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Description: Ingredients
Whole grain corn, soybean meal, soybean hulls*, corn gluten meal, beef and bone meal, pea fiber, wheat gluten, animal digest, powdered cellulose, calcium phosphate, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), defluorinated phosphate, salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, brewers dried yeast, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite. M-4560


*15% - a source of fiber


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 26.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 4.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 16.0%
Moisture (Max) 12.0%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, meat and fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains and fillers

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 ingredients is a grain. 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. Soybean meal is another product commonly associated with food allergies. It boosts the protein content of the food, but is a low quality source of protein compared to meat. The hulls of soybeans are filler, as is pea fiber. Cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust. Wheat is a further undesirable grain, believed by many to be the leading cause of food allegies in canines. In gluten form, it is a similar grain fragment and nutritionless filler as corn gluten above.


The sole meat ingredinet is a very low quality ingredient that is meat and bone meal, which is unidentifiable by species or source. It is the rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices. This is one of the lowest quality ingredients found in dog food, thankfully becomming less common as consumers become more aware. The fat content of the food is similarly low quality and unidentifiable by species or source. "Animal" fat could be anything - described by AAFCO as "obtained 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".


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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