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Description: Calorie Content:
Me (Calculated) 3406 kcal/kg
Me (Calculated) 374 kcal/cup


Ingredients: Hulless Barley, Fresh Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Rye, Hulless Oats, Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Ground Flaxseed, Dried Egg, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Alfalfa Meal, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Salmon Oil, Lysine, Saskatoon Berries, Choline Chloride, Methionine, Probiotics (Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product),Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Mannon Oligosaccharide (Mos), Fructooligosaccharide (Chicory Root Extract), Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (Menadione Sodium Bisulphate), Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Di-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Phosphate), Ferrous Sulphate, Iron Proteinate*, Zinc Sulphate, Zinc Proteinate*, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Proteinate*, Copper Sulphate, Copper Proteinate*, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Seleno Methionine, Magnesium Oxide.
*Chelated Minerals


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 24.0 %
Crude Fat (min) 10.0 %
Crude Fibre (max) 3.0 %
Moisture (max) 10.0 %
Calcium (min) 1.3%
Phosphorus (min) 1.1%
Omega 3 (min)** 0.44 %
Omega 6 (min)** 3.62 %
Glucosamine (min)** 600 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulphate (min)** 500 mg/kg
**Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles.



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Inadequate meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a grain. Barley is a decent quality grain, but it is still a grain which is an unnatural foodstuff for a canine. Dog food products should be based on meat rather than on grains. Rye and Oats are further grains in the food and good quality, but this product is very light in meat content. It is not necessary for senior dogs to consume an inferior diet, and users might consider adding meat to this diet.


The second ingredient is also a named meat product. This is not a meal ingredient, but 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. It is unlikely that this ingredient makes a great contribution to the overall meat content of the food. The third ingredient, a named meat product in meal form, is the true main meat ingredient in the food. This far down the ingredient list, it is unlikely to be adequate.


Beet pulp is controversial filler. 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 appreciate the range of probiotics. We note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality products.


Overall, this product appears to be primarily good quality. It suffers through limited meat content and the inclusion of some low quality filler.


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