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Description: Metabolisable energy (ME Kcal/kg as served): 3950

Chicken meat (30.0%), brewers rice, ground maize, chicken fat, dehydrated chicken, dried egg, dried beet pulp, yeast extract, hydrolysed chicken liver, herbs (0.12%) (dried fennel, dried fenugreek, dried rosemary), DL-methionine, marigold extract, dried kelp, dried carob, dried ginger, dried turmeric, dried cayenne, rosemary extract, yucca schidigera extract.

INGREDIENTS (Nth America):
Chicken meal, brewers rice, ground corn, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), hydrolysed chicken, dried egg product, dried beet pulp, yeast culture, chicken flavor, lecithin, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, calcium propionate (preservative), citric acid, fumaric acid, malic acid, lactic acid, choline chloride, DL-methionine, yeast extract, marigold extract, dried kelp, dried carob, dried fennel, dried ginger, dried fenugreek, dried rosemary, dried turmeric, dried cayenne, 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.

Protein 30.4 %
Fat 20.2 %
Fibre 2.5 %
Moisture 9.3 %
Ash 8.8 %
Copper (as copper sulphate) 25 mg/kg
Iron (as ferrous sulphate) 390 mg/kg
Zinc (as zinc oxide) 250 mg/kg
Selenium (as sodium selenite) 0.3 mg/kg
Manganese (as manganous oxide) 58 mg/kg

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


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
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 source.
Cons: Uses brewers rice, beet pulp and corn as fillers.

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

Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient. Whilst this food is not aimed at large breed dogs, it is worth noting that 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.

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 extract. This is certainly not a food we would recommend be fed to any animal that suffered allergies or yeast infections.

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