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Description: Ingredients
Wheat, chicken meat meal, maize, chicken fat, barley, rice, chicken liver, full fat soya, unmolassed beet pulp, dicalcium phosphate, yeast, salmon oil, blackcurrant extract, taurine, seaweed, with EC permitted antioxidants; mixed tocopherols, vitamin C and rosemary extract.


Nutrient Analysis
Protein % 19.0
Oil % 10.0
Fibre % 3.5
Ash % 6.0
Vitamin A iu/kg 12,000
Vitamin D3 iu/kg 1,200
Vitamin E mg/kg 220
Copper mg/kg 18



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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: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The main grain and main ingredient in this product is wheat. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. Further grain is maize (corn), a difficult to digest grain of limited value and which is also commonly associated with allergies. Barley, amongst the minor ingredients, is a decent quality grain.


The second ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. Only the second ingredient in the food, we have little confidence that this product contains adequate meat. There are no further meat products. Soy boosts the moderate protein content of this food, but this is low quality protein compared to meat.


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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