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


Ingredients:
Poultry Meal, Corn Meal, Chicken Fat [Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Source of Vitamin E) and Citric Acid], Dried Plain Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Ground Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Potato Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Menhaden Fish Meal, Flax Meal, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Dried Whey, Dried Cheese, Dried Garlic, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Steptococcus Facium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamin Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, not less than................23.00%
Crude Fat, not less than......................12.00%
Crude Fiber, not more than...................3.50%
Moisture, not more than.......................10.00%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids not les than..........3.03%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids not less than........0.33%*


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Use of unspecified meat products, low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is an unspecified meat product in meal form. We prefer not to see the use of ingredients for which source cannot be identified, and note that low cost ingredients like this are usually very low quality.


The main grain in the food is corn. Corn is a grain that is difficult to digest and is commonly the cause of allergy problems. It is a concern to see chicken fat is the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs (smaller breeds are untested).


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.


Rice and oatmeal are decent quality grains, but potato product is low quality filler. It is produced from peelings, cuttings and culls from human food production. Menhaden fish is a further meat product, but in too low quantity to add significantly to the meat content of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use Ethoxyquin-free ingredients (Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish meal ingredients, and which is believed to be carcinogenic).


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