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


Calorie Content:
3,499 kcal/kg (327 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients:
Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, white rice, rice bran, beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement,
chondroitin sulfate, beta carotene, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-Carnitine, 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 13.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 4.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Ash 6.5% Maximum
Calcium 1.1% Minimum
Calcium 1.3% Maximum
Phosphorus 0.9% Minimum
Phosphorus 1.1% Maximum
Sodium 0.3% Maximum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 300 IU/kg Minimum
L-Carnitine * 40 mg/kg Minimum
Beta Carotene * 5 mg/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.0% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.3% Minimum
Glucosamine Hydrochloride * not less than 750 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate * not less than 250 mg/kg


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun September 3, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content.

The first two ingredients in the food are named meat products. The first is chicken - inclusive of its 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 unlikely that it is the true first ingredient in the food, and it is likely to be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Since the second ingredient is a meat meal, however, this is of limited concern. Chicken meal is the sole meat meal ingredient in the food.


The next 4 ingredients are all grains. These are primarily decent quality grains, but we note that three of these are forms of rice (the ingredient is "split") and it appears likely that the combined grain ingredients would outweigh the meat meal ingredient in this food. Consequently, our confidence that the food contains a decent amount of meat is low.


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 would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


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