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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken meal, wheat, ground yellow corn, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fish meal, corn gluten, beet pulp, fish oil, brewer's yeast, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, salt, liver digest, sorbic acid.

Vitamin C, Vit A, Vit D, Vit E, Vit K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyridoxine, Vit B12, D-Pantothenic acid, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Cu, Iodine, Cobalt, Selenium, Glucanase, protease, amylase, cellulase, (bacillus subtilis fermentation extract), Glucosamine, MSM.

Feed analysis:
Protein (minimum)...................26.0%
Fat (minimum).......................15.0%
Moisture (maximum)................10.0%
Fibre (maximum).................... 4.0%
Ash (maximum)......................8.0%
Calcium (actual)................... 1.65%
Phosphorus (actual)............... 1.16%
Digestible Energy.........4300 KCAL/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon March 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, use of low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient (fish meal) 5th on the ingredient list, giving us reasonable confidence in the meat content of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative added to fish meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic.

The next two ingredients in this food are low quality grains. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is an ingredient we prefer not to see used at all, and certainly not as the main ingredient in the food. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food.

It is a concern to see fat as the fourth ingredient in the food. Research at Purdue University has identified 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.

Corn appears a second time as corn gluten meal. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal is “the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm”. In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.

Beet pulp is a 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.

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