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Description: Metabolizable energy:
510 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, brewer’s rice, barley, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, oat, beet pulp, whole flaxseeds, dehydrated yeast culture, lecithin, natural flavor, dehydrated alfalfa, choline chloride, potassium chloride, salt, dehydrated carrots, mannan-oligosaccharides, dehydrated apples, rosemary extracts, Yucca schidigera extracts, dehydrated spinach, whole thyme, vitamins and minerals.


Guaranteed analysis:
Crude protein: min. 28%
Moisture: max. 12%
Crude fibre: max. 3.5%
Crude fat: min. 18%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 2, 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, low quality grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat product in the food. Followed by three grain products ahead of the fat content, we have little confidence in the meat content of the product.


The main grains are brewers rice and barley. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. Barley and oats are decent quality. We note that chicken fat is the fourth ingredient, and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food to be a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


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. Tomato pomace is further filler.


The food has vitamins and minerals added, but no information is given about these and synthetics may or may not be present.


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