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Description: Ingredients
Chicken meat meal, Maize, Wheat, Chicken fat, Whole oats, Prairie meal, Unmolassed beet pulp, Beef meal, Chicken liver meal, Full fat linseed, Green leaf vegetables, Salmon oil, Lecithin, Potassium chloride, Yeast, Blackcurrant extract, Salt, Taurine, Seaweed, Milk thistle, Carnitine, Marigold, Green lipped mussel, with EC permitted antioxidants: mixed tocoperols, vitamin C and rosemary extract.


Nutrient Analysis
Protein % 26.0
Oil % 17.5
Fibre % 3.0
Ash % 6.0
Vitamin A iu/kg 15,000
Vitamin D3 iu/kg 1,500
Vitamin E mg/kg 300
Copper mg/kg 20



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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, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There are two further meat meal ingredients 8th and 9th on the ingredient list, but these are far too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food.


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


Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient, and we note that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


"Prairie meal" is low quality. This ingredient is better known as corn or maize gluten meal, and 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.


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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