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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 25kg dog should be fed 2 - 2 3/4 cups per day.


Metabolisable energy (ME Kcal/kg as served): 3935


INGREDIENTS (Europe):
Chicken meat (35%), ground maize, chicken fat, brewers rice, dried egg, yeast extract, dried beet pulp, hydrolysed chicken liver, glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate, dried kelp, dried cayenne, dried carob, herbs (0.06%) (dried rosemary, dried fenugreek, dried fennel), L-carnitine, dried ginger, dried turmeric, rosemary extract, yucca schidigera extract.


INGREDIENTS (Nth America):
Chicken meal, ground corn, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), brewers rice, dried egg product, yeast culture, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, salt, lecithin, potassium chloride, calcium propionate (preservative), yeast extract, glucosamine sulfate (0.04%), chondroitin sulfate (0.01%), dried kelp, L-carnitine (0.005%), dried cayenne, dried carob, dried rosemary, dried fenugreek, dried ginger, dried turmeric, dried fennel, rosemary extract, yucca schidigera extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc methionine complex, zinc oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, folic acid, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement.


TYPICAL ANALYSIS:
Protein 30.4 %
Fat 20.2 %
Fibre 2.2 %
Moisture 9.3 %
Ash 8.8 %
Copper (as copper sulphate) 25 mg/kg
Iron (as ferrous sulphate) 270 mg/kg
Zinc (as zinc oxide) 250 mg/kg
Selenium (as sodium selenite) 0.3 mg/kg
Manganese (as manganous oxide) 60 mg/kg
Omega 6 fatty acids 2.4 %
Omega 3 fatty acids 0.32 %


VITAMIN STATEMENT:
Vitamin A 20,150 I.U./kg
Vitamin D3 1,260 I.U./kg
Vitamin E 115 I.U./kg
Vitamin C 52 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sat November 19, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Uses corn, brewers rice and beet pulp as fillers. Chicken fat as the third ingredient is a bloat risk factor in large breed dogs. Insufficent meat products in the food.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat source. Unfortunately, the next ingredient is corn. That is a low quality grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and commonly causes allergy problems.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the third 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.


Brewers rice is the fourth ingredient in the food. It is a low quality grain and by-product.


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.


We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs, and note the inclusion of yeast culture. This is certainly not a food we would recommend be fed to any animal that suffered allergies or yeast infections.


Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor in large breed dogs).


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