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Description: Ingredients
Chicken, chicken meal, brewers rice, ground corn, ground barely, corn gluten meal, beep pulp, poultry fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), rice bran, fish meal, poultry flavour, yeast culture, flaxseed meal, dried whole egg, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, mannannoligosaccharide, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondrotin sulphate, anoxide, vitamin A, D and E supplements.


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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality ingredients, controversial filler, fat of unidentifiable origin

Information about this product is limited only to its ingredient list, lacking any supporting macronutrient information. The review given is based solely on that information available.


The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. It is not a meal ingredient, meaning that 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. The second ingredient is in meal form, and is the main meat ingredient in the food. There is a further meat meal ingredient 10th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the meat content of this food. This is a fish meal ingredient, but We find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The food contains a great many grains, diminishing any confidence in the meat content of the product. Grains are mostly low quality (though barley, the fifth ingredient, is a decent quality grain). Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct. Corn is a further 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.


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.


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 this is a small positive in a sea of negatives.


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