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


Calorie Content:
kcal/gm: 3.690 | kcal/lb: 1,675 | kcal/cup: 321


Ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, White Rice, Oatmeal, Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Fish Meal, Flaxseed, Whole Egg, Cheese, Brewers Dried Yeast, Lecithin, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis
Protein 21% Min
Fat 11% Min
Fiber 4% Max
Moisture 10% Max
Ash 6.5% Max
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 1.8% Min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.3% Min
Lactobacillus Acidophilus 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
Bifidobacterium Longum 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
Lactobacillus Plantarum 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min
Enterococcous Faecium 100,000,000 CFU/lb Min


Typical Analysis
Calcium 1.2%
Phosphorus 1.0%
Sodium 0.4%
Potassium 0.6%
Magnesium 0.14%
Zinc 129 mg/kg
Iron 189 mg/kg
Manganese 62 mg/kg
Copper 10.0 mg/kg
Cobalt 0.4 mg/kg
Iodine 1.50 mg/kg
Selenium 0.46 mg/kg
Vitamin A 18,200 IU/kg
Vitamin D 1,290 IU/kg
Vitamin E 175 IU/kg
Vitamin K 1.42 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.10 mg/kg
Choline Chloride 2,300 mg/kg
Niacin 81 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 26 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) 38 mg/kg
Riboflavin 7 mg/kg
Thiamine 8.7 mg/kg
Pyridoxine 4.2 mg/kg
Folic Acid 1.0 mg/kg
Biotin 0.3 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first two ingredients in this food are named meat products. The first 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. The second is in meal form, and the true first ingredient in the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 9th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food. 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).


There are four grain products ahead of the fat content. All are decent quality grains, but combined are likely to outweigh the meat content by some margin. This limited meat content is the major reason this product not rated more highly. We appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food and the range of probiotics.


Beet pulp, however, 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.


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