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Description: Ingredients:
Lamb, brewers rice, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, corn bran, pearled barley, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), wheat flour, fish meal, whole grain corn, brewers dried yeast, natural flavors.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 28%
Crude Fat (max) 16%
Moisture (max) 12%
Crude Fiber (max) 3%
Linoleic Acid (min) 1.3%
Calcium (min) 1%



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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 and fat.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but since this is lamb 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 third ingredient. There is a further meat product in the food, fish meal 10th 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 next ingredient is Brewers rice - a low quality grain and by-product.


The next ingredient is corn which 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 11th.


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.


Barley is a decent quality grain, but beef tallow is a very low quality fat obtained from the tissue of cattle in the commercial process of rendering.


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