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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Corn, Ground Rice, Chicken Fat [Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)], Dried Beet Pulp, Wheat Flour, Oat Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Corn Gluten Meal, Flax Seed Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Lecithin, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, DL Methionine, Lysine, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Propionic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein 26%
Fat 14%
Moisture 10%
Fiber 4%



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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 low quality grains and other controversial fillers. Fat in the top four ingredients (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product.

The main grain in the food is corn. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. Corn appears later on the ingredient list as well, as 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. Rice, the third ingredient, is a decent grain, as is oatmeal the 7th ingredient.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the fourth ingredient. 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. Smaller breeds are untested.


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. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


Wheat products appear twice on the ingredient list. The use of wheat is a significant negative however: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food.


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