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Description: Calorie Content
3,500 kcal/kg (347 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

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

Chicken, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, whole grain brown rice, salmon, egg product, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), powdered cellulose, flaxseed meal, natural chicken flavor, kelp, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, rosemary extract, parsley flake, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-Carnitine, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein 44.0% minimum
Crude Fat 10.0% minimum
Crude Fat 12.0% maximum
Crude Fiber 5.0% maximum
Moisture 10.0% maximum
Sodium 0.3% maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg minimum
Vitamin A 15,000 IU/kg minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg minimum
L-Carnitine 40 mg/kg minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 1.8% minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.3% minimum
Glucosamine Hydrochloride not less than 300 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate not less than 100 mg/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon November 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Use of corn and other low quality fillers.

The first two ingredients are named meat products. The first is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Since the next ingredient is chicken meal, however, we can still be confident that the first ingredient in the food really is a meat product. Note also that this is an example of the practice of “splitting” (see note on main page), but in this case serves to increase our level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food. There is a further meat product (salmon) 5th on the ingredient list.

The main problem with this food is the use of corn gluten meal as the primary grain in the food. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. Corn gluten meal is a waste product that we consider to be filler. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten 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.” In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.

Brown rice is a decent quality grain, but we would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product. Cellulose powder is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.

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