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Description: Ingredients
Chicken meat meal (min 26%), maize, wheat, chicken fat, de-hulled soya bean, chicken liver, rice, prairie meal, full fat linseed, salmon oil, unmolassed beet pulp, soya oil, salt, mannan and fructose oligosaccharides, yeast, blackcurrant extract, taurine, curcumin, caramel, with EC permitted antioxidants; mixed tocopherols, vitamin C and rosemary extract.


Nutrient Analysis
Protein % 29.0
Oil % 15.0
Fibre % 2.75
Ash % 6.5
Vitamin A iu/kg 15,000
Vitamin D3 iu/kg 1,500
Vitamin E mg/kg 400
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: Minimum acceptable meat content, low quality grains, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat meal product in the food, but named at 26% gives us confidence that this product contains a minimally acceptable amount of meat.


The main grains in the food are maize (corn) and wheat. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value, which is also commonly associated with allergies. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. Soy boosts the protein content of the food, but this is low quality protein compared to meat. Soy is a further ingredient very commonly associated with allergy problems, and we prefer not to see it used in dog food.


"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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