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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Meat Meal, Fish Meal, Chicken Digest, Salt, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 27%
Crude Fat (minimum) 12%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.5%



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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: Uses low quality meat ingredients and by-products. Prolific use of low quality grains that commonly cause digestive and allergy problems.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat source.


The next two ingredients are low quality grains that are difficult for dogs to digest and amongst the most common causes of allergies and yeast infections in canines. 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.


Meat meal is another unidentified ingredient for which it is impossible to determine source and quality. The AAFCO definition is “the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.” All unidentifiable products should be avoided in a dog food. Fish meal is likely to contain Ethoxyquin (a carcinogenic preservative) and the manufacturer makes no claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources.


Chicken “digest” has no official definition, but is likely to be similar to poultry digest, for which the AAFCO definition is “material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue from non-rendered clean parts of carcasses of slaughtered poultry such as heads, feet, viscera, free from fecal content and foreign matter except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice.” In short, it is chicken by-products in digest form.


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