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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed approx. 1 5/7 cups

Calculated Calories:
Per Pound 2,143.7 cal
Per 8 oz measuring cup 794.5 cal

Chicken By-Products Meal (Highest Quality), White Rice, Menhaden Fish Meal (Select Grade), Lard (the finest land-based source of the longest chain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids), Safflower Oil, Beef Fat, Dicalcium Phosphate, Beef Meat & Bone Meal, Potassium Chloride, Undefatted Beef Liver (Human Grade), Flaxseed Oil (Organic), Whey Protein Concentrate, Choline Choride, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Oil, Ferrous Sulfate, d-Alpha Tocopheeryl Actate (Source of natural Viatmin E), Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A Acetate, Taurine, Niacinamide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Inositol, Citrus Bioflavanoid Complex, Ergocaciferol (Vitamin D3), Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin, Potassium Iodide, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Thimaine Hydrochloride, Cupric Oxide, Chromium GTF, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Biotin, Cyanocobalamin Concentrate (Vitamin B12).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein not less than 30%
Crude Fat not less than 28%
Crude fiber not more than 2.234%
Moisture not more than 5.98%
Linoleic Acid not less than 5%
Calcium min 2.4% max 2.6%
Phosphorus min 1.2% max 1.8%


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: Third ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Byproducts, byproducts of unidentifiable source

The third ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. This 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 (including the primary ingredient) are all 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 is a low quality rendered fat, similar to tallow but sourced from pigs.

The manufacturer does not disclose the nature of the preservatives used in this product. The food does utilise synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems.

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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