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Description: Ingredients
Wheat, Chicken meat meal, Maize, Oats, Chicken liver meal, Unmolassed beet pulp, Wheatfeed, Chicken fat, Salmon oil, Full fat linseed, Prairie meal, Yeast, Potassium chloride, Milk thistle, Seaweed, Fructose and mannan oligosaccharides, Blackcurrant extract, Taurine, Green lipped mussel extract, Comfrey, Dandelion, Nettle, Devil's claw root, Burdock, with EC permitted antioxidants: mixed tocopherols, vitamin C and rosemary extract.

Nutrient Analysis
Protein % 20.0
Oil % 8.0
Fibre % 3.0
Ash % 5.0
Vitamin A iu/kg 14,000
Vitamin D3 iu/kg 1,400
Vitamin E mg/kg 250
Copper mg/kg 18


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 and fourth ingredients are named meat products
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. Oats are a decent quality grain, but wheatfeed, further down the ingredient list is a grain fragment and filler.

The second and fourth ingredients in the food are both named meat products, in meal form. Without a meat product heading the ingredient list though, we are unable to be confident that the product contains an adequate amount of 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.

"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.

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