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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Corn, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract), Ground Brown Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Pork Meal, Flaxseed, Egg Product, 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 30%
Crude Fat min 20%
Moisture max 10%
Crude Fiber max 3.3%



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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 ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Use of low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a further meat product (fish meal) 6th on the ingredient list. 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). Pork meal is 8th, but this is too far down to make a substantive difference to the meat content of the food.


Unfortunately the second ingredient is corn. 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.


It is a concern to see a fat as the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Rice is a decent grain, but 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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