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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 cups


Metabolizable Energy (ME)
305 kcal/cup


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Oat Meal, Brewers Rice, Sorghum, Egg Product, Stabilized Rice Bran, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Natural Flavors, Chicken Fat [Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)], Canola Oil, Brewers Dried Yeast, Ground Flax Seed, Fish Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Fructoligosaccharide, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, DL-Methionine, Celery, Spinach, L-Carnitine, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Selenized Yeast, Calcium Iodate.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:


Crude Protein (min) 28.50%
Crude Fat (min) 11.50%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.50%
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Vitamin E (min) 475 IU/kg
Ash (max) 40.50 mg/kg
L-Carnitine* (min) 50 mg/kg
Zinc Proteinate (min) 200 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Mon December 31, 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, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product in meal form. There is a second meat meal ingredient 9th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make up a substantial portion of the food. We find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The 2nd-4th ingredients are all grain products, which suggests a food heavy in grains and light in meat content. Barley, oatmeal and sorghum are all reasonable quality grains, but brewers rice is a byproduct and low quality product. Rice bran is a grain fragment that we consider to be primarily filler. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product 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.


We appreciate the range of probiotics and a small amount of vegetable matter in the food.


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