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


Ingredients:
Meat Meal, Kibbled Corn, Cereal Food Fines, Corn Gluten Meal, Kibbled Wheat, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with BHA and Citric Acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Bentonite, Corn Oil, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Dried A. Oryzae Fermentation Extract, DL-Methionine, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, preserved with Ethoxyquin, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Sodium Selenite, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Cobalt Carbonate.


Guaranteed analysis:
Crude protein, Minimum 26.00%
Crude Fiber, Maximum 3.00%
Crude Fat, Minimum 9.00%
Moisture, Maximum 11.00%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Use of meat and fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains and other controversial filler, carcinogenic preservative.

The first ingredient is a meat product of unidentifiable origin. It is a meal made from the by-products of carcasses of a variety of animals, but the origin is unidentifiable. We recommend avoiding any pet food using such ingredients. Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient, for which it is impossible to determine either source or quality. We prefer not to see the use of unidentifiable-source ingredients anywhere in dog food. We note that the food uses BHA as a preservative - this is believed to be carcinogenic.


Kibbled corn is the second ingredient in the food. 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. Corn appears a second time in the ingredients, this time as gluten meal. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal 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


The next ingredient is kibbled wheat. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food. Soy is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat).


Beet pulp is 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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