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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of vitamin E), ground yellow corn, poultry by-product meal, corn bran, egg product, dried whey, defluorinated phosphate, salt, animal digest, choline chloride, potassium chloride, L-lysine, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, vitamin supplements (A, D-3, E, B-12), riboflavin supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 30%
Crude Fat (minimum) 20%
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, by-products, use of low quality grains and fat.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but since this is chicken 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. This is the sole named meat product in the food.


The next ingredient is a low quality grain and this makes up the major portion of the food. Corn is a 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 further on the ingredient list at 5th and 7th.


Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.


The next ingredient is by-products, of unidentifiable source. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of poultry by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.


Beef tallow is a very low quality fat obtained from the tissue of cattle in the commercial process of rendering. Animal digest is a further low quality ingredient which AAFCO define as "material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed".


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