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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 27kg dog should be fed 298g for high activity or 223g for moderate activity

Metabolizable Energy (kcal/kg): 3991

Chicken Meat Meal, Ground Rice, Ground Spelt, Chicken Fat, Ground Barley, Dried Egg, Fish Meal, Dried Yeast, Rice Bran, Dried Tomato Pomace, Protein-Hydrolysate, Dried Beet Pulp, Whole Ground Flax Seed, Fish Oil, Dried Celery, Dried Whole Peas, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Whole Carrots, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Dried Apples, Potassium Chloride, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Sodium Chloride, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chicory Powder, Dried Marigold Petals, Chondroitin Sulphate, l-Carnitine, dl-Methionine, Fructooligosaccharides, l-Lysine, Mannanoligosaccharides, Lecithin, Zinc Sulphate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulphate, Ascorbic Acid (source of vitamin C), Manganese Sulphate, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Copper Sulphate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate (source of iodine), Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity), Folic Acid.

Typical Analysis
Crude Protein 26.5%
Crude Fat 18.5%
Crude Fiber 2.5%
Moisture 9.0%
Ash 7.0%
Calcium 1.1%
Phosphorous 0.95%
Potassium 0.60%
Sodium 0.35%
Magnesium 0.10%

Vitamin A 16500 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 1100 IU/kg
Vitamin E 120 IU/kg
Vitamin K3 1.25 mg/kg
Vitamin C 18 mg/kg
Thiamine B1 13 mg/kg
Riboflavin B2 22 mg/kg
Pyridoxine B6 8 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 160 mcg/kg
Biotin 450 mcg/kg
Chloride 2000 mg/kg
Folic Acid 1.75 mg/kg
Niacin 55 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 27 mg/kg

Trace Minerals
Zinc 175 mg/kg
Copper (as copper sulphate) 8 mg/kg
Copper (as copper chelate of amino acids hydrate) 4mg/kg
Manganese 50 mg/kg
Iron 275 mg/kg
Iodine 2.0 mg/kg
Selenium 0.27 mg/kg

Glucosamine / Chondroitin Sulphate 770 mg/kg
Fructooligosaccharides 450 mg/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.27%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.51%
Omega 6:3 Fatty Acid Ratio 6.4:1

With antioxidants (extracts of tocopherols of natural origin, propyl gallate from plant extract).


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 1, 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, some low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient 7th on the ingredient list. This is far too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note it is a fish ingredient, but we find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the product (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but which is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

The main grains in the food are rice, spelt and barley. All are decent quality grains. We note that chicken fat is the fourth ingredient in the food. 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. We assume the egg ingredient in this food to be whole eggs, which is appreciated. Tomato pomace is filler, as is rice bran which is a grain fragment. The protein content of the food is boosted by hydrolysate, which is not a high quality ingredient.

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 appreciate the range of fruits/vegetables in the food but 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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