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Description: INGREDIENTS
Rice, Chicken Meat Meal (20% min), Chicken Fat, Fish Meal, Beet Pulp, Vitamins and
Minerals, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Folic Acid,
Nicotinic Acid (Niacin), Pantothenic Acid from Calcium Pantothenate, Deoderase a
natural extract from the yucca plant to aid in neutralising offensive odours.


NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS
PROTEIN 22%
OIL 12%
FIBRE 3.5%
ASH 9%
VITAMIN A 20,000 IU/Kg
VITAMIN D3 1,500 IU/Kg
VITAMIN E 160 IU/Kg
(alpha tocopherol)
COPPER 12 mg/Kg
(as cupric sulphate)


DAILY FEEDING GUIDE
TOY
(1- 4Kg) 40 - 150gms (1 - 2 cups)
SMALL
(4 - 9Kg) 50 - 250gms (1 - 3 cups)
MEDIUM
(9 - 20Kg) 250 - 350gms (3 - 4 cups)
LARGE
(20 - 45Kg) 400 800gms (5 9 cups)



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Wed January 16, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a grain. Rice is a decent quality grain, but still a grain which is not a natural foodstuff for a canine. Dog food products should be based on meat.


The main meat ingredient is second on the ingredient list, and is a named meat product in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient fourth on the ingredient list. We note this is a fish meal, but we find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic). The third ingredient is chicken fat. 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 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.


The food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics. Likewise, the preservative is undisclosed and may be chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin, BHT and BHA which are allowed in pet products but are banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.


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