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Description: Ingredients:
Dehydrated Chicken, Ground Pearl Millet, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken, White Fish, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Beet Pulp Shreds, Skim Milk, Sun-Cured Kelp, Potassium Sulfate, Canola Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Papaya, Whole Clove Garlic, Lecithin, Peppermint, Parsley, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rose Hips, Rosemary Extract.


Vitamins & Minerals:
Sodium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Biotin, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite (Selenium), Beta Carotene.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 31.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 3.5% maximum
Crude Fat 19.0% minimum
Moisture 8.0% maximum
Omega 3 1.84 %
Omega 6 4.50 %
Digestibility 91.0%



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

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, as are the fifth and sixth. The first is in dehydrated form, and the true first ingredient in the food. The latter two are inclusive of water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that these ingredients would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). 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 millet and rice, which are all decent quality whole grains.


We note chicken fat is the fourth ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry dog food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Alfalfa meal and whole ground flaxseed are good quality ingredients with good antioxidant properties. But 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.


Overall this looks to be a reasonably good food. It would benefit from higher meat content, but predominantly the ingredients used are good quality. The use of low quality fillers such as beet pulp prevent the food obtaining a higher grading.


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