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Description: Ingredients:
Brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, chicken meal, coconut oil, animal digest, animal fat preserved with mixedtocopherols (form of Vitamin E), calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, sodium bicarbonate, soybean oil, fish oil, salt, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. P-4552


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 23.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 10.5%
Crude Fiber (Max) 2.0%
Moisture (Max) 12.0%
Zinc (Zn) (Min) 200 mg/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 350 IU/kg
Vitamin C (Min) 100 mg/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 1.76%**
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.25%**
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
**Actual Analytical



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Fourth ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains

This product is a veterinary diet, and our comments relate solely to the quality of ingredients used to make it. This is not intended to, nor can it, replace veterinary advice relating to the management of disease.


The first three ingredients are grains. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. It is the primary ingredient in this food. Even if this had been a good quality grain, we would note that grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines and foods designed for dogs should be based on meat, not on grains. Corn is a further grain product in the food. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn gluten meal it is that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.


The sole meat ingredient in the food is 4th on the ingredient list. It is a named meat product in meal form, but this is too far down to give us any confidence in the meat content of the food.


Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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". Pea fiber is further filler.


We note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality products.


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