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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Rice Flour, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Linoleic Acid), Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Linoleic Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Flax Seed, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Fish Oil, Lecithin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic, Dried Cheese, Chondroitin Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein min 23.0%
Crude Fat min 13.0%
Crude Fiber max 3.50%
Moisture max 10.0%
Omega-3 Fatty min .74%
Omega-6 Fatty min 3.50%
Chondroitin Sulfate min 375 mg/kg
Glucosamine min 450 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sat July 18, 2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, grain fragments, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. This is the sole meat product in the food.


The main grain, and likely the main ingredient (as it appears in 3 forms) is rice. As a whole grain, rice is good quality but brewers rice is a low quality product and rice flour and rice bran are grain fragments that we consider to be filler. We note that fat is the fourth ingredient in the food, and that Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry dog food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs.


Beet pulp is further 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.


The food contains a decent range of probiotics. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. We also note the inclusion of synthetic vitamin K, which is alleged by some to cause liver problems and is a substance that has been removed from better quality products.


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