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Description: METABOLIZABLE ENERGY
1922 kcal/lb
480 kcal/cup


INGREDIENT LIST:
Chicken Meal, Chicken, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)). Ground Corn, Fish Meal, Beet Pulp, Wheat Germ Meal, Whole Dry Eggs, Rolled Oats, Brewers Yeast, Flax Seed Meal, Lecithin, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, DL Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Lysine, Proprionic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Citric Acid, Vitamin D3, Folic Acid, Potassium Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Copper Oxide, Calcium Iodate.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein, not less than………….….32.0%
Crude Fat, not less than………………….20.0%
Crude Fiber, not more than………………..3.0%
Moisture, not more than………………….10.0%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 23, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, in meal form. The second ingredient is also a named meat product, but this is not a meat meal ingredient. 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 the most prolific in the food and would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. There is a further meat meal ingredient 6th on the ingredient list. This is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We note this is a fish meal ingredient, but find no sign on the manufacturer's site that all protein ingredients purchased are preserved with substances other than ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal ingredients, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The main grain in the food is rice, which is decent quality. The fourth ingredient is chicken fat, and we note 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. Further grains in the food are corn, a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food products and commonly associated with food allergies, and oats which are decent quality.


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 appreciate the use of whole eggs in the food.


We note the inclusion of synthetic vitamin K, a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems and which is progressively being removed from better quality products.


Overall, we have elected to place this food in the 4* category (just). We do retain some reservation about overall product quality, however.


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