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Description: Ingredients:
lamb meal, chicken meal, brown rice, wheat middlings, corn, corn gluten meal, wheat, chicken fat (preserved with Vitamin E & C ) dried beet pulp, salt, brewers yeast, potassium chloride, choline chloride, yucca schidigera, lactobacillus acidophillus, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (menadione), Vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, cobalt proteinate, calcium carbonate, sodium selinite.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein 27% min
Fat 16% min
Fibre 2.5% max
Moisture 10% max



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sat October 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and second ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Use of low quality products, grain fractions and other controversial ingredients.

The first two ingredients in the food are named meat products in meal form.


The next five ingredients are all grains - four of which are low quality fractions. Since the manufacturer is splitting ingredients in this way, we start to have some concern about whether the total corn or total wheat ingredients might be more accurately place rather higher on the ingredient list.


The use of corn is a negative since corn is a grain that is very difficult for dogs to digest and that commonly causes allergy problems. Corn gluten meal is "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm". In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


Wheat is a further ingredient we prefer not to see used, being the number one cause of allergy problems amongst grains in dog food. "Middlings" is a fraction of the grain.


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.


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