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Description: Metabolizable Energy 3127 Kcal/Kg

Chicken meal, ground rice, select whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp, chicken, flaxseed, chicken fat (preserved with Vitamin E), pea fiber, chicken digest, herring meal, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, lecithin, dried whole egg, choline chloride, Vitamin C, chicory root extract (a source of FOS), dried cheese, yucca schidigera, L-carnitine, marigold extract (a source of Lutein), glucosamine, chondroitin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (menadione), Vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, zinc sulphate, zinc proteinate, copper sulphate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, beta carotene, cobalt proteinate, sodium selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min. 32.0%
Crude Fat min. 9.0%
Crude Fibre max. 5.0%
Moisture max. 10.0%
Crude Ash max. 8.5%
Calcium min. 1.4%
Phosphorus min. 1.0%
Copper min. 24.0 mg/Kg
Zinc min. 240.0 mg/Kg
Vitamin A min 15,000.0 IU/Kg
Vitamin D3 min 1,500.0 IU/Kg
Vitamin E min. 160.0 IU/Kg
Vitamin B6 min. 4.8 mg/Kg
Sodium min. 0.47%
Glucosamine 100 mg/Kg
Chondroitin 100 mg/Kg


Registered: October 2005
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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 ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. Further meat ingredients are 6th, 10th and 11th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. One is chicken, 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. Another, “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. Herring meal is a fish ingredient, but we find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

The main grains in the food are rice and corn. Rice is a decent quality grain, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value, and is commonly associated with allergy problems. 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 bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.

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. Pea fiber is further filler.

There are no fruits/vegetables in the food, though we appreciate the inclusion 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.

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