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Description: Metabolizable Energy:
k.cal per 8oz cup =370


Ingredients:
TURKEY MEAL, GROUND RICE, CORN MEAL, POULTRY FAT (TURKEY AND CHIKEN FAT, NATURALLY PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS), OAT MEAL, WHOLE EGGS, FISH MEAL, BREWERS YEAST, BEET PULP, SKIM MILK, LECITHIN, FISH OIL, VEGETABLE OIL, NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, L-LYSINE (ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID), DL-METHONINE (ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID), VITAMIN C, POTASSIUM SULFATE, IRON SULFATE. VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS: VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, ZINC OXIDE, ZINC PROTEINATE, IRON PROTEINATE, CITRIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE), MANGANESE OXIDE, MANGANESE PROTEINATE, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN SUPPLEMENT, PANTOTHENIC ACID, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT (VITAMIN B2), COPPER PROTEINATE, COPPER SULFATE, THAMINE MONOTRATE (VITAMIN B1), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, MENADIONE DIMETHYLPRIMIDINOL BISULFITE (VITAMIN K), FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN SUPPLEMENT CALCIUM IODATE (SOURCE OF IODINE), SODIUM SELENITE (SOURCE OF SELENIUM), VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT.


Analysis:
CRUDE PROTEIN NOT LESS THEN 28%
CRUDE FAT NOT LESS THEN 18%
CRUDE FIBER NOT MORE THAN 3%
MOISTURE NOT MORE THE 10%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu February 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product in meal form. A further meat product, fish, in meal form is the 7th ingredient. This is also too far down the ingredient list to add significantly to the overall meat content. We do not find any information about the presence or otherwise of ethoxyquin in the ingredient (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned from human foods due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The next two ingredients are all grains. Rice is a decent quality grain, but the inclusion of corn is not desirable - corn is a difficult to digest grain that has little nutritional value for a canine, and is commonly associated with allegies and yeast infections. Oatmeal is a further grain, and of decent quality but it is likely that the combined grain products outweigh the meat content of the food.


Poultry fat is a low quality 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". Fat as the fourth ingredient is a concern. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs.


We appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food. 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.


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