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


Metabolizable energy:
395 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, ground whole wheat, corn gluten meal, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, brewer’s rice, beet pulp, whole flaxseeds, dehydrated alfalfa, dehydrated yeast culture, natural flavor, monosodium phosphate, potassium chloride, lecithin, calcium propionate, choline chloride, salt, glucosamine sulphate, rosemary extracts, Yucca schidigera extracts, chondroitin sulphate, dehydrated spinach, whole thyme, vitamins and minerals.


Guaranteed analysis:
Crude protein: min. 26%
Moisture: max. 12%
Crude fibre: max. 3%
Crude fat: min. 13%



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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 grains, 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 corn, wheat and brewers rice, all of which are low quality products. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value, and commonly associated with food allergies. Wheat, although a whole grain in this food, is considered by many to be the number one cause of food allergies. We prefer not to see these grains used. 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. Rice bran is a further grain fragment. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct.


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.


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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