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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Oat Meal, Pork Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherois), Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Flax Seeds, Canola Seeds, Rice Bran, Poultry Liver Digest, Sunflower Oil, Dried Eggs, Dried Brewers Yeast, Calcium Sodium Aluminosilicate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Enterococcus Faecium, Calcium Propionate, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root, L-Carnitine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Dried Lecithin, Chondroltin Sulfate, Sodium Bentonite, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Methionine Complex, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacinamide, Copper LYsine Complex, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Maganese Methionine Complex, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Sourse of Vitamin K Activity), Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Cobalt Glucoheptonate and Cobalt Carbonate.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min) 32.0%
Crude Fat (Min.) 20.0%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 3.0%
Moisture (Max.) 10.0%
Calcium (Min.) 2.0%
Calcium (Max.) 2.6%
Phosphorus (Min.) 1.3%
*Omega - 6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 3.0%
*Omega - 3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 0.6%
*Glucosamine Nydrochloride (Min.) 600 mg/kg
*Chondroitin Sulfate (Min.) 300 mg/kg
L-Carnitine (Min.) 200 mg/kg


*Not recognized as a essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptablemeat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first and third ingredients in this food are named meat products, both are in meal form. This gives us a reasonable level of confidence that there is an adequate amount of meat in the product. There is a further meat meal ingredient 7th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note it is a fish ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the product (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic). The last meat related product is poultry digest, 11th on the ingredient list. Fortunately this is a minor ingredient as it is very low quality. “Digest” is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. It is sourced from "poultry" which is unidentifiable origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality.


Oatmeal and rice are the main grains in the food, and both are decent quality. Rice bran is a grain fragment that we consider to be 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.


There are no fruits/vegetables in the food though we appreciate the use of whole eggs. We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.


Overall, this product appears to contain an adequate meat content, although the ingredients overall are of mixed quality.


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