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Description: Feeding
Portion Control - each tray has the recommended serving size for adult dogs 7-15 lbs


Ingredients
Ground whole wheat, Wheat flour, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Poultry fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken, Brown rice, Salmon meal, Lamb meal, Beet pulp, Flax seed, Sunflower oil, Peas, Dried egg product, Potatoes, Carrots, Alfalfa meal, Tomato pomace, Dried kelp, Dried cranberries, Salt, Potassium chloride, Menhaden fish oil, Natural Flavor, Fructooligosaccharide, Garlic, Choline chloride, Vitamin E, Vitamins (Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin A supplement, Niacin supplement, Calcium pantothenate, Riboflaven supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Thiamine mononitrate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Folic acid), Minerals (Ferrous sulfate, Zinc oxide, Zinc proteinate, Copper sulfate, Copper proteinate, Manganous oxide, Manganese proteinate, Calcium iodate, Sodium selenite), Taurine, Beta-carotene


Guaranteed analysis
Crude Protein (25%),
Crude Fat (12%),
Crude Fiber (4%),
Moisture (11%),
Vitamin E (150 IU/kg),
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (.5%)*,
Omega 6 Fatty Acids (2.5%)*,
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (.04%)*,
Beta-carotene (.5 mg/kg)*


*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.



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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: Third ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, mixed quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler

The first ingredients in this food are grains. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food, and is generally a grain we prefer not to see used. As wheat flour (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) this is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Oatmeal and barley are decent quality grains, but a much less significant proportion of the food. This appears to be a very grain heavy product, but grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines. Dog food products should be based on meat, not on grain.


The main meat ingredient in the food, which is in meal form, does not occur until third on the ingredient list. This is too far down for us to have any confidence that the food contains an adequate amount of meat. Further named meat products are 6th, 8th and 9th on the ingredient list, but these are far too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note the inclusion of a fish meal ingredient, but 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).


Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


Beet pulp is further 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.


There is a small amount of fruit/vegetable matter in the food. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


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