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Description: INGREDIENTS:
GROUND CORN, CHICKEN-BY-PRODUCT MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL (SOURCE OF LUTEIN*), BEEF, WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE, ANIMAL FAT, RICE, NATURAL POULTRY FLAVOR, WHEAT FLOUR, DRIED PEAS, DRIED BEET PULP, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SALT, VEGETABLE OIL (SOURCE OF LINOLEIC ACID), CARAMEL COLOR, CALCIUM CARBONATE, TAURINE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, VITAMINS (dl-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE [SOURCE OF VITAMIN E], L-ASCORBYL-2-POLYPHOSPHATE [SOURCE OF VITAMIN C*], VITAMIN A ACETATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, d-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT [VITAMIN B2], BIOTIN, CHOLINE CHLORIDE), IRON OXIDE, DRIED CARROTS, DRIED SPINACH, DRIED TOMATOES, MINERALS (ZINC SULFATE, COPPER SULFATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE), CHLOROPHYLL, MARIGOLD MEAL, NATURALLY PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
CRUDE PROTEIN MIN. 26.0%
CALCIUM MIN. 1.1%
CRUDE FAT MIN. 10.0%
PHOSPHORUS MIN. 0.9%
CRUDE FIBER MAX. 4.0%
VITAMIN E MIN. 225 IU/kg
MOISTURE MAX. 12.0%
ASCORBIC ACID (VIT C*) MIN. 70 mg/kg
LINOLEIC ACID MIN. 1.5%
LUTEIN* MIN. 5 mg/kg

* NOT RECOGNIZED AS AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT BY THE AAFCO DOG FOOD NUTRIENT PROFILES


The Goodlife Recipe® Food For Dogs With Real Beef, Brown Rice & Vegetables is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.



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

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, byproducts, low quality grain, controversial filler, fat of unidentifiable origin

The primary 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 good quality grain, we would still note that grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines, and that dog food products should be based on meat rather than grain. Corn gluten meal, third on the ingredient list, 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.


The 2nd ingredient is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


There is a named meat product 4th on the ingredient list. This 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 4th 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".


In minor ingredients, rice and peas are decent quality, but in this food is very much a case of too little, too late. Wheat flour is a further low quality ingredient. In dog food products, this is commonly a byproduct (think floorsweepings) of human food production and is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergy problems in dog foods.


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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