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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken, brewers rice, brown rice, chicken meal, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), corn gluten meal, oatmeal, beet pulp (sugar removed), natural chicken flavor, brewers yeast, lamb meal, dried eggs, fish oil, potassium chloride, salt, chicory extract, L-lysine, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, blueberries, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, iron sulfate, manganous oxide, rosemary extract, calcium pantothenate, manganese proteinate, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), copper proteinate, cinnamon, calcium iodate, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, folic acid, selenium, vitamin B12 supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 26%
Crude Fat (minimum) 16%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 3.9%
Calcium (maximum) 0.8%
Calcium (minimum) 0.7%
Phosphorus (maximum) 0.6%
Phosphorus (minimum) 0.5%


More Ingredient Info:
Vitamin E Not less than 400 IU/kg
Vitamin C* Not less than 300 mg/kg
Taurine* Not less than 0.10%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride* Not less than 240 ppm
Chondroitin Sulfate* Not less than 160 ppm



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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: First and fourth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat products. Extensive use of cheap grains and other controversial fillers.

The first and fourth ingredients in this food are named meat products. Unfortunately, the first ingredient is chicken – inclusive of its water content (about 80%). Despite the fourth ingredient being chicken meal (chicken exclusive of water content) this suggests that there is little actual meat product in the food. There is a further meat product in the food – but this does not occur until 11th on the ingredient list, behind flavourings and brewers yeast. It is extremely unlikely that there are significant amounts of this ingredient in the food.


The main grain, and likely the main ingredient, in the food is Brewers rice. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product. Brown rice is a good quality grain.


Corn gluten meal 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. Brown rice is a decent quality grain.


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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