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


Calorie Content
Calculated Metabolizable energy 3180 kcal/kg
360 kcal/cup


Ingredients
Chicken, ocean whitefish, ground brown rice, ground dehulled oats, ground rye, ground pearled barley, menhaden fishmeal, pea fiber, ground whole flaxseed, inulin, herring oil, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract), dicalcium phosphate, yucca schidigera extract, garlic, lecithin, mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulphate, green tea extract, dried kelp, parsley, fresh whole blueberries, fresh whole sweet potatoes, fresh whole carrots, fresh whole apples, fresh spinach, lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus lactis, and lactobacillus casei, vitamins and minerals (sodium bentonite, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, mineral oil, vitamin E acetate, copper proteinate, manganous proteinate, B12 vitamin, niacin, sodium selenite, calcium D-pantothenate, folic acid, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 ), natural flavor. (This product may contain trace amounts of peanuts)


Guaranteed analysis
Crude protein Min. 20.0%
Crude fat Min. 8.0%
Crude fiber Max. 3.5%
Moisture Max. 10.0%
Calcium Min. 1.0%
Phophorus Min. 0.9%
Potassium Min. 1.0%
Sodium Min. 0.4%
Omega-6 Min. 1.85%
Omega-3 Min. 0.80%
Glucosamine Min. 600 mg/kg
Chondroitin sulfate Min. 500 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 two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content

The first two ingredients in this food are named meat products. These are not meal, but rather inclusive of water content. Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredients will weigh only around 20% of their wet weight. It is thus questionable that these are the true first ingredients in the food (ingredients are listed in order of weight) and might be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. There is a further meat (fish) ingredient seventh on the ingredient list, which is in meal form - but this is too far down the ingredient list to be relied upon as providing any significant meat content to the food. This is a fish meal, but we 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 major ingredients in the food are likely to be grains, which are the 3rd - 6th ingredients. Rice, oats, rye and barley are all decent quality grains, but are still grains and not a natural foodstuff for a canine. Dog food products should be based primarily on meat rather than grain.


Flaxseed is a good source of omega EFAs, but pea fiber is filler. The food contains fruits and vegetables in very small amounts (less than the amount of salt or vit E supplement, for example). There is a decent range of probiotics.


Overall, this product appears to use generally good quality ingredients, but we are not convinced that the meat content is adequate. Users might consider supplementing this diet with real meat.


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