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Description: Ingredients:
Lamb meal, ground rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, beet pulp, potato fiber, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), lamb digest, potassium chloride, tomato pomace, flax seed, taurine, minerals (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), gelatin, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, inositol, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta carotene, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), choline chloride, yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract.


Guaranteed Analysis


Crude Protein 19.0%
Crude Fat 8.0%
Crude Fiber 10.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Calcium 1.0%
Phosphorus 0.80%
Iron 240 mg/kg
Copper 10 mg/kg
Zinc 100 mg/kg
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.18%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 1.40%
Beta Carotene* 3 mg/kg


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



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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 related ingredient 7th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. “Digest” is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. Although from a named source, digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products.


The next three ingredients are all grain products, which suggests a food heavy in grains and light in meat content. Rice, barley and oatmeal are good quality grains, but combined would outweigh the meat content by a some margin. Tomato pomace and potato fiber are primarily filler. Beet pulp is 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. There are no fruits/vegetables in the food. 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 product appears to use good quality ingredients. Our main concern is with the low level of meat content (users might consider supplementing this diet with meat).


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