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Description: Feeding guideline
A 50lb dog should be fed about 2.25 cups


Calorie Content ME (calculated): 3,365 kcal/kg, 371.4 kcal/cup


INGREDIENTS:
Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Millet, Organic Peas, Organic Oats, Tomato Pomace, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (a natural source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Organic Apples,Organic Carrots, Organic Broccoli, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Pears, Dried Egg Product, Organic Flaxseed, Organic Quinoa, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate,Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite,Calcium Iodate ), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Organic Dried Blackberries, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement,L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Yeast Culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis,Fermentation Solubles, Rosemary Extract.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein (min) 21.50%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min)* 1.75%
Crude Fat (min) 10.00%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min)* 0.35%
Crude Fiber (max) 5.50%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (min)* 150 mg/kg
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Chondroitin Sulfate (min)* 75 mg/kg
Calcium (min) 0.80%
L-Carnitine (min)* 15 mg/kg
Phosphorus (min) 0.60%


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun July 19, 2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products, use of organics
Cons: Insufficient meat content

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product inclusive of water content. Once that is removed as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight and be more accurately place much further down the ingredient list. This is followed by a second named meat product, this time in meal form, which is most likely the true first ingredient in the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 8th on the ingredient list but this is far too far down to make a significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food.


The next ingredients are all organic - peas, barley, rice and oats. All are decent quality ingredients, but being ahead of the fat content are likely to be significant ingredients, and combined are likely to outweigh the meat ingredients by a considerable margin. Tomato pomace is not a high quality ingredient and, as in other foods that use it, we consider this to be filler.


The food contains a small range of fruits/vegetables . There is a good range of probiotics. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are listed specifically in the macronutrient breakdown, but quantities are far below useful therapudic levels (as is the case in all dog food products) and - as in other cases - we consider this to be primarily a gimmick.


Overall, most of the ingredients used in this food appear to be of good quality and we appreciate the use of organics. Organic is not, however, a substitute for species-appropriate and we would be happier to see more substantive inclusion of meat products in the food. No grain or vegetable, whatever the source or quality, is a substitute for adequate inclusion of meat products in foods designed for canines. This food receives a 4* rating on the strength on its organic content, but we would be far happier if it also contained a decent amount of meat. Users migh consider supplementing this diet with real meat.


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