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Description: Ingredients:
Beef, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), chicken meal, dried beet pulp*, fish meal, egg product, natural flavors, dicalcium phosphate, whole grain corn, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), choline chloride, ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), riboflavin supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite. D-4469 * 5% - a source of fiber

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 26%
Crude Fat (minimum) 16%
Moisture (maximum) 12%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 3%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains, fat and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but since this is beef inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food. Chicken meal is the 6th ingredient but this is insuffient to elevate the meat content to an acceptable level. There is a further meat product in the food, fish meal 8th on the ingredient list but this is too low to make up a substantive portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The first grain in the food is Brewers rice - a low quality grain and by-product. Corn is another problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. In it's gluten form, it is also a waste product for which the AAFCO definition 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". Corn appears twice on this ingredient list.


The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.


Beef tallow is a very low quality fat obtained from the tissue of cattle in the commercial process of rendering.


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.


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