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Description: Ingredients:
Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meals (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Oatmeal, Ground Brown Rice, Pearled Barley, Menhaden Oil (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Air Dried Peas, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Dehydrated Apples, Inulin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Dandelion, Garlic, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Rosemary Extract, Inositol, Dehydrated Kelp, Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper and Cobalt, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium, B. Subtillus, Bacillus lichenformis, Bacillus coagulins, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 22%
Crude Fat (min) 12%
Moisture (max) 10%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.9%
Omega 6 (min) 3.2%
Calcium (min) 0.95%
Phosphorus (min) 0.8%
Omega 3 (min) 0.44%


Important Information:
These are the specie-specific fish used in our formulas. Combined, they are higher in amino acid levels and bioavailability, and higher in digestibility than "Whitefish". They are also lower in ash. We use the whole fish, including the meat. Some meat meals like "Whitefish" use the head and carcass only, after the meat is removed. This results in higher bone and ash content and lower digestibility. Used in some brands, "Whitefish" is not a specific fish specie. Merriam-Webster dictionary, and the human and pet food industry define Whitefish as: "any of various market fishes with white flesh that is not oily". Brands using this less expensive, generic fish will not be consistent, bag-to-bag. The meat filleted from the carcass goes into the human food chain...the head and carcass go into other brands of pet food. Whitefish is usually preserved with ethoxyquin. The specie-specific fish used by Eagle Pack® is naturally preserved; special permits to preserve our fish naturally have been granted by the US Coast Guard (#14-95), and by the Department of Transportation (#DOT-E11693). Our fish are carefully steam cooked, not burned at 900 degrees like some fish meals. This gentle cooking improves amino acid levels and bioavailability as well as digestibility.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat November 19, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Fish meal as the first ingredient (see note in review)
Cons: Inclusion of beet pulp, use of egg product rather than whole eggs

The ingredient list for this food is slightly confusing. It is unclear whether “anchovy, sardine and salmon meals” is one ingredient, or if it is three separate ingredients each individually outweighing the first grains in the food. The latter case would be significantly better than the former. There are no further meat ingredients in the food. We note that the manufacturer guarantees the use of ethoxyquin-free meat sources.


The main grains are oatmeal, rice and barley. All are good quality sources of carbohydrates and additional protein. Menhaden oil is a good source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids.


Beet pulp is a low quality ingredient and 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 appreciate the inclusion of some fruit/vegetable matter in the food, but would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


Note that this product uses citric acid as a preservative and should not be moistened prior to feeding (raises the risk of bloat in large breed dogs).


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