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Description: Ingredients:
Kibbled Corn (cooked), Poultry Meal, Feeding Oat Meal, Wheat Middlings, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Fish Meal, Extruded Rice, Sodium Bentonite, Cane Molasses, Beet Pulp, Plain, Dried, Flaxseed, Vitamins and Minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein not less than 23.0%
Crude Fat not less than 11.0%
Crude Fiber not more than 4.5%
Moisture not more than 10.0%


Energy in Kilocalories per lb.
Gross or Total 1,950
Digestible 1,700
Metabolize 1,548
Metabolize Energy in Kilocalories per cup 332



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, meat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains, sugar, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a grain. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food. It is also commonly associated with allergy problems. Even if this had been a good quality grain, we would note that grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines, and dog foods should be based on meat not grain. Further grains in the food are oatmeal, a decent quality grain, and wheat middlings which is a filler. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergy problems in dogs and in middlings form are a grain fragment (the remnants of wheat after milling) and filler.


The second ingredient, poultry meal, is a meat product but is not one named by species. This is a concern as it makes it impossible to identify the source, quality or consistency of the ingredient. Ingredients of unidentifiable source are usually very low quality, cheap ingredients and are not found in higher quality products. A further meat product is fish meal, 6th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


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. Molasses is an unneccessary source of sugar likely to cause or aggravate yeast conditions.


The food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics.


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