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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 25kg dog should be fed about 275g


Ingredients:
rice, fresh swedish lamb meat, maize protein, maize germ, lamb meat meal, maize meal, animal fat, lamb broth, minerals, linseed meal, beet pulp, potato protein, lactic acid, dried rosemary, molasses, yeast, taurine, B-1.3/1.6-glucan, glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate.


Does not contain ethoxyquin or any artificial flavouring compounds or colorants. Raw materials rich in energy are preserved through EU approved antioxidants


Analysis:
protein 23.0 %
fat 13.0 %
fiber 2.6 %
ash 6.3 %
vitamin A 13.1 IU/kg
vitamin E (tocopherol) 350.0 mg/kg
vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 470.0 mg/kg
phosphorus 0.9 %
copper 7.1 mg/kg
calcium 1.2 %
omega-3 fats 2.9 %
omega-6 fats 21.8 %
vitamin D 1.38 IU/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat March 22, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second and fifth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Inadequate meat content, low quality grain fragments, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler, sugar

The first ingredient in this food is rice. Rice is a decent quality grain, but it is still a grain which is an unnatural foodstuff for canines. Dog food products should be based on meat, not on grains. Further grain in the food (and probably the main ingredient, as it occurs in three forms) is maize (corn). Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food, and which is also commonly associated with food allergies.


Lamb, the 2nd ingredient is not a meat meal, but instead is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this ingredient is truely amongst the most prolific in the food and would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. At wet weight only the 2nd ingredient in the the food, it is likely that the true amount of this ingredient is significantly lower.The first true meat ingredient does not occur until 5th on the ingredient list, which gives us little confidence in the overall meat content of the food.


Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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".


Beet fibre (pulp) is a 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. Molasses is an undesirable source of sugar (dog foods should not contain sugar).


Glucosamine and chondroitin, although specified on the ingredient list are not present in useful quantities for any therapudic purpose (as is the case for all dog food products) and we consider highlighting these to be a gimmick. We note the food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information is given about these and may include synthetics.


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