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


Ingredients:
Lamb Meal, Rice Flour, Oatmeal, Poultry Meal, Ground Rice, Plain Dried Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Poultry Fat [Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Source of Vitamin E) and Citric Acid], Dried Tomato Pomace, Menhaden Fish Meal, Lecithin, Vegetable Oil, Dried Cheese, Monosodium Phosphate, Fish Oil, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Dried Enterococcus Faccium Fermentation Products, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Salt, L-Lysine, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Dried Garlic, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Maganous Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite.


Crude Protein, not less than..........24.00%
Crude Fat, not less than................14.00%**
Crude Fiber, not more than.............4.00%
Moisture, not more than..................9.00%


** For added Skin and Coat Conditioning along with added Performance



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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 and fourth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Use of low quality meats, fats and fillers.

The first ingredients in the food is a named meat product in meal form. The fourth ingredient is likewise a meat meal, but in this case it is "poultry" meal. This is an unidentified (by species) ingredient for which it is impossible to determine source and quality, and such ingredients are usually extremely low quality. We prefer to see only named meat ingredients used in dog foods. There is a further meat meal ingredient in the food (fish meal) 9th 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 is rice flour, which we consider to be filler. Further grains are oatmeal and brown rice, both of which are decent quality. But poultry fat is a low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative"


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. The preceding ingredient, tomato pomace, is also filler.


Overall, this product probably contains a greater amount of meat than many in this class. It is the use of low quality ingredients and meats/fats of unidentifiable origin and quality that preclude a higher rating being accorded to this food.


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