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Description: Metabolized Energy = 599 cal/cup

Chicken Meal, Ground Pearl Millet, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Rosemary extract, Citric Acid and Vitamin E Tocopherols), White Fish Meal, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Beet Pulp Shreds, Canola Oil, Sun-Cured Kelp Meal, Whole Clove Garlic, Lecithin, Yucca, Peppermint, Parsley, Chicory Root, Taurine, Rose Hips, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid.

Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Mono-Dicalcium Phosphate, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Choline Chloride, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Biotin, Sodium Selenite (Selenium), Beta Carotene.

Crude Protein 26.0 % min.
Crude Fat 16.0 % min.
Crude Fiber 4.0 % max.
Moisture 8.0 % max.
Omega 3 1.27 %
Omega 6 3.80 %
Digestibility 91 %

Sammy Snacks Chicken Meal Adult Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun March 23, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient 5th on the ingredient list. This is a little too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this is a fish meal ingredient, but find no sign on the manufacturer's site that all protein ingredients purchased are preserved with substances other than ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal ingredients, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

The main grains in the food are millet and rice, both of which are decent quality. The fourth ingredient is chicken fat, 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.

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.

We note that this product is preserved with citric acid and should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).

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