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Description: Metabolized Energy
435 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken By-product meal, Corn Meal, Poultry Fat (Preserved with BHA, Citric Acid and Mixed Tocopherols-Source of Vitamin E). Dried Beet Pulp, Brewer’s Rice, Natural Poultry Flavoring, Fish Meal. Cheese Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed Meal, Salt, Dried Whey, Brewer’s Dried Yeast. Liver Meal, L-lysine, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B 12 Supplement, Niacin, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin 51), Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Vitamin K), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate and Folic Acid.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, minimum 30.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 20.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 3.5%
Moisture, maximum 12.0%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon January 29, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, by-products, fat of unidentifiable origin, carcinogenic chemical preservative, low quality grain and other controversial filler.

This food is based on by-products. Chicken by-product meal - a very low quality ingredient. This is defined as "consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice".


The grain content is similarly low quality. Corn is a difficult to digest grain, which limits its nutritional value for dogs. We consider this to be a low quality ingredient. It is also commonly associated with allergy and skin problems.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative". In this instance, the preservative used is a chemical BHA that is widely believed to be carcinogenic.


Beet pulp is another 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. Brewers rice is a further by-product.


Fish meal, the 7th ingredient is a further meat ingredient in the food. It is too far down the ingredient list to make any substantive contribution to overall meat content. We find no sign on the manufacturer site of a guarantee that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, and which is banned from use in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


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