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Description: Metabolizable Energy:

Maize meal, rice, chicken meat meal, chicken meat, maize germ, chicken broth, beet fiber, potato protein, linseed meal, minerals, lactic acid, vitamin C, vitamins, B-1.3/1.6-glucan, glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate.

protein 19.0 %
fat 7.0 %
fiber 2.5 %
ash 6.0 %
carbohydrates 55.5 %
calcium 1.1 %
phosphorus 0.9 %
magnesium 0.1 %
iron 140.0 mg/kg
moisture 10.0 %
potassium 0.65 %
copper 12.0 mg/kg
sodium 0.4 %
omega-3 fats 0.35 %
omega-6 fats 2.2 %
zinc 68.0 mg/kg
vitamin A 11745.0 IU/kg
vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 435.0 mg/kg
vitamin D 1240.0 IU/kg
vitamin E (tocopherol) 345.0 mg/kg


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: Third and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Inadequate meat content, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food 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. Even if this had been a decent grain, however, we would still note that grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and are of very low quality compared to meat (on which dog foods should instead be based). Rice, the second ingredient, is a decent quality grain - but still further grain.

The first true meat ingredient does not occur until 3rd on the ingredient list, which gives us little confidence in the overall meat content of the food. Chicken, the 4th 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 4th ingredient in the the food, it is likely that the true amount of this ingredient is significantly lower and it is unlikely to make up a significant portion of the food.

Corn germ and potato protein boost the protein content of the food to it's minimal level, but plant protein is of very low quality compared to meat.

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.

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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