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Description: Calories per cup, 387


Ingredients
Beef | Beef Meal | Cracked Pearled Barley | Brown Rice | Millet | Rice Bran | Canola Oil | Ocean Fish Meal | Tomato Pomace | Flaxseed | Natural Flavor | Salmon Oil (source of DHA) | Choline Chloride | Taurine | Dried Chicory Root | Parsley Flakes | Pumpkin Meal | Almond Oil | Sesame Oil | Yucca Schidigera Extract | Thyme | Blueberries | Cranberries | Carrots | Broccoli | Vitamin E Supplement | Iron Proteinate | Zinc Proteinate | Copper Proteinate | Ferrous Sulfate | Zinc Sulfate | Copper Sulfate | Potassium Iodide | Thiamine Mononitrate | Manganese Proteinate | Manganous Oxide | Ascorbic Acid | Vitamin A Supplement | Biotin | Calcium Panthothenate | Manganese Sulfate | Sodium Selenite | Pyridoxine Hydrochloride | Vitamin B12 Supplement | Riboflavin Supplement | Vitamin D Supplement | Folic Acid |


Analysis:
Protein, Min 22%
Fat, Min 12%
Fiber, Max 4%
Moisture, Max 10%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Mon December 24, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products, good quality ingredients throughout
Cons: Insufficient meat content

The first two ingredients are named meat products. The first is beef inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Note that this is an example of the practice of “splitting” (see note on main page), but since it is followed by the meal form, in this case serves to increase our level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food since the split ingredients still rank ahead of the first grain by weight. There is a further meat meal ingredient (fish) 8th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food.


We note that whilst the manufacturer has recently changed the fish products in its formulas, we are unable to locate a guarantee on their website that the ingredients are free of ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish products and which is banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that it is carcinogenic.


The primary grains in the food are barley, rice and millet. Millet is a good quality grain, easily digested and non-allergenic. Rice is also a good quality grain and source of carbohydrates, protein and fibre. Barley is a further good quality grain, but rice bran is a grain fragment and filler. Canola oil is a reasonable quality oil, and supported by salmon oil further down the ingredient list providing additional omega OFAs.


Overall this product appears to use good quality ingredients with the major criticism being that the meat content of the food is not as high as we would like to see.


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