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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 25kg dog should be fed about 348grams

Whole Grain Rice (min 31%), Whole Grain Maize (min 31%), Chicken Meal*, Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat*, Fresh Chicken (min 5%), Dried Brewers Yeast, Egg Powder, Fish Meal*, Linseed, Fish Oil*, Minerals, Vitamins, Nucleotides, Prebiotic FOS, Prebiotic MOS, Cranberry Extract, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, MSM, Yucca Extract, L-Carnitine. *Preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.

Typical Analysis:
Protein 18%,
Oil 7.5%,
Fibre 3.5%,
Ash 6%,
Moisture 8%,
Omega6 1.76%,
Omega3 0.27%,
Vitamin A 15000 IU/kg,
Vitamin D3 1000 IU/kg,
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg,
Calcium 0.9%,
Phosphorous P 0.6%,
Copper 15 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: Third ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Inadequate meat content, controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is rice, a decent quality grain. The second is maize (corn). Corn is a low quality grain for dog food that has low digestibility and that is commonly assocciated with allergy problems and yeast infections. Moreover, food for canines should be based on meat - not on grain products, yet it would appear that grain ingredient makes up the vast bulk of the food (over 60% in the top 2 ingredients alone). The main meat meal ingredient, chicken meal does not occur until third on the ingredient list.

There is a further meat ingredient, chicken, sixth on the ingredient list. 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. A further meat product, fish, in meal form is the sixth ingredient. This comprises less than 14% of the total ingredients and does little to add to increase the overall meat content to an acceptable level. 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).

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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