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Description: CALORIE CONTENT - Metabolizable Energy (ME): 4132 kcal/kg

Fish Meal (Herring & Anchovy), Chicken Fat preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), Chicken Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Whole Wheat, Brewers Rice, Dried Brewers Yeast, Kelp Meal, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Malted Barley Flour, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Propionate, Flaxseed, Dried Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, l-Lysine Hydrochloride, Inactivated Yeast, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, l-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C activity), Vitamin E Supplements, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Zinc Methionine, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Selenium Selenite, Manganese Methionine, Copper Lysine, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Sulfate, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Crude Protein (min.) 30.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 25.00%
Crude Fibre (max.) 3.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Omega-3 (min.) 0.45%
Omega-6 (min.) 3.90%
Glucosamine (min.) 365 ppm
Chondroitin (min.) 250 ppm


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Review Date: Sat February 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat ingredient, in meal form. This gives us some degree of confidence that the product has a reasonable meat content, although we also note four grain ingredients ahead of the fat content, which combined are likely to outweigh the combined meat content. Nonetheless, it is likely that this product has a reasonable amount of meat. We are unable to locate any guarantee by the manufacturer that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients destined for pet foods and which is banned from use in human foods because it is believed to be carcinogenic. There is a further named meat meal ingredient third on the ingredient list.

Chicken fat is the second ingredient, and 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.

There are three main grain ingredients in the food. These are of mixed quality. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food, and that is commonly associated with food allergies. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dogs. Brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and byproduct.

Beet pulp is a 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 note the inclusion of synthetic vitamin K, a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems and which is progressively being removed from better quality products.

Overall, the ingredients comprising this food appear to be of mixed quality. The overall meat content is probably reasonable, but the food utilises a number of low quality ingredients with similar effects on the overall quality of the product.

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