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Description: METABOLIZABLE ENERGY
1767 kcal/lb
414 kcal/cup


INGREDIENT LIST:
Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Rolled Oats, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Dried Beet Pulp, Catfish Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flax Seed Meal, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Lecithin, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, DL Methionine, LLysine, Potassium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Propionic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein, not less than………….….25.0%
Crude Fat, not less than…………………14.0%
Crude Fiber, not more than……………….4.0%
Moisture, not more than…………………10.0%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 23, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient 7th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this is a fish meal ingredient, 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 main grains in the food are rice, oats and barley, all of which are good quality. Combined, it is likely that they outweigh the meat content of the food, making this a primarily grain-based product.


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 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.


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