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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 3 cups.

Chicken Meal, Lamb Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Ground Corn, Whole Ground Wheat, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Brewers Yeast, Salt, Dried Whole Egg, Lecithin, Fish Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Lysine (essential amino acid), Fish Oil, Methionine (essential amino acid), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate (source of iron), Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Biotin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate (source of iodine), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite (source of selenium).

Choline 2088.66 mg/kg
Riboflavin (B2) 13.67 mg/kg
Thiamine (B1) 8.22 mg/kg
Niacin (B5) 77.37 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 12.72 mg/kg
Folic Acid 1.04 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid (B3) 19.12 mg/kg
Biotin (H) 0.22 mg/kg
Cobalamine (B12) 48.14 mcg/kg
Vitamin A 16,800 IU/kg
Vitamin C 22.71 mg/kg
Vitamin D 1,400 IU/kg
Vitamin E 105.00 mg/kg
Vitamin K 0.88 mg/kg

Calcium 1.50%
Phosphorus 1.00%
Magnesium 0.14%
Sodium 0.49%
Potassium 0.67%
Chloride 0.65%
Iron 291.81 mg/kg
Zinc 251.11 mg/kg
Iodine 2.16 mg/kg
Copper 14.09 mg/kg
Manganese 47.50 mg/kg
Selenium 0.33 mg/kg

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min 26.00%
Crude Fat min 15.00%
Crude Fiber max 3.50%
Moisture max 10.00%
Ash max 8.00%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.80%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.50%*

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun December 30, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, some low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first two ingredients in this food are a named meat products, each in meal form which gives us some level of confidence in the meat content of this food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 13th on the ingredient list. This is far too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note it is a fish ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the product (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

The main grains in the food are brewers rice, corn and wheat. Both are low quality ingredients. Brewers rice is a byproduct, whilst corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value that commonly causes allergy problems. Wheat is a further undesirable grain that is considered by many to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. Combined, the grain products probably outweigh the meat content of the food by some margin.

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 would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. The inclusion of a small range of fruit/vegetable matter is appreciated, as is the range of probiotics. We note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.

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