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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/4 - 3 cups.

Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols, & citric acid), Feeding Oatmeal, Lamb Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed Meal, Herring Meal, Natural Flavor, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Dried Potato, Tomato Pomace, Salt, Dried Kelp, Dried Apples, Brewers Dried Yeast (a source of mannanoligosaccharides), Dried Celery, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Products, Dried Beets, Dried Parsley, Iron Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Dried Lettuce, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Dried Watercress, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Panthothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Dried Spinach, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Cobalt Carbonate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 28.00%(min)
Crude Fat 18.00%(min)
Moisture 10.00%(max)
Crude Fiber 4.50%(max)
Calcium 1.50%(min)
Omega 3 FA* 0.35%(min)
Omega 6 FA* 3.00%(min)
Vitamin C* 50 mg/kg
Vitamin E 100 kcal/mg(min)
Zinc 180 mg/kg(min)
Phosphorus 1.20%(min)

Metabolizable Energy:
kcal (approx) 555/cup
density 3.5 ounces/cup (approx. 180 cups per bag)
Calories from protein 27.1%
Calories from fat 42.4%
Calories from carbohydrates 30.5%
Digestibility 79 - 85%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon June 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, use of low quality grains, controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a further named meat meal ingredient 6th on the ingredient list, which although a little distant does serve to increase our confidence in the amount of meat in the food. The 10th ingredient is a fish meal. 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).

Rice is the second ingredient, and this is a decent quality grain. However, Corn in any form is 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. Corn appears a second time in the ingredients, at 7th on the list. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal 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 nutritious bits have been removed.

It is a concern to see chicken fat as the fourth ingredient in the food. Fat within the first four ingredients of a dry dog food is a factor that veterinary research at Purdue University has identified as increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.

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.

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