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Description: INGREDIENTS
Maize, Salmon, Barley, Chicken Fat, Prairie Meal, Oats, Beet, Linseed, Green Leaf Vegetables, Dicalcium Phosphate, Yeasts, Salmon Oil, Peas, Milk Thistle, Marigolds, Seaweed, Carrot, Mint with EC permitted natural antioxidants, Vitamin C, Mixed Tocopherols and Rosemary Extract.

Protein 23%
Oil 11%
Fibre 3%
Ash 5.5%

Vitamin A 14,000iu/kg
Vitamin D3 1,400iu/kg
Vitamin E 200iu/kg
Copper (as Cupric Sulphate) 16mg/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: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, some low quality ingredients, 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).

The first (and only) meat product in this food is salmon, second on the ingredient list. This is not a meat meal ingredient, 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. Not even outweighing the corn ingredient in it's wet form, it appears unlikely that there is significant meat content in this product.

We note that chicken fat is the fourth ingredient, and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.

Barley and oats are decent quality ingredients, but "prairie meal" - better known as corn gluten meal - is low quality. This is defined as that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.

Beet 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.

We note the food has added vitamins and minerals, but no information is given about these and may include synthetics.

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