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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 15lb dog should be fed 4/5 cup

Calculated Calories:
Per Pound 2,249.7 cal
Per 8 oz measuring cup 734.37 cal

Chicken Meal, White Rice, Menhaden Fish Meal (Select Grade), Chicken By-Product Meal, Lard (the finest land-based source of the longest chain Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Actids), Beef Meat & Bone Meal, Beef Fat, Safflower Oil (Human Grade), Flaxseed Oil (organic), Torula Yeast, Natural Flavors, Amino Acid Supplement, Menhaden Fish Fat, Potassium Chloride, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (source of natural Vitamin E), Choline Chloride, Ascorbid Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Taurine, L-carnitine, Niacinamide, Inositol, Zinc Oxide, Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D3), Riboflavin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochoride, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Ferrous Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Chromium GTF, Folic Acid, Biotin, Cyanocobalamin Concentrate (Bitamin B12).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein not less than 46.8%
Crude Fat not less than 12.1%
Crude fiber not more than 0.59%
Moisture not more than 5.8%
Linoleic Acid not less than 4%
Calcium min 1.9% max 2.47%
Phosphorus min 1.46% max 1.77%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: first and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Byproducts, byproducts of unidentifiable origin, low quality fat

The first and third ingredients in this food are named meat products, in meal form. The second of these is a fish meal product, but we are unable to locate any guarantee on the manufacturer's website that the protein ingredients used in the food are free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

Two further meat related products are both by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products, and these ingredients may include 4-D and other condemned meats. Chicken by-product meal is defined by AAFCO as "consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. Meat and bone meal is an extremely low quality product of unidentifiable origin and something we would go to great lengths to avoid in any dog food. It is defined as "the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices".

White rice is the main grain in the food, and is of decent quality. Lard, however, is a low quality fat. It is the rendered fat of pigs, of similar quality to tallow. We note the inclusion of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems. The manufacturer does not disclose the nature of the preservatives used in this product.

Overall, this product probably contains a reasonable amount of meat-related products, but makes prolific use of very low quality and unidentifiable source ingredients. The food has been rated accordingly.

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