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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 1/2 - 4 cups.


Calorie Content
This product contains 4032 kilocalories/kilogram or 344 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, brewers rice, brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, rice flour, beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, rice hulls, brewers yeast, salt, potassium chloride, chicory extract, borage oil, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, D-glucosamine supplement, chondroitin supplement, zinc oxide, iron sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, rosemary extract, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, niacin supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (minimum) 23%
Fat (minimum) 14%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Fiber (maximum) 3.5%



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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 fifth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Extensive use of fillers and problematic grains. Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient in the food (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat source, and the third is a decent grain. The fifth ingredient is also a named meat product, but being once its water content is removed, is probably present in a much smaller proportion than indicated.


Brewers rice is the second ingredient in the food. It is a low quality grain and by-product.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the fourth ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry dog food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Beet pulp is 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 flour is a filler, as is rice hulls (the outer casings of rice).


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