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Description: INGREDIENTS
Wheat, Poultry Meat Meal, Whole Maize, Wheatfeed, Poultry Fat, Rice, Beet Pulp, Minerals & Vitamins Brewers Yeast, Ext. of Yucca Schidigera with antioxidants BHT & BHA. NO artificial colourants or flavours.


TYPICAL ANALYSIS
Oil 8.5%
Protein 22%
Fibre 3%
Ash 6.5%
Vitamin A 14,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D3 1,500 iu/kg
Vitamin E 50 iu/kg as alpha tocopherol
Copper 11 mg/kg as cupric sulphate



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun March 23, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, meat products and fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler, chemical preservatives

The first ingredient in this food is wheat. Wheat, although apparently a whole grain, is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. Even if decent quality grain had been used, we would still note that grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines and very low quality compared to meat (on which dog food products actually should be based).


The first (and only) meat product is only second on the ingredients list. Poultry meal is a meat meal product but is not one named by species. This is a concern as it makes it impossible to identify the source, quality or consistency of the ingredient. Ingredients of unidentifiable source are usually very low quality, cheap ingredients and are not found in higher quality products.


The next ingredients are low quality grain products. Corn (maize) is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly linked to food allergies. Wheatfeed is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler.


Poultry fat is an another ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of 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".


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.


No information is given about the added vitamins and minerals, which may include synthetics.


This product uses chemical preservatives. BHA and BHT are allowed in pet food products, but are banned or heavily regulated in human foods due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.


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