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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed approx. 2 cups


Metabolizable energy:
443 kcal per cup


Ingredients:
Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Peas, Organic Extruded Soybean Seeds, Organic Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tochopherols, Rosemary, and Citric Acid), Dicalcium Phosphate, Salmon Meal, Natural Liver Flavor, Organic Flaxseed, Dried Whole Egg, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ascorbic Acid+, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ribo- flavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamin Mono- nitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Biotin, Dried Fermentation Products of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Aspergillus Niger, Enterococcus Faecum, Trichoderma Longbrachiatum and Bacillus Subtilis (sources of direct fed microbials and digestive enzymes), Glucosamine Hydrochloride+, Chondroitin Sulfate+.


+not recognized by AAFCO Nutrient Dog Profiles as an essential nutrient.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min. 28.00%
Crude Fat min. 15.00%
Crude Fiber max. 3.00%
Moisture max. 10.00%
Calcium min. 1.00%
Phosphorus min. 0.90%
Omega 6 Fatty Acid+ min. 3.60%
Omega 3 Fatty Acid+ min. 0.60%


+not recognized by AAFCO Nutrient Dog Profiles as an essential nutrient.



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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 two ingredients are named meat products, use of organic ingredients.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, not suitable for allergy sufferers

The first ingredient in the food is organic chicken. Since this is chicken inclusive of water content, once this is removed as it must be to make a dry food, 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 is more likely that it would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list.


The true first ingredient in the food is chicken meal (non-organic). There is a further meat meal ingredient (salmon) 9th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down for the ingredient to make a substantial contribution to the meat content of the food. We would thus judge that there is a minimum acceptable meat content in the food. 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 is organic peas and the fourth soybean seeds. Soy is a lower quality source of additional protein. The use of soy is a concern for dogs prone to allergies as soy is a very common cause of allergies in dogs (some believe it is the number 1 cause of allergies, outstripping even wheat).


Organic barley and brown rice are the next ingredients, both of which are decent quality. We appreciate the inclusion of whole eggs and a range of probiotics in the food. Overall, we feel that this product is rather light in meat content (and would encourage adding meat to the diet). Ingredients overall appear to be good quality.


Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and thus should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs).


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