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

Metabolisable energy (ME Kcal/kg as served): 3600

INGREDIENTS (Nth America):
Chicken meal, ground corn, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, dried whole egg, lecithin, hydrolysed chicken, yeast culture, salt, potassium chloride, flaxseed meal, calcium propionate (preservative), yeast extract, citric acid, fumaric acid, malic acid, lactic acid, marigold extract, mint leaves, parsley, dehydrated green tea, glucosamine sulfate (0.04%), chondroitin sulfate (0.01%), dried kelp, 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.

Crude protein min. 23.0 %
Crude fat min. 13.0 %
Crude fiber max. 4.0 %
Moisture max. 10.0 %
Ash max. 8.5 %
Calcium min. 1.0 %
Phosphorus min. 0.8 %
Salt min. 1.0 %
Vitamin A min. 20,000 I.U./kg
Vitamin D3 min. 1,200 I.U./kg
Vitamin E min. 110 I.U./kg
Vitamin C min. 50 mg/kg
Omega 6 fatty acids 2.4 %
Omega 3 fatty acids 0.32 %
Herbs 0.25 %


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 corn, brewers rice, beet pulp. Insufficient 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. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.

It is a concern to see chicken fat so high on the ingredient list of a food for large breed dogs. 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.

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 appreciate the use of whole eggs, but 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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