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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Chicken (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract), Pork Meal, Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Flaxseed, Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide, Calcium Carbonate

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min 26%
Crude Fat min 18%
Moisture max 10%
Crude Fiber max 3.4%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First, fourth and fifth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Use of low quality grains and controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a further meat ingredient fourth on the ingredient list, but since this is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true fourth ingredient in the food. Pork meal is the 5th ingredient which helps to elevate the meat content to an acceptable level. There is a further meat product in the food, fish meal 8th on the ingredient list but this is too low to make up a substantive portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The main grains in this food are corn, wheat and brewers rice. All are very low quality grains. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.


Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.


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. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


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