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Description: Ingredients:
Maize, lamb meal (13%), salmon meal (9%), rice flour, poultry meal, potato flour, sugar beet molasses, hydrolysed liver, apple pomace (dried) (1,1%), poultry fat, olive oil (1,0%), powdered egg, sodium chloride, yeast (dried), potassium chloride, seaweed (dried), linseed (0,2%), barley (fermented) (0,2%), mussel flesh (dried) (0,05%), red wine marc, elderberries, artichokes, dandelions, savory, marjoram, ginger, rosemary, sage, thyme, birch leaves, nettles, aniseed, basil, fennel, elderflowers, lavender flowers, coriander, chamomile, meadowsweet, liquorice root, ramsoms (Total herbs 0,28%)

protein 22.0 %
fat 6.5 %
fiber 3.0 %
ash 7.5 %
calcium 1.35 %
phosphorus 0.85 %
biotine (vitamin H) 500.0 mcg
iron 110.0 mg/kg
moisture 8.0 %
iodine 2.0 mg/kg
copper 10.0 mg/kg
manganese 25.0 mg/kg
sodium 0.35 %
niacin (vitamin- B3) 45.0 mg/kg
pantothenic acid 10.0 mg/kg
selenium 0.15 mg/kg
zinc 135.0 mg/kg
vitamin A 15000.0 IU/kg
vitamin B1 (thiamine) 5.0 mg/kg
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) 70.0 mg/kg
vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 5.0 mg/kg
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 4.0 mg/kg
vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 40.0 mg/kg
vitamin D3 1500.0 mg/kg
vitamin E (tocopherol) 100.0 mg/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 30, 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, mixed quality ingredients, meat and fat of unidentifiable origin, unconfirmed preservative

The first ingredient in the food is Maize (corn). Maize is a difficult to digest grain, of limited value and that is commonly associated with food allergy problems. With the second ingredient making up only 13% of the food, maize is likely to make up the majority. Even if this had been a higher quality grain, we would still note that grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and that dog food products should be based on meat rather than on grains. A further grain in the food is rice, which is a decent quality, but in flour form (in dog food, commonly a byproduct of human food production) this is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. 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 22% of the food, which is not a high meat content, but is still better than many products. There is a further meat product amongst the minor ingredients, but this is a low quality ingredient that cannot be identified by source or species and may vary. Unidentifiable ingredients are invariably of low cost and quality. Lamb meal is a good quality ingredient, but making up only 4% of the product is not sufficent to make any appreciable difference to the overall meat content or quality of the food. We note the inclusion of a fish meal ingredient, but find no sign on the manufacturer website of a guarantee that they use only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients in the food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish destined for meal, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food production due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).

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