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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken By-Product meal, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Poultry By-Product Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pearled Barley, Beet Pulp, Zeolite, Poultry Liver Flavors, Flax Seeds, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Eggs, Dried Brewer's Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Dried Lecithin, 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. 30.0%),
Crude Fat (Min. 16.0%),
Crude Fiber (Max. 3.0%),
Moisture (Max. 10.0%),
Calcium (Min. 1.25% / Max 1.50%),
Phosphorus (Min 0.8%),
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min 2.5%),
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min. 0.35%)



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

 
Pros:
Cons: Byproducts, byproducts of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. There is a second form of byproducts fourth on the ingredient list. This is a similar ingredient, but in this case is not even identifiable by species or source. It is a very low quality ingredient.


The main grains in the food are rice and corn. Rice is a decent quality grain, but corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Barley is also good quality, but 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. 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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