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Description: Calorie Content:
Me (Calculated) 3569 kcal/kg
Me (Calculated) 392 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Hulless Barley, Whole Grain Rye, Fresh Deboned Chicken, Hulless Oats, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Dried Egg, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Sodium Chloride, Alfalfa Meal, Saskatoon Berries, Dried Kelp, Lysine, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Whole Garlic, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Di-Calcium Pantothenate, Choline Chloride, Probiotics (Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product), Methionine, Mannon Oligosaccharide (Mos), Fructooligosaccharide (Chicory Root Extract), Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K (Menadione Sodium Bisulphate), Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Phosphate), Ferrous Sulphate, Iron Proteinate*, Zinc Sulphate, Zinc Proteinate*, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Proteinate*, Copper Sulphate, Copper Proteinate*, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Seleno Methionine, Magnesium Oxide.
*Chelated Minerals


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 26.0 %
Crude Fat (min) 14.0 %
Crude Fibre (max) 3.0 %
Moisture (max) 10.0 %
Calcium (min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (min) 0.9%
Omega 3 (min)** 0.47 %
Omega 6 (min)** 3.73 %


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



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form. The fourth ingredient is also a named meat product. This is not a meal ingredient, but 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. It is unlikely that this ingredient makes a great contribution to the overall meat content of the food.


The grains in the food, rye, barley and oats are all good quality grains, although combined are likely to outweigh the meat content by some margin. Beet pulp is controversial filler. 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 probiotics. We note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality products.


Overall, this product appears to be primarily good quality. It suffers through limited meat content and the inclusion of some low quality filler.


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