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


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein, minimum 26.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 9.0%
Crude Fat, maximum 11.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 3.0%
Moisture, maximum 10.0%
Ash, maximum 6.0%


Calcium (Ca), minimum 1.0%
Phosphorus (P), minimum 0.8%
Vitamin A, minimum 20,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E, minimum 150 IU/kg
Zinc, minimum 180 ppm


Omega-6 Fatty Acids, min 1.7%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, min 0.3%*
Chondroitin Sulfate, minimum 150 ppm*
Glucosamine Hydrochloride, min 450 ppm*

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, rice flour, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, dried beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), flaxseed, dried egg product, natural chicken flavor, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun June 25, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, use of low quality and controversial fillers.

The first two ingredients in the food are named meat products. However, the first is chicken inclusive of water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). There are no further meat products in the food.


The main grain aare oatmeal and brown rice, which are decent quality grains. Next is rice flour, which we consider to be filler. This is followed by corn gluten meal. Corn in any form 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. 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 low quality ingredient and filler. 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.


Brewers rice is another low quality ingredient and filler.


We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


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