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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2 cups


Kilo cal/cup 485-525


Ingredients
Lamb Meal (100% Pure New Zealand Lamb Meal), Lamb, Whole Brown Rice, Whole White Rice, Hulless Barley, Sunflower Oil, Canola Oil, West Coast Salmon Meal, Fresh Salmon Meat, Rice Bran, Ground Flax, Dried Whole Potatoes, Natural Lamb Flavor, Whole Dried Apples, Whole Dried Carrots, Bee Pollen, Whole Dried Garlic, Ginger, Dried Whole Alfalfa, Whole Dried Egg, Beta Carotene, Cranberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Dried Kelp, Inulin, Lecithin, Yucca Schidigera, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Sulfate, Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), d Alpha-Tocopherol acetate (Source of Vitamin E),Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate*, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate*, Manganous Oxide, Manganous Proteinate*, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Vitamin B12


* Chelated minerals


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min.) 23%
Crude Fat (Min.) 12%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 3.0%
Moisture (Max.) 10%
Ash (Max.) 9%
Omega 6 4.5%
Omega 3 0.61%
Glucosamine HCL 400 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate 300 mg/kg
Vitamin E (Min.) 500 IU
Calcium/Phosphorus 1.37/1



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products, primarily good quality ingredients
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is followed by another meat ingredient, but 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. There are further meat ingredient 8th and 9th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note that these are fish meal ingredients, but find no sign on the manufacturer's site that all protein ingredients purchased are preserved with substances other than ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal ingredients, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The next two ingredients are both forms of rice, and the third barley. All are good quality, but three grains and only one true meat ingredient ahead of the fat content indicates a food likely to be heavier in grain than meat. The food contains a small range of fruits/vegetables and the use of whole eggs is appreciated. There is a good range of probiotics. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are listed specifically in the macronutrient breakdown, but quantities are far below useful therapudic levels (as is the case in all dog food products).


We note the inclusion 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, this product appears to contain primarily good quality ingredients. Our main concern is that the meat content may be insufficient and would suggest that users might supplement this diet with meat.


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