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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2.5 cups


Kilo cal/cup 450 - 500


Ingredients
Lamb Meal, Chicken Meal, Rice, Ground Corn, Chicken Fat (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary and Citric Acid), Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Flax, Beet Pulp, Sunflower Oil, Natural Chicken Flavor, Brewer's Yeast, Whole Dried Egg, Herbal Premix (Yucca Schidigera, Garlic, Rosemary, Ginger), Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Methionine, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Inositol, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C activity), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ethylendiamone Dihydriodide, Menadione Bisulphite Complex, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min.) 26%
Crude Fat (Min.) 16%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 3%
Moisture (Max.) 10%
Ash (Max.) 10%
Omega 6 3.38
Omega 3 0.53
Vitamin E (Min.) 100 IU
Calcium/Phosphorus 1.5/1



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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 two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first two ingredients in this food are named meat products, both in meal form. As two of four main ingredients ahead of the fat content, this gives us some degree of confidence in the overall meat content of the food.


Remaining ingredients are of very mixed quality. Rice is a good quality grain, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food products. It is also commonly associated with food allergy problems. Corn appears a second time as corn gluten meal - 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. Wheat is a further grain in the food, and is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food products.


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.


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, whilst this product appears to have a higher meat content than many in this class, the ingredients used are of mixed quality and include controversial products that we would prefer not to see used.


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