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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 25kg dog should be fed 300-360g


INGREDIENTS
Fresh Salmon (min 20%), Potato (min 16%), Brown Rice, Corn, Barley, Sugar Beet, Sunflower Oil, Whole Linseed, Salmon Oil, Minerals, Vitamins, Yucca Extract, Chicory Extract, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, MSM, L-Carnitine.


ANALYSIS
Protein 19%,
Oil 7.5%,
Ash 5%,
Fibre 3%,
Moisture 12%,
Copper (as cupric sulphate) 20 mg/kg,
Vitamin A - 20,000 iu/kg,
Vitamin D3 - 1,500 iu/kg,
Vitamin E - 160 iu/kg (as alpha tocopherol).



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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: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first (and only) meat product in this food is salmon. This is not a meat meal ingredient, 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 comprising only 20% of the food, it is likely that the true meat content of this product may be as low as 4%.


Potato, rice, corn and barley comprise the majority of the food. Potato, rice and barley are decent quality ingredients which boost the protein content to it's minimal level, but corn is a lower quality ingredient. Corn is a difficult to digest grain, of limited value in dog food and which is commonly associated with food allergy problems.


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.


Glucosamine and chondroitin, although specified on the ingredient list are not present in useful quantities for any therapudic purpose (as is the case for all dog food products) and we consider highlighting these to be a gimmick. We note the food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information is given about these and may include synthetics.


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