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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 10kg puppy should be fed about 310grams

Fresh Chicken 18%, Chicken Meal* 18%, Whole Grain Rice, Whole Grain Maize, Chicken Fat*, Beet Pulp, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Egg Powder, Fish Meal*, Linseed, Fish Oil*, Minerals, Vitamins, Nucleotides, Prebiotic FOS, Prebiotic MOS, Cranberry Extract, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, MSM, Yucca Extract. *Preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.

Typical Analysis:
Protein 29%,
Oil 18%,
Fibre 3%,
Ash 6%,
Moisture 8%,
Omega6 4.1%,
Omega3 0.7%,
Vitamin A 20000 IU/kg,
Vitamin D3 1350 IU/kg,
Vitamin E 135 IU/kg,
Calcium 1.3%,
Phosphorous P 0.85%,
Copper 22 mg/kg (as Cupric Sulphate).

Arden Grange have enhanced every diet with the inclusion of cranberry extract, nucleotides, prebiotics and yucca extract. We continue to uphold our "Not Tested on Animals" policy, and every diet continues to be preserved naturally. All of the products are hypoallergenic and free from wheat gluten, beef, dairy products and soya. No artificial colourings flavourings or preservatives are used, and we do not add salt or sugar as flavour enhancers.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu February 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and second ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, some low quality grain, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is chicken. Since this ingredient will end up weighing around 20% of its wet weight once the moisture is removed, as it must be to create a dry food, it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food but would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. It is followed, however, by a named meat product in meal form. This is the primary meat ingredient in the food, and we note that the manufacturer does disclose the percentage. This is lower than we believe is suitable for a canine, however, and is the primary reason this food cannot be rated more highly.

The next ingredient is rice, which is a decent quality grain. The use of maize (corn) is less 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. Oats are a further grain of decent quality.

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

A further meat product, fish in meal form is the 9th ingredient. This is also too far down the ingredient list to add significantly to the overall meat content. This manufacturer does state on their website that all ingredients, including fish, are free of ethoxyquin or other chemical preservatives (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).

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