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Description: Ingredients:
Ground Brown Rice, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Whole Wheat, Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and AscorbyI Palmitate), Tomato Pomace, Beet Pulp, Dehydrated Whole Egg, Alfalfa Meal, Lecithin, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin A Acetate, DL-Methionine, Niacin, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 18%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fat (minimum) 8%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 8%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, use of low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin and other controversial filler.

The three ingredients in this food are grains (it should be meat!). rice is a good quality grain, but corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. Corn appears a second time in the ingredient list, this time as gluten meal for which the AAFCO definition is "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm". In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.
Chicken meal is a good quality named meat ingredient, but at fourth on the ingredient list does not make up an adequate quantitiy of the food.


Poultry fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


Tomato pomace is filler, as is beet pulp which is a controversial ingredient 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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