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Description: Metabolizable Energy 3535 Kcal/Kg


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Chicken, Chicken Fat (preserved with Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Chicken Digest, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Lecithin, Dried Whole Eggs, Choline Chloride, Vitamin C, Chicory Root Extract (a source of FOS), Dried Cheese, Yucca Schidigera, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, Marigold Extract (a source of Lutein) Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (menadione), Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Dicalcium 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, Cobalt proteinate, Beta carotene, Sodium selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min. 24.0%
Crude Fat min. 14.0%
Crude Fibre max. 2.5%
Moisture max. 10.0%
Crude Ash max. 6.5%
Calcium min. 1.4%
Phosphorus min. 0.9%
Copper min. 19.0 mg/Kg
Zinc min. 190.0 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. 3.7 mg/Kg
Sodium min. 0.45%



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first and fourth ingredients in this food are named meat products. The first is in meal form, but the second is 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 8th 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. Digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products.


The main grain in the food is. Rice is a decent quality grain, when whole but in flour form is a grain fragment (commonly a byproduct of human food production) that we consider 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, 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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