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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2-3 cups


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Rice Bran, Ground Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Flaxseed, Chicken Cartilage (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Beet Pulp, Lecithin, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Kelp, Fish Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Sodium Selenite, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate.


Analysis:
Crude Protein 25.00% (min);
Crude Fat 15.00% (min);
Crude Fiber 3.50% (max);
Moisture 10.00% (max);
Calcium (Ca) 1.10% (min);
Phosphorus (P) 0.90% (min);
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.60% (min)*;
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.45% (min)*;
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 25 mg/lb (min)*;
Glucosamine 350 mg/kg (min)*;
Chondroitin Sulfate 275 mg/kg (min)*


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 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. It is the sole meat product in the food. It is followed by three grain products ahead of the fat content, leaving us with little confidence that the product contains sufficient meat.


The grains in the food are of mixed quality. Rice and oats are good quality grains, but rice bran is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. 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.


Overall, our concern with this product is primarily in its limited meat content, and users may consider supplementing the diet with meat. 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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