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


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken, Ground Oats, Chicken Cartilage (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Ground Whole Barley, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Fish Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Carrots, Dried Cheese, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Ascorbate (source of vitamin C), Dried Cranberries, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Chamomile, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tumeric, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin Supplement, DL-Methionine, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 24.00%(min);
Crude Fat 10.00% (min);
Crude Fiber 3.50% (max);
Moisture 10.00% (max);
Calcium (Ca) 1.10% (min);
Phosphorus (P) 0.85% (min);
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.60% (min)*;
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.50% (min)*;
Glucosamine 350 mg/kg (min)*;
Chondroitin sulfate 275 mg/kg (min)*


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



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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 third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. The third ingredient, chicken, 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. A further meat ingredient is in meal form, and is 11th 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).


The grains in the food are of good quality. Rice, barley and oats are good quality grains. 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, though the range of probiotics is appreciated.


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.


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