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

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Steamed Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Rice Bran, Whole Ground Flax Seed, Beet Pulp, Salmon Oil, Natural Chicken Flavours, Chicory Root, Dried Whole Egg, Yucca Schidigera, Glucosomine HCI, Chondroitin Sulfate, Marigold Extract, L-Carnitine Supplement, Kelp, Carrots, Spinach, Tomatoes, Apples, Green Tea, Ginseng, Sea Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Lysine, Vitamin A Supplement, DL Alpha-Tocopherol, Acetate (Vitamin E), Methionine, Vitamin D3 Supplement, *Iron Bioplex™, *Zinc Bioplex™, *Maganese Bioplex™, Biotin, *Copper Bioplex™, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin K Supplement, Pyridoxine, Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12, Iodine Protienate, Folic Acid, *Chelated Mineral

Crude Protein (min.) 29.0%,
Crude Fat (min.) 10%,
Moisture (max.) 10.0%,
Crude Fibre (max.) 3.0%,
Calcium (min.) 1.3%,
Phosphorus (min.) 1.1%,
*Linolenic Acid Omega 6 (min.) 3.0%,
Linolenic Acid Omega 3 (min) 1.0%

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


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon December 31, 2007 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. It is the sole meat product in the food. The main grains are rice and oatmeal. Both are good quality grains in whole form, but rice bran is a graing fragment that we consider to be primarily filler. This product appears rather heavy in grain content, whereas foods designed for canines should be based on meat.

Chicken fat is the fourth 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 filler and a controversial ingredient – 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.

There is a range of fruits/vegetables in the food. 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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