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Description: INGREDIENTS
Chicken meal, ground rice, ground corn, oat meal, dried beet pulp, dried tomato pomace, poultry fat, (preserved with natural tocopherols (vitamin E)), brewers dried yeast, poultry digest, fish meal, dried skim milk, lecithin, salt, vegetable oil, calcium carbonate, fish oil, lysine, dl-methionine, garlic powder, vitamin A acetate, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin D3), vitamin E supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, zinc sulfate, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, sodium selenite.

Protein not less than .....................19%
Fat not less than ..............................7%
Fiber not more than ......................5.5%
Moisture not more than .................11%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun December 30, 2007 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 ingredients, controversial filler, fat and other ingredients of unidentifiable origin

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient 10th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this ingredient is fish meal, but find no sign on the manufacturers website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic). Poultry digest is "material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed poultry tissue". It has the same issues around unidentifiable source and quality as poulty fat (below) and is not found in high quality products.

The main grains in the food are rice, corn and oatmeal. Rice and oatmeal are decent quality grains. Corn, however, is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly linked to allergy problems. 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.

Poultry fat is a low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative"

There are no fruits/vegetables in the food and we would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. 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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