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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken, brewers rice, chicken meal, brown rice, corn gluten meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, rice hulls, brewers yeast, salmon oil, canola oil, potassium chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, dried sweet potato, DL methionine, ascorbic acid, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, magnesium oxide, dried eggs, salmon meal, vitamin E supplement, dried blueberries, marigold extract, dried spinach, dehydrated alfalfa, zinc proteinate, flax seed, folic acid supplement, zinc oxide, iron sulfate, manganese proteinate, L-carnitine supplement, iron proteinate, biotin, copper, proteinate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, sage, manganous oxide, vitamin A supplement, rosemary extract, pyridoxine hydrochloride, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Minimum 27%
Crude Fat Minimum 16%
Moisture Maximum 10%
Crude Fiber Maximum 3.7%



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

The first and third ingredients in this food are named meat products. Unfortunately, the first ingredient is chicken – inclusive of its water content (about 80%). Despite the third 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 24th on the ingredient list, 9 places behind salt. 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.


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. Rice hulls are filler (the outer casings of rice).


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