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Description: Metabolizable Energy 3530 Kcal/Kg


Ingredients:
Chicken meal, ground rice, select whole grain corn, chicken fat (preserved with Vitamin E), dried beet pulp, flaxseed, chicken, chicken digest, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, lecithin, dried whole egg, choline chloride, Vitamin C, chicory root extract (a source of FOS), dried cheese, yucca schidigera, glucosamine, chondroitin, marigold extract (a source of Lutein), Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (menadione), Vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, zinc sulphate, zinc proteinate, copper sulphate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, beta carotene, cobalt proteinate, sodium selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min. 24.0%
Crude Fat min. 14.0%
Crude Fibre max. 3.0%
Moisture max. 10.0%
Crude Ash max. 8.0%
Calcium min. 1.7%
Phosphorus min. 1.1%
Copper min. 20.0 mg/Kg
Zinc min. 184.0 mg/Kg
Vitamin A min 12,000.0 IU/Kg
Vitamin D3 min 1,200.0 IU/Kg
Vitamin E min. 125.0 IU/Kg
Vitamin B6 min. 3.5 mg/Kg
Sodium min. 0.39%
Glucosamine 250 mg/Kg
Chondroitin 250 mg/Kg



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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, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. Further meat ingredients are 7th and 8th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. One 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. The other, “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 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, and is commonly associated with allergy problems. Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient. We note that research at Purdue university has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


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, though we appreciate the inclusion of whole eggs. 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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