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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Brown Rice, Poultry Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, citric acid, rosemary extract and ascorbyl palmitate - a Vitamin C ester), Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Full - Fat Soybeans, Natural Flavors, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Ground Flax Seeds, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dried Kelp, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Natural Antioxidants, Vitamin Supplements (E,A,B2,B12,D3), Niacin, Calcium Ascorbate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Inositol, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 28%
Crude Fat (minimum) 18%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 3.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Tue November 22, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Use of corn, soy, fat of unidentifiable origin and controversial filler.

The first ingredient is a named meat product. There is a second meat product fifth on the ingredient list, and a third in 10th place. The latter is too far down the ingredient list to be considered a substantive portion of the food. It is fish meal, which the manufacturer does not state to be from ethoxyquin-free source (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic. It is not approved for human use).


The main grain in this food is corn. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see it used in dog food. Rice is a decent quality ingredient.


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"


We note the use of soy beans in the food. Soy is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat).


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.


Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).


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