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


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:


Crude Protein, minimum 25.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 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%
Zinc, minimum 225 ppm
Vitamin E, minimum 185 IU/kg
Vitamin C, minimum 50 mg/kg
Vitamin A, minimum 25,000 IU/kg


Beta Carotene, minimum 5 mg/kg*
L-Carnitine, minimum 40 ppm*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.4%*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 2.5%*
Glucosamine Hydrochloride, min 600 ppm*
Chondroitin Sulfate, minimum 300 ppm*


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


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, oatmeal, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, rice flour, dried beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols a source of vitamin E), flaxseed, egg product, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, chondroitin sulfate, manganese proteinate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-carnitine, beta-carotene, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, 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) 13th 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 Brewers rice. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.


The next ingredient is 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. Rice flour is further filler.


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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