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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2-3 cups


Ingredients
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid and rosemary extract). Lamb Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Flax Seed, Brewer Dried Yeast, Egg Product, Organic Chicken, Trace Mineral Salt, DL Methione, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (source of Vitamin D-3), Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, L-Caratine, Coral Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Niacin Supplement, Choline Choride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Conjugated (CLA) Acid, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Inositol, Dehydrated Kelp, Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper and Cobalt, Calcium lodate, Sodium Selenite, CoQ10, DHA, Milk Thistle, Cranberry Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Omega 3 /Omega 6 Oils, Primrose Oil, Glucosamine, Colostrum, Blue/Green Algae, Green Tea, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, B. Subtillus, Bacillus lichenformis, Bacillus coagulins, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Not Less Than 24%
Crude Fat Not Less Than 9%
Crude Fiber Not More Than 4%
Moisture Not More Than 10%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Fri December 28, 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, use of controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. There are two further meat meal ingredients, fifth and seventh on the ingredient list. These are a little too far down the ingredients listing to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food, particularly where the fat content itself (listed ahead of these ingredients) is very low.


The main grains in the food are rice and oatmeal, both of which are decent quality. 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 there is a range of probiotics. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


Overall, this food appears to use primarily good quality ingredients, but suffers from low meat content. We note the inclusion of fish meal but do not locate anywhere on the manufacturer site a statement guaranteeing the use of ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients in the food. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned or heavily restricted in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic.


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