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


Calorie Content: 3,406 kcal/kg (319 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients
Whole grain brown rice, wheat flour, whole grain ground corn, chicken by-product meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), beet pulp, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, egg product. Vitamins, minerals, chelated minerals and supplements.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 16.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 8.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 9.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Crude Fiber 3.0 Maximum
Ash 4.0% Maximum
Calcium 0.6% Minimum
Calcium 0.7% Maximum
Phosphorus 0.5% Minimum
Phosphorus 0.6 Maximum
Sodium 0.3% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 1.5% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.3% Minimum
Glucosamine Hydrochloride * not less than 400 ppm.
Chondroitin Sulfate * not less than 400 ppm.


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



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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, by-products, low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The primary ingredient in the food is a grain. Rice is a good quality grain, but dog food should be based on meat.


The second ingredient is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.


Corn is the third ingredient 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. We prefer not to see this used in dog food.


It is a concern to see a fat as the fourth ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


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.


Wheat flour is a 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.


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