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Description: Ingredients
Brewers rice, salmon meal, trout, canola meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), brewers dried yeast, canola oil preserved with TBHQ, potassium chloride, fish oil, corn oil preserved with TBHQ, salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, taurine, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, ascorbic acid, niacin, calcium carbonate, beta-carotene, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. G-4570


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 24.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 12.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 10.0%
Vitamin A (Min) 30,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 130 IU/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min) 0.9%


*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin. low quality grains, filler

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 ingredients is a grain. 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. Canola meal is the part of canola seeds left over after the seeds are crushed and the oil extracted, and is better used as fertilizer.


The sole significant meat ingredient in the food is 2nd on the ingredient list. It is a named meat product in meal form, We find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (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). The third ingredient is also a named meat product. This is not a meal ingredient, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. It is unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall 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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