Dog food reviews
Dog Food Analysis
Dog food information
Dog food reviews and ratings
Home Information Dog food reviews Frequently asked questions Forums About DFA




Reviews Views Date of last review
1 7703 Wed January 2, 2008
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
No recommendations None indicated None indicated
light2.jpg


Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 - 4 1/3 cups for maintenance, 2 1/2 - 3 1/3 cups for reduction


Ingredients:
Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Meal, Ground Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Tomato Pomace, Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Fish Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Lecithin, Natural Chicken Flavor, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin A Supplement, DL-Methionine, Niacin, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite.


Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 18.00%;
Crude Fat (min) 7.00%;
Crude Fat (max) 9.00%;
Crude Fiber (max) 8.00%;
Moisture (max) 10.00%;
Calcium (min) 1.00%;
Phosphorus (min) 0.80%;
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 1.85%*;
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.30%*;
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (min) 25mg/lb*


(*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.)



Editors

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: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient, and the majority of the food, is grain. Rice is a decent quality grain, but still a grain which is an unnatural foodstuff for canines. Instead, dog foods should be based on meat. Oats is a further grain product in the top ingredients.


The first and only significant meat ingredient in this food is the second ingredient, in meal form. A further meat meal ingredient is 9th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the meat content of this food. This is a fish meal 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).


Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient. We note that research at Purdue university has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested. Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


Overall, our concern with this product is primarily in its limited meat content, and users may consider supplementing the diet with meat. 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.


Powered by: ReviewPost PHP
Copyright 2006 All Enthusiast, Inc.



Copyright 2005 - 2009 DogFoodAnalysis.com. All Rights Reserved.