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Description: INGREDIENTS
Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Vitamin E), Rice Flour, Oat Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Ground Rice, Dried Eggs, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flax Seed Meal, Chicken Liver Digest, Perna Canaliculus, Lecithin, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, DL Methionine, Lysine, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Soybean Oil, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Monohydrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethypyrimidinal Bisulfite (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide .


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Crude Protein not less than.................22%
Crude Fat not less than.....................22%
Crude Fiber not more than...............3.5%
Moisture not more than....................10%



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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: Minimum acceptable meat content, some low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. This is the sole ingredient ahead of fat content, suggesting that there is at least 22% meat in the food. There is a further meat ingredient 10th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. Chicken digest is "material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed chicken tissue". 'Digest' ingredients are not found in high quality products. The second ingredient is chicken fat. We note that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry foods as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


The main grains in the food are rice flour and oatmeal. Oatmeal is a decent quality grain, as is rice (the 6th ingredient), but rice flour is a grain fragment we consider to be primarily filler. 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.


There are no fruits/vegetables in the food though we appreciate the use of whole eggs. 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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