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


Calorie Content (calculated):
Metabolizable Energy (ME): 3728 kcal/kg; 437 kcal/cup; 1695 kcal/lb


Ingredients:
Turkey, brewers rice, chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal, pearled barley, oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), dried egg product, pea fiber, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), dried beet pulp, fish oil, natural flavor, potassium chloride, calcium phosphate, salt, dried tomatoes, blueberry pomace, dried sweet potatoes, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), niacin, copper proteinate, calcium carbonate, 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.
B-4403


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min) 28.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 14.0%
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) 14,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 460 IU/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)** (Min) 0.15%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)** (Min) 0.15%
Glucosamine** (Min) 700 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.



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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 and third ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grain fragments, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but this is turkey 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 third on the ingredient list and this is likely to be the main meat ingredient in the food. It is thus unlikely that there is adequate meat content in the food.


This is a food based primarily on cereals. The main grains are brewers rice and corn gluten meal. 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).


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 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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