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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed about 1 1/2 cups


Ingredients:
Chicken, Pearled Barley, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Rice, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Brewers Yeast, Tomato Pomace, Flax Seed, Beet Pulp, Calcium Carbonate, Animal Digest, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Potassium Chloride, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta-Carotene, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Yucca Schidigera, Rosemary Extract.


Guaranteed Analysis


Crude Protein 22.0%
Crude Fat 12.0%
Crude Fiber 4.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Calcium 1.0%
Phosphorus 0.8%
Vitamin E 100 IU/KG
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg
Beta-Carotene* 4.0 mg/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.5%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.32%


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
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, some low quality ingredients

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. This is chicken, 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. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food but would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. The first true meat ingredient does not occur until 3rd on the ingredient list, suggesting a food that is very lacking in meat content.


A further meat related ingredient is 11th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the meat content of the food. “Digest” is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. Compounding the concern, this ingredient is from unidentifiable 'animal' source. Digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products.


The main grains are rice, barley and oatmeal which are good quality grains, but combined would outweigh the meat content by a some margin. Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of 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"


Tomato pomace is primarily filler. Beet pulp is further 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.


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