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Description: INGREDIENTS
Wheat, Chicken Meat Meal, Maize, Chicken Fat, Prairie Meal, Wheat Feed, Unmolassed Beet Pulp, Full Fat Linseed, Green Vegetables, Fish, Rape Oil, Yeast, Minerals, Fruits, Herbs EC permitted natural anti-oxidants, Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid and Rosemary Extract.

Protein 28%
Oil 13%
Fibre 2.75%
Ash 6.0%

Vitamin A 15,000iu/kg
Vitamin D3 1,200iu/kg
Vitamin E 200iu/kg
Copper (as Cupric Sulphate) 18mg/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, low quality ingredients, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is wheat. Wheat, although apparently a whole grain, is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food products. As 'wheat feed', later on the ingredient list, it is a grain fragment and byproduct we consider primarily filler. Maize (corn) is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food, and which is also commonly associated with food allergies. Even if these had been 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). "Prairie meal" - better known as corn gluten meal - is also 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.

The second ingredient is the only true meat ingredient in the food. There is a second meat ingredient, "fish" 10th on the ingredient list, but this is far too far down to make any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food (and in any case, is an ingredient inclusive of water content which, once dehydrated, is likely to be an extremely minor ingredient).

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.

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