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Description: Ingredients:
Meat meal, whole grain ground corn, rice bran, corn gluten meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed toco-pherols), wheat flour, beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt. Vitamins, minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis:
crude protein (min) 27%
crude fat (min) 15%
moisture (max) 10%
crude fiber (max) 3%



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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:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, meat of unidentified source, low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a meat meal unidentified by source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices".


Corn is the second and fourth ingredients and 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. 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. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. Rice bran is a grain fragment and filler.


Wheat flour is another grain fragment. 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 another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.


Beet pulp is further 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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