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Description: INGREDIENTS
Chicken Meal, Whole Barley, Corn Gluten Meal, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (vit. E), Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal (source of salmon oil and DHA), Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Whole Flax, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salt, Yeast Culture, Lysine, Dried Whole Garlic, Lutein (marigold extract), Dried Whole Egg, Yucca Schidigera, Ascorbic Acid (vit. C), Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol, (vit. D), DL Alpha- Tocopherol Acetate (vit. E), *Iron Bioplex, *Zinc Bioplex, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, *Copper Bioplex, Manganous Oxide, *Manganese Bioplex, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vit. B6), Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12.

*These items are chelated minerals

Crude Protein (min) 28%
Crude Fat (min) 17%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10%
Calcium (min) 1.2%
Phosphorus (min) 1%
*Lutein (min) 4%
Vitamin E 250 IU/kg
Vitamin C 100 mg/kg
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min) 2.75%
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.3%

*not recognized as an essential nutrient by the A.A.F.C.O. pet food nutrient profile

** No Petcurean Products contain Menadione Sodium Bisulphate.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat January 5, 2008 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, some low quality grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There are two further meat meal ingredients 7th and 8th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. One of these is a fish meal ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturers website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish products, and which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

There are three main grain ingredients ahead of the fat content which, combined, are likely to outweigh the meat content by some margin. Barley and oatmeal are decent quality grains but Corn is low quality ingredient. It is a difficult to digest grain that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.

Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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 appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food.

Overall, this food is probably amongst the best in this category and comes close to a 3* rating. It is the inclusion of low quality grain products and filler that has it rated lower than others in this range.

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