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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 cups

LAMB MEAL, BREWERS RICE, RICE FLOUR, Ground Oats, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Liver Digest, Flax, Potassium Chloride, Potato Flakes, Carrot Powder, Apple Powder Fiber, Cranberry Powder, Parsley Flakes, Blueberry Powder, Raspberry Powder, Garlic, Brewers Yeast, Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Yucca Shidigera, Rosemary Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Dl Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Ferrous Sulfate, * Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, * Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, * Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Menadione Sodium Bisulphite Complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin B12.
* Chelated Mineral

Crude Protein (min.) 21.0%,
Crude Fat (min.) 12%,
Crude Fibre (max.) 5.0%,
Moisture (max.) 10.0%,
Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) (min.) 0.75%,
Calcium (min.) 1.75%,
Phosphorus (min.) 1.0%,
*Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) (min.) 0.3%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles.


Registered: October 2005
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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, low quality grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat product in the food. Followed by three grain products ahead of the fat content, we have little confidence in the meat content of the product. Another meat related ingredient “Digest” is 7th on the ingredient list. Digest is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. Although from a named source, digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products.

The main grains are brewers rice and oats. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. Rice and oats are decent quality grains, but rice flour is a grain fragment (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) and we consider this 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.

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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