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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:
Lamb meal, brown rice, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), beet pulp, rice gluten, rice hulls, natural lamb flavor, brewers yeast, L-lysine, potassium chloride, DL-methionine, salt, monosodium phosphate, 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) 3.6%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
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 in the food, use of brewers rice, beet pulp, rice gluten and rice hulls as filler. Chicken fat high on the ingredient list (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat source, and the second is a decent grain.


Brewers rice is the third 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 gluten is likely to be similar to corn gluten, which is defined by AAFCO as “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”. In plain English, that which remains of rice after all the nutritious bits have been removed. It is a filler, as is rice hulls (the outer casings of rice).


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