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Description: INGREDIENTS


Chicken meal, ground corn, ground wheat, ground grain sorghum, wheat bran, ground brown rice, chicken fat, (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and citric acid), corn gluten meal, flax seed, dried beet pulp, diatomaceous earth (an inert carrier and anti-caking agent), ground barley, rice bran natural chicken flavor, fish oil, yeast culture, dried kelp meal, potassium sulfate, salt, dried eggs, yucca shidigera extract, sage, zinc amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement (natural-source vitamin E), mixed tocopherols, citric acid, rosemary extract, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B-12 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, ethylene diamine dihydriodide, and cobalt carbonate.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS


Crude Protein, Min 23.00%
Crude Fat, Min 12.00%
Crude Fiber, Max 4.00%
Moisture, Max 10.00%
Ash, Max 8.00%
Calcium, Min 1.00%
Phosphorus, Min 0.75%
Omega 3* Fatty Acids 1.00%
Omega 6* Fatty Acids 2.90%


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


Nutritional statement
Muenster Natural Dog Food fortified with vitamins and minerals is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance and Performance.



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Registered: October 2005
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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, low quality grains, controversial filler

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


The major ingredients are grains, and we note five grains ahead of the fat content. This would suggest that this food is substantially comprised of grains and that these combined may well outweigh the meat content by a large margin, irrespective that the first named ingredient is meat.


The grains are of mixed quality. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited nutritional value to dogs and, like wheat, if often implicated in food allergies or intolerances. Sorghum and rice are decent quality, but Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.


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.


We note that this food is preserved with citric acid, so should not be premoistened prior to feeding (premoistening foods preserved with citric acid increases the risk of bloat for large breed dogs). We also note the use of synthetic vitamin k, which is alleged by some to cause liver problems and has been removed from better quality dog foods.


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