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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 cups.


Ingredients:
Lamb, Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Chicken Meal, Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Whole Oats, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols with rosemary extract and citric acid), Salt, Brewerís Yeast, Tomato Pomace, Dried Egg Product, Green Peas, Dried Skimmed Milk, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Yucca Schidigera, Choline Chloride, Beets, Garlic Powder, Spinach, Parsley, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin A supplement, d-Calcium pantothenate, Riboflavin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (A Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (not less than) 24%
Moisture (not more than) 10%
Crude Fat (not less than) 8%
Crude Fiber (not more than) 6%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue November 29, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Use of low quality grains and controversial filler.

The first two ingredients in the food are named meat products, as are the fifth and ninth. Since the first is lamb inclusive of its water content (about 80%) it is likely that once that is removed 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, with a meal meat ingredient second on the list, serves to increase our confidence in the meat content of this food.


Brown rice is the third ingredient, and a decent quality grain. White rice is also a reasonable grain, but this food starts to look very grain-heavy.


Beet pulp is another 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.


Rice bran is also filler, but whole oats are a good quality grain. We note the use of Menhaden fish meal in the food. This is the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil. This is not a high quality ingredient and it is not sold for human consumption. The manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


We appreciate the inclusion of some amount of vegetable matter in the food, and a good range of probiotics. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


Overall, we are reasonably happy with the amount of meat products in the food and are pleased to see a manufacturer that is not cutting the nutritious ingredients in the creation of a low-cal formula. This food is very close to a four star rating; it is only the use of low quality grains and controversial filler that have contributed to it receiving a three star rating.


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


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