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Description: Ingredients:
Ground Yellow Corn, Pork Meal, Brown Rice, Mixed Feed Oats, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract) Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Fish Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Poultry Digest, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Activated Animal Sterol (source of Vitamin D), Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Dehydrated Kelp, SQM (Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron Manganese, Copper and Cobalt), Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Enzymes (Aspergillus Oryzac Fermentation Solubles, Bacillus Subtillus Fermentation Solubles); and DEMs (Enterococcus Faccium and Lactobacillus Acidophilus).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein 19%
Moisture 10%
Fat 9%
Fiber 4.3%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon March 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains and controversial filler, fat of unidentifiable origin.

The primary ingredient in the food is corn. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food, yet it is the primary grain in this food.


The second and sixth ingredients are named meat products, both in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient (fish meal) 10th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make up a significant portion of the food.We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


Rice and oats are decent quality grains, but beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient 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.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


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