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Description: Feeding guideline
A 25kg dog should be fed 328g for light activity or 427g for competition activity


Ingredients
Fresh chicken and turkey meat (min. 30%), dehydrated chicken meat, rice (min. 20%), maize, lard, dehydrated fish meal, pork graves, beet pulps, dehydrated chicken protein, brewer's yeast, dehydrated eggs, vitamins and minerals, glucosamine, chondroitin-sulphate, bioflavonoids, L-carnitine, preserved with vitamin E. Linoleic acid 4,50%.

Guaranteed analysis
Vit. A...................... 22.000 I.U.
Vit. D3..................... 1600 I.U.
Vit. E....................... 220 mg
Copper .......................24 mg

Nutritional analysis
Moisture........................8.0%
Crude protein................32,5%
Crude fats....................23,0%
Crude fibre.....................2,0%
Crude ash......................6,5%
Calcium........................1,35%
Phosphorus...................0,85%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun January 20, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Low quality grains and fats, controversial filler

The first ingredient is a named meat product. This is not in meal form. Fresh ingredients are 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 than the 30% indicated. It is followed by a meat ingredient in meal form, which is the primary meat product in the food. There is a fish meal ingredient 6th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make any substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We find no sign of a guarantee on the manufacturer's site that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein sources in the product (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients and which is banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The main grains are rice and corn. Rice is a decent quality grain, but corn is a difficult to digest grain that is of limited value in dog food. It is commonly associated with food allergies. Lard is not a good quality fat. It is the rendered fat of pigs, equivalent in quality to the tallow obtained from rendered beef or mutton. Graves we believe to be Greaves, which is the protein-containing residue of rendering, after partial separation of fat and water. In other words, low quality byproducts.


Beet pulp (fibre) 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. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food. The food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics.


Overall, this product appears to contain a reasonable amount of meat, and more than any other in this product range. It contains ingredients of mixed quality, however, and the use of such low quality ingredients precludes a higher rating.


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