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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2-3/4 cups


Ingredients
Whole grain corn, chicken meal, beef, whole wheat, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soybean meal, brown rice, oat meal, pearled barley, natural flavor, calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, caramel color, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
B-4121


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 25.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 12.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 5.0%
Moisture (Max) 12.0%
Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.9%
Vitamin A (Min) 10,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 125 IU/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: Second and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin

The first ingredient in this food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food, and which is also commonly associated with food allergies. Even if this had been a decent grain, however, we would still note that grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and are of very low quality compared to meat (on which dog foods should instead be based).


The second ingredient is the sole true meat ingredient in the food. Beef, the third ingredient is not a meat meal, but instead is 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 third ingredient in the the food, it is likely that the true amount of this ingredient is significantly lower and it is unlikely to make up any significant portion of the food.


Wheat, although a whole grain, is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food products. Corn gluten meal is also low quality. This is defined as that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.


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".


Soybean meal provides a boost to the protein content of the food, but this is very low quality protein compared to meat. Soy is a further ingredient strongly linked to food allergies. The minor grain ingredients rice, oarmeal and barley are decent quality, but it's a case of too little too late for making any appreciable difference to the quality of this product. There is no justifiable reason for including artificial colorants in dog food products.


We note the presence 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, our view is that this is a low quality product. Although rated in the 2* category, this food is perilously close to a 1* rating.


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