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Description: Ingredients
Whole grain wheat, Whole grain oats, Chicken meat meal (min 14%), Whole grain maize, Whole grain barley, Rice, Chicken liver meal, Unmolassed beet pulp, Prairie meal, Yeast, Peas, Grass, Carrots, Salmon oil, Dicalcium phosphate, Fructose oligosaccharides, Sodium bicarbonate, Potassium chloride, Cinnamon, Blackcurrant extract, Carnitine, Taurine (min 4% total vegetables), with EC permitted antioxidants: mixed tocopherols, vitamin C and rosemary extract.

Nutrient Analysis
Protein % 20.0
Oil % 5.0
Fibre % 4.5
Ash % 6.0
Vitamin A iu/kg 14,000
Vitamin D3 iu/kg 1,400
Vitamin E mg/kg 250
Copper mg/kg 20


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: Third ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredients in this food are grains. Oats are a decent quality grain, but wheat (although a whole grain) is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. Even if these had both been decent quality grains, we would still note that grains are not a natural foodstuff for a canine, and that dog food products should be based on meat, not on grains.

The first meat ingredients does not occur until 3rd on the ingredient list. Making up only 14% of the food, this is not adequate meat content. A further meat meal ingredient is 7th on the ingredient list, but this is far too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food.

Three further grains follow, adding to our concern at the grain-heavy nature of this food. Barley and rice are decent quality, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and which is also commonly associated with allergies. "Prairie meal", further down the ingredient list, is a low quality form of corn. 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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