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

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Minimum 30%
Crude Fat Minimum 11%
Moisture Maximum 10%
Crude Fiber Maximum 7.8%



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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: Insufficient meat content, use of grain fragments and other controversial filler.

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. Salmon meal is 20th on the ingredient list, but this is far to far down the list to make up a significant portion of the food.


The primary grain is oatmeal, which is a decent quality grain. Unfortunately, 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 "that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup".


Rice hulls are the outer casing of rice and have no nutritional value. This is pure junk filler. Brewers rice is also a low quality ingredient and by-product.


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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