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Description: Ingredients:
Barley, salmon meal (11%), rabit meal (10%), wholegrain oatmeal (7.5%), poultry fat, potato flour (2.5%), dicalciumphosphate, sugar beet molasses, hydrolysed liver, apple pomace (dried) (1%), powdered egg, sodium chloride, yeast (dried), potassium chloride, seaweed (dried), linseed (0.2%), barley (fermented) (0.2%), mussel flesh (dried) (0.05%), yucca shidigera, artichokes, dandelions, ginger, birch leaves, nettles, sage, coriander, rosemary, thyme, liquorice root, chamomile, meadowsweet, ramsoms. (Total herbs 0.16%)


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Second and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin, sugar

The first ingredient in the food is Barley, which is a decent quality grain. However, it is still a grain which is not a natural foodstuff for canines. Dog food products should be based on meat rather than on grains. A further grain in the food is oatmeal, which is also decent quality. Potato flour, conversely, is produced from whole potatoes but is a minor ingredient in the food.

There are two named meat meal ingredients in the food, both of which are in meal form. Collectively they account for 21% of the food, which is not a high meat content, but is still better than many products.

Poultry fat is a low quality ingredient rarely found in anything but very low quality foods. This 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".

Molasses is a source of sugar that is completely uneccessary in dog food, and sourced from sugar beets which are an ingredient commonly linked with food allergies, and which we prefer not to see in any form in dog food products. Apple pomace is filler. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in this food. No information is given about the preservatives used in this product (although we note the presence of vitamin E, which may or may not be the sole preservative used in the food), which may include chemicals such as ethoxyquin, BHA or BHT, all of which are allowed in dog food but are banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.

Overall, this product uses mixed quality ingredients and, although better than many others by this manufacturer, is not a high quality product.

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