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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2-2.5 cups


Energy:
4563 kilo-calories per kg | 472 kilo-calories per cup


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Rye Flour, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), Tomato Pomace, Whitefish Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Peas, Spinach, Garlic, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Taurine, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Beta-Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Manganese Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, not less than 22.00%
Crude Fat, not less than 12.00%
Crude Fiber, not more than 4.00%
Moisture, not more than 10.00%
Calcium, not less than 1.20%
Phosphorous, not less than 0.80%
Vitamin E, not less than 200 IU/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, not less than 2.60%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, not less than 0.80%*
L-Carnitine, not less than 15 mg/kg*
Beta-Carotene, not less than 5 mg/kg*


*Not recognized as an essential ingredient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
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

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. This is the single real meat ingredient in the food. There is a second meat meal ingredient 11th on the ingredient list. This is far too far down the ingredient list to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food, but is remarked because it is a fish meal ingredient. We can find no sign of a guarantee on packaging or the manufacturer website that this ingredient has been purchased free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to ocean fish products destined for meal, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food products due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The carbohydrate content is comes primarily from grains, which are most likely the majority content of the food as combined, these four grains almost certainly outweigh the meat listed ahead on the ingredient list. Oatmeal, barley and rice are decent quality grains, but we prefer products that are less grain heavy. Rye flour we consider primarily filler as is tomato pomace, though the latter is a minor ingredient.


Fat content is provided by oil rather than animal fat, which is generally a good thing but not all commentators agree that canola is good quality. We note the presence of synthetic vitamin k which is alleged by some to cause liver problems and which has been removed from better quality products. The food has a decent range of probiotics.


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