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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed about 3 1/2 cups


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, brewer's yeast, dicalcium phosphate, tomato pomace, salt, animal digest, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, chicory, 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, 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), L-carnitine, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera, rosemary extract


Guaranteed Analysis


Crude Protein 22.0%
Crude Fat 12.0%
Crude Fiber 4.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Iron 200 mg/kg
Copper 10 mg/kg
Zinc 150 mg/kg
Selenium 0.3 mg/kg
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 1.5%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.10%
Beta-Carotene* 4.0 mg/kg
Glucosamine* 400 mg/Kg
Chondroitin* 120 mg/Kg


*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 in meal form. There is a second meat ingredient 6th on the ingredient list. 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. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. 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 2nd-4th ingredients are 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. 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, but also a minor ingredient. 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.


Prolific use of low quality ingredients is the main reason this formula is rated lower than some others in this range.


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