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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed approx. 3 cups


Ingredients:
Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Potatoes, Oats Groats, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Rice Protein Concentrate, Dried Beet Pulp, Fruit and Vegetable Mix (Dried Carrots, Dried Bananas, Dried Papaya, Dried Apples, Dried Blueberries), Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (form of vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Cartilage, Ground Flaxseed, Salt , Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbyl-2 Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C). Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Maganese Proteinate, L-Carnitine. Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement. Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1). Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin K1 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Yeast Culture (Saccharomyes Cerevisiae). Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacilus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergilus Niger Fermentaion Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract and Fermentation Solubles.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, min 24.00%,
Crude Fat, min 10.00%
Crude Fat, max 14.00%,
Crude Fiber, max 4.00%,
Moisture, max 10.00%,
Calcium, min 1.00%,
Phosphorus, min 0.90%,
Omega 6 Fatty Acids, min 1.40%*,
Omega 3 Fatty Acids, min 0.14%*,
Glucosamine, min 300ppm*,
Chondroitin Sulfate, min 100ppm*,
L-Carnitine, min30mg/kg*.
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Fri August 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First three ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, use of low quality grain and controversial filler.

The first three ingredients in the food are named meat products. The first two, however, are inclusive of water content, once this is removed as it must be to make a dry food, the ingredients will weigh around 20% of their wet weight. It is thus very unlikely that these are the true first ingredients in the food, and it is more likely that they would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list.


The true first ingredient in the food is chicken meal. There is a further meat meal ingredient (turkey) 12th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down for the ingredients to make a substantial contribution to the meat content of the food. Salmon meal is also amongst the minor ingredients. We find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they are using solely ethoxyquin-free ingredients in their food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is believed to be carcinogenic).


The third ingredient and major grain in the food is brewers rice. This is a very low quality grain and a by-product. The fourth ingredient is barley, a good quality grain that we appreciate is whole. Oat groats (oats with hulls removed) and potatoes are also good quality ingredients. Sorghum is a grain with low digestibility.


Beet pulp is controversial 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.


We appreciate the range of fruits and vegetables included in the food, and a range of probiotics. We would prefer the use of whole egg rather than egg product.


With one true meat ingredient in the top five, this food may be rather light in meat content. We note also that the calcium and phosphorus levels are very low, which supports the suspicion that there is minimal meat. Combined with the major grain being one of very low quality, we retain some doubts about the quality of this product. After some deliberation, it has finally been awarded a 4-star rating, but is likely to be close to the bottom of this category and a 3-star rating was considered.


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