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Description: GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein, minimum 28.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 17.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 3.0%
Moisture, maximum 10.0%


Calcium (Ca), minimum 1.2%
Phosphorus (P), minimum 1.0%
Zinc, minimum 200 ppm
Vitamin A, minimum 20,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E, minimum 150 IU/kg


Omega-3 Fatty Acids, min 0.5%*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, min 3.3%*

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


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, corn gluten meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), dried beet pulp, flaxseed, dried egg product, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, 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 is a further meat meal ingredient in the food (fish meal) 11th on the ingredient list, though this is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The main grain are oatmeal and brown rice, which are decent quality grains. 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.


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


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