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Description: Ingredients:
Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Moninitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Dl-Methionine, L-Tryptophan, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein not less than 24%
Crude Fat not more than 12.5%
Crude Fat not less than 10%
Moisture not more than 10%
Crude Fiber not more than 5%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids not less than 2%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids not less than 0.2%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, by-products, low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The primary ingredient in the food is a low quality grain. 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, yet it is the primary grain in this food.


The next ingredient in this food is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.


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


Fish meal, fourth on the ingredient list, is the sole named meat product in the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic). There is a further meat meal ingredient 7th on the ingredient list, but this is a bit too far down to make up an appreciable portion of the food. There is a further named meat product 5th on the ingredient list, but since this is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food and would be more accurately placed much further down the list and is not an appreciable portion of the food.


Barley is a decent quality grain but 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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