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

Calorie Content (calculated):
Metabolizable Energy (ME): 4593 kcal/kg; 514 kcal/cup; 2088 kcal/lb.

Lamb, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine), pearled barley, oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), dried egg product, fish oil, pea fiber, dried beet pulp, natural flavor, potassium chloride, calcium phosphate, salt, dried sweet potatoes, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, blueberry pomace, dried tomatoes, calcium carbonate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), niacin, copper proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min) 27.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 17.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 12.0%
Linoleic Acid (Min) 1.4%
Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.0%
Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.9%
Vitamin A (Min) 15,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 460 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid** (Min) 70 mg/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)** (Min) 0.15%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)** (Min) 0.15%
Glucosamine** (Min) 600 ppm
Glutamine** (Min) 1.0%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids** (Min) 0.4%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids** (Min) 2.0%

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


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 and fourth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Inadequate meat content, use of low quality grain, fat of unidentifiable origin.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but this is lamb inclusive of water content. Once this is removed, as it must be to make a dry food product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus very unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food, and it would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list and does not comprise a substantive contribution to the food. There is a further named meat ingredient fourth on the ingredient list and this is likely to be the main meat ingredient in the food.

This is thus a food based primarily on cereals. The main grains are brewers rice and corn. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and the cause of many allergy problems. The AAFCO definition for 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 nutrititious bits have been removed.

Barley and oatmeal are decent quality grains. “Animal” fat is an ingredient of unspecified origin, and an ingredient we prefer never to see in dog food as it may contain anything. Such unspecified ingredients are invariably very low quality.

Fish meal 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).

We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs in the food, rather than dried egg product, but appreciate the inclusion of a small range of vegetables.

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