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Description: Energy & Digestibility
Carbohydrates 50.0%
Gross Energy 3.72 kcal/g
Metabolizable Energy (ME) 3330.0 kcal/g
415.4 kcal/cup
Oz/cup 4.40
Dry Matter Digestibility 89.5%
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Calorie Content
One cup contains 415 calories

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Whole Barley, Rice, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid, and rosemary), Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Egg Product, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Dried Skimmed Milk, Brewers Dried Yeast, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Carrots, Whole Apples, Herring Oil, Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Garlic, Dehydrated Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bifidobacterium longum Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Sodium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate (source of chelated Zinc), Iron Proteinate (source of chelated Iron), Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Beta Carotene, Manganese Proteinate (source of chelated Manganese), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate (source of chelated Cobalt), Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Proteinate (source of chelated Copper), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide (source of Iodine), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite.

Nutrient analysis:
Protein % 28.9
Fat % 13.3
Calcium % 1.16
Phosphorus % 1.09
Sodium % 0.36
Iron mg/kg 164
Copper (extruded) mg/kg 8.9
Manganese mg/kg 21.8
Zinc mg/kg 161.6
Iodine mg/kg 6.68
Selenium mg/kg 0.59
Magnesium % 0.12
Potassium % 0.96
Vitamin A IU/kg 38,889
Vitamin D IU/kg 3,611
Vitamin E IU/kg 467
Linoleic acid % 3.33
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) mg/kg 16.1
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) mg/kg 16.7
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) mg/kg 69.6
Niacin (Vitamin B3) mg/kg 48.8
Choline mg/kg 2,119
B6 (pyridoxine) mg/kg 4.70
B12 (cyanocobalamin) mg/kg 0.16
Folic acid mg/kg 1.65
Methionine-cystine % 0.70
Lysine % 0.86
Arginine % 1.25
Phenylalanine-tyrosine % 0.99
Threonine % 0.68
Tryptophan % 0.22
Leucine % 1.43
Isoleucine % 1.07
Histidine % 0.44
Valine % 1.02
* All ingredients are on a dry matter basis


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 3, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products, uses predominantly good quality grains, whole vegetables.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, use of controversial fillers

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, as is the second. Since 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). Note 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.

The next four ingredients are all grains – two forms of rice and barley. All except rice bran (filler) are quality grains.

The 8th ingredient is beet pulp. 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.

We appreciate the use of whole fruits and vegetables in the food, but would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.

Overall this is a reasonably good food, but the inclusion of controversial ingredients and fillers is a definite negative. Had these been further up the ingredient list and thus a more significant portion of the food, it would have received a lower rating.

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