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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken, Ground Oats, Chicken Cartilage (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Ground Whole Barley, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Fish Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Carrots, Dried Cheese, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Ascorbate (source of vitamin C), Dried Cranberries, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Chamomile, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tumeric, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin Supplement, DL-Methionine, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 24%
Crude Fat (min) 10%
Moisture (max) 10%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 2.6%
Calcium (Ca) (min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (P) (min) 0.85%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon November 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and third ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Contains some controversial filler. Insufficient meat to be considered a premium product.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. There is a further meat product at 3rd on the ingredient list. However, it is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Nonetheless the splitting of the chicken products allows us to be confident that the first ingredient in the food really is a meat product. Note also that this is an example of the practice of “splitting” (see note on main page), but in this case serves to increase our level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food. There is a further meat product in the food (fish meal) at 11th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to be considered a substantive part of the food.


The second ingredient in the food is brown rice and the fourth is oats. Both are decent quality grains. Chicken cartilage is a better source of glucosamine and chondroitin than additives.


Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient – 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


Further down the ingredient list, barley is a decent grain. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than dried egg product.Use of vegetables is also appreciated, but it is preferable that these are not in dried form. The food contains a range of probiotics.


Overall, this food is probably one of the better ones in this class. It lacks sufficient meat product to be considered a premium product however, and does contain controversial filler.


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