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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 3 1/2 Cups


Ingredients:
Chicken, Pearled Barley, Ground Rice, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Brewers Yeast, Tomato Pomace, Flax Seed, Calcium Carbonate, Animal Digest, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Potassium Chloride, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta-Carotene, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Yucca Schidigera, Choline Chloride, Rosemary, Garlic Powder, Spearmint, Parsley, Ginger Extract.


Guaranteed Analysis


Crude Protein 24.0%
Crude Fat 12.0%
Crude Fiber 4.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Calcium 1.0%
Phosphorus 0.85%
Copper 7.5 mg/kg
Zinc 150 mg/kg
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
Beta-Carotene* 4.0 mg/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.5%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.32%


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fourth ingredents are named meat products
Cons: Inadequate meat content, mixed quality ingredients, fat of unidentifiable origin

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. It is not a meal ingredient, meaning that it is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. The only true meat ingredient is chicken meal, 4th on the ingredient list. It is unlikely that this product contains any significant amount of meat at all. Another meat related ingredient “Digest” is 11th on the ingredient list. Digest is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. Although from a named source, digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products.


Barley, rice and oatmeal are the main grains in the food, and all are of decent quality. Foods designed for canines should, however, be based on meat rather than grains which are an unnatural foodstuff for this species. The vast majority of this food is grain.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of 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".


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.


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