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Description: Metabolizable energy:
389.02 kcal


Ingredients:
Swedish chicken, chicken meat meal, rice, maize meal, maize germ, animal fat, dried Arctic fish (low temperature treated), potato protein, chicken broth, egg powder, hemoglobin, beet fiber, linseed meal, lactic acid, minerals, vitamin C, vitamins, B-1.3/1.6-glucan

Analysis:
protein 33.0 %
fat 20.0 %
ash 7.0 %
carbohydrates 30.0 %
calcium 1.4 %
phosphorus 1.1 %
magnesium 0.1 %
iron 230.0 mg/kg
moisture 8.0 %
potassium 0.75 %
copper 16.0 mg/kg
sodium 0.5 %
omega-3 fats 0.6 %
omega-6 fats 3.3 %
zinc 230.0 mg/kg
vitamin A 16940.0 IU/kg
vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 470.0 mg/kg
vitamin D 1355.0 IU/kg
vitamin E (tocopherol) 350.0 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon March 10, 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 grain, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, being inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food. The second ingredient is a meat meal ingredient, and the primary meat ingredient in the food. There is a further meat ingredient 6th on the ingredient list, though this starts to be too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food.


The main grain ingredient is maize (corn). Maize is a difficult to digest grain, of limited value in dog food products. It is also commonly associated with food allergies and is not an ingredient we consider to be of high quality. Rice is a decent quality grain. Potato protein boosts the protein content of the food, but this is low quality protein compared to meat.


Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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 fibre is beet pulp, 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.


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