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

Metabolizable energy:
340 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Ground yellow corn, chicken meal, brewer’s rice, beet pulp, sundried tomato pomace, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, powdered cellulose, lecithin, natural flavor, whole flax seeds, monosodium phosphate, canola oil, calcium propionate, choline chloride, DL-Methionine, mannan-oligosaccharides, salt, glucosamine sulphate, Yucca schidigera extracts, chondroitin sulphate, vitamins and minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude protein: 20 % min.
Crude fat: 10 % min.
Crude fiber: 5.5 % max.
Moisture: 10 % max.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 1, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a low quality grain. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value, and is commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn appears a second time in the ingredients as Gluten Meal, which 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. Aside from the low quality nature of these ingredients, this causes concern regarding the low meat content of the food. Foods intended for canines of any age should be based on meat, not on grain. A further low quality grain in the food is brewers rice, the third ingredient.


The second ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat ingredient in the food.


Beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient – 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, as is cellulose which is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.


The food contains 'vitamins and minerals' but no information is given about these.


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