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


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


Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 30.00%;
Crude Fat (min) 20.00%;
Crude Fiber (max) 3.50%;
Moisture (max) 10.00%;
Calcium (min) 1.35%;
Phosphorus (min) 1.10%;
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 3.60%*;
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.58%*;
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (min) 25 mg/lb*;
Glucosamine (min) 350 mg/kg*;
Chondroitin sulfate (min) 275 mg/kg*


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
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, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There are further meat meal ingredients 6th and 11th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the meat content of this food. This includes a fish meal ingredient, but We find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


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. Chicken fat is the third 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 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.


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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