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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken meal, brown rice, corn gluten, oatmeal, barley, rice hulls, cellulose, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, natural chicken flavor, lamb meal, beet pulp (sugar removed), brewers yeast, fish oil, zeolite, salt, potassium chloride, chicory extract, choline chloride, dried eggs, vitamin E supplement, L-carnitine supplement, blueberries, glucosamine hydrochloride, taurine, zinc oxide, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, manganous oxide, iron sulfate, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B2), calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, folic acid, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 27%
Crude Fiber (max) 11.5%
Crude Fat (min) 11%
Moisture (max) 10%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun November 20, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: The first ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat products. Extensive use of grain fragments, and other controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. The second is a decent quality grain.

Corn gluten is filler, 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.” In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed. Oatmeal and barley are decent quality grains.

Rice hulls is filler (the outer casings of rice). Cellulose powder is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.

Chicken and lamb meal as the 9th and 11th ingredients are appreciated, but these are a long way down the ingredient list and are unlikely to be present in large quantities.

Beet pulp is yet another 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

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