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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 27kg dog should be fed about 323g for high activity or 215g for moderate activity

Metabolizable Energy (kcal/kg): 4087

Chicken Meat Meal, Ground Rice, Chicken Fat, Ground Spelt, Ground Barley, Dried Egg, Fish Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Yeast, Rice Bran, Protein Hydrolysate, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Whole Ground Flax Seed, Dried Celery, Dried Peas, Dried Whole Carrots, Dried Apples, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Cranberries, Sodium Chloride, Chicory Powder, Dried Blueberries, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Dried Marigold Petals, Chondroitin Sulphate, Lecithin, Fructooligosaccharides, l-Lysine, dl-Methionine, Mannanoligosaccharides, l-Carnitine, 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 30.5%
Crude Fat 20.5%
Crude Fiber 2.5%
Moisture 9.0%
Ash 7.5%
Calcium 1.3%
Phosphorous 1.00%
Potassium 0.65%
Sodium 0.35%
Magnesium 0.10%

Vitamin A 20000 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 1300 IU/kg
Vitamin E 145 IU/kg
Vitamin K3 2.0 mg/kg
Vitamin C 25 mg/kg
Thiamine B1 18 mg/kg
Riboflavin B2 30 mg/kg
Pyridoxine B6 9 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 240 mcg/kg
Biotin 600 mcg/kg
Chloride 3100 mg/kg
Folic Acid 2.25 mg/kg
Niacin 70 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 40 mg/kg

Trace Minerals
Zinc 215 mg/kg
Copper (as copper sulphate) 10 mg/kg
Copper (as copper chelate of amino acids hydrate) 5 mg/kg
Manganese 60 mg/kg
Iron 300 mg/kg
Iodine 2.5 mg/kg
Selenium 0.38 mg/kg

Glucosamine / Chondroitin Sulphate 771 mg/kg
Fructooligosaccharides 900 mg/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 4.8%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.79%
Omega 6:3 Fatty Acid Ratio 6.0:1

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, mixed 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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