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Description: Ingredients
Brewers rice, trout, salmon meal, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, dried egg product, oat fiber, animal digest, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish oil, chicken cartilage (natural source of glucosamine), potassium chloride, Vitamin E supplement, salt, choline chloride, taurine, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. C-4576


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 30.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 12.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 10.0%
Vitamin E (Min) 800 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid* (Vitamin C) (Min) 100 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min) 0.85%
Glucosamine* (Min) 1000 mg/kg


*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles



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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: Second and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, byproducts and fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains and filler

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 a grain. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. It is the primary ingredient in this food. Even if this had been a good quality grain, we would note that grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines and foods designed for dogs should be based on meat, not on grains. Corn is a further grain product in the food. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn gluten meal it is that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Oat fiber is filler.


The second ingredient is a named meat product. This is not a meal ingredient, but 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. It is unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. Salmon meal, the third ingredient in the food, is its main meat ingredient. 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).


The food contains byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of poultry by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. Unable to be identified even by species or source, it is a very low quality ingredient.


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". Pea fiber is further filler.


We note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality products.


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