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


Calorie Content
Calculated Metabolizable energy 3520 kcal/kg
400 kcal/cup


Ingredients
Chicken, ground oats, ground whole barley, menhaden fish meal, ground brown rice, egg product, ground pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ground whole flaxseed, ground whole rye, inulin, yucca schidigera extract, salt, monosodium phosphate, potassium chloride, garlic, taurine, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, beta-carotene, chondroitin sulfate (shark), glucosamine hydrochloride (shellfish), spinach, dried kelp, broccoli, sweet potato, apples, blueberries, pears, bananas, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, sodium selenite, natural flavor. (This product may contain trace amounts of peanuts.)


Guaranteed analysis
Crude protein Min. 22.0%
Crude fat Min. 12.0%
Crude fiber Max. 3.5%
Moisture Max. 10.0%
Calcium Min. 1.5%
Phosphorus Min. 1.0%
Potassium Min. 1.15%
Sodium Min. 0.5%
Omega-6 Min. 3.25%
Omega-3 Min. 0.75%
Glucosamine Min. 450 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate Min. 350 mg/kg



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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 and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. This is not a meal, but rather inclusive of water content. Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh only around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus questionable that this is the true first ingredient in the food (ingredients are listed in order of weight) and might be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. As the second and third ingredients are both grains, this raises the possibility that this food is, in fact, primarily comprised of grains.


The major grains in the food are oats, barley and rice - all of which are decent quality (though still grains, and not suitable as the major ingredients of a food designed for canines). There is a second meat ingredient which is menhaden fish. This is listed in meal form, so can be accepted as the true fourth ingredient in the food. Menhaden is an ocean fish ingredient, 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 food contains fruits and vegetables in very small amounts (less than the amount of salt or vit E supplement, for example). We would prefer the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


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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