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Description: INGREDIENTS
Corn, Salmon, Rice, Oats, Potato, Chicken Fat, Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Herbs (marshmallow, peppermint, fenugreek, parsley, rosemary), Minerals, Vitamins, Yucca Extract, Chondroitin, Glucosamine Sulphate & MSM.


TYPICAL ANALYSIS
Crude Protein 16%
Oil 12%
Fibre 3.5%
Ash 5%

Omega 6:3 ratio 9.4:1
Vitamin A 5,000iu/kg
Vitamin D3 600iu/kg
Vitamin E 35iu/kg
Calcium 0.70%
Phosphorus 0.45%
Zinc 75mg/kg
Copper (as Cupric Sulphate) 12mg/kg
Metabolic Energy 15.52MJ/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 ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is 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 (further indicated by it's extremely low protein content).


Rice, oats and potato are decent quality ingredients, but 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.


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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