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


Calorie Content: 3,820 kcal/kg (394 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients
Chicken by-product meal, ground corn, rice bran, wheat flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), meat meal, beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, vitamins and minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 24.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 20.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Byproducts, meat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains, controversial filler

The main meat-related ingredient in this food is byproducts. 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.


There are two further meat products in the food. The first is meat meal, another low quality ingredient. "Meat" meal could be anything. It is defined by AAFCO 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." The last meat ingredient is fish meal, but this is far too far down the ingredient list to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We find no sign on the manufacturers website of a guarantee that protein ingredients used are free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The main grains in the food are low quality ingredients also. Corn is of limited value, being a difficult to digest grain that is also commonly implicated in food allergies. Rice bran is a grain fragment, whilst wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food. In flour form (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) this is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler.


Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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. The food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics.


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