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Description: Ingredients:
CHICKEN MEAL, GROUND RICE, CHICKEN FAT (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, CITRIC ACID, AND ROSEMARY EXTRACT), BEET PULP, LAMB MEAL, FISH MEAL, FLAXSEED, DRIED EGG PRODUCT, BREWERS DRIED YEAST, CHICKEN LIVER FLAVOR, Plus Quality Vitamins and Minerals.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun October 29, 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, use of controversial filler.

The first, fifth and sixth ingredients in the food are named meat products in meal form. This gives us some degree of confidence that there is likely to be an acceptable amount of meat product in the food, although it is noted that only one meat ingredient is ahead of the fat content.


The food contains fish meal, however, and we find no sign of a statement on the manufacturer website about the use of ethoxyquin-free ingredients. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but banned from use in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic.


The main grain in the food is rice, which is decent quality.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are not tested.


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.


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


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