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Description: Food energy 339.0 Kcal/kg


Ingredients:
wheat, meat digest meal, chicken meat meal, animal fat, meat meal, maize germ, chicken meat, reindeer meat (min. 4%), wheat bran, chicken broth, hemoglobin, minerals, linseed, beet fiber, brewer's yeast


Analysis:
protein 22.0 %
fat 11.0 %
fiber 2.5 %
ash 6.2 %
carbohydrates 48.0 %
calcium 1.2 %
phosphorus 1.0 %
magnesium 0.1 %
biotine (vitamin H) 108.0 mcg
iron 140.0 mg/kg
potassium 0.6 %
copper 12.5 mg/kg
manganese 37.0 mg/kg
sodium 0.4 %
niacin (vitamin- B3) 17.0 mg/kg
pantothenic acid 15.0 mg/kg
zinc 62.0 mg/kg
vitamin A 9400.0 IU/kg
vitamin B1 (thiamine) 2.5 mg/kg
vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 3.5 mg/kg
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 1.7 mg/kg
vitamin D 990.0 IU/kg
vitamin E (tocopherol) 60.0 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sat March 22, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Low quality meat ingredients of unidentifiable origin, low quality grain, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler

The primary ingredient in this food is wheat. Wheat, although a whole grain, is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. Even if this had been a high quality grain, we would still note that it is a grain and not a natural foodstuff for a canine. Dog food products should be based on meat, not on grains.


The second ingredient is an unidentified meat product, in meal form. Like the fifth ingredient, this is of low quality. Unidentifiable even by species, it is the rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Between these is chicken meal, which is a decent quality named meat product.


There are two further meat ingredients further down the ingredient list. These are not a meat meals, but instead are 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 ingredient is truely amongst the most prolific in the food and would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. At wet weight only the 7th and 8th ingredient in the the food, it is likely that the true amount of this ingredient is significantly lower.


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 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.


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