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


Calorie Content: 3,088 kcal/kg (289 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients:
Whole grain brown rice, chicken, turkey, chicken meal, powdered cellulose (a source of fiber), cracked pearled barley, oatmeal, millet, potatoes, duck, salmon, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, potassium chloride, choline chloride, Enterococcus faecieum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried chicory root, L-carnitine, yucca schidigera extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


Guaranteed analysis:
Crude Protein 20.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 6.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 8.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Sodium 0.3% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.2% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.4% Minimum
L-Carnitine * 40 mg/kg Minimum


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



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun October 29, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second, third and fourth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Inadequate meat content, use of low quality fillers

The first ingredient in the food is whole brown rice. This is a good quality grain - but it is a grain. We beleive that dog food should be based on meat, and it is not necessary to remove meat content from foods to lower the fat or calorie content.


The next three ingredients are named meat products. The first two of these, however, are meat inclusive of water content. Once that is removed, as it must be to make dry food, the ingredients will weigh around 20% of their original weight. It is thus likely that they are more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list.


Chicken meal, fourth on the list, is the main meat meal in the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient (fish) 16th on the ingredient list but this is far too far down to make any substantive contribution to the overall meat content. We also note that previous statements about the use of ethoxyquin-free ingredients have been removed from the manufacturer website (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned from use in human foods because it is believed to be carcinogenic). We would encourage anyone considering buying products from this manufacturer to check on the current status of their ingredients.


Powdered cellulose is the next ingredient - otherwise known as sawdust.


There are very small amounts of two further meat products (water inclusive) in the food, along with a range of fruits and vegetables which are appreciated. The food contains a good range of probiotics.


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