1) 4,24 kcal/g
Vitamin A 23 000 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 1200 IU/kg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 220 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 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, low quality ingredients, fat of unidentifiable origin

This product is a veterinary diet, however it is not indicated for disease treatment. Our comments therefore are on an equal footing with any other food irrespective that this one is marketed under a 'veterinary' label. These comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease.


The first ingredient is capelin protein (capelin is a fish). This is likely to be the dehydrated remains of capelin after the extraction of oil, and not a high quality product. We find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (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).


Cornstarch is a grain fragment that we consider to be primarily filler. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Rapeseed meal, like its higher quality relation canola meal, is better used as fertilizer. Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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". We note that this is the fourth ingredient in the food and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry foods as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


The food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics (as other products by this manufacturer do).


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