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Description: CALORIE CONTENT (calculated)
4850 kcal ME / kg (2200 kcal ME / lb)


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Rice, Ground Oats, Ground Barley, Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Ground Flaxseeds, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Salt, Dried Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyrodoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Ascorbic Acid).


Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (min) 35.0%
Fat (min) 25.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.0%
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 4.37%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.56%*


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Mon December 31, 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, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a second meat ingredient 7th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food. It is a fish meal ingredient but we find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The second ingredient is fat. We note that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


The 3rd-5th ingredients are all grain products, which suggests a food heavy in grains and light in meat content. Rice, oats and barley are all good quality grains, but combined would outweigh the meat content by a substantial margin. Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient 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.


Overall, this product appears to use good quality ingredients. Our main concern is with the low level of meat content (users might consider supplementing this diet with meat).


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