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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Borage Seed Oil (preserved with Propyl Gallate), Flax Meal, Marigold Extract (source of Lutein), DL-Methionine, Ferrous Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Beta-carotene, L-carnitine, Manganous Oxide, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Inositol, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 26%
Crude Fat (minimum) 10%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (minimum) 1.75%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (minimum) 0.25%



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon March 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, by-products, low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal 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 next three ingredients are all grains. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food, yet it is the primary grain in this food. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. Sorghum is a carbohydrate source low in digestibility. We consider it primarily filler. Barley is a decent quality grain.


5th on the list is a named meat product, but since this is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food and would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Fish meal, 6th on the ingredient list, is the sole quality named meat meal ingredient in the food. This is too low to make up an appreciable portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


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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