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Description: Ingredients
Lamb, chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine), whole ground grain sorghum, brewers rice, ground barley, chicken fat (reserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried beet pulp, carrots, natural flavor, ground flaxseed, peas, potassium chloride, dried eggs product, brewers dried yeast, salt, blueberry pomace, monocalcium phosphate, taurine, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, choline chloride, proteinated minerals (zinc, manganese, copper), niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6) menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate.


Guaranteed analysis
Crude protein (min) 22.00%
Crude fat (min) 12.00%
Crude fiber (max) 3.50%
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Zinc (min) 250 mg/kg
Selenium (Se) (min) 0.30 mg/kg
Vitamin A (min) 15,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min) 150 IU/kg
Glucosamine (min) 350mg/kg*
Taurine (min) 0.12%*


* Not recognised as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.



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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: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, 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, despite labelling that suggests otherwise, is in fact chicken meal, the second ingredient.


The next three ingredients are all grains. Sorghum and barley are decent quality grains, but brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. With three grains and only one true meat ingredient in the top end of the food, this product appears to be quite grain heavy and is unlikely to contain a decent amount of meat. Users might consider supplementing this diet with meat.


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 vegetable matter in the food. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product. We note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems.


Overall, the food uses mixed quality ingredients, and suffers from limited meat content. Some consideration was given to a 2* rating.


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