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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2-1/8 to 2-3/4 cups.

Energy & Digestibility
Carbohydrates 62.5%
Gross Energy 3.54 kcal/g
Metabolizable Energy ME) 3148 kcal/g 335 kcal/cup
Oz/cup 3.75
Dry Matter Digestibility 88.9%

Calorie Content
One cup contains 335 calories

Chicken, Brown Rice, Rice, Chicken Meal, Whole Barley, Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid, and rosemary), Natural Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Apples, Alfalfa, Brewers Dried Yeast, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Kelp, Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Herring Oil, Vitamin E Supplement, Garlic, Sodium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), 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, Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, 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 % 20.0
Fat % 8.9
Calcium % 0.8
Phosphorus % 0.6
Sodium % 0.33
Iron mg/kg 146
Copper mg/kg 8.1
Manganese mg/kg 21.2
Zinc mg/kg 158.8
Iodine mg/kg 6.65
Selenium mg/kg 0.53
Magnesium % 0.09
Potassium % 1.03
Vitamin A IU/kg 38,889
Vitamin D IU/kg 3,611
Vitamin E IU/kg 388.9
Linoleic acid % 2.44
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) mg/kg 15.9
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) mg/kg 8.7
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) mg/kg 40.7
Niacin (Vitamin B3) mg/kg 62.0
Choline mg/kg 1,394
B6 (pyridoxine) mg/kg 4.67
B12 (cyanocobalamin) mg/kg 0.14
Folic acid mg/kg 0.63
Methionine-cystine % 0.58
Lysine % 0.71
Arginine % 1.06
Phenylalanine-tyrosine % 0.84
Threonine % 0.61
Tryptophan % 0.21
Leucine % 1.20
Isoleucine % 0.84
Histidine % 0.33
Valine % 0.82
* All ingredients are on a dry matter basis


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon November 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat products, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient is a named meat product. Note that it 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). Since the fourth ingredient is chicken meal, however, things look a little better.

The food is predominantly rice though. Rice is the second and third ingredient, which if not split (see main page for explanation of “splitting”) would likely be the first ingredient in the food. Since the first ingredient has an 80% water content, we can be quite certain that rice is the true first ingredient in the food, and likely the predominant ingredient overall. Whole barley is also a good grain, but this begins to look like a grain-heavy food.

Beet pulp is 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

We appreciate the use of vegetables and fruit in the food. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product. The food includes probiotics.

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

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