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Lamb Meal , Poultry Meal , Brewers Rice , Oatmeal , Wheat , Poultry Fat , Apple Pomace , Corn Gluten Meal , Fresh Chicken , Whole ground flax seed , Natural Flavors , Dried Whole Egg , Yeast Culture , Salt , Potassium Chloride , Kelp Meal , Choline Chloride , Yucca Schidigera Extract , Garlic , Zinc oxide , Vitamin A , Vitamin D , Vitamin E , Ferrous Sulphate , Zinc Proteinate , Tomato Powder , Lecithin , Thyme , Cassia , Anise , Rosemary Extract , Chamomile , Horseradish , Juniper , Thiamine Mononitrate , Calcium Iodate , Pyridoxine Hydrochloride , Calcium Pantothenate , Copper Sulphate , Riboflavin , Niacin , Vitamin B12 , Biotin , Sodium Selenite , Menadione Sodium Bisulphite Complex , Manganese Oxide , Folic Acid , Cobalt Carbonate


Guaranteed Analysis %
Crude Protein (min)...... 26.0
Crude Fat (min) ........... 16.0
Crude Fibre (max)........ 5.0
Moisture (max) ............ 10.0
Calcium (min)............... 1.6
Omega 6........................ 3.4
Omega 3........................ 0.5



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat January 5, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Meat and fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grains

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a second named meat product 9th on the ingredient list, but this is not a meal ingredient. It 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. It is highly unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food. The second ingredient, poultry meal, is a meat product but is not one named by species. This is a concern as it makes it impossible to identify the source, quality or consistency of the ingredient. Ingredients of unidentifiable source are usually very low quality, cheap ingredients and are not found in higher quality products.


The main grain in the food is brewers rice. This is a low quality grain and byproduct. Oatmeal is a decent quality grain, but the use of wheat is a negative. Wheat is considered by many to be the number one cause of food allergy problems for dogs and we prefer not to see it used in dog food. Apple pomace is filler, and corn another low quality ingredient. It is a difficult to digest grain that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


We appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food but 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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