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

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Minimum 28%
Crude Fat Minimum 18%
Moisture Maximum 10%
Crude Fiber Maximum 4.6%



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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: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficent meat content, liberal use of low quality grains, controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat product 4th on the ingredient list, but since this is chicken 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 there is any significant amount of the ingredient in the food.


The primary grain is brewers rice which is a low quality ingredient. It is a low quality grain and by-product. This ingredient also appears in a flour form. The next ingredient is Corn. Corn 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".


Brown rice and barley are decent quality grains, but cellulose is pure junk filler which is entirely undigestable by dogs (otherwise known as sawdust).


Beet pulp is further filler and a 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. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


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