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Description: Ingredients:
Porcine Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Wheat Middlings, Poultry Fat (Preserved with BHA), Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Flax Seeds, Poultry Liver Flavors, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Brewer's Yeast, Choline Chloride, Bentonite, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacinamide, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Maganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid and Cobalt Carbonate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min. 26.0%),
Crude Fat (Min. 18.0%),
Crude Fiber (Max. 3.3%),
Moisture (Max. 10.0%),
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min. 2.5%),
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min. 0.4%)


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Cons: Byproducts, meat and fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains and fillers, chemical preservative

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. "Porcine" meal is the rendered product derived from pork raw material and is more commonly found in foods intended for swine. A further meat ingredient in the food is poultry byproduct meal. This is a very low quality ingredient, not even identified by species and thus of unidentifiable source. "Poultry" could be any fowl and may also vary by source. Unidentified ingredients like this are usually cheap and of very low quality. We prefer not to see them used in dog foods. In this case, the ingredient is also byproducts, which is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. We shudder. The fat ingredient is similarly low quality and of unidentifiable source. We note this is the fourth ingredient and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested. We further note that the food uses chemical preservatives, banned from use in human foods due to the belief that it is carcinogenic.

The main grains in the food are low quality ingredients also. Corn is of limited value, being a difficult to digest grain that is also commonly implicated in food allergies. In corn gluten form 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. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allergy problems in dogs. In middlings form it is a grain fragment (the remnants of wheat after milling) and filler. Brown rice is a decent quality ingredient, but we've reached the very minor end of the ingredient list to find it. 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.

Overall, this is a very low quality product. It is rated 1* simply because we have no lower rating.

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