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


Calorie Content:
3,599 kcal/kg (337 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients:
Lamb meal, whole grain brown rice, white rice, cracked pearled barley, fish meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, beet pulp, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, 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 23.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 14.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.2% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.4% Minimum


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun September 3, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content.

The first and fifth ingredients in the food are both named meat products in meal form. The second of these is a fish meal, however, and we fail to find any assurance on the manufacturer's website that the ingredient is not treated with Ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, banned or heavily regulated in human food, and believed to be carcinogenic (and is commonly added to fish meal ingredients). This manufacturer does make assurances about ethoxyquin-free sources for one of of its other products (the Chicken Soup line), thus we would consider it prudent to ask for a similar assurance about this product prior to using it.


The second-fourth ingredients are all grains. These are primarily decent quality grains, but we note that two of these are forms of rice (the ingredient is "split") and it appears likely that the combined grain ingredients would outweigh the first meat meal ingredient in this food. Consequently, our confidence that the food contains a decent amount of meat is diminished somewhat.


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.


Overall, this product appears better than many produced under the Diamond label, and many of the ingredients used appear to be good quality. It is limited confidence in the meat content of the food that prevents us awarding a higher rating. It is probably amongst the highest rated in this category, however.


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