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


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Corn Meal, Chicken Fat [Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Source of Vitamin E) and Citric Acid], Dried Potato Product, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Flax Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Whole Eggs, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Cheese, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement (Sourtce of Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Pyrodoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (Source of Vitamin K Activity), D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Folic Acid, 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.........26.00%
Crude Fat, not less than...............18.00%
Crude Fiber, not more than............3.80%
Moisture, not more than...............11.00%



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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: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content. Use of low quality and controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat ingredient. It is the sole meat product in the food.


The main grain in the food, and second ingredient is corn. The use of corn is a significant negative as it is difficult for dogs to digest and the cause of many allergy problems. Corn appears a second time in the ingredients as corn gluten meal – a low quality product for which the AAFCO definition 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 nutrititious bits have been removed.


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).


Dried potato product is a further low quality ingredient, being produced from peelings, culls and pieces that are by-products from human food production.


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. We appreciate the inclusion of whole egg in the food.


Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and therefore should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor).


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