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Description: INGREDIENTS:
Chicken, rice, maize, chicken fat, dried yeast, fish meal, beet fibre, linseed, vitamins and minerals, dried whole egg, chicken digest, yucca meal, DL methionine.

With natural antioxidant (tocopherols). Does not contain any artificial colours or preservatives.

Protein: 32 %
Oil: 21 %
Fibre: 3 %
Ash: 7.5 %
Calcium: 1.5 %
Phosphorous: 1.3 %
Vitamin A: 20,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D3: 1,600 iu/kg
Vitamin E: 180 mg/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Fri January 18, 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, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal ingredient, but is a non-dehydrated ingredient that is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dry product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight and it is thus unlikely that in dehydrated form this ingredient would truely be the primary ingredient in the food, but instead is a minor inclusion that would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. The true primary meat ingredient may be the 6th ingredient, which is in meal form. This is a fish ingredient but we are unable to locate any statement guaranteeing the use of ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients in the food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal ingredients and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic). Overall, we have concerns about the low meat content of this food.

The main ingredients are grains. Rice is a decent quality grain, but maize (corn) is a difficult to digest grain of limited value. It is also commonly associated with food allergies. We note that chicken fat is the fourth ingredient in the food, and 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.

We appreciate the use of whole egg in the food, but note the inclusion of unspecified vitamins and minerals, which may contain synthetics.

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