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Description: Ingredients:
Lamb Meal, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Brewers Rice, Rice Flour, Cracked Pearled Barley, Dried Egg Product, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Rice Protein Concentrate, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, L-Lysine, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Dicalcium Phosphate, 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), Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (min) 23%
Fat (min) 13%
Fiber (max) 3%
Phosphorus (min) 0.5%
Calcium (min) 0.07%


Extra Information:
Carnitine 200 ppm (min)



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 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, use of low quality grains and other controversial filler, fat of unidentifiable origin.

The first ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form. This is the sole meat product in the food.


The primary grain is wheat. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.


Corn gluten meal is another low quality ingredient. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal is "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm". In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


The fourth ingredient is brewers rice which is a low quality grain and by-product. Rice flour, the fifth ingredient, is a grain fragment and filler.


Barley is a decent quality grain, but with five grains following the meat product, this starts to look like a very grain heavy food.


Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this 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. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


Sorghum is a carbohydrate source low in digestibility. We consider it primarily filler. Beet pulp is further 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.


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