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Description: Calorie Content


This product contains 4112 kilocalories/kilogram or 390 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, rice, brown rice, chicken fat, wheat gluten, natural flavors, tomato pomace, dried beet pulp, anchovy oil, soya oil, sodium silico aluminate, dried brewers yeast, potassium chloride, fructo-oligosaccharides, dried egg powder, ground psyllium husk, sodium tripolyphosphate, monosodium phosphate, taurine, brewers yeast extract (source of mannan-oligo-saccharides), borage oil, vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], choline chloride, DL-methionine, minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], marigold extract, green tea polyphenols, rosemary extract, preserved with natural tocopherols and citric acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 27.2%
Crude Fat (min) 18.3%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat January 5, 2008 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, some low quality and controversial fillers

This product is a veterinary diet, but is not indicated for the treatment of any disease. Rather, it is just another puppy food and our comments are given on equal footing to any other comparable product with or without a 'veterinary diet' label.


The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat ingredient in the food.


The main grains in the food are riceand wheat. Rice is a decent quality grain, but the use of wheat is a negative. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allegies in dogs. In gluten form, this ingredient is a low quality filler. It is the dried residue from wheat after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the grain leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.


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. Tomato pomace and the husks of pysllium seeds are further fillers.


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