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


Ingredients:
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Meal, Rice Flour, Dried Beet Pulp, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract), Brewers Dried Yeast, Fish Meal, Egg Product, Salt, Lamb Digest, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide and Calcium Carbonate.


Guaranteed analysis:
Protein, Minimum 20%
Fat, Minimum 10%
Fiber, Maximum 5%
Moisture, Maximum 10%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun December 4, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat product in the food. Use of large amounts of low quality grains and filler. Fat of unidentifiable origin.

The main ingredient in the food is corn. It 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. 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 first meat product is only second on the ingredient list. There is a further meat product 8th on the ingredient list (fish meal) but this is too far down to make up a substantive portion of the food.


Rice flour is a grain fragment and we consider this to be filler. Beet pulp is also 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.


Animal fat is a 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.


Note this food uses citric acid as a preservative and thus should not be pre-moistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).


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