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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Oat Meal, Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Distilled dried Grains with Solubles, Beet Pulp, Porcine (pork) Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Poultry Liver Flavor, Dried Eggs, Fish Meal, Dried Brewers Yeast, Flax Seeds, Fish Oil, Salt, L-Carnitine, Dried Chicory Root, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidgera Extract, Dried Lacithin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondreitin Sulfate, Vitimin C Supplement, VItamin E Suplement, Bentonite, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Methionine, Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide, Coper Lysine Complex, Copper SUlfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Mathionline, Manganous Oxide, Enterococcus Faecium, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamine A Supplement, Calcium Pantathenate, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Roboflavin, Pyridexine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (soruce of Vitamin K activity), Ethylenediamine Bihydrocloride, Vitamine B3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Cobalt Carbonate.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min.) 24.0%
Crude Fat (Min.) 10.0%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 10.0%
Calcium (Min.) 1.26%
Calcium (Max.) 1.60%
Phosphorus (Min.) 0.8%
*Omega - 6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 1.3%
*Omega - 3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 0.25%


*Glucosamine Nydrochloride (Min.) 700 mg/kg


*Chondroitin Sulfate (Min.). 400 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 ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first and seventh ingredients in this food are named meat products, both are in meal form. This does not give us a reasonable level of confidence that there is an adequate amount of meat in the product. There is a further meat meal ingredient 11th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this 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).


Oatmeal, barley and rice are the main grains in the food, and all are decent quality. Distilled grains are byproducts. 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.


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 a bit light in meat content, and the ingredients overall are of mixed quality.


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