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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken meal, rice, ground corn, brown rice, soy protein isolate, chicken, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), natural chicken flavor, dried egg powder, dried beet pulp, powdered cellulose, salmon oil, potassium chloride, sodium silico aluminate, chicory extract, soya oil, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, DL-methionine, calcium carbonate, taurine, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], borage oil, L-carnitine, glucosamine hydrochloride, L-tyrosine, green tea extract, chondroitin sulfate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 28%
Crude Fat (min) 16%
Moisture (max) 10%
Crude Fiber (max) 4.2%



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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 ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat products in the food. Extensive use of cheap grains and other controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, but it is followed by two forms of rice. It is likely that when the two rice products are not “split” (see note about practice of “splitting” on main page) that in fact it is rice rather than chicken that is the primary ingredient in the food.


Corn is the third ingredient in the food and a problematic one for dogs being the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. Soy is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat). We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


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. Powdered cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.


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